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English teacher brings ‘peanut’ into family

Kristin, Reagan & English teacher Chris Johnson (courtesy photo)

Kristin, Reagan & English teacher Chris Johnson (courtesy photo)

Marisa VanderMolen, Staff Writer

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English teacher Chris Johnson will never foget the moment he saw his daughter for the first time.

“When her host mom opened up the door and she was holding her, it was a sight for sore eyes,” said Johnson, who along with his wife Kristin, adopted 1-month-old Raegan on April 6, 2017. “She was the most precious little thing; she was just an absolute little peanut.”

While the end result was rewarding, trying to adopt a child was a long, tedious and emotional journey for the couple.

For Johnson and his wife, who is an elementary teacher at Campbell Elementary, this was more than true.

“We decided to try to foster-to-adopt because we had some friends who had gone through it, and they were successful,” Mr. Johnson said.

The Johnsons first chose to foster a child whom they would then hopefully be able adopt. Once everything seemed to be going in their favor, the court system and judge decided to give the birth mother one more chance.

“We knew that there was a possibility that it wouldn’t be forever, but you just kind of push that aside, and when you have that baby in your home and love it so much, it just kind of knocks you off your feet when it happens,” Mr. Johnson said.

Instead of going through a foster-to-adopt process again, the Johnsons decided to take a safer route through Adoption Associates, a Christian agency (serving all faiths) located in Michigan and nationwide. They have placed more than 5,000 children in loving, caring homes.

Make that at least 5,001 children as 1-month-old Raegan was brought home by the Johnsons on April 6, 2017.

“On a Monday at work, I received a phone call, and I just knew it was one of those phone calls that changes your life, and they said that our daughter was born and asked if we were ready to meet her,” Ms. Johnson said.

Raegan is originally from the east side of the state but is now living happily with her new parents.

“Raegan’s biological mother was young when she had her and knew that she wouldn’t be able to finish school or provide a quality life for her child,” Mr. Johnson said.

The Johnsons were presented with background information, including health, about Raegan’s mother and father. They knew right away that this was their child.

The adoption was finalized on July 11, 2017, when Raegan was 4 months old, and she’s been living and adventuring with them since then.

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