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“Newborn” photos of an adopted 13-year-old are both hilarious and sweet

Feb 13, 2013 By Abraham

A couple of years ago, photographer Kelli Higgins and her husband adopted a 10-year-old boy. Recently, as she was preparing for a photo shoot of a newborn, the boy expressed some disappointment that they didn’t have any baby pictures of him.

So Kelli and her son went to her studio and took care of that lack…

Her caption reads

Here’s my sweet not so little Newborn! His name is Latrell and he weighs 112 lbs.

In addition to being extremely amusing, as the pictures go viral, they are raising awareness and hopefully interest in adopting older children.


    1. vista says:

      adoption **is not** the greatest gift a child can receive. Adoption=loss. If a child is adopted, then it means the child first had to lose their parents. HOW is that the greatest gift one can receive?

      1. Dennis Caunce says:

        If a child is up for adoption, then adoption is the greatest gift. Much better than being an orphan. I see what you are saying, but it was kinda silly. And yes, I was adopted.

      2. Rachael says:

        You are right. Loss is terrible. But when one combats that loss with love, it is a gift. And maybe I should have worded it to say, adoption is the greatest gift an orphan can receive.

        1. vista says:

          Adoption is never a gift. Adoption is a solution. Calling adoption a gift lends to the analogy that the adoptee should be “grateful.” Any train of thought in this line is wrong and should be avoided. Adoptees have enough subconscious garbage to filter through without having to deal with the whole “you should feel grateful” concept.
          **Whatever** the reason a child is adopted, it first came through loss.

          1. Rachael says:

            What is the true problem you are speaking about? The loss, the pressure to be grateful, or the fact that I called it a gift?

          2. Rachael says:

            I don’t give gifts so that people are grateful. And calling it a gift does not lend to that analogy. Sheesh, didn’t you watch that Boy Meets World episode? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4H9a-72-24 Here, I’ll sum it up for you in the words of Mr. Feeny. “A true gift is given with no expectation.”

            And you are generalizing an entire population based on nonfactual assumptions that you have about them. Any train of thought in this line is wrong and should be avoided. Some, yes, may have psychological damage. And who doesn’t? But the boy pictured above is well-adjusted and appears happy with his adopted family.

            If loss is your problem, then oh well. Adoption does not equal loss. Life=loss. It happens. We can’t control it. I bet many orphans just want to have a family, despite what happened. My dad died and my mother never remarried. I didn’t pine away with my “subconscious garbage” pushing away gifts because people expected gratefulness from me. I would have loved to have had a father growing up.

          3. Ariadna says:

            I’m sorry for you. EVERYONE should always be grateful for everything… and an adopted person is given a chance at a family through adoption. They are not forced to feel grateful, but they probably are.

          4. Emily says:

            I was adopted as an infant, and I am grateful. My mother couldn’t raise me, but she chose not to have an abortion. I am grateful for that. I was adopted by wonderful parents. I am grateful for that. I don’t know if you were adopted or not. If not, stfu for talking about what you don’t understand. If you were adopted and it wasn’t a positive experience, I’m sorry, but you shouldn’t generalize your experience for everyone adopted.

      3. Pspaughtamus says:

        Adoption can mean the child lost his or her parents, or that instead of parents they were merely genetic donors, in which case, being given up to be adopted by people who wanted to be PARENTS is a far better thing than a childhood of neglect and/or abuse at the hands of the sperm and egg donors.

      4. Will T says:

        Wow, I get playing the devils advocate but this is like troll level 100 of remarks. It’s like saying what about all the good Hitler did?

        I think this is cute and I do think it will help raise awareness. Adoption has a stigma about it I never understood. People would rather picket in front of a Planned Parenthood than adopt the ones that are in the world.

  1. Lisa Johnson says:

    This is absolutely awesome. Our son was 7 when we brought him home and I wish we had some baby photos of him! I love the fact that your son was willing to do those pictures. I LOVE the pictures! Congratulations to a wonderful family!

  2. Dontae says:

    White folks do the craziest things! Just when you think that you have heard it all. This is absolutely ridicilous. It’s wonderful that this young man and his sister have a loving home however when I see things such as this I know that black children should not be placed in white homes. The way that we raise children and the cultures are totally different I don’t care what anyone says.

    1. Beccky says:

      Where does it say that this child was placed with a white family. And why should it matter if an African American is placed with a white family and vice-versa. As long as the child is loves and taken care of it should not matter. I understand about the different cultures and such, but if a family is willing and able to take in a child of a different race, they are probably more than willing to learn about the native culture of that child. Would you say this about a child of mixed race? Where would you say they belong?

      1. Hebe says:

        Native culture? If the child is American she is raised in the American culture, isn’t she? After all, “African Americans” have been there since the beginning, so why should the color matter?

    2. Allison says:

      Hey numbnuts Dontae: who said the parents are white?? Please be careful, your prejudice is showing. And for the record, HE wanted these photos done, not the parents. Mom went along because her son wanted this.

    3. Carr says:

      You do realize that you aren’t born with a culture, right? “Your culture” is a broad definition of the environment in which you are raised and the attitudes and morays you adopt, not the color of your skin or your genetic history.

    4. Ariadna says:

      Wow. Just wow. They are persons, and it shouldn’t matter what color their SKINS are. Besides, nowhere does it say the mother is white, does it? Thanks to you the world keeps being as divided as it is.

  3. lorelee says:

    Adoption IS a gift. I was adopted. I was a gift to my parents who wanted a girl of there own. They were a gift to me. A gift does leave the idea that you should be grateful. I am grateful for them, they are grateful for me.

  4. Momof1 says:

    I’m sorry but for people to be bickering on this article is ridiculous. He was adopted, a lot of children are. Honestly, I agree. It is a gift, to those children. I’ll admit it is a sad loss that they had to be adopted instead of with their real aprents, but sometimes it’s for the better. They now have someone to take care of them, and show them the love the so deeply deserve. Keep your negativity to yourself and just be happy for these children why don’t you. It’s a grateful thing to have someone love you even if it isn’t who brought you into this world.

    I think those pictures are amazing! Such personality.

  5. jen says:

    1. I LOVE this.
    2. I became pregnant at 17. I was not responsible enough to have a child. I did a private open adoption. the child’s parents weren’t able to have children. The child has a happy life and I now (14 years later) have my own husband and 3 children. our adoption process was, and is, a gift.

  6. karin says:

    are you kidding me calling adoption a “loss”? It’s a selfless gift. As an adopted kid I see it that I had birth parents that loved me enough to realize what was best for me was to give me to another family. I had adoptive parents that made sure I knew every day I was theirs. I was given a stable, loving home and access to an amazing education. Things that I’m not sure I would not have gotten otherwise. I am grateful to both my birth and adoptive aprents EVERY DAY.

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