A Reason to Celebrate!

Carmen Ramirez was a retired nurse who enjoyed traveling. Then she decided to become a foster parent and her life changed forever.

“I started in the foster parent program and told them that I was interested in caring for a child 18 months to 7 years old. Just a short time after I was certified, I got a phone call and was told that there was a four day old baby who needed someone to care for her.  I went to see her in the hospital and my heart said yes! I must take this child.”

Carmen’s love for the tiny baby, Tatianna, grew over the course of a year. Eventually, the joy she experienced made her want to adopt the little girl. At age seventy, Carmen began the lengthy process and overcame the hurdles to adopt this special child.

On May 30, 2013, the adoption was complete and Carmen and Hector Ramirez became the proud parents of Tatianna. The family hosted a celebratory luncheon at ELRA, where their little daughter goes to school, to express their gratitude to Dr. Santiago and the staff for being so good to her.     

Carmen said, “The Early Learning Research Academy has been a blessing for Tatianna. Here she has found so many friends. She has special teachers and everyone loves her.”

Now the next step for this new family will be to get Tatianna a passport, so that she can travel with her parents on a cruise to Chile. “We love to travel and now we can go share this with our daughter. I am so happy. Being with her makes me feel so young, and thankful to God for bringing her into our lives.

Tatianna Ramirez
Adopted May 30, 2013

I didn’t give you the gift of life, but in my heart I know, The love I feel is deep and real, as if it had been so.

For us to have each other is like a dream come true. No, I didn’t give the gift of life, life gave me the gift of you.