Newborn 13-Year-Old: Why Did Latrell Higgins Stage His Own Baby Photos For Kelli Higgins? [PICS]
"Newborn 13-year-old" began trending on Feb. 13, causing confusion among those who didn't have a context for the wacky phrase. Turns out, 13-year-old boy Latrell Higgins has had newborn photos taken of him ... at 13-year-old. Why?
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The Crestview, Florida family was around the dinner table when 33-year-old photographer Kelli Higgins, mentioned she was preparing for a newborn's photo session. The newborn 13-year-old realized that he didn't have any newborn photos of himself.
"I was very sad ... because I didn't have any photos of him as a baby either," Kelli Higgins recalls.
The newborn 13-year-old's younger sister, 12-year-old Alycia, suggested they recreate a photo shoot for him to cherish the memory forever.
Kelli Higgins and her newborn 13-year-old son took a series of photos of Latrell at home in various typical baby-portrait style with soft, underexposed lighting. The portrait series displays the newborn 13-year-old "sleeping," and one photo is just of his feat.
The birth announcement reads, "Latrell Higgins: Aug 2, 1999."
The newborn 13-year-old's mother posted the photos on Facebook with the funny message.
"Here's my sweet not so little Newborn! His name is Latrell and he weighs 112lbs".
Comments on the status update were supportive.
"Love this! What a great idea," reads one of them.
"Amazing and touching gesture from mother to child, love it!" read another.
Newborn 13-year-old Latrell Higgins was adopted at 10 years old with his sister after having been in foster care. Kelli and Daniel Higgins have five biological children and are expecting a sixth, however, she had a yearning to adopt.
The decision to adopt older children was an easy one.
The average age of those waiting to find adoptive homes was seven, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, children who are older (including our newborn 13-year-old) often have a hard time finding placement, as adoptive parents would rather take in infants.
"These children, once they get past a certain age, they don't find homes and they age out of foster care," Kelli said. "They have to figure out the world on their own and there's no one to go back to as an adult. Where do you go for Christmas? It's just horrible, it's heartbreaking."
The Higgins family says via Facebook that they hope the photo will help raise awareness for adoption of older children.
And raise awareness they did. The newborn 13-year-old and his mother have received an outpouring of support from people all over the world when the photos went viral online.
The proud mother of the newborn 13-year-old is taken aback by all the feedback she has received.
"The one reaction that is really humbling and I'm really excited about is there have been a lot of parents that come to me telling me that they were thinking about adopting a baby, but after seeing those photos it's changed their minds and they want to adopt an older child," she said.
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