Tuesday's Child: Willia finds a home
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) —
Through no fault of her own, Willia found herself suddenly a foster child at the age of 13.
She agreed to let NBC 10 News do a story about her need for a permanent home, but now she admits she didn't think it would help.
Music being her passion, we took her to a recording studio. But she was reluctant to perform because in the past, her dreams had been quashed.
"It was just -- my confidence got put down," Willia said.
With encouragement, she gave it a try. She sang and recorded "Butterfly Fly Away" by Miley Cyrus.
What we didn't know was that somebody was watching NBC 10 and saw her potential.
We visited the home and were greeted at the door by a now much taller and adopted 15-year-old Willia, who invited us in to meet her parents.
"I feel that they love me a lot and I love them," Willia said. "I'm just thankful for them."
Willia's dad is Brown University Professor Marion Orr. Her mom, Ramona Burton, is a federal government employee.
They were waiting to adopt a child and saw Willia on our Tuesday's Child report.
"We were so excited to see her and hear her sing and her lovely sweet voice," Burton said.
Not long after, they met.
"She's a very caring girl and you can tell that right away So, right away, we knew it was a great match," Orr said.
Today, they are a strong family. Willia has a dog named Mello and her very own room.
She's active in her church and school, St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, where her pet project is collecting items for foster children.
And she's blossoming as a musician, playing “Lean on Me” on keyboard.
"She's my daughter. I love her. I'll stick by her," Burton said.
"We're going to do all we can as parents to make sure she can achieve all she can,” said Orr.
They're also hopeful that their success will inspire others to adopt older children.
“All the opportunities have opened up for me,” Willia said.
The sky's the limit now.
To learn about other children looking for their forever homes, contact Adoption Rhode Island at 401-865-6000.