Foster mother adopts six siblings

FRESNO, Calif. — Lacey Dunkin always wanted to be a mom, but she never thought she would be a mother to six sisters.

The Fresno, California, woman initally planned on being a mother to boys.

"You don't set out to have six little girls, (but) I'm glad that it happened," Dunkin said. "I'm so blessed."

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Dunkin, 32, became a certified foster parent in 2011. She told KFSN that she got a call about four girls -- Sophia, 5, 2-year-old twins, Natalie and Melanie and 1-year-old Kaylee -- in September of that year.

"I said yes, like, before (the social worker) could finish talking."

Having her family of four was not without its challenges.

When the girls' biological mother had another baby named Lea -- who temporarily went to a foster couple with experience with newborns -- the girls went back to her.

Dunkin regained custody a month later, when the birth mother contacted her.

"She called and asked if I would take all five," Dunkin told "I immediately said yes."

But in 2013, when their birth mother had another child, Dunkin said her foster children were worried they would have to leave home again.

"I didn't even realize that was so important to them," Dunkin said.

But Dunkin alleviated those worries when she adopted all five siblings from foster care in July 2013.

"They asked me if I was sure they were staying," she said. "I reassured them, 'You're adopted. You're home forever.'"

Soon after, in September 2013, the mother had another child, a daughter named Cecily, whom Dunkin also adopted.

"I just really wish people didn't think that they were bad," she said. "It's not their fault that they are in the system."

Dunkin and the six girls currently live with Dunkin's parents.

"Without their support, none of this could been possible."