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Couple Adopts 7 Siblings Together So They Wouldn’t Have to be Apart

By Tiffany Meier

Seven siblings luckily found their forever home together when a family in Kansas adopted all of them.

After being separated for over a year in foster care, the seven brothers and sisters were reunited under the same roof on Wednesday, April 10.

“Today is national siblings day. Did you know that? That is crazy. I didn’t know that,” the children’s grandfather, Gary Bugg told KAKE.

Lisa and Gary Fulbright, who already had a combined seven children from previous marriages, one child of their own, and two other adopted children, adopted Emerson, 12; Autumn, 11; Jaxon, 9; Journey, 8; Jace, 7; Piper, 5; and Sawyer, 3.

“Everyone was ecstatic, it was a full courtroom,” Lisa Fulbright told “Good Morning America” about the adoption day.

The Fulbrights decided to foster after their other children moved out—all except for their biological son, 17-year-old Logan. In 2016, they adopted a pair of siblings—Hannah, 10; and Levi, 8. Despite having ten children at this point, the Fulbrights decided to foster more. That’s when they first met the seven siblings.

In February 2017, the Fulbrights adopted three of the siblings—Jaxon, Journey, and Jace. They would often invite the other siblings over so they could all hang out together.

Later that year, in June, the Fulbrights adopted Emerson and Autumn. And in February 2018, Piper and Sawyer joined.

“Not too many people are willing to adopt seven together and it was important to keep them together,” Lisa Fulbright told GMA. “They had been through so much they didn’t need to lose each other.”

She told GMA that she and her husband fell in love with all seven siblings, and when the Saint Francis Ministries asked if they would adopt all seven, they agreed.

On April 10, they made it official. The entire family showed up to the Juvenile District Court in Wichita wearing custom Kansas City Chiefs jerseys.

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Lisa Fulbright told GMA, “Autumn, she woke up this morning, stretched and her first words were, ‘I’m adopted!'”

The children came from a neglected family and were placed under the care of the state foster care system.

“My mom would would leave me for days at a time without being home, and I don’t know my dad. He’s in Mexico, so it’s nice having a dad here I can spend time with,” Emerson told KAKE.

Now that she’s been adopted, Emerson said she’s been able to do a lot of things she’s never experienced before.

“I’ve been on my first roller coaster. I’ve done amusement parks. I’ve done a lot of stuff that I didn’t have before. I would actually celebrate holidays,” she told KAKE.

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As for the Fulbrights, it’s rewarding being able to bring joy to the children.

“We took them for the first time roller skating, ice skating, we took them to their first movie—it’s so much fun just to see that,” Lisa Fulbright told GMA. “It’s sad in a way too because they’ve been deprived of so much.”

The Fulbrights are excited to look after the seven children who no longer need to worry about food or a family anymore.

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“We’re doing what God’s purpose is,” Lisa Fulbright told KAKE. “Take care of the children in adoption since they don’t have a family.”

As for Veronicia Mills, an adoption family support worker at Saint Francis Ministries, “It has been a wonderful experience to work with this family,” she told GMA. “We are pleased these seven siblings could be adopted together and complete the Fulbright family.”