National Adoption Day 2012
Jessica and Terry Siegrist never imagined the boy who would come into their life was already like family. Their new son, Anthony, used to be over at their house all the time when he was younger because he was best friends with their son. “Back in those years when he was coming to our house and spending hours and weekends there, we had jokingly said, ‘If no one is looking for him, we’ll keep him,’ because nobody was looking for him,” Jessica Siegrist said. “And here we are reconnected with him.”
The couple had been in the process of looking to adopt, and one day Siegrist was looking at the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco after being directed there by a case manager under Eckerd. “She calls me frantically, going, ‘Oh my god, this is our Anthony,’” Jessica said. The adoption process was about reconnecting for the Siegrist family. When they met, Anthony recognized them in about three seconds, he said. It was a perfect fit right away.
For more about the Siegrist family and Pinellas County’s celebration of National Adoption Day, go to Tampa Bay Newspapers.