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Tony Barnes, left, smiles with his cousin and adopted son, Charlie, 17, in their Blue Springs, Mo. home in February 2014. Barnes formally adopted his cousin Charlie, who has ADHD, autism and some mental disabilities, after Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association contacted Barnes about Charlie in a last effort to place him with a member of his family in a permanent adoptive home. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT)David Eulitt / The Kansas City Star