Six foster children were adopted by a gay couple from Pennsylvania.
To keep their six siblings together, the Pittsburgh fathers agreed to adopt them from foster care.
Steve Anderson-McLean and Rob Anderson-McLean met about twenty years ago and have been living together ever since. In 2013, the couple legally married.
They planned to adopt children in 2018, and when they found about the six siblings, whose parents abandoned them to live in the foster system, they decided they wanted all of them.
“We saw their photo and fell in love,” Rob explained. “A lot of sibling groupings are split up because families only want to adopt the youngest children.” Steve and I both agreed that these guys deserved to be together.”
According to Today, the couple legally obtained custody kids Carlos, 14, Guadalupe, 13, Maria, 12, Selena, 10, Nasa, 9, and Max, 7, in July 2018.
“They were asking if they could remain forever after the first week,” Steve, 48, told the site. “We brought them to the zoo and the park.” We had fun in the yard.”
“That was all new to them, as was having fun.” He continued.
Dad Steve told the paper that the kids were overjoyed when they learned that Steve and his girlfriend were adopting them.
“They’d been let down by grownups so many times in their lives, and they were worried it wouldn’t happen this time.” They were overjoyed when we took them home and informed them it was also their home.”
When the fathers initially brought them home, they were concerned about the eldest brother, Carlos, who was 14 at the time. They feared that because he was a teenager, he would struggle to adjust to his new life with same-gender parents.
“We assumed Carlos, being an adolescent, would struggle, but it hasn’t impacted him in the least,” Steve said.
“The other night, our 7-year-old Max looked at me and said, ‘I’m adopted,’ so I nodded and replied, ‘You can’t get unadopted, can you?’ And I had to tell him that he would always be our son.”
The now-large happy family also chatted with Good Morning America, explaining how they feel about having each other.
“The court said, ‘Do you understand these are your children from now on?’ They are as important as your biological offspring.”
“Obviously, we knew that, but it was really emotional when I glanced up and saw all those eyes,” Steve told the site.
“We never anticipated we’d be fortunate or blessed to have six.”
“I’d say our children have brought a tremendous deal of craziness into our life.” It’s uplifting and amazing to witness how kids interact with us, as well as our extended family and friends,” Rob remarked.
Parker, 25, and Noah, 26, are the couple’s two kids. They told GMA that they have children from prior marriages.
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