CUSE | February 18, 2015
When Angela Adduci was born in May 1994, she already had seven older siblings: six brothers and one sister. She was ten years younger than the seventh child in her family. By the time she walked onto Notre Dame’s campus in August 2012, she had seven younger sisters as well. While being the middle child of 15 seems exciting enough to most, Angela’s family was just a little different. All of her younger sisters were adopted: five sisters from Vietnam and two sisters from China, both with disabilities.
“I loved growing up in a big family. It was really interesting because I got to be the youngest, and then I got to be the oldest, and then technically I’m right in the middle. It was like being in two families, but we were all always one big family.”
Angela’s father had a twin brother who lost his life in the Vietnam War. Her family has always felt connected to the country. When her parents went to Vietnam to pick up her sisters, they brought back stories of unhappy children in unhappy orphanages. They wished they could do more. Angela was too young to pay much attention at the time, but ten years later, her parent’s stories would start to have an impact on her life.
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