Florida Couple Adopts 7 Siblings Separated by Foster Homes
For a Florida couple, adoption has always been on their mind. With that thought lingering, Dashoan and Sophia did something truly amazing. The couple adopted seven children who were separated among several foster homes and brought them together to be one big family.
As WJHG reports, after seeing a local news story about the seven children, the couple believed it was a calling and acted swiftly.
“It was a done deal from the day we saw the story, before we even met them it was a done deal. When I saw that picture, it was a done deal for me, honestly,” Sofia said.
“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,” Dashoan added.
And that’s exactly what they did. The couple welcomed Dava, Erica, Eric, Zavian, Leondras, Reginald, and 12 year-old Necia into their hearts and home.
The oldest of the seven, Necia, told WJHG that she believed this day would never come.
“We thought we would never get adopted,” Necia said. “But I thought this was a really good blessing for us.”
According to WJHG, Blair Bell, an adoption specialist with the Children’s Home Society, was told that it would be difficult to get a home that would take all seven children and the children should be adopted out separately.
“I heard from so many people that finding a home for seven children would be impossible,” Bell said. “Siblings is – that’s 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.”
As for the couple who brought the siblings together, they intend to give “The Lucky Seven” a forever family. Dashoan says that he will build the children up educationally and spiritually.
“We’re going to build their faith up, we’re going to build them educationally,” he 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.”
WJHG reports that, according to the Life Management Center, more than 900 children in the state of Florida are awaiting adoption. Among the 900, 200 children are in Northwest Florida’s six-country circuit.
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