SULLIVAN CO., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Shannon Riley remembers being there on Nov. 13, 2015 when her twin cousins Madelynn and Millie were born.
She said she never imagined she’d play such a huge role in their lives.
“Who would’ve thought the day that I met them and held them in my arms that I would be here today,” she said. “They’re my forever girls now. It’s come full circle for me. I was there the day they were born and I’ll be here for the rest of their lives now.”
Riley and her husband, Rory, took the girls in after receiving a call from child services in 2018, asking that they take the girls in for a family member.
“My cousin, the girls biological mother, needed me to take her girls. I had already known that there were some things going on, so of course I said yes. Within five hours we became parents of twin girls and they’ve never left.”
After fostering the girls for 3 years, they officially adopted them on their 5th birthday on Nov. 13.
The couple said the growth they’ve seen in their girls brings them joy.
“It’s been a challenge. It’s not been a cake walk. But I think we’re on the right path now. They’ve come a long way from when we got them,” he said. “They’re doing good in preschool. They’ve really come a long way so we’re pretty excited to carry on now.”
The Riley family said the adoption brought them closure and security. They said they’re looking forward to this new chapter of their lives.
“It’s just exciting to know that we can finally be a forever family. There’s no ups and downs. These girls are always going to be safe and always have someone that is there for them,” she noted.