Chance meeting leads to teen's adoption

10:14 AM, Mar 3, 2010   |    comments
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Video: Wednesday's Child Interview: Lorenzo's adoption

Lorenzo and his new mother, Carolyn Newson-Green

Pinellas County, Florida - 17-year-old Lorenzo has waited 13 years for this day in court. Thirteen years of bouncing between foster homes ended at 1:41 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

A chance meeting fulfills a dream, four days shy of his 18th birthday, when Lorenzo would age out of foster care and be on his own.

"Being adopted makes me see how it is to have a real family forever," says Lorenzo Green.

Carolyn Newson-Green already has four biological children and two foster kids, but Lorenzo is her first adoption. "It was a lot less painful than giving birth to my own," jokes Carolyn.

Lorenzo first met his new mom Carolyn during the taping of the 10 Connects segment Wednesday's Child. Anchor Ginger Gadsden had been doing a feature on Lorenzo to try and get him adopted when Carolyn walked in with her kids.

WATCH: Our original story on Lorenzo
PHOTO GALLERY: Lorenzo's adoption ceremony

"We were in a random barber shop when she walked in there, wanting to know what the commotion was and why the cameras were there," recalls Ginger. "It really wasn't a coincidence, just fate... everything coming together, stars aligning at the right moment."

"Love at first sight," says Lorenzo about his new mom. "Wonderful, wonderful lady. Couldn't ask for anything better."

"How could you resist a charming young man, outgoing, outspoken, willing, open minded and so easy to love?" adds Carolyn about her son.

Lorenzo will have another dream come true in May. The Boca Ciega High School senior will have his family attend his high school graduation.

There are approximately 850 kids in Florida available for adoption. More than 100 of them are in Pinellas and Pasco counties.

According to Eckerd Community Alternatives, public adoptions are affordable and legally secure. For more information on adoptions call 1-866-233-0790 or visit

Isabel Mascarenas