Diane and Gary’s union brought her three and his two children together, and they decided to adopt and raise a child together. Having engaged Jewish Family and Children’s Service’s, Adoption Connection, they were charged with filling out a form to guide the adoption process. But they declined as they felt the process was beshert, or destiny. Given that the lack of direction was likely to result in a child of color, they were referred to Pact: An Adoption Alliance, which specializes in adoption of children of color. The Tobin family was chosen by an African American couple seeking a home for their soon to be born child. In June of 1997, the stars aligned and Diane was lucky to be present at Jonah’s birth. He was the inspiration for Be’chol Lashon.

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