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On Being: Adopting Sophia

Part one: “I’ve got a daughter from China!”


From time to time, BU Today asks members of the BU community to share their personal hopes, fears, and joys. This week, we present a five-part series on the beauty, the pain, and the rewards of being who we are. These stories ran during the 2007–2008 school year; in part one, Laura De Veau describes the two years of hope, anxiety, and wonder that led to her adoption of a baby girl.

In the video above, De Veau (CGS’87, COM’89, SED’95), assistant director of student and staff development in the Office of Residence Life, talks about finally receiving the call from her adoption agency: “In the middle of the GSU, I literally stood up on a chair and shouted, ‘I’ve got a daughter from China!’” She shares her goals and fears and offers advice on what not to say to adopting parents. “I can’t wait to experience life with Sophia,” she says, “seeing things through her eyes.”

Stay tuned for part two, in which Laura and her husband, Shawn (LAW’94), talk about how Sophia has changed their lives.

Robin Berghaus can be reached at berghaus@bu.edu.

Thumbnail photo by Kalman Zabarsky

This story originally ran January 16, 2008.


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