It’s not every day that a couple nearly doubles their family size in a matter of minutes. But on April 27, Christopher and Christina Sanders did just that. Seated in a Cincinnati courtroom, they were declared by Judge Ralph Winkler to be the “forever parents” of six siblings. And while taking on six siblings is pretty incredible all on its own, here’s what makes the Sanders’ story even more amazing: They also have five biological children; which means that their family total is now 13.
In 2014, Christopher and Christina were already parents to Christopher Jr., Caden, Caitlyn, Chaz, and Cameron when they accepted their first foster placement, welcoming Coby, Caleb, Carson, and Christian into their home. Then in October 2016, after Christopher Jr. went off to college, the boys’ biological sisters, Caylee and Chloe, moved into the Sanders’ home, too. And the rest is history.
In the United States, there are approximately 400,000 children in foster care, ranging from newborns to 21-year-olds. Many in care are sibling groups, children of color, and children with medical needs. Children usually come into foster care due to abandonment, abuse, or neglect.