A couple of the same sex adopted six brothers and sisters after the children had spent nearly five years in foster homes, making the family a family of eight.
This month Steve Anderson-McLean and Rob Anderson-McLean from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania took over Carlos, 14, Guadalupe, 13, Maria, 12, Selena, 10, Nasa, 9 and Max, 7.
The two fathers, who have been together for 18 years, decided to continue with the adoption after they first heard about the six brothers and sisters and their need for a permanent home after experiencing neglect and abuse.
Love: Steve Anderson-McLean and Rob Anderson-McLean from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania discovered the six siblings in need of a home online
Growing family: in May they officially took over Carlos, 14, Guadalupe, 13, Maria, 12, Selena, 10, Nasa, 9 and Max, 7 – after spending 1,640 days in foster care
& # 39; So & # 39; n staggering amount of sibling groups have been broken and it broke our hearts, & # 39; Steve told Good morning America about the decision.
Together, the couple also raised the sons Parker, 25 and Noah, 21, who came from their previous marriages.
Heart-warming: the brothers spent 1,640 days in foster homes before finding a permanent home with Steve and Rob
They were first married in a commitment ceremony in 2006 before they were legally married in Maryland in 2013.
After their two sons grew older, the couple realized that they had not finished raising children – and were inspired to consider adoption.
They soon discovered that six brothers and sisters needed houses while they were investigating children in need in the United States.
Families of that size are often split up – if someone succeeds in finding permanent homes, it is often separated from their siblings. But Steve and Rob decided that they could offer all children a permanent home.
& # 39; The judge asked: & # 39; Do you understand that they are your children right now? They are just as good as your biological children, & # 39; & # 39; Steve said when the adoption became official.
& # 39; Of course we knew that, but when I looked up and saw all those eyes, it was very emotional & he continued. & # 39; We never thought we would be lucky enough or lucky enough to have six. & # 39;
Steve and Rob have two older sons from previous marriages and they decided that they were not ready to be parents
Special T-shirts with the text & # 39; Anderson-McLean Established 2019 & # 39; are made for the exciting moment in the courthouse.
The eight-year-old family then took a photo together after the adoption was completed, with each person wearing a T-shirt while posing with a sign that the children were in foster care for 1,640 days before finding a home with Steve and Rob.
& # 39; I would say our children have brought a great kind of craziness into our lives & # 39 ;, Rod told GMA. & # 39; It is heartwarming and so exciting to see how they connect with us and our extended family and friends. & # 39;
The brothers and sisters had a difficult childhood prior to the adoption because they experienced neglect and abuse of their biological parents.
The birth rights were officially terminated in 2017. This provided the opportunity for the children to eventually leave foster care and hopefully be included in a family.
The children were then linked to Steve and Rob in 2018 and have been with the family ever since.
& # 39; We've known them for less than a year, but at the same time it feels like our emotional ties have been in the making for years & # 39 ;, Rob said. & # 39; There are no rules about what a family can form and the love we share. & # 39;
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