A mother from Wisconsin who spent her childhood in foster care has successfully adopted six sons as a single parent via the formal adoption process.
At the age of 12, Jessica Benzakein was confronted with a significant shift in the course of her life, “my social worker, whose name was Ron, sat me down and informed us that our mother had given up all of her parenting rights. What is your backup plan?'”
Adding: ” “if adoption is your plan A, then you are over the age limit and he wasn’t trying to be rude when he said it.
By the time you are 12, they believe you are irretrievably broken and profoundly troubled, and there is no turning back, while if you are between the ages of two and five, your chances of being adopted significantly decrease.”
After that, Jessica was forced to spend the next six years in a foster care facility until finally enrolling in college at the age of 18.
Since that time, she had been experiencing a profound void in her life due to the fact that she did not have her own family.
This desire for a complete family led her to adopt six boys: Will, 17, Carter, 14, Sidney, 13, and Buddy, 8, and brothers Kendrich and T.J., both aged 6 and 4. The six boys developed strong bonds with Jessica’s two children, Eli, 14, and Brenna, 9.
She said that: ” “Everybody is always telling me how fortunate these children are and how well I did with everything I did for them. But … they did me good.
I spent much of my 20s under the delusion that I did not need the support of a family. But I did. They provide meaning to my life.”