The idea of writing a memoir about their journey as adoptive parents raising 22 kids came to Hector and Susan Badeau when their adoptive son, 24-year-old Wayne, died from Sanfilippo Syndrome in April of last year.
The loss left a hole in the Badeaus lives as they tried to decide what they wanted to do next and what direction they wanted their lives to go. Finally, they decided it was time, they felt, to get their story in words and out to those who could possibly benefit from them.
Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Road Trip: Adopting and Raising 22 Kids! chronicles the Badeaus’ trials and tribulations as their small family of only two grew into a large one of 22.
“We started as foster parents and started adopting soon after we married,” Susan Badeau said. “We felt that the story of our family and what we learned along the way would speak to people, help people understand why kids in foster care need families.”
Badeau’s husband recalls meeting his wife for the first time in the forward of the book that captures the moment beautifully. Like many accounts in the book, it is as if the reader was actually there with the Badeaus
“Although it took 35 years to live it, it took just three months to write the manuscript once Hector and I began writing,” Badeau said.
The Badeaus have always had a passion for kids, even as kids themselves in high school. Through the writing of this memoir they hope that people who are interested in adopting will get a realistic picture of what’s it like and gain knowledge of the subject.