Sebastien and Carlos clicked

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By Roger Snodgrass

A Los Alamos scientist met a 6-year-old foster child at an adoption event last August.

By the time the day’s activities were over, Sebastien Darteville, who set out that morning without the slightest thought of becoming an adoptive parent, had been captivated by the charm of an inquisitive youngster.

The Adoption Express event that day in Santa Fe involved some games with a number of children and a train ride to the junction in Lamy.

There was something about the way the boy stopped him boldly on the train as he was walking through his car and wanted him to sit down, something about how curious he was about this man who talked so funny with a Belgian accent.

“I met that kid or the kid met me,” Darteville recalled a year later, now a proud adoptive father with a son in his life. “I totally, totally clicked with him.”

But then it was not an easy matter getting from there to here. Darteville’s first anxious inquiries to the Children, Youth and Family Department (CYFD) adoption center in Espaola were discouraging.

“You’re not going to have him,” he was told up front and the warning was repeated each time he called: “He’s already matched.”

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