It takes a heart of gold to adopt a child, but a Texas couple decided to take it one (or seven, rather) step further when they decided to adopt seven Filipino siblings who have been apart for years.
Chris and Jessica Milam of Denton County, North Texas underwent a rigorous eight-month process to finally take home and reunite the children who have been separated by three different foster homes for over two years.
The couple only planned to adopt a small number of children, but when they came across the siblings of seven, they knew that it was fate.
"From the moment I read their profiles, I said, ‘Oh, these are the kids for us," Jessica shared with Fox 7 Austin, citing their shared love for animals and plants.
"We had an empty house we just moved into. We built a house to fill with kids, so we knew we had the space. We’re self-employed, so it makes it a little bit easier to take care of seven kids of various ages," she added.
Chris also shared that the siblings were ecstatic to be finally coming home together to the loving parents: "They were trying to negotiate coming sooner and stuff."
"They were just so excited to really be together, but also to have parents that were just going to be their parents forever."
The children are comprised of two boys and five girls from the Philippines, with their ages ranging from 5 to 12 years old. Despite their young ages, they already know the importance of sticking together.
"It means we’re going to be there forever," one of the young girls said.
"We’re going to have a family to take care of us until we’re adults and can take care of ourselves," her older brother added.
The process was finalized this June, with the judge announcing that the court is set to grant the adoption, have the children's names changed, and have the records sealed as it is in the "best interest of these children."