November is National Adoption Awareness Month and around 40 children were officially adopted by their forever families Friday afternoon.
Nearly two-thousand children are in and out of foster care in Kern County and the first adoption of the day was a family of five...now a family of ten.
Anthony and Carrie Anderson welcomed five new children in their life this afternoon. “I think it was a very easy decision at the end of the day especially because they were truly a joy," said Anthony Anderson, the adoptive father.
Brandi, Matthew, Jeremiah, Elijah and Nathaniel all are now part of the growing Anderson family, ranging in ages two to seven. Keeping the family busier than ever. “They keep us running from morning until night, it’s a fun run from breakfast to dinner," said Anderson.
The Andersons already have three biological kids. “We decided on our last child that we weren’t gonna have anymore and that was early on in life…all the kids are growing up, we could have had a couple more and low and behold I got a phone call a couple weeks later that said I was having five when I got home," said Anderson.
The five siblings have been with the Andersons for over a year. “We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time we’re truly blessed to have been able and been in the position to adopt," said Anderson. And Anthony wants his kids to always remember one thing. “Never let nothing hold you back, always be what you’re gonna be and always make the best decisions and just move forward and being a great human being.”
The Andersons say the thing they look the most forward to with their new family members are having a team of people to play sports with.