11 Months After Adopting Orphan From China Neighbor Drops Bombshell About Kid In Picture That Mom Can't Ignore
Kristin Danley 8/10/2018
Chinese orphanages are dismally full of abandoned babies and children who only want one thing -- to be loved. The conditions aren't the best, but the workers there try to make the shelters as homey as they can.
Dawson and Hannah grew up in the same orphanage and considered each other to be siblings. Their bond was beautiful and unbreakable.
Sharon and Andy Sykes adopted Hannah into their family. The little girl instantly had two brothers who doted upon her, but she still noticeably missed Dawson.
"They had so little connection, and so little consistency, [but] they had each other for those first formative years. They call each other brother and sister."
Sharon told CBS News that their close bond was clearly evident throughout the adoption process. In every photo update the Sykes family received from their adoption agency, Hannah was always pictured with Dawson, playing together, holding hands and sitting next to each other.
Hannah's mom felt called to find her buddy Dawson a new home, so she took to social media to share his story. Hannah might be living in Texas with her new family, but her aching heart had left a piece behind in China with Dawson.
"He was on my heart. Really, I couldn't stop thinking of him."
Amy Clary was enjoying dinner out with her family when she learned about Dawson's story through a friend who had seen Sharon's Facebook post. Her husband Christopher joked that by the time he returned from the play area with their kids, Amy had already decided Dawson would be theirs.
"I was gone for 45 seconds, maybe it was two minutes, and then [she] said, 'We're adopting this little boy.' I just said okay."
The Clarys have three children younger than five, but enough love for more. They had fostered children in the past and felt their faith calling them to adopt Dawson.
When the adoption for Dawson was approved, Amy and Sharon decided the two kids should meet up, especially since they'd sorrowfully been apart for months. What the two little ones didn't know is that these best friends were about to become neighbors living only five minutes away from each other.
As three-year-old Dawson got off the plane and made his way through the airport with his new family, he spied his bestie. Four-year-old Hannah was ready and waiting.
"They must have hugged 400 times. They kept hugging and getting so giddy that they would fall over."
Thanks to Dawson and Hannah's tight friendship, the Clarys and Sykes have become quite close, too. Sharon said people view the adoptions as them doing something wonderful for the kids, but in reality, the children have blessed their families.