When foster parents Kevin and Jim got the call to pick up a baby at the hospital, they were thrilled to finally be able to realize a lifelong dream of starting a family. In the weeks that followed, they learned that their child had four half-siblings in other foster homes, and during a sibling visit, the case worker explained that it would be best for the children to have all five siblings in the same home. After thinking about it extensively, Kevin and Jim agreed. “We thought, we’re both teachers,” Kevin said. “We’re organized. We’re patient. If anyone can do this for these kids, it’s us. So, we quickly became a family of seven with an 8, 6, 4, 3, and 1-year-old.”
Kevin, Jim, and their five kids became a “forever family” in 2014. Adoption has been a blessing for the husbands – the hard parts, Kevin said, are the logistical challenges of parenting. “As excited as I am to have family like I always wanted, I am also in a fairly constant state of worry and nervousness. I worry that I won’t be able to give them all the time and attention they each need or want. I worry that I sometimes feel like we’re running a breakfast-eating, getting-dressed, do-your-homework factory rather than a family,” he wrote. “But I don’t want to let the worry consume me to the point where I can’t see the joy.