Hancock Co. family adopts 5 sisters
HANCOCK CO., Ky. (WFIE) - A Hancock County family now has nine members!
The Meserve family just adopted five sisters. The couple has previously adopted a separate brother and sister: Norah, 12, and Sebastian, 11.
Despite there being two sets of adopted siblings, the Meserves say they are just one big family.
A blessed sign hangs near the Christmas tree in the home of James and Whitney Meserve, who have seven children ranging in ages from 4-12.
“We prayed about it and stuff and this is what we were called to do," explains Whitney. "We’re a family now.”
The couple fostered the five sisters starting in 2016.
11-year-old Aubrey, who is the oldest, says it is a relief to be where they wanted.
“We knew it was going to happen in the future and we knew that we were going to be where we wanted to be in the future,” Aubrey explains.
Aubrey and her four sisters: Jayda, 10, Preslee, 9, Ry’Lynne, 8, and Addison, 4, were officially adopted Tuesday.
“They said, ‘we have this many kids. Do you want three or do you want two,’" Whitney recalls. "And James was like 'what are you talking about, we’re going to take all five,” she smiled.
It was in June of last year when the Meserves fostered Norah and her little brother Sebastian.
“There are many children out there that need that faith and hope,” says James. "There are many children out there that need that warm place sometimes, or have to be removed for one reason or another.”
After 1,792 days in foster care, Norah and Sebastian were officially adopted in February of this year.
“My heart is full,” Whitney states.
The youngest is in pre-school, the two oldest kids are in middle school and the other four are in elementary.
“You just adjust to it," Whitney explains. "I mean people are like ‘seven kids? Are y’all crazy?’ It’s just our way of life.”
While many kids wish for a ton of toys around the holidays, these children just wanted to stay together.
“That our family would not be split up and that we could grow up together,” Aubrey says.
The couple says they will stay open to fostering and have not ruled against adopting in the future.
They are hoping others will find inspiration to do the same by sharing their stories.
As of March, more than 10,000 Kentucky children are in foster care.
In His Image Photography shared photos of the court hearing to adopt the girls.
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