But halfway around the world in Wellington, Colorado, two people did indeed hear Hasya’s story. Adeye and Anthony Salem happened to read about the young girl’s loveless upbringing. Adeye was an adoption advocate herself, who often shared the stories of children like Hasya who were in desperate need of a family’s love and support. And speaking to Colorado State University’s Jeff Dodge, she said that she and her husband were immediately moved by the young girl’s story.
“Seeing the pictures, we just started crying,” she said. “We knew it would be so hard, but after talking about it one night, there was not one reason good enough to say no. Everything we came up with sounded like an excuse.”
However, this wasn’t the first time the Salems had adopted a child with special needs, and nor would it be the last. Although at some point in their marriage, Adeye had actually thought any more than two children would be a handful: “He wanted four kids, and I only wanted two – I thought he was crazy,” Adeye told Dodge.