Kim Kelley-Wagner made an amazing decision to adopt two little girls from China, who are now 13 and 17 years old. She was prepared for the joys of raising her two daughters, but she never could have imagined the multitude of rude, ignorant comments she would faced daily over the years due to her daughters’ different race.
Kim finally had enough, and decided to create a controversial photo series with her daughters to show just how hurtful words could be.
Kim was a 55-year-old communication director at a Charlottesville, Virginia middle school. She had never married, but she still wanted to have children. When she saw a photo with a story about Chinese orphans in Time magazine, her life changed. She said:
“It was an image of six babies sitting in a circle on the floor, and one had the most serious facial expression. That image stayed with me.” [source]
China was one of the few countries that allowed single people to adopt at the time, so in 2001 Kim adopted 10-month-old Liliana. In 2008, Kim adopted another little girl – Meika, a 2-year-old with special needs that had a bilateral cleft lip and palate from birth.