A Minnesota family grew by six members in one day Wednesday when Ruby Celada and her husband, Armando Ayala, adopted five siblings and their cousin from foster care.
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports the Leota, Minnesota family all wore matching T-shirts displaying the children’s names during their adoption hearing at the Minnehaha County Courthouse.
Celada, the children’s biological aunt, said she and her husband wanted to make sure the family stayed together. The siblings and their cousin, four boys and two girls, range in ages from 6 to 12, according to the report.
“We’re just happy that we’re able to do it, and they’re able to be in the same home,” she said. “They’re not separated or anything.”
The children were placed in foster care because of neglect by their birth parents, some of whom are now in prison, the local news reports.
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“They came a long, long way. They’ve been through so much,” Celada said. “Kids want to be with their parents, but sometimes they cannot be, because of the choices the parents made.”
The children’s love for their new adoptive parents is apparent. The family shared a video with the local news from the adoption hearing, showing 7-year-old Avery hugging Armando and telling him, “I’ll take good care of you.”
The family told the newspaper that they celebrated afterward at Chuck E. Cheese.
Adoption brings hope and healing in the midst of brokenness. Whether it’s a mother who realizes she cannot provide the best care to her newborn or children in foster care, adoption is a difficult but loving opportunity that recognizes the value and potential of every human life.