Linda Trepanier is a 58-year-old nurse from Minnesota, who has fostered 16 children over many years, as well as having three biological children. She also has three adopted kids — and three grandchildren.
Having fostered all of those kids, as well as working many years as a nurse, she has plenty of experience in childcare, and is now taking on a new parenting adventure by adopting two twins with a rare genetic condition.
When twins Marshall and Matthew were born, it was confirmed that they had Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare genetic condition which causes prominent skull and limb deformity. Pfeiffer Syndrome causes the skull to fuse prematurely, which means that it can’t expand as the brain grows.
The boys have a lot of special needs associated with their condition, including respiratory issues. Thankfully, they have an amazing new mom in Linda to care for them.
Child Protective Services deemed that their parents weren’t fit to provide proper care before they left the hospital. The twins were therefore placed into foster care at the age of four months — which is where they were introduced to Linda.
Trepanier says that her friends expressed concerns that she should focus on retiring, rather than giving full-time care to twins with special needs. But Trepanier’s maternal instinct is so strong, and she loves the boys so much, that she simply had to adopt them.
The condition means that the twins need to use wheelchairs, breathing assistance, and require constant care, but Linda doesn’t mind at all – she is in this for the long haul.
“When I first saw the twins, I thought they were the most adorable babies I’ve ever seen,” said Trepanier.