Phyllis and Eric Watson wanted to be parents but were unable to have children. While attending a conference for church members who felt called by their faith to help children who had experienced abuse or neglect, they learned that many children throughout Kansas were in need of loving caregivers. They made the decision to become foster parents. After completing the training classes and other required steps, they received a call from KVC Kansas that their license to foster had been approved.
During this time, four siblings had been experiencing severe abuse and neglect from their biological parents. The state had to intervene and place them in foster care, which just so happened to occur the day after the Watsons received their license to foster. A KVC worker called the Watsons and said that a sibling set of four had entered foster care and that they were the only foster home in the state with available space to care for them without them being separated into different foster homes.
Understandably, Phyllis and Eric were nervous about taking four children into their home all at once. Phyllis and Eric worked full-time and were unsure whether they could provide for all four children. They decided to sleep on it. When Eric woke up, he said, “We’re going to take the kids.” Phyllis agreed. They couldn’t bear the thought of them being separated.
Initially, the Watsons took the siblings into their home with the goal of helping them safely reunite with their birth parents. When that no longer was an option, they were asked if they would consider adopting the four siblings. They said yes.
Phyllis and Eric finalized the adoption of all four siblings in March 2018, growing from a family of two to a family of six. Watch their amazing story here:
In Kansas, more than 7,687 youth are in foster care due to abuse, neglect or other family challenges. Of these youth, more than 350 are currently awaiting adoption. You can make a huge difference in the life of a child or teen in need by becoming a foster parent, adopting, volunteering or donating. By helping in any way you can, you will enrich your life as well.