Real Stories

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Gonzales Family Story

Heather and Ben Gonzales had been foster parents for eight years when a group of five siblings were placed with them. They had no intention of adopting, but when the siblings they had cared for were available for adoption, Heather and Ben knew they had to adopt and keep the kids together. Keeping siblings together is so important, Heather says, because siblings are the only stability children who have been in foster care can count on. For the Gonzales family, adoption and foster care run in the family.

The Gonzales children have two other biological siblings who were both adopted by Ben and Heather’s relatives.

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