White Woman Takes “Baby Photos” Of 13-Year Old Black Son, Photos Go Viral
Kelli Higgins is a white woman, a photographer, who adopted 13-year old Latrell as a teenager. Latrell is a young African American boy transracially adopted by Kelli and her husband. When Kelli decided to take pictures of her son, she had no idea the reactions that they would evoke.
“I put them up and woke up to find out that my Facebook page had gone crazy,” Higgins told a news reporter in a telephone interview from Florida. “Honestly, I was shocked to see how many people had commented. But I am so happy to get the word out there for adopting older kids.” Through the pictures that Higgins took of Latrell, she recreated the baby photos he never had. And to her surprise, the pictures went viral. They received 5,000 likes and nearly 1,000 comments.
Higgins and her husband are the proud parents of five biological children and knew at some point in their lives they would adopt children before Latrell and his sister Chanya join the family, last year. “We were waiting for our kids to grow up” before deciding to adopt, she said. The couple attended foster classes, as required by the State of Florida, and a year later received emails with pictures of Latrell and Chanya. “The next day my husband told me ‘go ahead, we are not getting any younger’Higgins said, which prompted her to file the paperwork.
It took ninety days before the children had a brand-new family, but something seemed incomplete for Latrell. “We started laughing because it was not going to be like my normal photo shoots,” Higgins noted. She ended up taking photos of Latrell in eight different newborn poses the next day. Higgins stated that the photo shoot had encouraged some parents to adopt older children. “At first they would come to me and talk about adopting babies, but these photos have helped them change their mind.” You might wonder if Latrell was okay with posing as a 13-year old baby? According to Higgins, her adoptive son is a “goofball and can be very funny if he has the chance.”
Latrell described the photos as “fun” and “funny,” and when asked whether his friends had teased him about the photo shoot, he said that they had all found it pretty cool. So would he do it again? “Sure,” he said.
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