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The Blackburn family chose him and he chose them right back. Meet a family who chose to adopt an older child, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.

Indianapolis Star

Mike Blackburn had a question for his soon-to-be son.

Mike, his wife, Luanne, and their adoptive son Brandon, had taken a brief getaway to Destin, Florida. Brandon, who had spent most of his life in the Indiana child welfare system, loved fishing, so Mike took him to the deep sea to see what they could catch. (A 4-foot-long reef shark, Brandon boasted.)

One evening, as the family was walking away from the beach, Mike paused for a moment. He asked Brandon to look around him. At the beach and the ocean. Reflect on what they’d done and seen so far.

Brandon Blackburn goes deep sea fishing with his adoptive family.  (Photo: Courtesy of the Blackburn family)

“A year ago, today,” Mike remembered