For years, all of them have been living together as a family, and now they're legally one, too.
Loneliness is a hard pill to swallow for a child. Jessica Benzakein, who had to do just that wants to ensure no one else has to. The mother of two adopted six brothers so that they don't have to grow up apart, according to Good News Network. She was 12 when her mother gave her up and she found herself in the child services system. It's no secret that older children aren't adopted as quickly as the younger ones, so Jessica spent time in the foster care system until she turned 18, and then headed off to college.
Jessica spent several holidays in the system wishing for a family. Having experienced that feeling firsthand led to Jessica buying a home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and opening it up to foster kids and siblings who were enduring the same struggles she had as a child. Jessica, in addition to co-parenting two biological sons with her ex-husband, she welcomed six boys from the foster care system several years ago.
Four of the boys are biological brothers are aged from 8 to 18; the other two boys, aged 4 and 6, are also related. The young chaps were originally supposed to stay with Jessica for a weekend, but those few days quickly turned into several years as a happy family, and officially so, because Jessica adopted all six of them to become their legal guardian. “Everybody tells me how lucky these kids are and what a good thing I did,” the 46-year-old mother told TODAY.
“But … I’m going to cry … they grounded me. I went through my 20s thinking I didn’t really need a family. But I did.” She then added, "They give me purpose." They have now settled down as a family and even have a Friday night ritual where they binge on Pizza and watch movies. “We have fun here. It’s total chaos in a good way,” she said. “They have a safe place where they can screw up and make mistakes and laugh and joke and poke fun of each other.”
They've been living as a family for several years, and now they are one, officially and in spirit. “We’ve been living like a family for a long time,” Benzakein said. “But now, no one can tell us we’re not.” People were touched by Jessica's story and shared their own with the internet. Reggie Nail wrote: "I adopted three of my four from foster care. They gave my life purpose and it was the best decision I ever made." Debbie Hammond added: "As someone who was adopted this is wonderful. And it appears she can afford and has the time for all of them so that's fantastic too."