A pair of Texas parents are now heads a family of ten after adopting five organic siblings during his spring.
Andi and Thomas Bonura struggled to conceive naturally, but they managed to have two single biological children. However, they weren’t done building love in their household yet, so they became foster parents for the first time in 2017.
Their first foster child, a son, opened the door for his four older siblings to join the family – and on May 6, the Bonuras officially adopted all five of them.
Happy big family! Andi and Thomas Bonura adopted five biological brothers and sisters from foster care on May 6
Woohoo! Neighbors have set up a car parade to celebrate with them
Growing: Andi and Thomas Bonura had some trouble getting pregnant naturally, but two of them only have three biological children
The Bonuras told Good morning America that they had undergone fertility treatments for years, with limited success.
Andi miscarried and later became pregnant with twins who arrived early – and only one, Joey, now 11, survived. He was from the NICU and has cerebral palsy while his twin sister Eli died.
“When we lost Eli, we were told we couldn’t have children anymore, and we were devastated,” Andi said CBS News. “And then we actually started looking at adoption, but for a great reason we had two more daughters who were a complete shock.
The couple welcomed daughters Sadie (10) and Daphne (eight) – but since they were also both born prematurely, doctors warned the couple that it would be too risky to continue trying to have more biological children.
In 2017, they went to foster care, and in November of that year baby Bryson, now two, came to live with them.
Another route: When doctors warned them not to get pregnant again, they turned to foster care
They took baby Bryson, now two, home for the first time straight from the hospital – and when they learned that he had two more brothers and sisters in foster homes, they also brought them home.
Heartbreaking: In the end, they heard from the two oldest siblings in foster care who came to visit. They also asked when they could live with the family
He was soon followed by Gabrielle, four, and David, six, who had lived in different foster homes. Their oldest twin brothers, Thomas and Carter, both eight, also came to visit.
“They were sweet and said,” Can we live with you? ‘ And I said.
They couldn’t say no. When they received the phone call saying that the birth parents ended their rights, the couple seized the opportunity to adopt all five siblings permanently.
The arrangement was officially made via Zoom by the DePelchin Children’s Center two months ago, and the neighbors had a car parade to help celebrate the family.
“These are their brothers and sisters and there is no discussion,” said Andi. “The children have been through a lot, but they are the sweetest. They are great – and resilient. ‘
Complete! When the children’s biological parents ended their rights, the couple wanted to adopt all five
“These are their brothers and sisters and there is no discussion,” said Andi. “The children have been through a lot, but they are the sweetest. They’re great – and resilient ‘
Happy ending: Andi admitted that the adoption process is ‘challenging’, but said that ‘bringing these children into a happy, safe home and giving these children a new chance’ is satisfying
“They are fun to be around and they are the best kids,” she added. “Our family is complete.”
Andi admitted that the adoption process is an “emotionally challenging experience,” but said “bringing these children to a happy, safe home and giving these children a new chance” is satisfying.
She is also grateful to other foster mothers she has met in support groups.
“Frankly, I’m nothing special. It is the other mothers who have encouraged me, “she said.
For those who don’t want to adopt, Andi suggests that people help by supporting other families.
“These kids are just the prettiest, most amazing kids and it’s not their fault. This is not all their fault, ”she said. “So I just hope maybe more people will see the beauty of this and maybe find a way to get involved, even if it’s just support, or babysitter for a foster mom or something.”