The London 2012 Olympic Games end this Sunday. Olympic fever has taken over the world and provided me yet another opportunity to highlight adoption and foster care – I’m so grateful. After his win, thirty-four year old, shot put bronze medal winner, Reese Hoffa, used his achievement to raise awareness about the numbers of children in need of a permanent home and family.
Reese was the second child of a 15 year old teen mom. As a small child, Reese accidently set his home on fire. He recalls being put up for adoption between age 3 and 4. He attributed this to the house fire. The reality was that a young mother was struggling financially to care for her sons and made the decision to put them up for adoption to give them a chance at a better life. Reese remained in an orphanage for one year and was adopted by the Hoffa family at age 5.