For many children in foster care, finding a permanent home can be a daunting task. However, for Miquel, Willis, and Nevaeh, their luck changed when they met Darryl Anderson, a divorced father of three from Vernal, Utah, who adopted them in October 2020.
Anderson had prior experience as a parent and understood the importance of providing children with a secure and stable environment. When he learned that the three siblings had been moved to 16 different homes in less than five years, he knew he had to act.
In November 2020, Anderson and his new family were interviewed by KSL News, where they expressed their gratitude and joy. The children, who had never experienced stability before, were now able to celebrate holidays with their family and create memories that will last a lifetime.
November is National Adoption Month, a campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the critical need for foster children and youth to find adoptive families. This year’s focus was “Engage Youth: Listen and Learn,” highlighting the importance of helping teenagers locate their adopted families.
Foster children face an uncertain future in large numbers, and Anderson helped calm his new children’s worries by reassuring them that their future can be whatever they want it to be. He wanted them to know how much he loved them and that their past was behind them.
As a family, they have consistently expressed hope for the future. Anderson is raising the children as if they had always been his own, and the children have already shown that they are strong-willed and adjusting well to life in their new home.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and for Miquel, Willis, and Nevaeh, they have found their forever home in Utah with Anderson. With a secure home and a content family, they have a bright future ahead of them.