Lacey Dunkin of Fresno California, a certified foster parent, adopted six girls—and she couldn’t be happier.
“You don’t set out to have six little girls,” Dunkin said. “I’m glad that it happened, I’m so blessed,” Dunkin, 32, told ABC30.
Dunkin became a certified foster parent in June 2011. Three months later, she received a call about four little girls, ages 5 to 1.
Dunkin said she thought she would never be contacted due to her being a single woman, which made the phone call a little bit more exciting.
“And I said yes, like, before she could finish talking,” Dunkin said.
But after nine months, according to Parents magazine, the girls went back to their biological mother.
Then a month later, the girls’ birth mom realized that it would be too difficult to care for the girls and asked Dunkin if she would take all five—including her newborn, Lea, who was born the night before Dunkin first took the rest of the girls in.
According to Parents, Lea was sent to another foster home at the time with a couple that was much more experienced with newborns.
Shortly after Dunkin formally adopted all five girls—in July 2013—their birth mother was expecting again.
Dunkin adopted the new baby too.
Now Dunkin, who initially saw herself with a boy every time she would daydream, lives with six children—all girls: Sophia, twins Natalie and Melanie, Kaylee, Lea, and Cecily.
“I want people to know that foster children are not bad, they’re not broken,” Dunkin told Parents. “Children are resilient, and want and need a loving home.”