Back in 2009, MTV viewers watched (most of them in tears) as Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra handed their newborn daughter, Carly, to her new adoptive parents, Brandon and Teresa. (The Ashley ranks this event as the Number 1 “Most Dramatic Moment” in 16 & Pregnant history.) Since that moment, Brandon and Teresa have become semi-celebrities, having been featured on many episodes of ‘Teen Mom’ in the following years.
When Catelynn and Tyler chose Brandon and Teresa to be Carly’s adoptive parents, they hadn’t yet been chosen for ’16 & Pregnant.’ Later, they found out that the couple had been chosen by MTV for the show, and that their adoption would soon become very public. Brandon discussed this in a recent interview for Lifelines magazine.
“In retrospect, we are glad that they were part of the show,” he said. “We are thankful that it has really given Catelynn and Tyler great purposes in life.
“Catelynn and Tyler have told their story, and it has changed lives. We hope and pray that it has saved lives too. We are thankful that Catelynn and Tyler were a part of the show and that we are a small part, even if it saves one life.”
In the same interview, Teresa shared that it is hard for her and Brandon to watch the show sometimes, because they have to watch Catelynn and Tyler struggle with their decision.
“It has been very hard that our adoption has been very public,” said Teresa. “We watch what our birthparents are going through on TV. It’s something I would expect birthparents to go through while dealing with their grief and loss but it’s still hard to see and process it.”
Seriously, Catelynn and Tyler could not have chosen better people to adopt their daughter. Brandon and Teresa are amazing people.
(If you want to read the whole article, you can purchase the issue with the story in it here. I’m not able to link it, unfortunately.)