“Why do you care so much for a stranger?”

Adrian Hawkins spent his childhood bouncing between foster families.

It wasn’t until 2004, when he was a teenager, that he found a home with Horace Atwater Jr.

The two came to StoryCorps to remember when they first met.

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Adrian is now a senior in college, studying biology. He still talks to Horace every day.

Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Music Info: "1986" by Fredrik from the album Na Na Ni.
Produced by Jasmyn Belcher
Facilitated by Katrina Singh
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Casey Family Programs