The couple felt magnetically drawn to the boy with Down syndrome code-named “Percy” as soon as they saw his photo. They had to surmount a few minor obstacles first, including the fact that they had not planned to pursue an older child, nor did they have the space for any extra Kegley in their one-bedroom apartment.
“We felt an urgency to pursue him even though we weren't ‘ready’ to start an adoption,” she says. They found a bigger space, leading to “the best decision we ever made. I am so happy that we didn't wait until the time was ‘right.’”
Miles came home from Bulgaria to Kentucky in 2018. Though there were scads of lovely moments — discovering solid foods, learning how to play with toys, attending school for the first time — it soon became clear that they were now parenting a high-needs child. Perhaps he was meant to be their only? Kegan and Rachel weren’t sure they could handle another son or daughter, disability or not.
But once more, like any new parents, they Kegleys eventually found a rhythm. They decided to become foster parents, completing every step of training except the final hurdle.
And that’s when the Covid mayhem struck. Rachel and Kegan realized they didn’t want social workers and children coming in and out of their home to expose Miles to the virus, so they began searching on Reece’s Rainbow again. They fell in love with a Colombian girl who became unavailable to adopt.