It all became official on May 23.
Any social worker will tell you that brothers and sisters in foster care who are up for adoption do better when they go to their forever homes together.
But Steve and Rob Anderson-McLean didn't need anyone to tell them that, they knew adopting six siblings all at once was the right thing to do.
According to Today six brothers and sisters spent five years in foster care and the Anderson-McLeans stepped up and opened their home and their hearts to all of them on May 23.
The couple have been together for nearly 20 years and Steve has two sons from a previous marriage. It was only last year that the couple learned of Carlos, 14, Guadalupe, 13, Maria, 12, Selena, 10, Nasa, 9, and Max, 7.
“We saw their picture and fell in love,” said Rob, 47. “So many sibling groups are broken up because people just want to adopt the younger children. Steve and I knew these guys needed to be together.”
“After the first week they were asking if they could stay forever,” Steve said according to People. “We took them to the park and to the zoo. We played in the yard.”
“That was all new to them,” he continued. “Having fun was new to them.”
Steve noticed that the kids were less stressed after a while.
“They had been let down by adults so many times in their life, and were nervous it wasn’t going to happen,” he told Today.
Same-sex parents always have a concern when they adopt children, some kids have a hard time adjusting. Steve and Rob had that same concern about Carlos, but they soon found out he was just fine.
“We thought with Carlos being a teen, he might have a hard time, but it has not bothered him one bit,” Steve said.
Rob told Today, “We feel so lucky.”
Adds Steve: “The other night, Max, our 7-year-old, looks at me and goes, ‘I’m adopted,’ I nodded and he said, ‘You can’t get unadopted right?’ And I had to reassure him that he will always be our son.”
“I’m not a foster kid anymore,” Carlos said to Steve recently, “I don’t have to carry that title around. I finally have a real family.”