National Adoption Month

Parents Of 5 Just Adopted Their 6 Foster Kids, Now Making Them Parents Of 11

Ellen DeGeneres had a big surprise for them all.

November is National Adoption Month. In honor of the month, we will be bringing attention to the thousands of people in foster care awaiting forever homes, as well as those who provide and advocate for them. These stories emphasize the idea that families are bound together by the love they share, rather than their biological roots.  

On any given day in the United States, there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care. According to Children's Rights, these people average approximately 2 years in the state's care, and 6 percent have been in foster care for five or more years. In 2015, over 20,000 people who aged out of foster care were left without a family to go home to.

Chris and Christina Sanders, parents to five biological children, always wanted to be foster parents, they told Ellen DeGeneres during a recent appearance on The Ellen Show. After taking steps to become foster parents, the Sanders family took in six children, all siblings. Six months later, and after welcoming the children into their family, the Sanders realized they couldn't send them back into foster care. So, they adopted them all. 

One of the Sanders' biological children, Chris, told DeGeneres that at first he had to learn to be a responsible role model for so many siblings. One of the adopted daughters then explains how much she loves being a part of their family.

"Not so many parents would adopt us, six kids, and they didn't [even] know us," she says. "I'm just happy. They're always doing something for us ... every word, every good word, describes them. And I thank them very much."

DeGeneres then gave the family the opportunity to play a game with a wonderful surprise at the end.

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