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Generosity Reunites Seven Siblings Through Adoption

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Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 12:43 PM Current | Bio | Archive

There is a lot of anxiety surrounding the relationship of a foster child and the foster family.

The family wonders if the social service agency has told them everything about the child. The family wonders if the child will bond with any biological children in the household. The family also wonders if the biological children will accept the new addition to the family.

The child has a mirror image anxiety. Is the new family safe? Are there already children there? Will the children accept me?

Now take all those worries and multiply them by seven and then do it anyway.

That’s exactly what DaShoan and Sofia Olds did. And it’s what Necia, 12, Eric, 10, Erica 10, Zavian, 9, Dava, 8, Keyon, 5, and Reggie, 4, all agreed to do.

Only this isn’t limited to a foster relationship. The Olds will be adopting all seven children!

An ABC TV outlet in Florida tells the complete story. The seven siblings had been split across four different foster homes. That’s hard on the children regardless of how loving the foster families are. Being split from your brothers and sisters, particularly at a young age — compounded by the fact the birth parents are out of the picture for whatever reason — leaves an emptiness in their hearts and a concern for the missing siblings' welfare that’s always present. No matter how reassuring the adults are.

Last Thanksgiving Day the Olds were watching TV when the story of the split seven came on the news. It wasn’t exactly a holiday feel-good story. Sofia felt something inside when she saw the story and it was more than sympathy. She told ABC she knew the seven were “the children she was meant to mother.”

Her husband, DeShoan, also felt a responsibility, “It's just something you had to do. 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."

More important, the Olds got busy and contacted the relevant authorities and started the adoption process. Last June the seven siblings were reunited in the same home for the first time in two years. The adoption is on schedule to become official in September.

Sofia sums up her motivation, which tells us quite a bit about what the future has in store for the children, “Looking at those faces, I could see the sweetness and the kindness knowing anything that happened in their lives wasn't their fault and if I can do anything to keep them together, I will. It was no question.”

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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