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Athlete provides inspiration to youth awaiting adoption

No matter one's background or social status, almost every young person has looked up to and admired those who excel in sports or the entertainment fields. Even those children who are waiting for a family of their own through adoption are not without the need for a role model. There are likely numerous children in California who are looking for both role models and a family to call their own.

One group of athletes who inspire fans are football players. The recent opening of football training camps brought both fans and players together as they prepare for a new season. One popular team invited young people awaiting the opportunity to be adopted to watch the first day of practice. After the training session was over, one player for the New England Patriots approached the group. Kyle Van Noy, who plays in the linebacker position, went over to the group's tent and spent time signing autographs and getting to know the young people.

While he claimed he enjoys meeting his younger fans, he also wanted to share his own story with them. Van Noy was adopted as a child and took the opportunities provided by his new family to excel in his chosen field. The youth, who ranged in age from four to 18, were thrilled with the opportunity to meet a player who had helped his team win a Super Bowl – especially when they learned that he had once been where they are now.

Van Noy emphasized to the children that, no matter where one starts out in life, nothing can define them or keep them from obtaining the goals they set for themselves. This meeting is one that many of the children will likely remember throughout their lives and may help them to continue to dream of their life to come. California parents who are looking to bring a child or teen into their families through adoption may decide to seek information and guidance from a family law attorney who can help guide them throughout the process.

Source:, "Kyle Van Noy connects with kids of Rhode Island Adoption", Lauren Spencer, July 28, 2017

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