An Ohio couple just became first-time parents after adopting five siblings at the same time — a move that fulfilled their want for a family, while also allowing the kids to stay together in a stable home.
Julie and Will Rom weren’t able to have children of their own, so they started fostering around 10 years ago, an experience that eventually led the Cincinnati couple to finally complete the adoption process late last month.
“Julie was made to be a mom,” Will Rom told WXIX-TV. “I mean … she just had to be a mom, and so this was our way of having a family and I mean, couldn’t be better.”
But rather than taking in just one kid, the Roms instantly became a family of seven on July 27, adopting siblings ranging from ages 2 to 12: William, 12, Truth, 9, Marianna, 6, Keyora, 3, and KJ, 2, as ABC News reported.
“It was awesome, we actually had a very large adoption party on Saturday night,” Julie Rom told the outlet. “To me, they’ve been my kids. I don’t feel any different than I did this time last week.”
She continued, “They’ve been waiting for this. It was more relief than anything.”
It was back in February 2014 that Will and Truth were first placed in foster care with the Roms. Then, the next year, Marianna came to the family, with KJ and Keyora joining the Roms in 2016.
Julie Rom told ABC News that she and her husband believed it was important to keep the family together if adoption was to eventually become a reality.
“We’ve always said that when we had children come into our home, we would never have them uprooted another time. If the opportunity came along, that we would just keep them,” she said. “It’s extremely important that they do stay together because they’ve lost so much from their past.”
So, that’s exactly what the Roms did, going so far as to buy a larger house and SUV to accommodate the family. Julie Rom even changed career paths to be home with the kids.
“God has really provided for us with upgrading vehicles to accommodate and housing,” she told WCPO-TV.
It’s a truly inspirational story with a happy ending for the kids involved.