81-year-old Anna Belle Illien is admittedly “not one to pass up opportunities.” She has had several careers throughout the decades — from a French teacher, to an art gallery owner, to an adoption agent. The adoption agency she runs began after her own successful adoption of a child from India in the late '70s.
She has three adopted children and recently sat down with her youngest, 33-year-old Juliana, whose birth parents approached Anna Belle’s agency.
Here is Anna Belle describing the formation of their unique family.
This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.