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Adoption: 7 siblings get new home for the holidays

Families come in all varieties and combinations. For many in New Jersey, adoption is the way they choose to complete their lives. Most people may consider adopting just one or two children, but an out-of-state family opened their hearts and home when they recently decided to adopt seven siblings. The kids now have a new home for the Christmas season.

The family, who live in Arkansas, have four adult biological children, but decided to become a foster family several years ago. Two twin sisters came to their family and stole their hearts. The parents knew they wanted to adopt the girls pretty quickly, though they remained their foster parents on and off for about three years. The girls were eventually sent to a children's home with their five other biological siblings.

The couple appealed to a state senator when they made the decision to adopt all seven of the siblings. The children were all placed in the home on a trial basis, where it did not take long for them to feel at home. The kids had all suffered abuse and neglect during their lives, and the loving home the couple offered was just what they needed. The seven kids were all formally adopted on Dec. 3, after two other siblings from another biological family were adopted earlier in 2018. One of the couple's adult biological daughters now helps to raise the kids.

Happy endings like this one are possible for New Jersey families, too. Adoption can seem like a daunting process, but it is possible to navigate, whether a family wants to adopt one child or seven. Someone who is considering adoption may benefit from the legal advice of an experienced adoption attorney. This can ensure that the process goes smoothly and that families can get back to what's most important -- building a life together.

Source: ABC News, "These 7 siblings were adopted together just in time for Christmas", Nicole PelletiereCloseFollow, Dec. 20, 2018

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