“...I said, ‘We’ll do it for a couple of years, but we’re not gonna adopt any, so don’t get that in your mind,'" Michael said, explaining their initial decision to become foster parents to Yahoo Lifestyle. "Well, we ate our words there.”
The Hawthorns began fostering a pair of ten-year-old twins in 2015 for three years.
“So they were with us, then [the Department Of Human Services] moved them, three months later we got them again and had them for several months, then DHS moved them again,” Michael explained. “After that, we had to get a senator involved, and he had to pull some strings.”
Later on, he and Terri discovered that the twins had five other siblings ranging from 8 to 15 years old who were also in the system. “The mom’s rights had been terminated over a year ago. They come from a very rough situation. Both parents on drugs. Very unhealthy situation that they were in."
“The only times we got to eat is when our neighbors would sneak us a bag of chips,” Kyndal Hawthorn, one of the siblings, said to THV11. “We didn’t have a can opener, and they’d give us the cans that we didn’t know how to open. So, sometimes we just didn’t eat."
“When I got [to the Hawthorn's home] I was like, oh my gosh, we get our own beds,” said Layna Hawthorn. "We never got that, we had like one bed and most of us slept in the floor,” Kyndal added.
The couple began the nearly year-long process of adoption back in February, and they finally shared the good news with the children in November. “We told them the Sunday before Thanksgiving at church we were adopting them,” Michael recalled.
“It feels good to actually have a family to wake up to every morning,” Kyndal said.
“It feels so great knowing we have a family now and won’t have to go anywhere else,” said Dawson, 15.
“This is a blessing, they are a blessing,” Terri shared. “Every day these kids wake up and they are giggling and they are happy, and you see the smiles on their faces, that’s what makes this worth it.”