A couple adopted six children in as many years – all from the same biological mother.
Six years ago, Lisa and John Thomas, from St Martinville, Louisiana, and their son Hunter were a family-of-three.
Now their family has expanded to nine after they adopted six siblings from the same mother, they told foster care non-profit Together We Rise.
Expansion: The Thomas family, pictured, went from three to nine members after parents Lisa and John adopt six children in as many years – all from the same biological mother
On the day that they decided to foster and adopt the couple were placed with three siblings Rylan, Skylar and Maya, who were then aged five, one and eight months.
It took two years before the adoption process was finalized – during which their biological mother had another child.
Lisa said: ‘The biological mother gave birth to a 4th child, Haydon, who was then placed with us and his siblings when he was five weeks old.’
His mother had a further two children – Livie and Christian – who were both subsequently placed with the Thomas family at birth.
‘Livvie and Christian’s adoption was completed together,’ Lisa said.
Despite admitting life is ‘crazy and hectic’, Lisa said they are delighted with their expanded family.
She said: ‘We have gone from one child to seven in close to a six year period. It’s crazy and hectic but would not change our journey for anything.
Positive future: Despite admitting life is ‘crazy and hectic’, Lisa said they are delighted with their big family
‘How blessed we are to have such a beautiful family.’
The post has attracted hundreds of comments with some centering around the circumstances of the birth mother.
In response, Lisa said the children’s birth mother ‘loved them, still does’ and that ‘everything possible’ was done for their family to be kept together.
Lisa wrote: ‘She is not a bad person, she has issues. Issues that she herself cannot help.
‘Her issues are out of her control. She gave the ultimate sacrifice of love to choose to let them go and give the gift of life to my husband and I.’
November marks National Adoption Month which aims to raise awareness of the issue and the need for families to join the foster care system.
According to Children’s Bureau statistics, last year there were more than 400,000 children in the US in foster care and more than 100,000 children seeking an adoptive family.