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Young woman praises adoption

Whitney Cleveland Whitney Cleveland
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May 4, 2004

Thomasville - "My dad is a school teacher. He's been teaching for 32 years.  He has 13 more days left before he retires. My mom is a social worker and my brother is in the 9th grade at Thomas County Central high School," says Whitney Cleveland as she boasts about a family she is proud of.

"My parents are my best friends," says Whitney. "My little brother is great." And Whitney's family is proud of her, proud to have her.

Whitney says, "I was born to a 13 year old girl in the Atlanta area, and she gave me up for adoption because she knew she wasn't going to be able to keep me. So, my parents adopted me and 7 years later, adopted my brother Jonathan."

Because of her experience as an adopted child, Whitney is letting others know the joys of adoption, and she isn't stopping in Thomasville. She says, "I want to work with the National Adoption Center and adopt US kids, which is President Bush's adoption campaign, and become a national spokesperson."

A spokesperson who knows she is blessed. "I was chosen, I was special," says Whitney. Special because she was given away and given life.

The Open Door Adoption Agency is holding a meeting Tuesday at seven for anyone interested in volunteering or joining the auxiliary. A tea will be held at the agency May 27th from 3-6PM.  Questions?  Call Open Door at (229) 228-6339.

posted at 5:44 PM by karen.collier@walb.com