“Newborn” Announcement of 13-Year-Old Adopted Son Goes Viral

latrell higgins newborn announcementKelli Higgins and her husband adopted Latrell and his sister Chanya two years ago, when he was 10 and she was 5. The couple welcomed the children into their home and into their family. Kelli and her husband already had five biological children, and another one on the way, but she knew that she had more love to give and she wanted to give it to a child who might have a harder time being adopted because of his or her age.

Last month, Kelli, who is a professional photographer, was talking about an upcoming newborn photo shoot that she was going to do and Latrell mentioned that he really wished that he had baby photos of himself. I can imagine that was heartbreaking to hear for his mother, as they have no photos of him from his childhood. One of his sisters suggested to Kelli that she recreate a “newborn” announcement shoot with Latrell. The whole family had a good laugh but then Kelli thought, why not?

The next day, Kelli took Latrell into her studio and they recreated what could have been his newborn photos. They had a good time doing it, laughing the entire time. The photos are stunning but more importantly, the sentiment, the love that went into shooting those photos are apparent. The results are angelic photos of a 13-year-old boy, with soft lighting and an ethereal feel. The “birth” announcements are gorgeous and a tribute to his adoptive mother’s love for him and pride in being his mother.

Adopting children, who are not newborns or toddlers, isn’t as prevalent as those adoptions that take place when children are younger. I’ve never adopted a child but I think it might have something to do with parents wanting to raise the child as their own from a young age; to be there for all the firsts. Once the child is older, they come with preconceived notions, experiences, traumas, and maybe even the recollection of their biological parents; making it that much harder for you to be seriously considered as their “parent.”

Sadly, this leaves a lot of wonderful children who simply age out of foster care, without ever really getting a second chance at a family. Still, there are those parents who rise above the situation and adopt older children and give these children wonderful lives. It might take a little extra effort and time on everyone’s part but once you break through and you give that unconditional love, it’s a beautiful thing. It is giving a parent a child to love and a child a parent who will always be there for them; it is love and stability, something we all long for.


These photos have sparked a conversation about older adoption and they are shining a positive light on the entire experience. On the surface, it may seem funny or entertaining to do this shoot but at its core, Kelli and Latrell sharing his “newborn” shoot have inspired awareness and made a memory that will last a lifetime.

Photo via Kelli Higgins Photography 

What do you think?

“Newborn” Announcement of 13-Year-Old Adopted Son Goes Viral

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

Tell us what you think!


  1. Profile photo of Leilani Leilani says:

    What a sweet story and sentiment! I have always wanted to adopt, and when I’m older (I’m 25 now), I would love to adopt a child who is older and give him/her the family he/she deserves!

  2. Profile photo of Ashley Ashley says:

    I absolutely love this!!! Very blessed family! Just a beautiful story to read.

  3. Profile photo of Jamie Jamie says:

    This family is so very blessed to have each other, This story really is so very heartfelt and beautiful. My family adopted 2 children 1 when she was 13 months and a 7 year old. My brother whom was 7 years old at the time has just gotten in contact with his family over in India! It has giving him so many lost memories back. We are all so happy for him, Since him and his wife have recently had a baby of their own too 🙂

  4. Profile photo of LibethC LibethC says:

    so very sweet, beautiful pictures

  5. Profile photo of Alexandra Alexandra says:

    It’s so sweet of his mother and sister to think this up, but I especially like how happy the boy looks in his pictures.

  6. So precious. You can really feel the love

  7. Profile photo of Mandra87 Mandra87 says:

    I was adopted when I was almost 12. I know exactly what it’s like not to have those baby albums and all that. I think this
    Was a beautiful idea! It’s a memory that will show that family isn’t just blood. God gives us other families that we need more and they need us!

  8. Profile photo of samantha samantha says:

    This is a beautiful story!!! I am tearing up… love the photos

  9. Profile photo of Letty Letty says:

    Tooo sweet
    Which more people where that sweet, loving and considerate

  10. Profile photo of Robyn Robyn says:

    This is so sweet! We have adopted a sibling group of 5 young adults 11-17 and we have about a dozen photos of them from when their parents were alive. We don’t have any photos of our youngest before he was about 7 years old. We were lucky to have a relative give us a couple of photos of the four oldest with their parents when they were all little, but that’s it. It pains us every time our youngest is asked to do an assignment or project that he needs baby photos or even funny stories from his childhood. I know how much my biological children have enjoyed hearing about themselves as babies as they grew up, but this is something we can’t give our other children. It’s hard to accept that there are so many things that we cannot make fair or right for them about growing up as orphans without even legal guardians for 8 years!

    • Profile photo of Melody Melody says:

      You are truly a wonderful, amazing, inspirational person, as well as your spouse. Not to mention-brave! 🙂 So many children sounds intimidating, but if you have that kind of love to give, you’re so blessed. I had tears in my eyes at the above article, but your story…made me cry. God bless you and your family Robyn.

  11. Profile photo of lacey lacey says:

    That’s friggin cute! Great sense of humor that family has. He looks quite comfortable posing. Too adorable. Love it:-)

  12. Profile photo of Maria Maria says:

    this is such a sweet story!!!

  13. Profile photo of Hello-kitty Hello-kitty says:

    That is sooooooo cute and adorable

  14. Profile photo of Ambar H. Ambar H. says:

    This is awesome. I think that it shows the child the love that he has now and forever

  15. Profile photo of JNay28 JNay28 says:

    What a gift to give him! 🙂

  16. Profile photo of Awmomma Awmomma says:

    What a beautiful sentiment….celebration of the child’s new life with the family :)) Love it!

  17. Profile photo of LisaHardy LisaHardy says:

    If you want to adopt a child after you have kids of your "own", you might want to skip the adoption (for the sake of the kids you want to adopt).

  18. Profile photo of monette3 monette3 says:

    That is lovely! I want to adopt children some day!

  19. Profile photo of alemiro1422 alemiro1422 says:

    This is Soooo nice. I want to adopt in about 10 years. After I have kids of my own 🙂

  20. That is awesome. He is a "Newborn" in their family so I say WAY TOO GO! Thanks for giving an older child a chance!