5 Orphans Looking for 'Mommy' & 'Daddy' Get the Happy Ending They Deserve

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When the email first reached the inbox of Lauren and Scott Sterling, they thought it might be a scam or a fake. Five orphans from Peru were imploring, "We need a mommy and a daddy." Lauren wrote on her blog, "I remember Scott and I looking at that e-mail and thinking about how beautiful the kids were. I even thought, 'Someone rich should adopt them.' And then life went on."

While Lauren and Scott weren't rich in material things -- they were, however, rich in heart. Lauren couldn't get the email out of her mind. And after digging around and discovering that the email had been written with the help of a friend of theirs who had visited the children in their orphanage, the couple -- who already had two children -- realized they were "rich" enough to open their doors to five more.

The orphans, who ranged in age from 9 to 17, had lost their parents to tuberculosis. After ruminating on the email for awhile, Lauren says she asked her husband, "Somebody's got to do it, and why can't it be us?" He agreed.

Thus began a year-long struggle to get all of the kids from Peru to Missouri, where the Sterlings lived with their two daughters, ages 19 and 3. Meanwhile, the couple chatted with the kids over Skype, worked through the red tape, visited them in Peru, and began to imagine them as part of their family.

Lauren told Fox News:

We got told 'no' a lot of times, and by then we were already crazy about these kids, so it was a rough part of the story. And you had to keep trusting that we were fighting for something that you knew was yours to fight for.

When the adoptions were finally cleared, their church helped them raise $85,000 to bring the children home before Christmas. The community pitched in with getting their home ready for a sudden influx of kids.

So few homes are available for older children who need parents -- especially five children all at once. Since the kids refused to be separated, it made their adoption all that more unlikely. It truly is a miracle that it worked out for them.

Lauren chronicles the adoption on her blog, and says that while money is tight and she'll never again "buy a pair of $100 jeans," she wouldn't have it any other way. And the kids, who are now learning English in school, have made the transition that much easier. She says: "These kids are fabulous. They have great attitudes."

No doubt they realize how lucky they are.

What do you think of this family? Have you ever adopted or thought about adopting an older child?

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miche... micheledo

I have always wanted to adopt and my husband and I were looking into it when we weren't getting pregnant. Now, six kids later, I still wonder if we won't adopt when ours get older.

nonmember avatar Stephanie

I would live to adopt but financially would be unable to. I believe all children deserve good homes and I love being a mother. I wish there was more I could do. Happy to see stories like this one.

Beverly Agnew

i would love to be able to adopt,finanacialy thats not possible,but i would definetly be willing to give a child or two a permanent home even if financially i cant adopt

Christina Myers-Andrada

We have adopted 7 kids. No, that's not true. 7 kids adopted US. and it has been WONDERFUL.

Roni Clark

It's good that these children were adopted, but it always makes me sad that there are so many American children that need homes, but people are choosing to adopt overseas.


looki... looking4mychild

People adopt overseas because usually there is less drama. You hear story after story here in the US about birth parents who change their mind at the last minute, even after the child has been living with the adoptive parents, birth fathers who had no knowledge that the child was being put up for adoption or even that the mother was pregnant showing up years later and arguing for custody of the kids. Plus a lot of the time unless you're adopting from the foster care system, these adoptions in the US cause tens of thousands of dollars. Sometimes going abroad is actually cheaper. Once you come home with a child from another country, you're pretty much guaranteed that no one will come after you to get the child back. When it happens here, it can be heartbreaking for the child AND heartbreaking for the adoptive parents. Who wins?

missy... missybest

I think it is wonderful that this couple adopted these kids.  A great thing to do.  My only concern is all the kids here in America looking for parents.  Why aren't we adopting the kids in our country who need homes?  There are a huge number kids here needing homes of all ages.  I work with The Adoption Exchange and cry when I go home.  I wish I could take them all home.

nonmember avatar Shannon

For folks who would love to adopt but cannot afford it, there is a $12,000 tax credit available to pay for adoption expenses. Also, in many states, if you adopt a child from foster care (like in my home state of VA), it costs you nothing. In addition, if you adopt a special needs child (this doesn't necessarily mean the child is disabled, just hard to place for any one of numerous reasons such as behavioral problems or age) you will continue to receive a monthly stipend after the adoption is final.

kzoboe kzoboe

If there are so many American babies waiting to be adopted, why do I know people who have waited years?  It seems like there are fewer babies here in the US because women are keeping their babies even if they are unmarried.

nonmember avatar Michelle

It really shouldn't matter what country a child is from. A parentless child is a parentless child. Period. Nationality shouldn't matter at all.

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