A couple from Menifee, California, who was preparing to retire felt compelled to adopt seven children after seeing an ad on social media detailing how the siblings had been left without a 'forever home' when their parents died in a car accident.
Pam Willis was scrolling through her Facebook feed in 2019 when she landed on a news story about seven siblings in need of a permanent home.
She knew she was meant to open her home to them. She tagged Gary, her husband, in the post, not knowing if he would feel the same.
"I thought Gary was going to tell me I was wacko — we were getting ready to retire," she said.
However, Pam said that Gary felt the same. "We knew deep inside that this mission was being placed before us. If not us, then who?," she wrote in an Instagram post.
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The children, who ranged in age from 1 to 12, had been in foster care for more than a year after losing both parents in a horrific rollover car crash.
“I can’t explain it — I just knew I was supposed to be their mom,” Pam, 50.
They have five children and had been fostering kids for many years. The couple explained that they were anticipating retirement and their last child leaving their six-bedroom house.
They were told when they called the number on the ad that thousands of other people had already applied and eager to take them in, but then they were placed with Gary and Pam two months later.
Pam said the children struggled to sleep for the first months after moving into their home, however, the family enjoyed a joyous adoption ceremony last August.
Pam and Gary now boast almost 49,000 followers on Instagram from documenting their lives with the children.
In a lengthy post, they recapped the first time Pam spotted the kids on Facebook and reveals they moved into their home on 7 June 2019.
Who would keep them all together? Who would have space for them? Who would have time, and the love, and the patience for their trauma? The answer was clear... we would,' they wrote.
The couple learned that the children had experienced quite a bit of trauma in their lives. Pam revealed that connecting with the older ones was tough.
"I think it's so hard to trust when so much has been taken from your life," she told the outlet.
"Ruby didn't know how to be a kid. She had to be a mother figure at a very young age."
She added,"One night, my then-7-year-old came into our room. I asked her, 'Did you have a bad dream?' And she replied, 'No, I just wanted to make sure that you were still here.' "
Pam and Gary adopted all seven of the children last August: Adelino, 15, Ruby, 13, Aleecia, nine, Anthony, eight, Aubriella, seven, Leo, five, and Xander, four.
And though the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in their original adoption day plans, Pam wrote on Instagram that "we made it happen and we made it special!"
Pam shared an Instagram video called “Our life in 15 seconds!” The clip starts with Pam and Gary's first meeting as teens in 1988 and ends with the adoption.
“They’ve given us a second chance at parenting, we’ve given them a second Mom and Dad,” Pam wrote. “They are our Second Chance 7.”
Article Source: vt.co