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Peterborough parade marks adoption day for six-year-old

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Locals formed a car parade on Tuesday to celebrate Libby Mercier, who was officially adopted by Jillian Mercier of Peterborough. (BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/1/2020 2:02:57 PM

Rainbows, sirens, flashing lights, even thunder and lightning –  Libby Mercier had it all at her party and parade in Peterborough Tuesday afternoon. It wasn’t the six-year-old’s birthday, but it was a celebration of her joining her family, as she’d officially been adopted earlier in the day.

Libby had been in foster care for two years, and has been living in Peterborough with Jillian Mercier, her three biological children, and one other foster child since last Memorial Day. “She fits right in with our family. It’s definitely been a change, she has needs, sure. But we just love her,” Jillian said.

Libby was neglected by her biological family and functions at the level of a three-year-old, Jillian said, and will probably continue to for her whole life. Jillian met her future daughter in Libby’s first foster placement, with a family friend who has done foster care for years. “She loved Libby but wasn’t able to adopt her,” Jillian said. Libby has a younger brother who is set to be adopted by a different family, she said.

“We were kind of counting on this big adoption in the court,” Jillian said, before COVID-19 closures shifted the event to a far less climactic phone call. The parade seemed like a suitable way to mark the event, she said, and Libby’s caseworker, Greer Isaacs, was able to attend from Claremont. “She’s known Libby since birth,” Jillian said; Isaacs was actually holding off on her retirement until she could see Libby adopted. The parade was the first time Libby could have her picture in the paper, now that she’s officially out of the foster care system, Jillian said.

On Tuesday, Libby and friends gathered in front of the Merciers’ Union Street home to celebrate, ducking under tents adorned with rainbows as the skies opened up briefly just before the parade of police, fire and EMS vehicles, along with teachers and wellwishers, drove by. Jillian beamed as Libby jumped for joy, rainbows and lights everywhere she looked. 

For Jillian, the adoption is a lifelong dream come true. She works as a pediatric nurse at Cedarcrest Center in Keene, which serves children with disabilities. “It’s just my passion. I always want to take all those kids home,” she said. Her own mother was a nurse, and Jillian grew up around the special needs children her mother was allowed to bring home in the days before HIPAA, and when she went with her mother to work, she said.

As a single mother with four children, Jillian would typically be at the state’s limit for fostering children. However, due to her background with special needs children, she was asked to foster a baby girl with special needs in addition to Libby since there are so few homes for children with disabilities, she said.


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