Inseparable Chinese orphans reunite in Texas after being adopted by families who live 5 min apart

Nov 5, 2018

Inseparable were two very young orphans, who called each other brother and sister back in China. In a case of serendipity, the two now live in their new neighborhood in North Texas after being adopted by loving foster families who live five minutes apart.

At a tender age, Dawson and Hannah first met at the Chinese orphanage in Changsha, where they spent their first most formative years of life. Without the warmth of family and parental love, they grew close, and saw each other as family.

Orphanage visit – We then ran into Hannah's little friend Levi. Ohmigoodness, he is adorable and they were adorable…

Posted by Sharon Cutcher Sykes on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hannah was sadly abandoned due to a cleft lip, and Dawson due to a condition that causes excess fluid in his brain.

After journeying to Changsha in October 2015 to pick up 3-year-old Hannah, Sharon and Andy Sykes, who have two sons of their own, saw 2-year-old Dawson (formally called Levi). They noticed how close the two were, always together, even holding hands.

Orphanage visit – Hannah and her half the sky teacher.

Posted by Sharon Cutcher Sykes on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

“When we toured the orphanage and I saw their response to each other, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh. We can’t leave this boy in China,’” Sharon recalls, per Fox 4.

Though the couple had come for Hannah, the young girl’s best friend weighed heavily on their hearts.

“I couldn’t stop thinking of him,” Sharon told CBS News.

Orphanage visit – We then ran into Hannah's little friend Levi. Ohmigoodness, he is adorable and they were adorable…

Posted by Sharon Cutcher Sykes on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Upon their return to Texas, they met a couple of friends at Chick-Fil-A, Chris and Amy Clary. The Clarys had three children of their own, and had no intention of adopting, but…

…one look at young Dawson’s photo, which had been uploaded to Sharon’s Facebook page, and with not much time for consideration—just a gut feeling—the Clarys were decided.

“I was gone for 45 seconds, maybe it was two minutes, and then [she, Amy] said, ‘We’re adopting this little boy.’ I just said ok,” Christopher said.

Nothing says I love you like a horse tour!

Posted by Amy Stanley Clary on Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. Clary live in close proximity to the Sykeses’ household in Lewisville, and both families attend the same church. The arrangement couldn’t be better.

Eleven months after Hannah was adopted by the Sykeses and flown to the United States, her little buddy, Dawson, was adopted by the Clarys and jetted over to reunite with her.

The Clarys had flown over to China to pick him up in August, and touched down together at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in September 2016.

After Dawson and his new family walked out of the departure doors, the young boy excitedly made eye contact with Hannah—and the two were over the moon.

Posted by Sharon Cutcher Sykes on Friday, May 12, 2017

“He was so excited. He was so giddy,” Dawson’s foster mother, Amy, said on Good Morning America. “He just ran up to her and hugged her and they rolled to the ground.”

“They must have hugged 400 times,” she added. “They kept hugging and getting so giddy that they would fall over.”

Hannah’s mother, Sharon, joked, “That went on for like 20 minutes.”

Whilst adopting children is a blessing for the children, it too is a blessing for foster families. “Our lives have been so blessed,” says Sharon, adding they feel enriched by the experience.

Posted by Amy Stanley Clary on Sunday, April 15, 2018

“It’s not really what we’re doing for these kids. It’s what they’re doing for us,” Andy said.

What a fantastic feel-good story. Today, both Hannah and Dawson are enjoying life with their own loving families, and remain in close contact.

Posted by Amy Stanley Clary on Friday, April 20, 2018

In a June update on Dawson’s condition, Amy wrote: “Dawson had his follow-up MRI today and we met with the neurosurgeon. She told us everything looks great and we do not have to come back to see her for a year for a check up.”

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