A couple preparing to retire has revealed that they felt compelled to adopt seven children after seeing an ad on social media.
Pam, 50, and Gary Willis, 53, of Menifee, California, who have five children and have cared for children for years, explained that they expected to retire and that their last child would leave their six-bedroom house.
Pam, however, saw a Facebook ad looking for a permanent home for Adelino, 15, Ruby, 13, Aleecia, nine, Anthony, eight, Aubriella, seven, Leo, five, and Xander, four, who have been more than a year after the tragic death of their parents in a car accident.
Pam told me TODAY that she couldn’t stop staring at their faces and said, “I can’t explain – I just knew I had to be their mom.”
Pam, 50, and Gary Willis, 53, of Menifee, California, adopted seven children who lost their parents in a tragic car accident. Pictured: Pam and Gary with the kids
Pam said an ad on Facebook encouraged her to volunteer to adopt the kids, even though she and Gary (pictured) hadn’t talked about adoption before
Pam said she never spoke to Gary about adoption and expected him to call her an “ idiot ” because they were preparing to retire, but she tagged him in the Facebook post anyway.
She explained that they both felt ‘it was what God wanted us to do,’ but when they called the number on the ad, they were told that thousands of other people had already signed up.
Two months later, however, the couple were linked to the children who had not only become orphans but also lived in homeless camps and fought for food for the deaths of their parents who had battled their addictions.
Their mother was 31 years old and their father was 42 years old when they were fatally injured after their car turned over on the side of the highway.
Pam said the youngest kids were the easiest to interact with, saying, “I don’t think they were completely confident that we were real. As if we might leave.
‘I think it’s so hard to trust when so much has been taken out of your life. Ruby didn’t know how to be a kid. She had to be a mother figure from a very young age. ‘
Pam said the children (pictured) had trouble sleeping for the first few months after moving into their home and had frequent nightmares.
Pam said the children had trouble sleeping for the first months after moving into their home, but the family enjoyed a joyful adoption ceremony last August.
Pam and Gary now have nearly 49,000 followers Instagram of documenting their lives with the children.
In a lengthy post, they reiterated Pam’s first time seeing the kids on Facebook and revealed that they moved in with them on June 7, 2019.
‘We knew deep down that this mission was ahead of us. If not us, then who is? They had been in foster care for a year since their parents died in the car accident that they all miraculously survived.
Who would keep them all together? Who would have the space for it? Who would have the time, love, and patience for their trauma? The answer was clear … we would, ‘they wrote.
Pam said she and Gary, who have five children, were preparing to retire when they reached Adelino, 15, Ruby, 13, Aleecia, nine, Anthony, eight, Aubriella, seven, Leo, five. and Xander, four adopted (photo)
Pam posted to Instagram and explained that they felt it was their ‘mission’ to provide the seven children with a home
One person, moved by their story, commented, ‘You and your husband are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story. What a beautiful family. ‘
‘Oh my God. How can I help’. Do you need anything at all? We will send it all in, ”wrote another.
A third said, ‘This made my day to read this! Beautiful people and a great story, they lost their previous parents, so sad but had a new family, I am amazed.
“We too are foster parents and have adopted some of our children, but it takes very special people to adopt a whole new family of seven.”
A stream of comments on the couple’s Instagram page showed that they are an inspiration