A Wisconsin single mom, who grew up in the foster care system, officially adopted six boys on Friday after taking them in approximately five years ago.
When Jessica Benzakein, 46, became a ward of the court at 12 years old, her case worker said she would have a hard time finding a permanent home due to her older age. Benzakein would spend the next six years in foster care before heading off to college.
To ensure that other foster children didn't have the same experience she had growing up, Benzakein invited six boys — siblings Will, 17, Carter, 14, Sidney, 13, and Buddy, 8, and brothers Kendrich, 6, and T.J., 4 — to stay in her home with her two biological children, Eli, 14, and Brenna, 9, five years ago.
On January 3, Benzakein legally adopted all six boys, solidifying them as part of the family.
"Everybody tells me how lucky these kids are and what a good thing I did," she told a local news station. "But . . . they grounded me. I went through my 20s thinking I didn't really need a family. But I did. They give me purpose."