Family celebrates Mother’s Day with adoption

A mother’s love is unconditional, defined by sacrifices and selflessness and not by bloodline. On Friday, two local women became mothers for the fifth time together, in an Albuquerque courtroom. 

“The court absolutely finds that it is in the best interest of this little girl for this adoption to be granted,’ a judge said. 

For three years, Jacquelyn and Roxeanne Sanchez-Rice have been fostering Shelby. Just in time for Mother’s Day, with bows in her hair, Shelby legally became their daughter. “It’s an amazing feeling, it’s hard to explain,” said Jacquelyn. 

This isn’t the first time Roxeanne and Jacquelyn have adopted. They’ve been fostering for five years and less than a year ago they finalized their first adoption of twin girls. “We decided to be there forever family and we adopted them in November,” said Roxeanne. 

Like any mother, their love for each of their children is unmatchable. Altogether, there’s six. Two of them are Roxeanne’s biological kids, but her bond is strong with all of them. They never expected to build such a large family. 

Together, they hope to offer each new addition to the best life possible. Roxeanne and Jacqueline are currently fostering a teen boy and they’re in the process of legally adopting him as well. 

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