Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 10.36.07 AMWatkins, a 36-year-old single man, had recently moved to Portland, Oregon. He was over 1,000 miles from his family. A phone call from his terminally ill mother turned his life upside down. David’s nieces and nephews had been removed from his sister’s care by the authorities. His mom had taken them in. The next day, Watkins boarded a plane back home.

David assured his mother that after she was gone, he would raise the kids as his own. He had no car and no job, but the county gave him four of the five kids. The kids had some issues stemming from the care they had received from their mother and her various boyfriends. The oldest child, Corrine, didn’t live with Watkins. She moved around the country, but kept in contact with her siblings. Ethan was angry and defiant at first. Zoe has cerebral palsy and was non-verbal and unable to walk. The doctors said she would not improve.

Almost six years later, the family readied for adoption day. Watkins works in house design and their new house is down the street from a park. Corrine, now a 22-year-old beauty school student, says she is most certainly not too old to be adopted. She wants David to walk her down the aisle when she gets married. Ethan, 17, is working through some trouble he got into with the law. He wants to finish school and travel the world. Sebastian, 11, is excited about starting middle school. Twins Abigail and Zoe are happy and thriving. Zoe is walking and talking. The group has overcome many obstacles in the last six years, and now they move forward as a family.

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