"Newborn" 13-year-old Latrell Higgins never had any baby photos because no one was there for him. It was not until about two years ago that the now 13-year-old could call anyone really mom or dad, brother or sister. After being in one foster home after the next, Latrell Higgins, like many other older foster children, had very little hope to ever find the “forever” family. Unfortunately, the chance of older children getting adopted is like winning in the lottery.
But "newborn" 13-year-old Latrell Higgins has won much more than the lottery and more than any money can buy; a family. On Feb. 14, 2013, the Christian Science Monitor is reporting the moving story of the "newborn" 13-year-old who finally got his baby photos.
The idea for taking the photos of a 13-year-old as a "newborn" didn’t come from Latrell or his parents but from his 12-year-old sister Alycia. It was Alycia who suggested creating a "newborn" photo shoot for her 13-year-old brother.
Throughout the shoot of the 13-year-old as a "newborn", everyone went into “gusto and giggles.” While giggling over the pictures of 13-year-old Latrell Higgins as a "newborn", nobody ever expected that the pictures would go viral.
When Latrell’s mom took the photos of her “not so newborn” son and made them into a belated birth announcement, the 13-year-old’s pictures “touched off a viral social media response and opened the discussion on how vital family photos really are to our kids.”
Even without knowing that the pictures of the "newborn" 13-year-old depicted a boy who wasn’t adopted until he was eleven, the quite unique and unusual photo shoot is a crucial reminder for everyone that it is never too late to fulfill one’s dreams.