School teacher Jodi Kacz loves her job and the children she teaches but, sadly, she was never able to have children of her own because of a heart condition.
She and her husband, based in Phoenix, had thought of adopting many times, especially during volunteering trips to orphanages in Mexico.
In one of those orphanages lived a boy named Orlando. He was born in the United States, but was taken to an orphanage in Mexico. He spent every night wishing and waiting to return to America.
In a twist of fate, Kacz was assigned to volunteer at Orlando’s orphanage, but had to cancel the trip due to heart issues.
Years later in 2014, Orlando was finally taken back to Arizona to live with a foster family in the Phoenix area. Meanwhile, Kacz was teaching reading-intervention. It was an eerie coincidence that led Orlando to her classroom and gave the pair a second chance at meeting.
Kacz grew fond of Orlando, now a hard-working and energetic fourth-grader.
“I used to always tell my husband, ‘There’s a kid at school, and if I could adopt, I would adopt a kid just like him,’” Kacz explained.
One day, Orlando’s best pal told Kacz that Orlando was in foster care, a fact she hadn’t previously known.
“Eventually, I said, ‘This is meant to be. This connection I feel is from above.’” Kacz said.
On National Adoption Day this year, the Kacz family officially adopted Orlando.
“He is so overjoyed he’s with my husband and I, that he finally found his forever home,” Kacz said. “He tells me I’m the mom he always wished for.”
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