Having a child is one of the most beautiful things that can happen to a family.
To have three children at once is three times greater.
Meet Julia Washington and her husband from Georgia, who recently adopted three brothers who were 4, 5 and 6-years-old.
Together with their two biological children, they were now a huge family of seven.
Then, one day they received a call from the boys’ social worker who had momentous news for the family.
When Julia and her family decided to adopt Michael (6), Jess (5), and Camden (4), they were overjoyed. They had two children of their own, and would becoming a beautiful family of 7.
Brothers Michael, Jess, and Camden were welcomed into the family, and all family members were now facing a big change.
To get three new children at once is a huge challenge, especially that one of the boys had a brain injury and required extra attention.
However, they soon received word that there in fact was another brother.
While the family was in the midst of the adoption process, Julia received a call from the boys’ social worker who told them that there was another brother, 17-month-old Elijah, who needed a home.
Julia realized that it was impossible to take another child into the family.
Although the family didn’t want the boys to be separated, they knew that they would be unable to adopt more than the three – especially knowing that five-year-old Jess had cerebral palsy.
At the same time, she knew that Elijah would end up over a thousand miles from his brothers if she did not take care of him.
Julia’s friend Jay Houston lived just next door.
Jay was an adopted child herself, as well as mother of three adopted children and two biological ones.
And when she heard about Elijah, Jay and George Houston intervened.
Julia’s neighbor Jay decided to step in called the child services. The couple wanted to adopt Elijah into her family.
She knew that foster children are stigmatized, but insisted.
Elijah was adopted by the Houstons after 389 days in foster care and the three others were adopted by the Washingtons after 1,290 days.
“These kids are kids and they just need love and I can’t explain how much these kids have changed my life. My husband and I are the lucky ones.
It was then decided that the Houston family could adopt the boy, and he would now grow up in the house next to his biological older brothers.
“They all know that they’re brothers and will grow up together,” Jay told ABC News.
Because of their love and kindness, the boys will now have the chance to grow up together.
“They won’t live in the same house, but they’ll be in the same city. Knowing that I’ll get to be his mother is an incredible gift and I’m very grateful for that.
Take a look at these two family’s incredible story in the video below!
People like these folks give me hope for humanity.
We need more people like Julia and Jay. People who can make the world a better place with their compassion and love.
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