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Tre's Success Story: Generations in the making

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Six-year-old Tre has found his forever family and it was a decision his grandfather made many years ago, which inspired his parents to adopt. This is Tre's success story that has been generations in the making.

As Tre figures out where he wants to have his sixth birthday party, his parents can't believe how quickly the years have passed since he entered their lives.

"When we got Tre, he was two and a half, almost three," said Torrey.

Torrey and Bill were inspired to adopt and were open to any race and any gender.

"Back then, I'm sure it's not that different today, pretty much when you got to eight, nine, 10 you were done," explained Torrey, who was adopted when he was 14. "Most people assumed you weren't going to find a family."

But just as Torrey's dad stepped up to give him a home, he now continues that legacy.

"With Tre it feels awesome. For me it's very familiar, traditional families have the first pregnancy, first baby for me it has first echoes of our finalization, having our home license," Torrey said.

"We had a home to give and I felt it was important, we both felt it was important to have a kid in it," Bill added.

Torrey and Bill considered foreign adoption.

"We looked at a number of countries and were like, ‘ Oh we'd have to lie for them, we'd have to lie for them, we'd have to lie for them, we'd have to lie for them' and we didn't want to do that," explained Bill. "Among other things, it might mean the kids would have to lie too."

Then, they discovered San Diego County Adoptions.

"Because we're registered domestic partners, we're on the same footing as a married couple and there were no questions, questions, to be sure, but they're the same questions everyone goes through and they're all there to make sure we are a good match for the kids," noted Bill.

"And we knew right away, when we saw the picture we knew Tre was the one," said Torrey.

After adopting Tre, Torrey and Bill, who have been together for 14 years, used a surrogate to have their second child, but continue to encourage people to consider expanding their family through San Diego County Adoptions.

If you are interested in adopting from foster care or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U to learn more about getting started.

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