News Video: Actress Adopts 5 Children After Her Friend Passes Away from Cancer

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Denalee Chapman May 12, 2015
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Those who watched TV sitcoms in the 1980s might remember actress Kimberly Russell who played the part of Sarah Nevins in the show Head of the Class. Kim went on to create a successful marriage with filmmaker and artist Michael Bonewitz. The two of them have three biological children, then doubled their family in 2013 when they adopted a sibling group of five.

Following Mother’s Day this year, Kim, Michael, and their eight children talked to CBS News.  Kim first met her five adopted children when their mother, Marie, was in the hospital, dying of lung cancer. As best friends, Kim promised Marie that she would look after her children, a promise she knew she would keep.

Now the family of ten is thriving as they look out for each other and have many memorable moments together.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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