Good News: Effingham family adopts 7 siblings

Good News: Effingham family adopts 7 siblings
(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Going to the courthouse can be a scary place. Going before a judge, even scarier.

It was all smiles on Tuesday for one Effingham County family that was becoming much bigger.

"We are going to the courthouse in Springfield, Georgia, and we are going to adopt our Super Seven."

Seven related siblings - four girls and three boys - who have been in the Georgia foster system for over three years, will officially join Josh and Jessaka Clark's family in Effingham County.

"We had the opportunity to give the kids a loving home to be a part of and have value when we met the seven - the Super Seven - and important to keep them together," said Josh Clark.

The smiles on their faces said everything. Tuesday, the Super Seven become the Great Eight, joining the Clarks' only biological child, three-year-old Noah.

"He told me on the first date that he wanted 10 kids, and wanted most of them to be adopted, so we are almost there in his eyes. We knew that is what we were going to be, what we did, too many kids without families out there," said Jessaka Clark.

For Jessaka Clark, adopting was easy. In fact, it's what she grew up with.

"My parents were foster parents for most of my life, then parents at a children's house, so we always had 10-12 children in the house," said Jessaka Clark.

But to go from one child to a family of eight?

"That wasn't hard, just because of my background. The hardest part was going from a three-year-old to a 14-year-old and not knowing how to deal with teenagers. That was challenging, and school. That part was crazy. That was the craziest part," said Jessaka Clark.

"I think it's really important for people to know there really are hundreds of kids in our local communities that don't have families, and if people are able to do it, they should."

Thirteen thousand children in foster care in Georgia...now minus seven - an overwhelming feeling for all the Clarks, who have opened up their hearts and created their own family tree.

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