A couple who lives in Minnesota decided to adopt six siblings after they had to live in different houses for many years due to their parents' neglect.
Ruby Celada and Armando Ayala were beaming as they signed the adoption papers in Minnehaha County Courthouse, and the happy moment held all smiles as the family of eight was getting ready to start on a journey of love that would last a lifetime.
What are the details?
"Now they can stay together; they found their home. They're not going to have to go to different people's houses and stay there for a while, get attached, and then go to another home," Ruby shared with The Epoch Times.
The six siblings were taken by Child Protective Services (CPS) because they were neglected by their parents, who are now behind bars.
"You don't do that to your kids. If you want children, you need to—as God says—you need to change," Ruby said.
As soon as the siblings entered the foster care system, Ruby often checked how they were doing and if they were adjusting well. She was already anticipating the moment when she would become their mom.
"I loved them as if they were my own children. Every time I saw them and had to leave, I cried," Ruby, who can't have kids of her own due to a previous illness, shared.
Avery, one of the siblings, is autistic and has been in several foster homes.
"He went to Children's Inn, and the social worker called me because he couldn't be there any longer. He's the one who opened my doors for me to get all of them," the happy mom said.
So, Avery moved in with the couple right away. Aniya was the next to join the family home. After that, Ruby got her license, and she could also take in Alanna and Arturo. The last to join them were Jerry and Aiden. And now the adoption is official, and they all know they're meant to be together permanently.
All the kids are currently going to elementary school and doing well.
As for future plans, the first thing the parents want to do is to celebrate that they can all be a family now.
"We will be traveling to California to do something fun for the adoption day we had. I think Sea World or Disneyland," Ruby concluded, showing that love matters more than anything else when bonding as a family.