Tuesday's Child: 16-year-old Jewels a perfect match for Woods family
COLORADO SPRINGS -
When most people think about adoption, babies and children come to mind. There are numerous teenagers in the foster care system in need of loving families. The Woods family and 16-year-old Jewels are a perfect match.
The finalization of Jewels' adoption on Friday was a moment nine years in the making. "It means a lot because I've been through a lot," Jewels told News5.
She changed her adoptive parents' minds about adopting a teenager.
"There is no way that my 16-year-old daughter is going to have her lip pierced and bright pink hair," said Scott Woods about the first time he met Jewels. "Then I heard her story, and I'm like, there's so much more to worry about than the color of her hair."
Jewels spent a weekend with Kim and Scott Wood while placed with another foster family.
"The day before she was supposed to have a permanency hearing with her former placement, she sat us down and said, 'I would really love to stay with you,'" Kim said. "We fell apart and started bawling cause that's what we wanted."
Jewels didn't just survive nine years in the foster care system. "I've been through 18 different homes," she said. "A few of them being adoptive or possible adoptive placements, and they've all given up hope on me."
Now she's thriving as a member of the Woods family. "She is the most remarkable and rare person I've ever met," Kim said. "She's literally one of my heroes in life."