After starting the adoption process a year ago, Thomas Rhett and his wife have FINALLY welcomed home their little girl, Willa Grey Akins in May. The couple adopted their beautiful daughter from Uganda. “On the way to the airport, it was like Christmas Day,” the country singer said. Merry Christmas in May to the country singers family.
“It felt like a dream. I’ve dreamed of us all being on the same continent for so long. It finally feels like everyone is where they’re supposed to be.” Rhetts wife, Lauren, said. Lauren met Willa named 'Blessing' in her home country of Uganda when she was on a trip in 2016. At the time the couple was trying to get pregnant themselves but also had a dream of adopting in the future.
When Rhett saw a picture of his wife holding little Willa, he was over-come with their bond and throught that they should adopt her. Willa was orphaned as an infant and had also had an obvious bond with Lauren as well. “Lauren had this amazing glow about her and it just felt like she was already our daughter in a weird way,” said the singer and then, ‘I just blurted out, ‘We should bring her home.'
It was not an easy process, there was a lot of paperwork and hoops they had to jump through but in the end it was all worth it. During the long process, the couple surprisingly found out that they were pregnant. They found out that they are expecting two girls now. By August the Rhett home will be all pink all the time. Girl EVERYTHING! We think Rhett will mange well in a house full of estrogen. Here is a family photo of them on the 4th of July...
If you would like to follow in the Rhett family foots steps and adopt from Uganda, here are some tips for you. According to UNICEF, Uganda has 2.5 million orphans. Of that number, 1.2 million are orphaned by AIDS. Many of these orphans have parents still living but they are unable to care for them.
In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parent(s), Uganda has the following adoption eligibility requirements. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from Uganda, or you are unsure, please contact USCIS for a free case-by-case consultation regarding your adoption.
Citizenship: One adoptive parent must be a US citizen. Age: Applicants must be at least 25 years old and 21 years older than the child they plan to adopt. In the case of a married couple, it is sufficient for one spouse to meet these requirements. Marriage Status: Married couples are eligible to adopt regardless of length of marriage. Singles may only adopt a child of their same gender. For more information on adoption in Uganda visit Uganda adoptions.
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