This couple adopted seven siblings out of foster care just before Christmas.
Terri and Michael Hawthorn became foster parents several years ago, after already having four kids of their own.
“When we first started fostering we said we’d just check for a couple years. We had no intentions of adopting,” Terri said.
But that changed when the couple adopted two siblings, Haizlee and Korgen, in April 2018.
“We felt like they were family from day one,” Terri said.
After adopting the two babies, they continued pushing to adopt seven other siblings, who had been in foster care for nearly three years and had been in and out of the Hawthorns’ home during that time.
The couple said they contacted one of their state senators to help speed up the adoption process.
“I contacted one of our state senators Alan Clark and got him involved and he was trying to help us out and we kept staying in touch with the senator and he kept working with the DHS,” Michael said.
On December 3, a judge finally approved their request to adopt all seven siblings. The kids says they are looking forward to having a home this Christmas and a set of loving parents to come home to.