My heart goes out to the kids who are abandoned by their parents at a minor age and left to feed for themselves. Though we loath those parents who have dumped their children for whatever reasons, we cannot call ourselves any better if we cannot help those innocent kids who are clueless on what pushed them into this situation.
Our planet has no dearth of such abandoned children who seek nothing from life but a family who can make just a little place for them in their home and hearts. Though there are some orphanages and non-profit organizations that have their doors open for those in need, we need more people/families who have the zeal and the heart to adopt them. Here's one such couple who doesn't have a bravura house to boast of but is certainly bestowed with a colossal heart to have opened their doors to seven siblings living in foster care.
Joshua and Jessaka Clark always wanted a large family, 10 kids to be precise. Joshua had expressed his desire of a big family to Jessaka on their very first date. While this atypical idea could have made any other woman shift in her chair fretfully, Jessaka was game for it. She drew inspiration from her parents who had fostered children while she was growing up.
The couple got married and was blessed with a son, who they have named Noah. Soon after his birth, they started looking into adoption opportunities. As per the reports by DailyMail, it was in March last year that Joshua received a call from an adoption worker informing him of seven siblings living in foster care, seeking a permanent home now.
Joshua asked his wife if she is open to the idea of adopting seven kids in one go. Initially unsure, she said, "My eyes probably got as big as his and we both said the same thing: 'We need to pray about this.'"
It was a sleepless night for them and by the time it was morning, the couple had made their decision.
"We prayed that night and didn't sleep well because God told us that these were the kids for u," she said.
The Clarks welcomed the seven siblings in their Effingham County home in August and applied for their legal adoption. Finally, they were allotted their court date, May 9, 2017.
The family was excited and eagerly waiting for May 9, the hearing date. Joshua woke up the kids with party poppers and streamers on the morning of their hearing. He yelled excitedly, "Time to get adopted" and the kids squealed with joy.
Noah was equally excited as he thought he was getting adopted as well. Such a darling!
All the eight children dressed their best for the hearing and enjoyed posing for the special photo session, pictures of which Jessaka shared on her Facebook wall.
The eldest child held up a sign that read, "We were in foster care for 1,359 days, but today, May 9, 2017, we're adopted."
Noah, the youngest of the brood, held an equally adorable sign - "I was an only child for 1,426 days. But today, May 9, 2017, I became a little brother." The kids now legally belong to the Clarks!
Each member of the Clark clan as their own Harry Potter-themed bumper sticker adorning the back of the car. This is such a beautiful idea!
The siblings had entered the foster care four years ago when their mother disappeared. Clarks discovered that there is one more sibling of the Super 7 who is under 2 years old and they want to adopt her too. However, the state will allow her adoption to Clarks only if they have a larger house.
Unfortunately, the Clarks currently have a three bedroom house and need larger space to accommodate another child. One bedroom is shared by the four girls, another one by the four boys and the third one by the couple.
A family friend of Clarks has started a GoFundMe page seeking funds to help Clarks move into a bigger place. The page was set up with $10k goal and reached more than $30k within the first 24 hours. As reported by Inspire More, the campaign has reached $50k as on May 12, 2017.
Talking about the adoption process, Jessaka says, "It is not easy. You have to know that you know that God called you to adopt. And you need a lot of support. You will feel the greatest joys! And you will feel the biggest heart breaks. But just like there is pain in labor, at the end you get a beautiful child… or seven!"
It is the heart that matters, not the house!
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