It seems unimaginable now, but adoption for some families used to be as easy as showing up at the train depot. Word would go out when kids were coming from the East Coast. They were largely children of immigrant families who’d found poverty rather than promise in their voyage to the New World. Renee Wendinger of Sleepy Eye interviewed some Orphan Train riders for her book. Few of them are still living. “They were found in doorways and other out-of-the-way places, hungry and starving,” Wendinger said.
Given an opportunity for adoption, a pair of brothers wanted their younger sibling to have a home first. Touched by their selflessness, a St. Paul family is now on a journey that will change those boys’ lives and their own.
A sophomore at the University of St. Thomas is doing more than studying these days. She’s also raising hope for kids in Africa.
You may have noticed that signs and cars are lining the streets in your neighborhood already, because it’s officially garage sale season. In St. Michael, however, there’s one sale that’s not about the purchase, but the purpose.
In the wake of Haiti’s quake, more than two dozen Minnesota families have welcomed new children into their homes. The adoptions of 39 kids headed here were among hundreds put on the fast track. Two of them belong to Dawn and Lee Shelton.
With six kids, Mary and Bill Kratz had a big family. It got even bigger early Wednesday when two new members of the family arrived from Haiti.