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Published on June 13th 2023
A foster child with severe medical needs, in need of a home, is adopted by his teachers.

The Riccio Family
The Riccio Family. Photo: sunnyskyz.com

Nate was just 7, in 2019 when he needed emergency surgery to treat his sickle cell anemia, a cureless blood cell disease that can devastate the body.

When his first-grade teacher Jenna Riccio arrived at Connecticut Children's Medical Center to visit him, she discovered he had no family.

"Just thinking about him being in a hospital without his family there, I was sad for him," Jenna told The Washington Post.

Despite being so young, from sickle cell anemia, both of his legs had been amputated below his knees, his left arm was also amputated as were some fingers on his right hand.

His health issues included severe kidney and liver damage. His problems were overwhelming and he was alone.

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But Jenna wanted him, asking his social worker: "Can I foster him?"

Nate. Photo: washingtonpost.com

She told Tim Riccio, her then boyfriend, who quickly agreed. As the school art teacher Tim knew Nate well.

In just 10-days, following background checks, training and a home inspection, Nate moved in with Jenna and Tim and this has been his home ever since.

Tim said, "...it was only a couple months, and we were 'mom and dad.'"

Not only did they adopt Nate on November 18, 2022, "He's been here for everything," Jenna said.

In May 2021, he was the ring bearer at the couple's wedding and later lovingly welcomed the birth of their daughter in February 2022.

The best part of being a Riccio, he said, "is having great parents that take care of me so well and having a little sister to play with and take care of."

Editor's Note: To learn more washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2023/02/04/teachers-adoption-foster-connecticut-riccio/ and https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sickle-cell-anemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355876.

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