Austin attorney and single father Scott Placek adopted his first son Cristian from Colombia in 2006. When Scott discovered that Cristian had a brother, Robinson, he went to work pursuing his adoption as well, and in January 2010 Robinson joined the family. Still, however, the Placek family was not complete, because the boys had an older brother, Pedro, who was not technically available for international adoption. Scott began supporting Pedro financially and paid his school tuition in Colombia for several years.
In the U.S. policies for the Hague Convention for Intercountry Adoption, a provision did not exist for the reunification of children over 16 years of age with siblings already adopted in the U.S. So Scott, now on a mission, lobbied in Washington D.C. and was successful in getting the law changed, including a special provision for children like Pedro who turned 18 before the older sibling exception was added for Hague adoptions! At 18+, Pedro is considered an “adult immigrant,” and with the help of the Central Authority for adoption in Colombia and considerable documentation by LSS, Scott met all the pre-adoption conditions under the Hague requirements, and, at last, the pieces fell into place.
On October 25, 2011, Pedro joined his brothers and it was a happy day in Austin Texas! On Nov. 29th, Pedro’s adoption will be finalized in Williamson County District Court. This is a great example of how with perseverance, a little patience, and a lot of love, all things are possible.