The Burbridge family just got a little bigger: In a heartfelt post on his Instagram, bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band, Vida Blue, Oteil & Friends, etc.) welcomes his new baby daughter, Kavanah Lucia Burbridge (Kavi, for short), whom he and his wife Jess Burbridge adopted from India.

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As Oteil Burbridge explains in his post, the adoption of the family’s new daughter took more than two years to complete, during which time Indian laws prohibited them from speaking publicly about the process. You can read the touching posts from both Oteil and Jess Burbridge about the adoption of their new daughter below:


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Jess and I have been talking about adopting a child since we fell in love 14 years ago. And we started the process in earnest 2 years ago. Legally we were not allowed to announce it publicly until we passed court in India. Now, after so much paperwork and waiting, here we sit in Lucknow, India, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, with our sweet girl Kavi. Kavanah Lucia Burbridge has made us a family of 4 and we can’t wait to be back at home with Nigel and start the next amazing chapter in our lives. Honestly I hope this will inspire some who have thought about adopting and maybe even some who have never considered it. Playing stadiums is great, surreal, fantastic, even unbelievable. But believe me it doesn’t even come close to this. On the other hand, wait until she meets her crazy, colorful, beautiful musical family back home in America. She has no idea just how big her family really is! If I had the world to give…….. #kavicominghomesoon #dreamcometrue #burbridgepartyof4 #bigbrothernigey #lovemakesafamily

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Friends, we are overjoyed to share the first photos of our beloved daughter, Kavanah Lucia Burbridge. We have been quietly working on Kavi’s adoption from India for 2 years and are so thrilled to finally have our baby girl in our arms! Thank you to our friends and family members that helped and supported us during Kavi’s adoption process. We are so grateful for each and every one of you. It truly took a village to get our little girl home. . 🌸Kavi🌸 Today you are no longer an orphan my little one. You are our cherished daughter. What is ours is yours. We cant wait to celebrate you and nurture you and help you find your way in this world. We will protect you and hold you close when life hurts. We will do everything we can to help you find healing from a tough beginning. You are so precious and important and loved and we are so happy that you are OUR DAUGHTER! I will love you all the days of my life baby girl. ♥️ #indiaadoption #lovemakesafamily

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Congratulations to Oteil, Jess, little Nigel Burbridge and, especially, to Kavi. We couldn’t think of a more wonderful, loving family for you to join.