Here in the Rochester area, more than a hundred families have adopted Guatemalan children and several parents have started a group to teach their kids more about their roots. But as YNN’s Christina Noce explains, it's the parents who are learning the most.
Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. Jeffrey Sutton waited almost two years to adopt his son James from Guatemala.
More than a hundred families in the Rochester area have adopted Guatemalan children, 25 of whom started their own group to reintroduce their kids to their roots.
They started out as first-time parents. Now they’re more like a family, meeting throughout the year to learn more about Guatemalan cooking, books and today, building Mayan pyramids out of sugar cubes.
The pyramid they were basing it on was about 180 feet tall. The project wasn’t exactly to scale but with every sugar cube, the kids had a chance to learn more about their culture.
When it was time to pick up their ten month old son, Sutton and his wife did their research.
“We went to his birth town. We bought 16 presents for him from the shops there.”
Every year, they give James a gift from his birthplace. The sixteenth gift, according to Guatemalan tradition, will be a key chain for James' first car.
“It was truly an immediate bond," said Annette McCabe.
Annette McCabe was 43 years old when she was given the gift of motherhood.
“I adopted her as a single mom. And I was fortunate enough when she was five, to marry.”
For the kids, the afternoon was about sugar cube pyramids. But these parents will tell you, when it comes to family, some things are worth the wait.
“I did some things out of order and it’s turned out to be the perfect family.”