When DaShoan and Sofia Olds heard news of seven siblings who were being split among foster families and hoped to someday live together under one roof, the Florida couple felt something click. DaShoan and Sofia had always considered the prospect of adopting a child, and when they heard this particular story, they knew the time was right—and that adopting all seven kids at once was the path they'd take.
“It was a done deal from the day we saw the story," Sofia told WECP-TV. "Before we even met them, it was a done deal. 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.'”
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Most couples are overwhelmed by the thought of welcoming two children at once—but watching your family grow from two people to nine overnight? It's a massive change, and it takes two truly special people to do what the Olds family is doing. But, despite the challenges that will undoubtedly come with parenting seven children, we can't imagine anything more rewarding.
"Yes, we have experienced challenges," Sofia and DaShoan tell Parents. "However, the process has been fairly smooth and manageable.The challenges we have faced have been time management and avoiding procrastination: Having seven children means that we have to plan ahead for everything. We meal prep, shop in bulk, and even pack a week in advance when going on family vacations. Also, despite having long days working in our careers, we now have even longer days that are nonstop. Our days are filled with appointment and tasks one after another. In the past, as a family of two, we were able to come and go as we please. Those days are over as now we are more cognitive of our daily routines and even our spending habits. We have been married for 13 years with no children so this is a big change for us. But, it has been the most rewarding and meaningful change ever."
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The couple urged other families who are considering adoption to keep open minds. While you may have one scenario in mind, the unexpected might present itself—and all the pieces may fall together perfectly, even if they create an image you never quite pictured.
"The process of adopting was time-consuming. However, as this was a unique case, the adoption agency worked at a quicker pace to help with the transition. Usually, it can take one year or more for children to be placed. In our case, we began the process in January 2017 and the children were in our home by June 2017. The process consisted of completing background checks, fingerprint scans, application after application, a home study, home visits, budget reviews, and even eight parenting classes," the couple said of the adoption process. "Although the process was work and tiresome, it has been worth it to see the smiles on our children’s faces and experience the bond between them grow stronger and stronger."