This incredible adoption story in which parents of five biological children adopt six foster siblings is sure to leave you feeling inspired!

By Melissa Willets
May 09, 2017
Sanders family with 11 children
Credit: GoFundMe

Ohio couple Christina and Christopher Sanders have a busy house. No, like a really busy one. That's because, as of late April, they are officially parents of 11 kids, ranging in age from 9 to 19.

The Sanders were already parents to five biological children: Christopher, Cameron, Caden, Chaz, and Caitlyn. Then, two years ago, they became foster parents to four kids: Coby, Christian, Caleb, and Carson. As a GoFundMe page that was set up by Christina's mother Millie Thompson explains, "The children expressed a concern for being with their other two siblings who are now called Caylee and Chloe." Thompson adds, "All the children changed their names to have the same initials: C.M.S."

When the couple's oldest son moved out, the family decided to also take in the two sisters. And then, on April 27 of this year, the six kids were adopted.

"I'm happy that I'm here because everything is wonderful," 12-year-old Cayley said on day of the adoption, according to, adding, "This is just what I wanted."

Christina said, "We just made the agreement – whoever we get, we will keep 'em. It was rough, but we did it. And we are happy we did." Sanders said about his wife, "Her heart is huge and it's starting to rub off on me."

You can learn more about the Sanders' amazing story on GoFundMe, where Thompson explains she is trying to raise money for a 15-passenger van so the family can travel together instead of having to take two cars. Incredibly, more than $58,000 has already been raised in just 11 days! Indeed, 11 must be their lucky number.

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.