14-year-old Christian was on "A Place to Call Home" in August, 2009. After his story aired, he moved into the home of his then foster parents and future forever parents, Linda and Bruce Hosman. Almost exactly a year later, his adoption was finalized. When asked what it was about them that he felt was their strength, Christian said, "They are so loving and they don't give up." No matter what obstacle was thrown their way, Bruce and Linda did not give up on Christian. They were supportive and loving and continue to be. In addition to Christian, the Hosmans have four other adopted children, foster children, and biological children. They are a great family and had a blast bowling together during the filming.
Christian entered an essay he wrote (attached) about his dad into the "Kansas City Royals 2011 Father of the Year Essay Contest". His essay won 1st place out of all of the 8th graders - over 2,700 applicants. Christian and his family are going to Royals stadium tomorrow for a celebration/reception and to find out where he placed in every age level. In addition to this, Bruce is also a top ten finalist for the National Foundation of Fathers.
Christian's winning essay:
The World's Best Dad
My dad is Bruce Hosman. He is strong-hearted toward friends, family and people he doesn't even know who come into his everyday life. I am proud to say that he has been a foster parent for over 15 years, and he loves it. Why? He loves it because he has a chance to change someone's life. How do I know that lives are changed? I know it because I am one of those lives.
Dad changed my life because he had the heart to take me into his home and take care of me. He changed my life forever by making me his own son. On August 20, 2010, my name became Christian Xavier Hosman. For the first time since I was six years old, I could say that I have a "real" family, forever, with 10 kids who will always be there for each other!
I didn't make it easy for my dad to adopt me. I pushed him away and would not let him love me like a father should, because of all the hurt and mistreatment in my past life. But I have learned that "love is patient, love is kind, and love is not jealous; love isn't arrogant or rude" (1 Corinthians 13, NIV). Also, love never stops hoping for the best and it never gives up. I love my dad because he did not give up on me and he and showed me the best love of all: being my dad.