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Success Story: 3 siblings join a loving & large forever family

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After having seven biological kids and taking in more than 30 foster kids since 1984, a San Diego couple decided it was time to make some permanent additions. They watched an Adopt 8 story two years ago and just knew they couldn't let the three siblings featured continue life without a place to call home. In all, the family now has six girls and six boys and they wouldn't have it any other way.

Fifteen-year-old Jesse says life with his loving forever family is better than he'd ever dreamed.

"I didn't expect I would get more than what I wanted, but it turned out to be great after all," he said.

It was April 2009, when News 8 first introduced Jesse and his two little sisters, Brianna and Jennifer.

Jesse was 13, and with no parents of their own, Jesse had stepped up to fill that role.

"I take care of them. I teach them what's right and wrong, and I look after them all the time," Jesse explained.

But Jesse knew what they deserved were parents to look after all of them.

"I would like a family that would treat us all the same way, with care and love so we all be happy in the same family," continued Jesse.

Fortunately, the woman who would soon become their mom was watching.

"I saw the story and my heart went out, and he said he wanted an active family so, we're like that's us that's us," laughed Martha.

When they take a family vacation, they most definitely turn heads with 12 kids, seven biological, four adopted and the baby, Sebastian, a foster child.

"We like to go on trips. We do a lot of things together, like we'll just put them in a car and just keep going," said Martha. "We've gone to the Sequoias, the Grand Canyon, The Polar Express."

Martha and her husband Jessie say they enjoy their full house. And, Jessie says after seeing the Adopt 8 story on Jesse and his sisters, they felt compelled to give them a home.

"It just seemed like it was a beckoning for somebody to step in, and we know how hard it is for siblings to be adopted, and we wanted to make sure they stayed together," said Jesse.

"It's like you're just giving them just a few years, you're not , it's not like your whole life, I mean, yeah, you're there for them your whole life, but they only really really, really need you for a few years and then they go on with their lives and then you're part of that," continued Martha.

Jesse, who dreams of graduating from West Point one day, says he's especially grateful that now that his two sisters won't endure the heartache he did as a young child.

"I'm glad because then they don't experience the sadness, and they're always going to remember the happy and joyful thoughts that they were always there with their new family," he said.

If you are interested in adopting from foster care, or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U, or go to their website to take that first step and fill out an adoption inquiry form.

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