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Local family adopts young boy from Bogota, Colombia

Photo provided from Judy O' Mara at Baker Victory Services

A family from Wheatfield welcomed their newly adopted child at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Tuesday night when David and Brandy Andrews adopted a young boy from Colombia.

The journey for 4-year-old Andres to Buffalo started off earlier this year when the Andrews family decided they wanted to adopt a special needs child.  

David Andrews said first Baker Victory Services conducted a home study.  Baker Victory works with the Families of FANA - the organization is located in Bogota Colombia.

"The little boy was brought to and we went forward, did all the paperwork and finally got our approval to travel. That was at the end of October.  I have six other daughters, my three younger daughters went with us to Bogota at the beginning of November," said Andrews.

After staying for two weeks, another interview process took place in Colombia.  Andrews's wife stayed on to work with the court system and finalize paperwork to adopt their new son.

Andrews noted his family feels fortunate and wanted to help a child.  Andres has cerebral palsy.

"He's able to crawl somewhat, and we've seen some of the physical therapy where he is able to brace himself with his two hands to the side on sort of like parallel bars," said Andrews.

Andres primary language is Spanish, but knows a few basic words in English.  

Last week another local family also adopted a baby girl from the Colombia orphanage.