Adopted At Age 32
Maurice Griffin, 32, is officially proud to call his former foster mother, Lisa Goldbond, ‘mom,’ after almost 20 years of being apart.
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Griffin, 13 at the time, was just two months shy of getting adopted by Godbold and her now-deceased husband, when he was removed from the home by his social worker because of an issue related to corporal punishment, FOX5 San Diego reports.
According to Griffin, he explicitly asked his foster parents to spank him at the time because he didn’t want there to be a distinction between him and the other boys.
“I wanted to be treated like a real son, their sons got spanked and I didn’t,” stated Griffin to the news outlet.
Through out the years, moving from one foster home to the next, Griffin continued to hope for his return to the Goldbonds.
A fateful re-acquaintance through MySpace six years ago brought the two together again. After filing official adoption papers on Valentine’s day, ‘mother’ and ‘son’ were elated to receive the ruling they’ve waited two decades for this past Friday.
“I just feel like this makes it official,”Godbold told CNN. “And we don’t have to keep explaining it now.”
“It stirred up a lot of emotion about adopting older children,” Higgins told HuffPost.“And [the announcement] allowed people to see that these older children really are big babies who crave the love of parents and the security of a forever home.”
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