We met the Seabolts last summer, just before they brought their son, Charlie, home from China.
Since then, it has been so inspiring to watch the way that they have truly created a family culture of adventure, hope, perseverance, and laughter.
If I say, ‘no,’ they expect that he can see a lot more than he can.
This experience opened a new world and a new set of introductions for the Seabolts that broadened their perspective and brought them tremendous encouragement.
Dawn raved about the services from their county saying, “They introduced us to Mr. Anderson, two blind adults that are completely independent, awesome, and successful people.
A few months into the process, though, their social worker informed them that their wait for a child was growing.
What was once anticipated to be a 2 year process was turning into a 4 year process, maybe longer.
Within 6 months, they traveled to China to bring three year old Kate home.
Once Kate came home, they began to discover what life with albinism would be like and what specific extra support Kate would need.
We realized that it’s not that big of a deal to be blind or visually impaired.” The impact of Kate’s teachers was incredible for Kate, but it also shaped the way that Dawn and Stephen viewed adoption.
Their experience of being able to handle — even thrive as a family — despite Kate’s diagnosis was transformative.
During that early intervention process, Dawn was also told by the county that Kate needed to start vision services.
She didn’t have any significant delays, but they wanted to get her started in a pre-K program for visually impaired children.
After getting married, they felt strongly led to adopt from China but discovered that they had to be 30 years old in order to do so.