growing their household
She and her husband began welcoming more children into their home after Scott spotted a sign outside Beech Acres Parenting Center in 2012: “Foster parents needed.” Growing their family through adoption or fostering had always been part of their plan, but they hadn’t known how to make it happen.
The couple’s desire to ensure siblings who enter the system together stay together is part of the reason their family has grown so rapidly, she added. Their next adoptees, Chris and Claire, were newborn twins with developmental disabilities. In 2018, when they learned Jake and Joe’s young brother Jayden needed a foster home, they adopted him, too.
In between came Nova, who had physical disabilities as a result of neglect, and Holden, who had microcephaly at birth.
Raising nine children would be a hard-to-handle responsibility for anyone under any circumstance. Caring for children with special medical ne adds extra challenges, Beth said — and sometimes stuns the people they know.
“(But) there isn’t less the more children that are here. There’s more, and there’s more in all of our hearts. We all pitch in, and we all give each other time and love, and there’s more to go around the more children that are here.”
That said, she thinks nine is enough for now. That could change if she learns any of their children have additional biological siblings, but she and Scott agree that they’ve reached something like capacity. They’ve developed routines that work; they’ve shaped their lifestyles around a gaggle of children with daily school, extracurriculars, doctor appointments and more.
This story was originally published by Kristen Swilley at WCPO.