Black Mother Criticized For Adopting Two White Siblings Is Asked If She Kidnapped Them
Sep 29, 2021 by apost team
A Black woman by the name of Kimberly Holden made it her mission to show children just how much love and kindness is in the world by becoming a foster parent. She grew up in Connecticut and was inspired by her aunt, who had adopted children and loved them dearly. When she was 21 years old, Holden got married and was urged to start her family by adopting children, but her husband was not on board. After three years of marriage, the pair called it quits, and Holden finally moved forward with her plan to become a mother.
Finally, in 2011, Holden’s dream came true, and she became a foster parent. It was a moment she still holds close to her heart, and she has since dedicated her life to helping children in need and providing them with an abundance of love and care.
She was single at the time and went on to foster five Black children, who were all later reunited with their biological families. Holden’s heart ached each time she had to say goodbye to another child, so she took some much-needed time away from fostering. About a year later, she began caring for a white baby girl, only to realize years later that the girl had a brother who also needed help. She adopted the girl in 2015 and the boy in 2018.
Despite her good intentions, Holden was criticized for adopting the children as many people couldn’t believe that she was their mother. However, nothing could deter Holden from providing the children with a loving place to call home.
Spreading A Message Of Love And Kindness
Sending her story to Love What Matters, Holden talked about what it’s been like being a Black mother to two adopted white children: Elizabeth and Edgar. When Holden first met Elizabeth, the child was just an 8-month-old baby who needed a home. “Elizabeth and I didn’t care that we looked different from one another, because all we saw were each other’s hearts (and those look the same),” Holden said.
Unfortunately, not everyone in the world was as kind, with many people giving her questioning looks, such as, “Are you her nanny? Did you kidnap her?” Holden explained that she constantly received weird looks from strangers and would always have to correct them that she was, in fact, the baby’s mother, not her babysitter. “This world still has a long way to go,” Holden said.
In August 2015, Holden found out that Elizabeth’s newborn brother Edgar needed someone to take him in, but he had another home to go to afterward. In October that same year, Holden adopted Elizabeth. However, in January 2016, she received a phone call from Elizabeth’s previous social worker explaining that Edgar still needed help, and Holden happily welcomed him into her home. Holden later adopted the young boy in July 2018, finally making her finally complete.
The mom has continued to teach her children to love everyone no matter what they look like and to embrace everyone’s differences. She has also continued to inspire other adults to foster and adopt. “Love goes beyond skin color,” Holden said.
“It doesn’t matter what color someone is… LOVE THEM!”
What do you think about this woman’s journey into motherhood? What do you think about the message she’s trying to share with the world? Let us know, and be sure to pass this along to your loved ones, too.