This couple just adopted seven siblings despite having three other adopted children and eight kids of their very own.
Upon discovery that a couple can't have kids of their own, some people throw around the word adoption like it is the next logical step for everyone. Truth be told, it really isn't. When most people throw that word around, they don't consider what comes along with it. In many cases, children in need of adoption are coming from broken homes, some with issues that many couples won't know how to deal with.
There's also the very likely possibility that they will be with a sibling or two. If one child gets taken into care then any brothers and sisters are probably going to be there along with them. While separating those siblings is often an option, it can be a heartbreaking decision to make for all parties involved. Unfortunately, some people might not have the room or the means to adopt more than one child.
That was not an issue for Lisa and Gary Fulbright of Derby, Kansas. CNN reports that the couple recently adopted no fewer than seven siblings aged between 4 and 12. The Fulbrights took on three of the siblings at first and would take the other four with them on holidays. However, it didn't take long for them to decide that they wanted to reunite all of the brothers and sisters on a permanent basis.
Shockingly, having a house full of that many kids will be nothing new to the couple. On top of the seven new additions to the family, they also have three other adopted children and a 17-year-old biological son. Plus, seven other children of their own which have since grown up and left home. We have seen examples of parents avoiding suffering empty nest syndrome, but this is next level.
12-year-old Emerson is the oldest of the seven siblings and gave a little insight into his and his siblings' lives before moving in with the Fulbrights. "My mom would ... leave for days at a time without being home, and I don't know my dad," he told CNN affiliate KAKE. Thanks to the incredible kindness of his new adopted parents, that won't be an issue any longer.