Child’s death creates new adoption challenge
Josh and Katy Weathers knew early on into their relationship that they wanted to adopt children.
After their son was born, the couple had turned to India to look for orphans. Five years later, the couple from Burleson has two energetic girls named Ruby, 4, and Pearl, who is 3 years old.
“Our girls were a statistic in another place. Now they have personalities and they have favorite movies,” said Josh Weathers.
Both were adopted from orphanages in India. Ruby was adopted from Mumbai and Pearl was adopted from Hyderabad. “Adoption doesn’t change one child. It literally changes a generation,” said Josh.
The couple is now in the process of getting another child, but what happened in Richardson to 3-year-old Sherin Mathews might make that process harder.
Sherin Mathews, who was also adopted, was found dead in a culvert in Richardson. Her father Wesley is in jail facing felony injury charges. Now India is asking for an extra special clearance for adoptions.
The Indian Express is reporting that Union Minister of India Sushma Swaraj said the passports for adopted children will now require clearance by the Ministry of Child Development.
“It will happen after court and before the child gets a passport. The problem is we don’t know how long this new step is going to take,” said Katy.
WFAA is aware of families who have faced Indian judges and who have been asked whether they know the Mathews.
The Weathers family said the clearances and special concerns may not be altogether bad, but said the call to stop international adoptions is a horrible idea and an overreaction.
“To me, a child is a child, whether they are American or Indian. A soul is a soul,” said Josh.
The couple just left for India. They’re building a home for orphaned girls in Hyderabad. They are motivated by their own children to make a difference in that community.
The Weathers said they do not want to speculate on the case but did want to say this about the Sherin Mathews case.
“I can’t bring myself to believe that they set out to adopt her for this to be the end result,” said Katy.
Adoption is hard work, expensive, and long, but for the Weathers, it is every bit of worth it.
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