Oklahoma pediatrician adopts patients after forming 'an instant bond'

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Dr. Arveitta Edge will never forget the day she met her son, D.J.

Edge is a pediatrician in Noble, Oklahoma. Two years ago, D.J.'s foster parents brought him into Edge's office for a checkup. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, he's such a sweet-natured child,'" Edge told Good Morning America. "There was an instant bond, an instant click." Later, she met his biological sister, Briana, who is "incredibly smart and has a wicked sense of humor."

An older couple, D.J. and Briana's foster mom and dad were unable to permanently adopt them. During D.J.'s first appointment, Edge shared with the family that she hoped to one day adopt a child, and when they called her last year to see if she was interested in fostering D.J. and Briana, she jumped at the chance. In May — with their loved ones and former foster parents watching — Edge formally adopted D.J., 10, and Briana, 7, during a video conference.

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Their new family traditions include watching a movie together on Fridays and playing games on Saturday nights, and D.J. and Briana both said they are excited at the idea of Edge adopting more kids. "They're ready now," she told GMA.

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.