Reported by Liku Zelleke
Tyree Grant was separated from his biological mother when he was just 6 years old. At the time he also had to say goodbye to his three siblings. From then on his life was a journey through a series of foster homes.
Looking back on those days, Grant said, “I moved back and forth to homes, it was really difficult. I fought, I screamed, I yelled, I cried – it hurt. No kid wants to be put through that situation.”
The pain didn’t last too long, though. After two years, he joined the Grant family and he knew the suffering was over. “I felt wanted, I felt accepted. There’s no better feeling than that.”
His parents, Walter and Theresa, too knew that he was the son they were looking for to join their four biological kids. The connection, they say, was immediate. When they got around to asking Tyree if he wanted to be a part of their family, they already knew what the answer would be.
Now 18, Tyree has proven that his adoption was probably the best thing that could have ever happened to him. He will be graduating from the Bronx School of Law and Finances at the end of June – with an “A” average.
The secret to his success, Tyree says, is his family and their unwavering love and support. They helped him focus his time and energy on what really matters the most – his education.
“Just knowing that school is priority number one, I was able to move through all the distractions and still come out on top,” he said.
Tyree has interned at law firms and has been an active member of his community through the World Changers Church, New York. It comes as no surprise that he intends to pursue a legal career.
To help him get there, he will attend Dickinson College in the fall on a full scholarship that he received with the help of The Posse Foundation.