Paris brings light to her family

When her birth mother could not take care of Paris because of drug addiction, James and Tara Yannone stepped up. But, it wasn’t just Paris who was searching for a family.

“We wanted for so long to have a family,” Tara said on a recent Monday morning as Paris’ adoption was finalized. “She just completely changed our lives. I can’t imagine not having her in my life.”

Tara and James have been together for 17 years, but their efforts to start a family had not panned out, until recently. Paris’ birth mother is a distant relative of the Yannone’s.

“She completed our family,” James said. “She came into our lives and changed everything. We didn’t know we were missing her.”

Paris, who is 18 months old, has been with the Yannones since shortly after her birth. Tara said she fit right into the family. “She’s so smart,” Tara said. “She’s speaking in sentences, she sings, she dances.”

She may have more room to dance soon. Her parents are looking for a new home in a good school district.

by Ashley Woods

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