There are more than 100,000 kids in the foster care system in the United States just waiting to be adopted, and one Florida couple always dreamed that one day they would be able to give one of those children a loving home.
“We always wanted to be a blessing and adopt a child,” said DaShoan Olds. However, that dream suddenly became a reality when he and his wife, Sofia, saw a story on the news last year about siblings looking to be adopted into one family after being separated into several foster homes.
“It was a done deal from the day we saw the story,” Sofia said. “Before we even met them, it was a done deal. When I saw that picture, it was a done deal for me, honestly. We looked at each other and said, we’ve got to do this. It’s time. There’s no maybe, we have to do this.”
“I heard from so many people that finding a home for seven children would be impossible,” said the Children’s Home Society’s Blaire Bell, who was thrilled when the Olds applied to adopt all seven of the kids. “Siblings are the longest bond that you’ll have; it was very important to find a home that would be able to take all seven and make a real forever family.”
Dava, Erica, Eric, Zavian, Leondras, Reginald, and 12-year-old Necia, the eldest, have since been officially adopted and are thrilled to finally be together under one roof again. “We thought we would never be adopted, but I thought this was a really good blessing for us,” Necia said.
“We’re going to build their faith up, we’re going to build them educationally,” DaShoan said. “We’re going to get them active in a sport or an activity, or something extracurricular. And we’re going to love each other. So, we’re going to do all of it.”
Watch the entire video below to see how happy these kids are to finally be together under one roof again.
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