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Six siblings find a forever family

November 3, 2015

ZunigaKatherine, Austin, Riley, Bailey, Jullian and Sophia – all under the age of 14 – entered foster care and moved into Donna and Francisco Zuniga’s foster home. After being placed with another family for three years, the siblings returned to the Zuniga’s home for good.

“It was tough for them to move back and forth,” said Erica Lewis, Youth Villages counselor. “But ending up with Donna and Francisco was meant to be.”

The siblings experienced domestic violence, physical abuse and homelessness in their biological home. Riley has William’s Syndrome, causing medical and developmental issues. He has to have open-heart surgery.

“His medical needs were neglected by his biological parents,” Erica said. “Now, he has all the support he needs. Donna and Francisco will be with him every step of the way.”

To learn more about adoption through Youth Villages in Tennessee, visit our website at www.youthvillages.org/adopt. For information about adopting through foster care no matter where you live, visit adoptuskids.org.

Donna and Francisco invest time and energy into each child. They provide the love, attention and commitment the kids need.

“All of the children have made great strides in the home,” said Suzanne Jones, Youth Villages adoption specialist. “The parents have been instrumental in keeping the siblings comfortable and under one roof.”

Donna and Francisco have another adopted son, Josh, and an older daughter, Kelly. Together, they welcomed the six siblings into their forever family. They celebrated with friends, family and Youth Villages staff.

“I have watched each family member gain patience and loving understanding for one another through this process,” Erica said. “We are so thankful for the strong bonds this family has created.”

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