Couple with 5 children adopt 7 siblings who lost their parents in a car crash

Seven siblings who experienced unimaginable trauma are starting a new life after they were adopted by a couple with five kids.

The San Diego siblings aged between 2 and 13 were involved in a car crash which claimed the lives of both of their parents. Miraculously the siblings survived.

“I’m happy that all of us are together and that we’re all alive,” 11-year-old Azaura told CBS8 News back in 2018.

Azaura broke her knee in the crash and her brother hurt his foot.

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Following the crash the siblings were placed with a foster family but needed a forever family.

“I want a family that’s fun, joyful, and who takes you out places,” said Azaura.

She said that her number one Christmas wish was to all be adopted by the same family.

Thankfully their wishes were answered and Azaura along with oldest brother Adelino, 6-year-olds Aleecia and Antonio, 4-year-old Aubrey, 3-year-old Angel and two-year-old Alexander were adopted by a couple who already had 5 children.

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Adoption Day Part One! . As promised, I have so much to share about everything that we've been celebrating over here! 🎉 . Adoption day was one week ago today and although it was nothing like any of us had envisioned from the beginning, we made it happen and we made it special! 💜 . Covid shut downs hit San Diego the week of our original court hearing in March. We got a call just 3 days before court that they were closing down and postponing all hearings until further notice. Man, was that a hard day! 😪 . We still celebrated that weekend because it was the one year anniversary of the day we'd met,🥰 but inside, we all just wanted it to be official. Waiting amidst the Covid outbreak craziness was pretty challenging. 😷 . We didn't know if we were going to have to do a video hearing, if the courts would open up again, how long we'd have to wait…. so many uncertainties. I don't like uncertainties. 😵 . In June the courts called and asked if I wanted to schedule a video hearing. I just wasn't ready to give up my vision of the day in court that I felt these kiddos deserved. So I said "no". I asked them to call back when the courts were opening… somehow thinking that was gonna happen soon 🤷🏼‍♀️ . My youngest bio child is 19. He was getting ready to leave for missionary work that had already been postponed. His departure date was August 11th, so open courts or not, that became our deadline. . No courts opened. Covid didn't disappear like I told it to. So I started planning…. and crying… and planning… and trying to be creative… and crying some more (ok, that's about my breakdown, we'll talk about that another day 🙈) . It was SO important to me to make this day special, and SO important to me that all 12 of my children be together for the occasion. 🙏 . Do you know how hard it is to get 5 adult children –  two from out of state, all of whom have lives and jobs and stuff, one of which JUST had a baby 4 weeks ago – all in the same place for pictures on adoption day?  . Hard. 🤯 . But we did it!! And even though we didn't get to go inside, we still took pictures outside of the courthouse because that's where we were SUPPOSED to be 💜

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Pam and Gary Willis, from Menifee, California, decided to adopt the children after reading about their heartbreaking story on Facebook.

“I saw how much these kids needed someone to love them because they had no one else to go to. I called the adoption service every week to show them how much I wanted to help these children,” Pam told Metro News.

“From the moment we first met them it was instant love. I looked at Gary and we both could see they are really great kids and knew we were doing the right thing.”

The couple, who have five grown up children of their own as well as 8 grandchildren, were involved in the foster care system but only ever took care of one child at a time.

The siblings have thrived since being adopted, bonded with Pam and Gary’s older kids, enjoyed family vacations and even call their adopted parents mom and dad.

“I have noticed how incredibly happy they are and that makes me so happy too, because that’s all we ask for. The oldest of the seven, Adelino, said to me recently ‘thank you for giving us this life’ and there is no other feeling like that. The kids are great kids and we love having them around,” said Pam.

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I have this thing about nutrition… 🍩 . Whenever I have taken foster children into my home, I've felt an immense pressure to give them the best possible foods during the time they are with me. I've always looked at it as possibly their only opportunity in life to get good solid nutrition and brain/body growth. 🥦🍅🍗🍓🍒🍎🥑🥩🥬 . I've watched, even my new seven, go from pale skin and thin stringy hair, to nice, rosy cheeks, thick full hair and, healthy body physiques.❤ . I'm a nutrition nazi of sorts, but when you take a kiddo through the bank drive through and they ask if they're getting fries… or when FedEx comes and gives you a package and the child yells "pizza!"… it just makes you feel like you've gotta feed them well! 🍕🍔🍫🍭🧁🍪🍿 . Why the donuts today then? 🍩 Cause I have to loosen up now. I've got these guys forever!  They eat mounds of broccoli, carrots and spinach now (well, all except for the teenagers who choke a few bites down here and there to oblige me) 🙃 . These five littles are the best fruit and veggie eaters I've ever had ❤ So sometimes, I just gotta give 'em a fat, gooey donut and let 'em enjoy! 🍩 . Balance…. . Donuts and balance! 🍩🙃❤🤷🏼‍♀️ . . . . #fostercarejourney #fostertoadopt #gettooattached #secondchanceseven #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #raisingseven #adoptionislove #fostermomlife #fosteryourheartout #liveintentionally #wearethevillage #bigfamily #bigfamilylove #bigfam #nutrition #healthyfoods #donuts #donut

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Such a beautiful story and proof that love and light is possible in times of tragedy. Pam and Gary are wonderful people whose lives are enriched by these sweet souls.

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