I adopted my brothers daughter after he and his wife were killed
My wife always wanted a girl to raise. My brother had a daughter and one day while he and his wife were on the expressway some drunk going the wrong way hit them head on. My brother and his wife died in the accident.
His daughter was ten years old and his only child.
We are doing our best to help her. She is in therapy and we home school her using a tutor. Her grades are ok but we can't seem to make her happy.
Its been five years and she seldom if ever smiles. Shes a great child in every other way.
Home school? Maybe she's lonely.
There re everal kids in our neighborhood. SHe does have a few girlfriends who come over and sleep over. These are rare moments when she seems to be content.
I'm sorry for your loss and I know you'll do good taking care of her.
We love her as much as we would our own biological daughter.