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Already parents of five children and grandparents to seven children, a couple in Tennessee have adopted seven siblings – choosing to keep the family members together and raise them as their own.

Jim and Katrina Baldwin were originally fostering Lily, 6 and her brother Tristen, 2, when they were made aware that their siblings, Danny, 5 and Kamrin, 3 also needed a home.  

Having open their home to the extra siblings, they also agreed to foster the remaining siblings, Ryan, 9, AJ, 12 and Shanda, 14 so that the family could stay together in a stable home.

Speaking with American TV station WBIR, Jim said,

“We fell in love with these kids, and we couldn’t let them go for nothing. It’s not happening.”

Katrina continued, saying:

“You’d think about them leaving, and you’d just get like somebody was taking your children from you,” Katrina said. “It’s just the worst feeling.”

The couple decided to officially adopt the siblings to ensure their stability and cement their place as ‘official’ family members.  The adoptions became official on December 30th.

The couple told WBIR, that they’ve encountered plenty of people who express concern at their decision to take the children in on a permanent basis.

“You tell people you’re adopting seven kids, and they’re like, ‘Wait, what’s wrong with you? Are you crazy?’” Jim said. “There were moments that we said, ‘Can we even think that we’re capable of doing this?’” Jim adds. “And love overwrote it by a long shot.”

Katrina revealed to moment she knew they had made the right decision, “When they called us Mom and Dad for the first time, we knew they really loved us.”

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  • Such a big commitment to take on…and a big pay-off in outcomes for these children.

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  • This makes me so happy. It’s good to see that their are some people who still have good in them

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  • It’s so important for siblings to stay together. How beautiful this couple has room in their home and hearts for the children.

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  • many blessings to these wonderful people

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  • Wow. What an amazing couple. I think fostering a child or two would be challenging but something I would love to do. Fostering seven… well wow. That would provide many challenges. These children are blessed to have been accepted into this family. Im sure the couple feel just as blessed to have these beautiful children in their life

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  • bless them and their kind hearts xxx

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  • what a wonderful story and how blessed the children are that someone so kind has kept them all together.

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  • What a beautiful and selfless thing to do for these beautiful children! Love reading positive stories such as thing.

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  • So nice to hear of a beautiful heartwarming story. God Bless you ALL and wishing much health and happiness.

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  • It’s so sweet of them. They surely changed the life of those siblings!!

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  • Bless them all – what a super amazing couple and 7 very lucky children :)

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  • Bless you Katrina and Jim. What a beautiful thing you have done for those kids

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  • Siblings staying together is incredibly important and the connection they have will now stay intact due to the incredible act of these people.

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  • It’s so very important for siblings to be raised together where possible. What a lovely sounding couple, and what lucky children.

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  • Such an amazing couple to do this – but what else could you do – it would be terrible to have the children split up and not aware of what each other was doing. Hats off to them, and I hope they have love returned to them sevenfold, as I’m sure they will.

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