Two sets of twin siblings have found their everlasting homes after being adopted on the same day by a Cincinnati, Ohio, Black couple.
Karen and Tobias Thompson of Hamilton County consented to foster Wilmya and William, Karen’s now-14-year-old niece and nephew, about five years ago.
Tobias pushed his wife to bring the children’s younger twin half-sisters, now 9-year-old Sharnia and Sharleathea, on board as well after learning that they were in the child welfare system.
Thompson’s union had been together for nearly a year when the decision was made. The two met in high school but drifted apart, eventually raising their respective families on their own. Years after their previous marriages ended, the couple reconnected and married again in 2014.
They had seven grown children, 28 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren between them, but when they heard about Wilmya and William’s vague problems at home, they jumped in to help.
Sharnia and Sharleathea were reportedly relocated from foster home to foster family on a regular basis. As a result, Tobias invited them to come over as well. The youngsters “didn’t want to go home, back to the other foster home,” the man told the publication.
According to Fox 26 Houston, the Thompsons made their family’s enlargement official on Thursday, Sept. 9 when they formally adopted all four children. Karen told reporters, “They’re family, so we might as well keep them together.”
“You can see the difference,” Karen observed, despite the fact that they had a rough time at first. “They’ve been through a lot,” she continued. “This is the light at the end of the tunnel,” says the narrator.
Tobias, who the kids call to as “papa,” claimed there was “no point splittin’ em up” in a statement following the adoption. “Bring them all together.” “Show ‘em a lot of love,” he concluded. That is all they require Love.”
According to WCPO 9 news, Judge Ralph Winkler, who presided over the Thompsons’ case, praised the two, calling them “a terrific model of what parents should be.” During the court proceedings, Amber Sawyer, the Thompsons’ Hamilton County Job & Family Services adoption caseworker, spoke on their behalf.
“One of the things that stood out to me was how important family is to them,” Sawyer explained. “In their home, you can simply feel the love and the bond.”
It’s unknown how the children came to be offered for adoption, but William informed reporters that living with Papa and Gigi, their nickname for Karen, is the finest part of the process. He continued, “It’s best to live with them,” adding, “I adore living with them.”
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