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One Family Provides Love Through Open Adoption


Adopting a child is the greatest gift many families are given.

One family in Bismarck received the 2013 Adoption Triad Award for keeping an open relationship following their daughter's adoption as an infant.

Stephanie Scheurer gives us a glimpse into the life of one special little girl.

(Nat: "Show them how you can move the book." "Oh, she's dancing right now.")

They're all one big, happy family...and this little smiley face, Caylee Grace, is the center of it all.

"She's a comedian. She knows how to joke with you and tease you at a young age already. She just loves to make you happy," says Candice Schmuhl, Caylee's Adoptive Mother.

Taylor Hornbacher is Caylee's birth mother, and Candice and Cory Schmuhl are Caylee's adoptive parents.

"I didn't know that I would have that unconditional love because, you know, I didn't carry her, but the first thing - ahh she just melted my heart," says Candice.

After nearly 12 years of trying to have a baby on their own, Candice and Cory decided to adopt through Catholic Charities.

But because they have an abundance of love to give little Caylee, they felt an open adoption was right for them.

"We wanted Caylee to know where she came from and also to get to know the families that she does have. The nice thing that she will have now is instead of just two sets of grandparents she'll have four sets of grandparents," says Cory Schmuhl, Caylee's Adoptive Father.

For Taylor, the Schmuhl's just seemed like the perfect people to raise her child.

"I liked that they had a big family and I liked that they were high school sweethearts and I just, you get a feeling when you know that those are the people that you want to raise your daughter," says Taylor Hornbacher, Caylee's Birth Mother.

Taylor spends one day a week with Caylee and sometimes Caylee even spends the night with her.

"Caylee is my rock. She is the person that can make everything better. And I've had so many great experiences with her," says Hornbacher.

Experiences she knows will continue throughout Caylee's life.

Taylor plans on going in to nursing school to pursue a career as a labor and delivery nurse.

She says one day, she would love to have her own child.

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