After living nearly his entire life in foster care, Mario Martell Thornton was adopted on his 18th birth day by Mike and Maria Cooke. As far as his adoption recruiter Misty Hubbard knows, he’s the first 18-year-old to be adopted out of Eckerd Community Alternatives.
In his 18 years, Mario has lived in more than 30 foster homes and two group homes. He moved from the foster care system in Minneapolis to programs in New York, Tennessee, and eventually Tampa, where he’s in 11th grade at Wharton High.
If you are interested in adopting a child from foster care, please visit www.eckerd.org/adopt.
Read the full article from the Tampa Bay Times here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/tampa-18-year-old-chooses-foster-family-over-life-on-his-own/2296522