When Jessica and Adam Davis adopted a little girl from Uganda, they were over the moon. Because they believed they had also provided a child with a better future. However, they were yet to learn the full circumstances behind their adopted daughter’s past.
Jessica is a successful photographer from St. Clairsville, Ohio. She and her associate pastor husband Adam are the biological parents of four children. However, in 2013, the couple decided to adopt another child.
The Davises wanted the path they chose to be a moral one. For them, adopting was not about simply adding another child to their family. Instead, they wanted to share their love and wealth with someone who might not otherwise experience prosperity.
In 2015, the Davises completed their adoption, the child was a little girl, just six years of age, and her name was Namata. She was “beautiful, strong and brave.”
Namata moved to America and in a matter of months, her English was vastly improved. One of the little girl’s favorite talking points was her biological mother. She would tell her adoptive parents how close they were, spending time in the kitchen together and accompanying one another to church. The Davises felt that Namata’s memories of home were at odds with the picture of their agency, European Adoption Consultants, had painted. Alarm bells started ringing for the family. So they launched an investigation into the claims made against Namata’s mother.
Jessica and Adam uncovered the murky circumstances behind Namata’s adoption. It appeared that someone had tricked the girl’s mother into giving her up. According to CNN, the parent had believed her daughter was being sent away for educational purposes, but would eventually return.
So, with the help of the State Department, they had Namata’s adoption voided. The Davises handed back parental rights to Namata’s mother. Then, after throwing the little girl a farewell celebration, the family returned the child they had loved as their own for a year back to her rightful home in Uganda. Now the Ugandan government had closed down the God’s Mercy orphanage, where the Davises had first met Namata.
The young girl’s mother said she was “very, very, very happy” to have her back. However, having their one-time daughter grow up without them is difficult for her former adoptive parents, particularly when they receive photos. “I tend to get teary-eyed because of how much I miss her. I would love to wrap my arms around her, but then I remind myself of all that she almost lost,” Jessica said.