It didn’t take long for Pam and Gary Willis of Menifee, California, to fill their empty nest after their children grew up.
They didn’t want to adopt, so they became foster parents instead. But soon, seven sweet faces were stealing the couple’s heart!
Pam was scrolling through Facebook in January 2019 when a story caught her eye. Seven siblings from San Diego had lost both their parents in a car crash. They needed a home, but even if they found one, they would likely be separated.
So, having already raised five biological children, Pam and Gary agreed to take in seven more!
“I saw how much these kids needed someone to love them because they had no one else to go to,” Pam told Metro. “I called the adoption service every week to show them how much I wanted to help these children.”
That persistence paid off in June when Pam and Gary finally brought Adelino, 15, Ruby, 13, Aleecia, 8, Anthony, 7, Aubriella, 6, Leo, 5, and Xander, 4, home.
While adjusting to a new life is never easy, the wonderful brothers and sisters fit right in!
They have since had a blast hanging out together and vacationing at the Disneyland Resort!
But their favorite memory by far is the day they became an official family!
Pam and Gary’s grown children came to celebrate the adoption. After all, they have grown to love their new siblings just as much as their parents do!
Of course, caring for seven children has its challenges and frustrations, but these second-time parents wouldn’t change a thing.
“We have never looked back since the day we met them and never doubted what we’re doing is the right thing to do,” Pam explained. “I have noticed how incredibly happy they are and that makes me so happy too, because that’s all we ask for. The oldest of the seven, Adelino, said to me recently, ‘Thank you for giving us this life,’ and there is no other feeling like that.”
What a beautiful family! We’re so glad these kiddos found their forever home after everything they’ve been through. While nobody could replace their late parents, it’s amazing to see how happy they are with Gary and Pam!
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