This Dad Who Was Born With A Cleft Palate Adopted A Child With The Same Condition And Now They're Both Smiling!

Brian and Molly Pierce wanted to help a child as much as they could, so when they started filing to adopt, they made sure the agency knew that they were well-equipped to raise a child with a cleft palate and lip like Brian had as a child. That's how 4-year-old Hattie joined their family. Find out more here!

Elsa Amelia
Created By Elsa Amelia
On Jun 21, 2017
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Brian and Molly Pierce were on their honeymoon when they met a couple with an adopted 12-year-old daughter from China, and while they had always known they wanted to adopt, this encounter only solidified it for them. So, after having a biological daughter, they began the process of adopting a child from China. But they had some special information that they needed to make sure the adoption agency knew before getting them a baby. Brian had been born with a cleft lip and palate and had had surgery to correct both as a young child, so the couple would be more than equipped to handle a baby with a disability like Brian had had. That's why they were so thrilled when they finally got to meet their adopted daughter, Hattie, a child from China with a cleft lip and palate. After bringing her home, they got Hattie the surgery she needed to correct the issue, and now she and her dad can't stop smiling together.

Molly Pierce
She smiles with her eyes.
Molly Pierce, NBC News

And Hattie's scar has never stopped her from being the social butterfly she is. According to Brian, she makes friends easily and is very well-liked by everyone she meets.

Brian Pierce
She’s magnetic. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her. All the other kids like to play with her.
Brian Pierce, NBC News

She especially likes to spend time with her older sister, from whom she is nearly inseparable. According to Brian, they can't even play soccer at the same time because they get to distracted just spending time together.

Brian Pierce
They’ll just hold hands and ignore the soccer ball.
Brian Pierce, NBC News

But now we want to know...

Would you adopt a child with a disability?