Turner Revealed as Adoptive Parent in High-Profile Case
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Bob Turner, the Republican nominee for the vacant seat in District 9, has revealed that he and his wife are the adoptive parents of C.J. Holmstrom, whose AIDS-stricken mother made headlines when trying to find him new parents.
Rosemary Holmstrom was diagnosed HIV positive in 1984, shortly after her husband had died from the disease, and she quickly began a search for a home for her then 7-year-old son. She received many offers, but felt the Turner family was the best fit.
The Daily News shares an update on the boy’s life:
C.J., who works in sales at a television production company, has adjusted well to life with the Turners despite his mother’s tragic death.
“It’s a difficult situation for him,” said his older brother Matt, 44. “The adoption process can be a traumatizing thing for a kid and he didn’t have to experience that. He was already 100% part of the family, as was Rose.”
“His heart is with her, but he doesn’t like to talk about it too much,” said Peggy Turner.
The special election for the congressional seat takes place on September 13. And don’t forget, next Wednesday, August 31, you can meet the candidates at a town hall meeting in Manhattan Beach.