A Cincinnati family is receiving a lot of attention this week after the adoption of their six foster children was finalized in court.
“I would not know where I’d be right now if it wasn’t for the Sanders. We were having a rough life before.” Thirteen-year-old Caleb Sanders is part of the sibling group that was legally adopted by Christopher and Christina Sanders last week. Coby, 16, Christian, 14, Caleb, 13, Caylee, 12, Carson, 10, and Chloe, 9, were excited to become a legally recognized part of their loving forever family.
“I’m happy that I’m here because everything is wonderful. This is just what I wanted,” Cayley added when given a chance to speak at their adoption hearing.
Christopher and Christina Sanders made an agreement when they began their foster care journey: They would never break up a sibling group. And they also decided this: “Whoever we get, we will keep ‘em,” said Christina.
The Sanders already had five biological children, but Christina, according to her husband, has a big heart. So they opened up their home as foster parents. And on April 27th, they were able to complete the adoption of six children into their family.
“It was rough,” admits Christina, “but we did it. And we are happy we did.”
“This is a big day for me and family. Man, we are so blessed. They have had a definite impact on me. I love those children as if they were my bios,” said Christopher.
Judge Ralph Winkler, who presided over the hearing, commented that the Sanders family provided a wonderful opportunity for people to see how they can make a difference. “They serve as an example,” he said, “of how people can change the community one child at a time. Or, six children at a time.”