My heart is so full after reading about a Georgia family who more than tripled their family size on Tuesday, going from three people to ten! Can you just imagine all the love in that house?
Jessaka and Josh Clark met with Maria, Elizabet, Guillermo, Jason, Kristina, Katerin, James who are all siblings and have been in foster care for 1,359 days, back in 2016.
Jessaka told Fox News, “My husband Josh and I both knew that we wanted to adopt children. We had decided this before we even met each other.” She continued, “Josh has a heart for the thousands of children that don’t have parents and knew he wanted to bring some of them into his home.”
Fox News Reports:
Clark said her parents where the ones who inspired her to adopt. They spent several years as foster parents while she grew up in New York. She also has two adopted brothers.
“They continue to have open doors to children who have aged out of foster care (most of whom were at the children’s home they worked at) and give them a place to live and be loved while they go through difficult times in their lives,” Clark said.
Clark explained that the adoption process took more than two years — starting in January 2015. After waiting a year and two months, they were finally approved to adopt. A few weeks later, they met the siblings, which they have nicknamed the “Super 7.” They moved in to the couple’s Georgia home in August 2016, and on Tuesday, the Super 7 were officially part of the Clark family.
“We waited 10 long months to finalize what we already knew in our hearts!” Clark added.
The Clarks also have a biological son, Noah. They said Noah welcomed his new siblings in immediately and that there was an “instant bond.”
Clark happily joked about their biological son, Noah, and said, “When we told the children about getting a court date, Noah jumped up and down with them because he thought he was getting adopted as well.” He dressed up in a button down shirt with a bowtie, complete with suspenders, and held the sign above that read, “I was an only child for 1,426 days. But today, May 9, 2017, I became a little brother.”
The Clarks hope their story will bring awareness to the need for adoption and foster parents in the United States. May also happens to be national Foster Care Month.
A friend of the family created a GoFundMe page to assist with the expenses associated with home expansion for their newly large family.
As someone who has their heart set on adopting one day, I was almost in tears writing about the Clarks. Their huge hearts are so inspirational, and I hope to be like them one day.