Age: 46. Claim-to-fame: WMAQ-Channel 5 reporter/Sunday morning anchor. A mother’s intuition: “I [was] nearing an age where I wasn’t going to have children in a traditional way, and I was single,” Carlson says. “[Adoption] had always been in the back of my mind, but I never thought I’d have the courage to pull the trigger.” Twist of fate: Carlson was interested in adopting from India, but when she began her research, it was blocked from foreign adoption. After trying and failing to adopt domestically, she received hopeful news. “Miraculously, I found out India [had just] opened its doors to allow foreign adoption. You can’t look at my story and say that the timing is coincidence — everything points to the fact we were meant to be together.” coming home: After many classes, paperwork and home studies, Carlson traveled to India last year to pick up her daughter, Cailyn, now 5. “When we left the orphanage, she brought with her just a beat up-looking doll and a pencil. She was attached to her pencil — that broke my heart. She then came home to literally piles of toys from friends and family.” a new life: “I’m amazed by her courage and her ability to adapt to her surroundings. She’s a bright little girl — she picked up the language very fast. It only took a couple of weeks before she was comfortable communicating in English.” Paying it forward: “There’s a lot of misinformation about adoption. If there’s any way I can bring more awareness, I really want to do that. It’s my obligation to shed light on the process.” Last October, Carlson started a blog, Suddenlysinglemomblog.com, chronicling her experience. Words of advice: “I’m not going to say it’s easy — it’s a juggle. [But in] everything I do, I think of her first. I didn’t realize how joyful and rewarding the process would be. I have such a happy ending.”
Photo by Ramzi Dreessen
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