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Xavier and Jeff's success story

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They are two brothers who were originally placed in two separate forever families. But one family made a big sacrifice so the two boys could grow up together.

Encouragement and a lot of love is a winning combination for this family of four - in quite an unconventional way.

Three years ago, 10-year-old Xavier was matched with his two dads, Jeff and Tim. But his younger brother had been placed in a different home.

Knowing how important it is to keep the bond between brothers strong, the two families arranged playdates for the boys and before both adoptions were final they agreed that keeping the brothers together, would be best.

"His caretakers at the time, really made a big sacrifice, and offered to let him transition into our home so the boys could be together," explained Jeff. "It was a really big gift."

And that's how seven-year-old Jeff Junior, now named after his dad, joined this family.

Jeff senior says the decision to adopt through San Diego County Adoptions was a natural fit for them.

"Once upon a time, many years ago, I was adopted as well, and I was adopted through the County in Illinois and so, I thought, that's probably the best way to go," said Jeff. "When I was adopted, I was about six and a half, so I was just about Junior's age.

And it's given him a unique perspective.

"You see yourself in them every day, so when they're struggling and lonely and they miss people from their past, you can relate to that, and I think that's helped a lot," continued Jeff.

Jeff and Tim say it's been a learning experience for all of them.

"It's sort of up and down, it's like a Ferris wheel, you go up you're scared a little bit, you reach the top, you're scared," said Tim. "The more you keep doing it at the end, hopefully you can just enjoy the ride and have fun and I think the boys are having fun with us and I'm sure that we don't make them happy ALL the time, well a lot though."

Jeff Junior chiming in to say he is more than happy:

"They buy us toys and they, take care of us. I think they're awesome. They spoil us rotten!"

But ask their dads, and they will say, they are spoiled too, by the love from their sons and are encouraging others to consider adoption.

"I know there are a lot of sibling groups out there looking for homes, so it's a blessing, it's a double blessing.

If you're interested in adopting, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U during regular business hours.

And we would like to thank Boomers San Diego for hosting Adopt 8 to a fun day at the amusement park.

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