Seven siblings that were separated by foster homes now have a place to call home — thanks to Marianna (FL) couple Dashoan and Sofia Olds.
They’ve always wanted to adopt children. When they saw a story on NewsChannel 7/Local 18 about children that were separated by foster homes, they took it as a sign.
“Before we even met them, it was a done deal” Sofia told WJHG.
Necia, 12 years old and the oldest of the group said: “We thought we would never get adopted, but I thought this was a really good blessing for us.”
She, along with Dava, Erica, Eric, Zavian, Leondras, Reginald were adopted (and reunited by) Dashoan and Sofia.
Separation is commonly done to siblings in foster care.
Blair Bell, an Adoption Specialist that works with the Children’s Home Society was told to have them adopted out separately.
“I heard from so many people that finding a home for seven children would be impossible,” said Bell.
“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.”
Dashoan and Sofia have plans for their family now that the seven siblings are together.
“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.”