“It was always somewhat my fault, but I didn’t realize that, you know, when I was growing up,” Taylor said.
For 10 years, his social worker, Connie, tried to get him adopted. For 10 years, she watched Taylor get labeled as a “bad kid.”
“Every child is adoptable,” Connie said. “There’s a family for every child.” Neglected by his drug-addicted biological parents, Taylor has always felt unlovable.
“I was just so mad because I thought that they weren’t going to keep me,” Taylor said. “I was just trying to test them.”
Connie never gave up him. She was determined to find him the right home.
“All I could think about was how he was feeling and how he was blaming himself, again,” Connie said.
Connie was so upset, she became physically ill — so she filed the paperwork to adopt Taylor the very next day.
After a decade, Connie is now officially Taylor’s mom. Although, it hasn’t been easy — the road to adoption can be difficult, but it is worth it, just ask Doug and Heather Wilson.
“He’d go, ‘I’m leaving. I hate this,’” Connie said. “And I’d be like, ‘I’m not sending you away, Taylor.’ And he would look over at me, take his backpack off and head back in.”
Though he has a hard outer shell, Taylor is finally happy.
“This is where I belong,” Taylor said. “She knows my worst side, and she still cares about me and still loves me.”