A Truly Heartwarming Adoption Story

Governor's Office

February 15, 2017

There are few things more important than making sure every child in Arizona has a warm home and a loving family.

Tara Montgomery—a single mother who takes care of her three daughters and still manages to work full-time at a school—showed exactly what Arizona values are all about when she adopted her new son, Michael, in December 2016.

Tara’s daughter tweeted a photograph of the moment her new brother learned he’d be getting adopted, and it went viral. Tara wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post this week, and we wanted to share it with all of you --

Our Little Boy Was Worth The Wait

Tara Montgomery
Washington Post
February 14, 2017

Eight hundred thirty-two days.

Worth the wait.

My name is Tara Montgomery. I’m a single mother and an administrative secretary at a high school in Arizona — and, on Dec. 20, 2016, I officially adopted my 3-year-old son, Michael. My first adopted child.

My daughter, who wanted to savor the moment, snapped a photograph of Michael, one victorious fist raised in the air, another hand holding a chalkboard with a few words written in marker: “Some things are worth the wait,” the sign read. “After 832 days in foster care, today I’m adopted.”

Click Here To Read Tara’s Full Op-Ed.