This past winter, Jillian Titus celebrated her first Christmas with her adoptive parents. She's 29.
Initially, her parents were her co-workers. When Jillian met Ross and Sandra Titus at Nintendo in Redmond, Washington, a fast friendship developed into a parent-child relationship. It was clear that the three were becoming family.
So they made it official.
Jillian is estranged from both her biological parents, who divorced shortly after her birth. During a traumatic upbringing, she was enrolled in 13 different schools before turning 16. When her birth mother was arrested for drug possession, Jillian enlisted in the reserves to pay for school.
Then, three years ago, Jillian took a job with Nintendo.
"From day one, I was so drawn to Jillian. I noticed her laugh. I thought, 'Look at that cute little monkey,' " Sandra told TODAY. "Not having any kids, it didn't occur to me that it might be maternal stuff I was feeling."
One day, Jillian joked, "Oh, why don't you just hurry up and adopt me?"Read More »from Choosing your family: Adult adoption on the rise