7 Foster Siblings, Facing Separation, Find a Home Together 

posted: 07/25/17
by: Blythe Copeland

DaShoan and Sofia Olds, a Florida couple who've been married for 13 years, always planned to have a family -- and had even hoped to adopt. But even they were surprised at how their plans worked out when they decided to adopt seven foster children from the same family.

The siblings had been living in four different foster homes, and their caseworker knew that finding one home for all of them would be a challenge. But when the Olds' saw a news story about the kids in November 2016, it was "an eye-opener", said Sofia. "Here was our chance to give seven innocent children the love of parents and stability together with their brothers and sisters. Also, it would fulfill our lifelong dream of being a mother and father."

The children -- Necia, Eric, Erica, Zavian, Dava, Keyon, and Reggie -- range in age from 12 to 4 years old. They had home visits and weekend visits with Sofia and DaShoan before starting the 90-day adoption placement in early June.

"It was just something you had to do," DaShoan told ABC News. "My wife and I were blessed with a house that was too big for us...I always felt that when you are blessed, you'll be a blessing."

"Looking at those faces, I could see the sweetness and the kindness knowing anything that happened in their lives wasn't their fault," said Sofia, "and if I can do anything to keep them together, I will. It was no question."

Friends set up a GoFundMe account to help the couple with the kids' expenses, praising the Olds' for being "caring and selfless" with their adoption as well as with their work coaching and mentoring other kids in the community.