After Years in Foster Care, Seven Siblings Find a Home with Georgia Couple
Josh and Jessaka Clark always dreamed of having a lot of children, and their wish came true tenfold this week, when their family of three officially grew by seven.
WXIA Atlanta reports that on their first date, Josh told Jessaka that he wanted 10 kids—and that he wanted most of them to be adopted. Jessaka, whose parents took in foster children when she was growing up, was completely on board.
The Clarks began the adoption process shortly after their biological son Noah was born. Then, in March 2016, they got a call about seven siblings.
"When he got off the phone, he said to me, 'What do you think about seven?," Jessaka recalled of Josh's conversation with adoption officials. "I said, 'A 7-year-old?' He said, 'Well, there is a 7-year-old, but no... seven children!'"
After the shock wore off, the couple says they spent the night in prayer. After a sleepless night, they ultimately came to the conclusion that the siblings—who they have nicknamed the "Super 7"—belonged with them. A few weeks later, all seven kids (Maria, 14, Elizabeth, 11, Guillermo, 10, Jason, 8, Kristina, 7, Katerin, 7, and James, 5) moved into the Clark's Rincon, Georgia home.
This week, after nine months of living together, and 1,359 days spent in foster care, the adoption finally became official. "We were very excited," Jessaka told WXIA. "We woke up the kids with party horns and confetti poppers!"
But the Clark's work isn't done. Jessaka said the "Super 7" has a baby sister who is still in foster care. Unfortunately, their home isn't big enough to take in another child.
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"We would love to adopt her but we are limited in our house and can't take anymore children until we get more rooms," she told WXIA. "We also know that God has more in store so we want to make sure we have the space to grow."
In the meantime, a family friend has created a GoFundMe page to help the family save money for a larger home. Learn more and donate here.