Being an orphaned or surrendered child, or a child that needs to live without their biological parents anyway, is hard enough. Experiencing failed adoption attempts can only make things worse.Most of the children who are growing up within the US foster system have only one dream: to find a real family to call their own one day.
Unfortunately, for a large number of kids, this never happens. It has been estimated that every year, around 20,000 children age out of the foster system. This means that they are left alone to build a life from scratch.This was the reality that Seth Miller was faced with a few years back when he became an adult officially, which meant he couldn’t count on the foster care system anymore.
Seth, who had been put up for adoption as a toddler and later went through a hurtful failed adoption in childhood, spent about a decade in unhappy foster homes.
This was until he became of age, which was when he realized he had nobody to turn to.
At just 18 years old, he became homeless and had to live in a car.
“Empty, alone, nowhere to kind of fit in […] just an everyday kind of life, nothing really extraordinary to look forward to,” he recalled during an interview with USA Today.
All he wished for, was a proper family to call his own.
And, magically, a series of events started happening that would change Seth’s life forever.
In 2013, when his court-appointed special advocate talked Robert and Ara Hunt into meeting up with the boy, things started changing for Seth.
The Hunt family had adopted Seth’s biological sister, Shyann Hunt.
At first, they were hesitant to meet Seth, but then they decided that fear should not hold them back, and made the bold move.
“When we let go of the fears, we found forever,” Ara Hunt said.
Indeed, the couple arranged things so that Shyann would meet her brother who they never knew existed, and the reunion was emotional- to say the least.
From then on, things took their course, just like it was meant to happen.
Soon after the reunion, the Hunts, who already had a large family including two daughters and a son still living at home at the time, invited Seth to move in with them.
Although the transition period was challenging, they soon found their communication codes and living all together became something natural for them.
One year later, the Hunts officially adopted Seth.
Seth, the Hunt family, and a few people who love them, gathered in a Collin County courtroom. That’s where they all became a family under the law.
“From the first time I saw the interview, I knew he was a part of our family,” Robert Hunt told the judge. “We’re just doing this to make it legal. He’s our son.”
Seth decided to change his name. He is now Logan Hunt, honoring the name of the family that gave him the most precious gift of all: somewhere to belong.
“It feels awesome,” Logan said. “Like I’m at peace.”
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