DaShoan and Sofia Olds of Marianna, Florida, knew they wanted to adopt a child and “be a blessing.”
What they never expected was that they would end up adopting seven children, but the minute they saw the story of seven siblings living in separate foster homes, they knew they were meant to be those children’s parents.
“It was a done deal from the day we saw the story,” Sofia told WECP-TV on Monday. “Before we even met them, it was a done deal. When I saw that picture, it was a done deal for me, honestly.”
“We looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got to do this. It’s time. There’s no maybe, we have to do this,’” she said.
They did. The couple became the proud parents of Dava, Erica, Eric, Zavian, Leondras, Reginald, and 12-year-old Necia, who is the oldest.
Necia admitted to WECP-TV that she never thought the day would come where she’d be able to live with her siblings in one family.
Sofia Olds said as soon as she saw a photo of the four boys and three girls, she knew they were “the children she was meant to mother.”
“Looking at those faces, I could see the sweetness and the kindness knowing anything that happened in their lives wasn’t their fault and if I can do anything to keep them together, I will. It was no question.”