When Katie Page got a divorce during her thirties, she felt lost. Divorce can do that to you! She had the dream of being a mother and raising a big family. But the end of her marriage made Katie think that her dream wasn’t going to happen. But little did she know what the future had in store for her. After some soul-searching, Katie decided to make some changes in her life and take control.
Once she decided to become a foster parent to children who need homes, it took her on a path that she never expected to be on. Katie’s journey was full of ups and downs, and not to mention surprises that anyone involved was floored by. Just wait and see what fate had in store for Katie and her little ones.
This is the heartwarming and incredible adoption story of Katie and her kids…
A Tough Spot
Katie Page from Birmingham, Alabama, was in her mid-thirties when she found herself going through a particularly tough challenge in her life. Her marriage was about to come to an end, and she needed to come to some major decisions. As anyone who knows divorce personally can attest to the pain, frustration, and fear that comes with such a change in your life.
Katie was feeling lost and struggling to figure out what she was going to do. The fantasy of the perfect life and family that she always wanted was going to have to be put on hold at this point. And with that, she decided she needed to be on the lookout for a new start. She was going to have to start over.
Moving Away and Moving On
Katie decided that it was time for a change. She couldn’t stand feeling so lost all the time and didn’t want to feel that way anymore. Did she really want to remain unhappy for the rest of her life? No way. That’s why she had to do something about it because if she was just going to sit and wait around, she was going to watch her life pass by.
The really tough part was realizing that she would need to start over entirely if she wanted to achieve all her dreams, like having children and raising a family. This is the reason she moved away from her hometown in Alabama, despite the opportunities there and all of her friends.
A New Chapter in Denver
In 2015, Katie relocated as she felt that it was what she needed to start a new chapter in her life. Luckily, she landed a job offer that sounded like it could be the solution to her problems. So Katie decided that moving to Denver, Colorado, was going to be the beginning of a new chapter.
In Denver, she started a job in the commercial construction industry. Her position was an integrated service manager for the construction company GE Johnson. Katie felt optimistic about this new job and her new choices. It was time for her to take control of her life. So she had a new town, a new job, and now she needed a new home!
A Big Home to Fix and Fill
Katie bought a 4-bedroom ‘fixer-upper’ type of house that needed its share of renovations, which she decided would be fun to take on herself. “The house I bought would require extensive work to transform into my vision, and most of which I would have to do myself to afford it,” she said.
The 4-bedroom home is quite big, though, for a single woman. And Katie even recalled telling her friend that this huge home was really meant for ‘more.’ And by more, I think it’s safe to say that she meant a family. But at that point in her (new) life, she had to take baby steps. She was going to need time before she could even imagine filling up those rooms.
Keeping Busy With the House
Katie knew that renovating her new home would require a lot of money, but from her perspective, this could be a good thing for her. She wanted to avoid spending money unnecessarily, and so this would keep the budget low. And if she’s honest with herself, doing the home renovations was a perfect way to keep her busy in a time that could feel really lonely.
The house renovations would keep her focused as she got the rest of her life on track. The fact that she had to live in the huge home all by herself caused her to feel like something was missing in her life. Her marriage may have ended, but she knew other opportunities were waiting for her.
She Wanted Children More Than Anything
While changing jobs and buying a new house did give her a unique perspective, it wasn’t enough. The renovation project was keeping her motivated and busy, that’s for sure, but it didn’t give her the satisfaction she wanted deep down. What she wanted more than anything was a family – she wanted children first and foremost.
While Katie felt hesitant, she knew there was something she could do to improve her situation. After having dealt with fertility problems, she started to play around with the thought of adoption. She started looking into the process of being a foster parent. She loved kids and thought this could be something that would give her a real purpose in life. Something she was searching for.
A Letter From Her Church
Katie always wanted to be a mom, but Mother Nature, unfortunately, wasn’t on board. Katie got a letter from a church she had joined after her move to Colorado. The letter was about an upcoming seminar that was to discuss a program for fostering children in need. She was immediately interested and felt like this was her calling.
So she went to the meeting at the local church, and it really tugged at her heartstrings. What it did was convince her that this was a path meant for her. While she obviously felt nervous about such an undertaking and all the responsibility that will come with it, the possibility made her heart feel full. And with that, she knew what she had to do.
On Mother’s Day
What could be more perfect than to start her journey on Mother’s Day? In 2015, on Mother’s Day, Katie filled out her application form, and that was the moment that ended up changing her life forever. And when she signed her name at the bottom of the form, she literally had no clue as to what the future would bring her…
Of course, it took some real soul-searching and weighing of her options before diving in. We can’t ignore the fact that she’s a single woman who is new to the area. She would first have to navigate the area before being able to navigate motherhood! But all that aside, Katie felt ready as ever. She was sure that she was making the right choice.
It didn’t take long after filing the application before Katie started getting cases. The foster children that she was receiving files for were not just kids without parents; they were children who experienced trauma when they were very young. This only made Katie want to help and do her part even more.
The next year, Katie had fostered four children. Since fostering wasn’t actually adopting, she felt as though it was leading her up to that point. She found herself eager to adopt a child of her own. Even though she was happy with serving these kids as a foster mom, she wanted to make parenthood a more permanent part of her life. The next line of action would be to start the adoption application.
Getting the Call
Once she decided that adoption was the next step for her, she spoke to her caseworker. And only two weeks after talking to the caseworker about her desire to adopt, she got a phone call about a child who was abandoned by his mother at a nearby hospital. The baby was only four days old.
Katie knew it was a sign, and this was a call to her – not just literally, but spiritually. This was destiny at work. Katie, without hesitation, told her caseworker, “I want him!” and asked the social worker to refrain from contacting anyone else about the baby. She wanted to be the one. That night she prayed that the baby would be hers. But she would have to wait…
Bringing Baby Home
The day after getting that call, her caseworker called her again. Katie hesitantly answered her phone, hoping she was going to get the green light on being able to bring the little boy home. Within a matter of hours, Katie was walking out of the nearby hospital with the four-day-old boy in her arms!
Katie already had the experience of fostering a 14-month-old infant, but that was the youngest one. She had never taken care of a newborn in the past. But if you ask any parent, he or she will tell you that no one is ever REALLY prepared for a baby! But sadly, the fact that the boy was abandoned at such a young age wasn’t even the worst of it…
A Sad Truth
Doctors found out that the baby boy was exposed to drugs when he was in utero. But by that point, he wasn’t exhibiting any withdrawal symptoms yet. Not only is this a tragic thing for any baby to be exposed to, but Katie was worried about the tiny boy. But luckily, after some tests had been done, they revealed that he wasn’t going to suffer long-term effects.
While the infant had a rough first go, all that was behind him now. Like Katie, this boy was going to start a new chapter and a new life. He definitely deserved it. Katie was aware that she would have to give her all to take care of this new baby, and that’s exactly what she did!
Naming the Baby
Since the boy was abandoned, he didn’t yet have a name. Katie was proud to be able to take him in and enjoyed being able to name him, too! She searched online for hours, looking for the perfect name that she could give this beautiful baby that she found herself fostering. She knew his name would probably change once adopted, but she couldn’t call him baby boy forever!
When she first took him home with her, Katie had referred to him as Baby Boy for a few days until finally choosing a name. She didn’t have too much time to think of a name for him. But she eventually decided on going with the name Grayson. Grayson felt right to her, and it suited him.
She Fell in Love
Katie found herself falling in love with this baby. She felt an instant connection that she couldn’t really explain. She didn’t expect to feel such a connection and so soon, but it was there. Who would have thought that she would turn out to be such a natural? Katie was starting to realize that motherhood was her real calling.
And with that revelation, Katie wanted to raise Grayson as her own. Fostering wasn’t going to cut it. She wanted to adopt him, as well. She had already fostered kids that grew up in abusive environments, but none of them had stayed with her for a long period. This is what she was longing for.
Looking for His Biological Parents
Deciding to become an adoptive parent meant becoming a proper parent – one that fully takes care of the wellbeing and future of the child. Katie knew it was going to be very different than fostering, but at this point, she was ready to take the next step. Since he was only four days old, he managed to take up a special place in her heart.
Grayson ended up staying with Katie for about a year as caseworkers tried to track down his biological parents. They searched far and wide and ultimately never found neither the mother nor the father. Even though they put ads in newspapers, and on Facebook, they get no responses. Not to mention that no one came to look for the baby at the hospital, either.
Becoming Her Official Son
By May of 2017, Grayson finally got a shot at a being in a loving home. It was great news! He finally became the legal son of Katie when he was 11 months old. Katie had no idea that this was only the beginning of an incredible journey. And now the new mom was finding herself doing real mom things!
Grayson needed Katie’s full attention because he was, unfortunately, struggling both physically and developmentally due to the drug exposure he suffered in the womb. And while she took on the role 100%, she knew that she wanted more kids and that Grayson could use a brother or a sister. Her family was not yet complete. Yet…
Opening Her Doors to Others
Katie wanted more than one child but waited until her son was 18 months old before she took in another foster kid. In the following weeks, Katie received multiple emails and calls about possible placements. But she was mostly getting offers for short term placements. While she wanted a more long-term arrangement, maybe it wasn’t the right time just yet.
She wanted to expand the family, but for now, she was staying focused on her baby boy. Grayson deserved her undivided attention, so she gave him exactly that. His first birthday rolled around, and of course, Katie got him a birthday cake and held a party for the adorable little fellah. He really enjoyed his birthday cake!
A Call From Out of the Blue
Katie decided to put off another adoption until her son was a little older. Her home definitely had enough space for more children, and eventually, she would take advantage of this. A month after Katie officially adopted Grayson, she got a phone call out of the blue. Little did she know that the person on the other end of the call would change her and Grayson’s lives forever.
Katie was then informed that there was another newborn who also got abandoned by her mother in the hospital, and yet again, another baby needed a loving home. This time, the newborn was given a name. Katie learned that the newborn at the hospital was named Hannah. And Katie knew she had to help this little girl, as she did with Grayson.
Would She Say Yes to Another Baby?
Just like her son, baby Hannah was also exposed to drugs in the womb. And also, coincidentally, she was at the same hospital that Grayson was found in. Katie was in a dilemma; she wanted to help the newborn out, but she also wanted to give her full attention to Grayson. What would she do?
After discussing the case with the social worker over the phone, she felt a sense of déjà vu. In a later interview, Katie said that “during all of the phone calls I made that afternoon, the phrase ‘I know I am crazy, but God is telling me to say YES’ kept coming out of my mouth.” So would she say yes to bringing home another baby?
Opening Her Arms Again
Katie was feeling scared and overwhelmed, but her instincts were telling her to open her heart and consider taking in the baby girl. In a matter of hours, they brought Hannah from the hospital and dropped her off at Katie’s home. Katie and Grayson got to meet the new addition for the first time.
After Katie welcomed Hannah into the house, she noticed that the name of Hannah’s mother was written on the hospital bracelet. Lo and behold, it was the same name she found on Grayson’s bracelet! She quickly ran to find her baby’s discharge papers and saw with her own eyes that the birth mother had a similar birth date as Grayson’s biological mother. Could this be a coincidence?
Coincidence or Fate?
Katie was learning that little Hannah had similar medical conditions and the same drug exposure that Grayson had. Katie later explained: “The caseworkers told me her story, which was really similar to Grayson’s.” Even though Hannah and Grayson didn’t necessarily look alike, she had a gut feeling that the two were related in some way.
“Grayson is half African American with beautiful darker skin and dark curly hair,” Katie posted on her blog. “Baby Girl has a pale white skin tone with straight red-blonde hair.” While the two kids weren’t twins by any means, Katie just couldn’t shake off the feeling that she was onto something. Her gut was telling her that these two babies weren’t just coincidentally placed in the same hospital by accident.
A Gut Instinct
Katie was starting to believe that these two kids were related, but how would she prove it? It was going to be hard to find out since Grayson’s birth mother had a different surname than Hannah’s. And the mothers’ birth dates were off by a single day. Katie was determined to get to the bottom of this, so much so that she took it upon herself.
Katie decided to track down the birth mother of her new baby girl. She approached Hannah’s caseworker and told her that she really thought Hannah and Grayson had the same birth mother, despite the discrepancies of name and dates. But the caseworker told Katie that it was very unlikely that the babies were related.
Tracking Down Hannah’s Mother
Could it be that this was nothing more than just a big coincidence? Regardless, she wasn’t convinced and thought she might have better luck getting in touch with her son’s caseworker. She then requested to take over Hannah’s case as well. Months of searching for an answer finally resulted in some answers. Katie was able to track down Hannah’s birth mother.
Naturally, Katie was anxious when going to see the biological mother of Hannah. As soon as they met, Katie could tell that she was the same woman who gave birth to her son as well! She just knew it. But how could this e possible? If she was the same mother, then who was the father? Or fathers?
She Knew Instantly
The moment Katie saw Hannah’s birth mother, she said that she “knew instantly” this was also the same woman who birthed her son. But she knew that it was important to act calmly and avoid jumping to any conclusions. Throughout their conversation, the birth mother gave her some information that confirmed what Katie suspected from the start.
The woman told her that she also gave birth to a boy who she left at the hospital without any records. Of course, that alone was all Katie needed to hear. Not only did she resemble Grayson, but she fully admitted to leaving an infant at that same hospital! Katie asked her some other questions and learned that the woman actually had a couple of children.
One Final Test
As it turns out, this woman had another baby boy; a baby she didn’t report to the authorities. After their meeting, Katie told the caseworker about everything she learned. The caseworker eventually was able to confirm that the last name the birth mother gave did indeed match the same last name of someone related to Hannah.
The pieces of the puzzle were finally coming into place! But all they needed to do now was wait for one more test. They needed to officially confirm that these two were indeed siblings. Soon enough, the results of the DNA test revealed that Hannah and Grayson were, in fact, siblings with the same birth mother! It was a perfect result!
A Miracle Just Happened
Katie was in awe of the fact that she ended up with these two kids by coincidence no less! One caseworker decided to look further into it and learned that Hannah and Grayson were half-siblings. You can imagine how thrilled Katie was! She was getting exactly what she wanted – a family. Her two children, by chance, ended up to be brother and sister!
“What if the baby girl had gone to another family?” Katie asked in a blog post. “We would have never found her or Grayson’s mother. The connection would have never been made! I could not believe the miracle that had just happened.” After it was confirmed that the two children were biological siblings, she knew it was definitely the right thing for them to be together in one home.
They Don’t Even Know!
Katie didn’t want to risk the chance that the two would be separated. So she had to act fast. Aside from the fact that they deserve to be raised in the same home, Katie was already in love with the little girl. She saw how happy she made Grayson. And amazingly, these two kiddos have no idea what their story really means!
Katie was prepared to make things official and decided it was time to begin the adoption process. With Grayson and Hannah at her side, Katie went to a courtroom hearing on December 29, 2018, to plead her case. After an emotional court scene, it was official! Hannah was her daughter by law and would get to grow up with her biological brother!
The Perfect Family Unit
Hannah had spent nearly two years with Katie and Grayson in foster care before she was finally Katie’s legal daughter. And Hannah fit into Katie and Grayson’s life like a glove. Anyone who knows their story would agree that these three were meant to find each other and become a family unit.
“I was happy to just give Grayson a life, and I thought that that was big, but I didn’t feel like that was enough,” Katie said to People Magazine. “So to give him a sister, I couldn’t imagine anything better… They were meant to find each other, that’s pretty clear. I think God intended that from the beginning. If they weren’t related, Hannah would not have stayed with our family. She would have been placed with other relatives.”
A Worrisome Call
Katie’s motherhood story didn’t end with the adoption of Hannah. You’re probably thinking: “what do you mean?” Well, 13 months after the birth of Hannah, Katie got one more phone call. The phone call came from the adoption agency. Katie received news that would change the life of Katie and her growing family.
Apparently, they were calling about Grayson and Hannah’s birth mother. Katie wondered what was going on. What could be happening with their birth mother? Was she sick? Did she want them back? A million thoughts rolled through Katie’s mind. She had to take a deep breath and listen first to what the person on the other end had to say in the matter.
And Then There Were Three
When she got the call from the adoption agency, Katie learned that the woman gave birth to yet another baby, this time, another boy. At this point, the agency knew to call Katie right away. Even though Katie wasn’t planning on becoming a mother of three, she couldn’t stand the idea of leaving the little boy to his own devices and not be raised with his siblings.
Katie was clearly shocked by this piece of news. She figured that the whole story was incredible on its own and thought that the drama was essentially over. And she must have wondered why the woman kept on having children! But three kids in a single-parent home? She had to think this through.
The Third Adoption
After some deep thought and consideration, Katie believed it was the right thing to do for her to reunite the siblings with their new brother. Katie then took in the newborn boy and started her third adoption process. At this point, it was clear to her that there would be no issues or problems. No one would dispute the boy being a part of this family.
Katie took another leap of faith when she brought in the third child, who was called Jackson. Like Hannah, Jackson blended into the family with no problems whatsoever. In a couple of months, he captured the hearts of Katie as well as his siblings. Katie was eager to make him her official son.
Waiting for the Court Date
On June 9, 2019, Katie posted on Instagram, saying the court date for the adoption process was set. In the meantime, she was just happy to have the baby was under her care. After the news of this miraculous adoption story came out, Katie started to receive plenty of media attention, as one can expect.
As the adoption process was still underway, Katie was careful to protect both the privacy and safety of her kids on her social media profiles. She wanted the adoption process to go smoothly, which is why she refrained from showing her youngest baby’s face on any of her posts. She always covered his face with stickers or blurs to avoid unwanted public attention.
A Birthday Celebration
One of the best parts of being a parent is enjoying the little moments along with the milestones. On Hannah’s 2nd birthday, Katie made it as special as she could for her little girl. She posted on Instagram, writing a post with a sweet as can be birthday message for Hannah:
“Happy 2nd Birthday to my baby girl. You have changed our world in ways I never imagined. You always have a smile and want to giggle. You have more energy than the energizer bunny. You already are the best Lil’ mama to your dolls and always want to help and love others. It’s an honor to be your mama and watch you grow and become a beautiful little lady!”
A Little Lady
While they waited for the adoption approval, the kids continued to live together in Katie’s home. Hannah was already two years old and has since grown up to be an energetic girl who adores dressing up, playing with her dolls, and wearing her shoes. She also likes to take care of her two brothers and hopes to grow up to be like Katie!
Hannah was becoming a little woman, just in a two-year-old’s body! On Instagram, Katie posted a photo with the caption: “She’s already into all the girly things… dolls, hair, shoes, clothes, etc.! And most of all, she’s clearly the caretaker of the three kids. She wants to be just like mama, and it’s just precious. I love how she takes care of her brothers and is a Lil mama herself!”
Just Like Mama
“Today was one I dreamed about and have waited for. Miss Hannah wanted her hair curled just like mamas… and she sat so still and patiently for me (which is VERY hard for a 2 yo) while I curled her hair. I know it marks the first of many of these moments (I pray) in which we get to have special mama daughter moments.”
It may seem trivial to some, but for Katie, Hannah asking her to do her hair meant so much to her. For Katie, it was a true mother-daughter moment. And as she said in her post, it was something she had been dreaming of for a very long time. Meanwhile, Grayson has turned three and is about to head to preschool.
A Little Man
Grayson has become a little man himself, and a little social butterfly at that. He wears glasses to help fix his lazy eye, which is likely a side effect from being the substances he was exposed to in utero. But we think they are just so adorable on him! Katie is more than thankful for her little family. It was everything she ever wanted.
She loves posting adorable photos of the kids and writing them sweet messages, like “It’s sssooo beautiful of a thing to know that you listened to that small voice God used to guide you—to be exactly where you needed to be when you needed to be there! May you be blessed on your continued journey!”
Her Mystery Man
Katie made a post about her latest addition to the family. And this wasn’t another child! Katie said, “While I can’t share his face as I vowed never to post him on social media so I could get him to take a photo with me, I can share how grateful I am for him.” It turns out that Katie had a new mystery man who she met through a pastor.
The two had been seeing each other for a year. He has been very supportive of her through the “craziness of foster care.” We are so glad to hear that Katie has someone whom she can turn to for support. Being a single mom is no easy feat. Especially to three little kids!
Katie has been getting a lot of help and support. Her sister, mother, and roommate were always there to help her out as, throughout the whole process, she still had to work her job at the construction site. Aside from raising three kids and working a full-time job, she was also renovating the house. This woman must have superpowers!
What is even more impressive about Katie is that she took on yet another responsibility when she started a small business of her own. She runs a website called woodandgrace.net and works as an independent consultant for a skincare company called Rodan and Fields. This allows Katie to work on her own hours remotely, earning her additional income to make ends meet.
Dreams Can Come True
Katie uses different social media platforms to promote her businesses. Aside from her Instagram and Facebook profiles, she has her blogs, where you can find her discussions on a home renovation project and interior decoration skills. She also shares her personal journey with foster care and adoption. “The last 35 years has been far from easy or the ‘perfect’ life, but it has been mine and has always been driven by my ‘CRAZY’ dreams,” she wrote on her blog.
Katie has been outspoken about her foster care advocacy. She posts a lot of encouraging messages. “I don’t know if I believed in miracles for sure. I have no doubt now,” she said on Good Morning America. Katie is still in the adoption process to make Jackson her son, as it takes time. “It takes patience beyond what I feel I sometimes have. It makes me and those who support me angry some days. But encounters/relationships with the children make it worth the hard times.”