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Couple adopts 5 siblings to keep them together

Posted: 10:28 AM, Jul 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-27 20:32:54-04

CINCINNATI -- A Cincinnati couple adopted five siblings Thursday in order to keep them together.

Will and Julie Rom expanded their family to a party of seven when they adopted William, 12; Truth, 9; Maryahana, 6; Keyora, 3 and KJ, 2 on Thursday.

The Roms have no children of their own, but they’ve been foster parents for a decade and they have fostered the siblings for the past three years.

William couldn’t be more excited to be a dad.

"All my life really all I've wanted to do is have some sons to play sports with, and everything is going great,” he said.

He also said his wife is a wonderful mother. 

"They're already part of our family,” he said. “This is an official rubber stamp as someone said earlier, but they've been a part of our family and we love them dearly."

Julie said her family has moved into a five bedroom home, and she has switched career paths so she can stay home with her kids.

"God has really provided for us with upgrading vehicles to accommodate and housing,” she said.

Judge Ralph Winkler said the adoption sends a positive message to the community.

"You're helping the whole community by adopting five children but you're also helping the system by encouraging other people to do it saying it can be done. It's not impossible,” Winkler said.

The ceremony was held Thursday morning at Judge Ralph Winkler’s courtroom at Hamilton County Probate Court in Room A on the 10th floor.