Adopted Mahoning Valley teen spends first Thanksgiving with family

Jacinda and Anthony Madison did not initially plan on having kids, but that all changed when they met Randy

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and on Thanksgiving, one local family is especially thankful that they were able to come together.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and on Thanksgiving, one local family is especially thankful that they were able to come together.

For Jacinda and Anthony Madison, who have been married for 15 years, having a family was not in their plans.

But then, through their church, they met Randy, now 16, who spent nine years bouncing among foster homes and schools.

“It was like, once you made friends, then later on you’d have to leave and find new friends, but luckily, I’m a very sociable person,” Randy said.

The three struck up a friendship of their own.

“Then, one day, I was joking around and I said, ‘You guys should adopt me!’ and then the famous line that stuck, ‘We can’t, we’re allergic to kids,'” Randy said, laughing.

Then, they prayed on it.

“We thought that we could help him and he could help us. We could be a blessing to him, and he could be a blessing to us,” Jacinda said.

Anthony said he related to Randy because he was also adopted.

They had months of visits and quality time together through Mahoning County Children Services. Then, last December came the day they made the adoption official.

“I was like, ‘You gotta hurry up, because I have to go back to the group home before I’m late,’ and he said, ‘There is no group home. You’re staying here,” Randy said.

Thursday was the Madison’s first Thanksgiving as a family, and Jacinda said they have a lot to be thankful for.

“We have so much to be grateful for, because this was truly our mission from God,” she said.

Randy is currently a junior at Valley Christian. He is looking forward to studying math or science in college, hopefully at The Ohio State University. He has also participated in Junior ROTC and is interested in joining the military.

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