Texas parents Andi and Thomas Bonura recently adopted five siblings who’d been separated from one another in the foster care system.
The Bonura’s and their three biological children Joey, 11, Sadie, 10, and Daphne, 8, welcome new siblings Thomas, 8, Carter, 8, David, 6, Gabrielle, 4, and Bryson, 2, to the family.
The couple officially adopted the five siblings through the DePelchin Children’s Center via Zoom call in May and are now the legal parents to 8 kids.
In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Andi told hosts, “These are their brothers and sisters and there’s no argument.”
“The kids have been through a lot but they’re the sweetest. They’re amazing — and resilient.”
In the interview Andi discussed her struggles to conceive that led to her and Thomas’ decision to adopt.
After losing one pregnancy, Andi became pregnant with twins who were born prematurely at 25 weeks.
One of the twins, Eli, did not survive. Joey pulled through and was born with cerebral palsy and is visually impaired.
Now 11-year-old Joey communicates using sign language. His mother told GMA, “He’s the happiest kid in this house.”
Andi then gave birth to daughters Sadie and Daphne, but because she was unable to carry either baby to full term, the couple decided they would not attempt to have any more children biologically.
In November 2017, shortly after becoming licensed as foster parents, Andi and Thomas welcomed newborn baby Bryson into their home.
After learning of Bryson’s older siblings who were also living in the foster care system, the Bonura’s took David and Gabrielle into their care, and later, older twin brothers, Thomas and Carter.
Soon after all five siblings were reunited in foster care at the Bonura’s, Andi and Thomas were given the opportunity to legally adopt all five children and make the family official.
The family received a call that the children’s birth parents had terminated their rights as guardians. Thomas said they asked, “‘Do you want them?’”
“We said yes,” he said.
“They’re fun to be around, and they’re the greatest kids,” Andi said. “God’s hand was in it. Our family is complete.”
As ecstatic as she is to have the opportunity to share so much love, Andi admitted that the adoption process is an “emotionally challenging experience.”
But for the Bonura’s, the opportunity to bring their new kids into a happy, safe home to give them another chance made it worth the struggle.
Andi is grateful to other foster mothers she has met through support groups.
“Honestly, I’m nothing special. If anything, it’s the other moms who encouraged me,” she said.
Andi urges those not ready or able to adopt to help by supporting other families.
“These kids are just the most beautiful, amazing kids and it’s not their fault. None of this is their fault,” she said. “So, I just hope maybe more people will see the beauty in this and maybe find a way to get involved, even if it’s just support, or being a babysitter for a foster mom, or anything.”