The comments starting rolling in shortly after Treka Engleman and her children were featured in a local news segment about adoption.
Engleman, who is black, wasn’t surprised. She’s often mistaken for the babysitter.
“People were writing things like, ‘All these black kids in foster care and she goes and adopts white kids,’” the Cincinnati-based teacher’s aide told TODAY Parents. “They accused me of self-hatred and all this terrible stuff.”
But when Engleman, 32, watches the clip, all she is sees is love.
“We’re just like any other family,” she said. “We’re just different colors.”
Though Engleman officially became the mom of Mercedes, 16, Alexis, 13, and Elijah, 3, on Nov. 1, 2019, she has long considered them to be her children.
Elijah, who was born addicted to drugs, was placed in Engleman’s care when he was just 6 days old in 2016. “He’s been attached to my hip ever since,” the single mother joked. Next came Alexis, followed by her biological sister Mercedes.
“They were supposed to come together, but Mercedes got in trouble and was sent to a group home,” Engleman revealed. “That broke my heart.”
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