Four Abused Teen Siblings Know Chances of Adoption are Low, Until Two Angels Walk into Their Lives


Kansas couple Eric and Phyllis Watson always dreamed of having children. But when they learned they couldn’t have a baby, they decided to become foster parents.

They went through the training and on a Wednesday in Nov. 2015, their license to begin taking in children had gone through.

Little did they know, their lives would change the very next day.

That Thursday, four siblings were entered into the foster system.

They had been abused and neglected so badly that the state took custody of them.

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A case worker contacted the Watsons letting them know the four siblings were looking for a foster home.

“They said, ‘We have a sibling set of four,’ and I’m like, ‘Four?! That’s a lot,'” Phyllis said.

Both she and Eric worked full-time jobs and felt they wouldn’t be able to provide everything the children needed.

But if the couple decided not to foster them, the teens would be split up into different homes.

The Watsons decided that they didn’t think it would work. But after Eric went to take a nap that day, everything changed.

“And when he woke up, he said, ‘We’re gonna take the kids,'” said Phyllis. Eric had thought things over, and couldn’t imagine separating the siblings.

“The turning point for me was they were going to be split up and I didn’t want to see that,” Eric said.

The Watsons planned to foster the teens for a year while attempting to reconcile them with their biological parents. But it turned out that wasn’t working, and the couple knew what they wanted to do.

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They decided to make all four children permanent members of their family. The adoption of Alisa (17), Bradley (16), Cody (15), and Emma (11) was finalized on March 12, 2018.

“It’s not what I had planned, but it’s so much better,” said  Phyllis. “I love them like they are my own.”

Dad Eric had just one word to describe his newly-grown family: “Complete.” Congratulations, Watson family!

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Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
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