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What does the future hold for RJ? It's a question caseworkers, as well as RJ himself, once wondered and worried about. The immediate future is looking bright now, as his adoption will be final tomorrow.
Last year we introduced you to RJ, one of our Wednesday's Children. At the time he told us what he wanted most was "just a family to be active in, and treat him like their own kid."
We are thrilled to tell you he has found exactly that. Not long after our initial story aired, RJ met the Mayfields.
"They're pretty cool. They do activities. They do stuff as a family. They actually include me as one of theirs," RJ said.
James and Meghan Mayfield had been interested in bringing a foster child into their family for a while.
"We were looking for a teenager who, regardless of the situation, had made good life decisions," James said.
RJ, hard working and respectful, felt like the perfect fit.
Meghan said, "The first time he came for a full day was the 4th of July. He just came for a visit to see if we liked him and he liked us, and he just never left."
RJ's first visit with the Mayfields included boating, a party with extended family, an introduction to the high school football coach and team and an almost instantaneous bond with certain members of the family--the Mayfield's four biological kids.
People often ask Meghan about their close connection.
James added, "Yeah, he's bonded with them very well. They get along. He's just the older brother that they've always wanted."
Meghan says she realized pretty quickly that it was meant to be. For RJ, his desire to make this relationship permanent hasn't come from a single moment, it's more of a feeling.
"All the other families I've lived in, I didn't feel trusted, and I didn't feel like I could trust them or actually communicate as much with them. Here I feel more welcomed, and more loved," he said.
"It surprised me how quickly and how fiercely I came to love this kid," Meghan said. "I wasn't there from the beginning of his life. I didn't see him take his first steps. I didn't get to hear him say his first words, but he's my son."
"He brings a lot of fun to the family," James said. "It's wonderful to see him grow and have friends and be a part of a family that does care about him."