A story about seven brothers and sisters being split up and sent to separate foster homes inspired a Florida couple to take action.
DaShoan Olds, a high school math teacher and coach, and his wife, Sofia Olds, a social worker, both 33, had long considered adoption but after seeing the children on a local news channel, it felt like a calling.
“It’s just something you had to do,” DaShoan Olds told ABC News. “My wife and I were blessed with a house that was too big for us. That would be so selfish of us to have the space [and] for us not to offer our home to them. I always felt that when you are blessed, you’ll be a blessing.”
The couple began proceedings that would lead them to welcome Dava, Erica, Eric, Zavian, Leondras, Reginald, and 12-year-old Necia in their home in Marianna, Florida.
They have described the adoption as “a blessing”.
“It was a done deal from the day we saw the story,” said Sofia Olds. “Before we even met them, it was a done deal. When I saw that picture, it was a done deal for me, honestly.”
She added: “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.’”
Necia admitted that she thought she would never have the chance to live with all her siblings.
“We thought we would never be adopted, but I thought this was a really good blessing for us,” she told WECP-TV.
The Olds have already begun establishing a routine for their children to better help them adjust to living under one roof.