According to Samarin, it was Stephayne and Michael who first proposed a solution to his problem. Apparently, they informed him that if they adopted him, he would be able to extend his stay in the United States. However, he claims that they said he was officially too old – and that he would need to lie about his age.
Allegedly, Stephayne and Michael told Samarin that he would need to pretend to be 14 – shaving five years from his actual age. And in return for the adoption, they wanted him to become a high-school student, giving them access to financial benefits. Keen to pursue a future in America, Samarin readily agreed.