YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – C.J. Nichol was a young man without a true home. He spent the last few years bouncing between foster families, all while being separated from his sister, Ebony.
But this Thanksgiving, they’re all together.
“We like that much better,” Ebony said.
Their story is an example of adoption success at the end of Adoption Awareness Month in November.
Dawn Nichol-Smith knew C.J. and Ebony’s birth mother.
“They were in the family before they were ever adopted. I had already fallen in love with them,” she said.
After a 15-month adoption process, they were adopted on September 7, joining Michael and Iecina Miller as one big family.
“You don’t have to worry about meetings, counseling, all this other stuff that you really don’t need. You’re in a happy family, and your family is supporting you,” C.J. said.
C.J. says he wants to go into the Marine Corps. Ebony wants to be a fashion model, if she ever leaves her new home.
“I told you, I’m living with her forever,” Ebony said.
Ebony and C.J. are the rare older kids to find a home, and they want to make sure others like them find forever homes.
“I would say you should adopt them, because everyone loves kids, and I think that every child should have a home and someone to love,” Ebony said.
“They’re not bad kids. They’re not problem kids. They’re kids who used to have problems,” Dawn said. “All they need is love and stability. Someone to be there for them and not give up.”