Hundreds respond to 5 siblings wanting adoptive home together

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Adoption advocates hope the unprecedented interest in a group of five siblings who made a plea for an adoptive home that would bring them back together can help many more children.

13 NEWS first shared the story of the three brothers and two sisters in the March 1st Wednesday's Child segment. Bradley, 11, Preston, 10, Layla, 8, Landon, 6, and Olive, 2, currently are split between two foster homes.

Since then, the children have appeared in the Kansas City Star and online. Kansas Children's Service League tells 13 NEWS it has heard from more than 1500 people who want to give them a forever home.. together!

Deneen Dryden, director of prevention and protection services with the Kansas Dept. for Children and Families, says adoption advocates hope the interest helps other siblings who dream of staying together.

"It's been exciting to see people step up to the plate and for people who have never even had conversations about adoption - that the awareness we are having because of this is unbelievable," she said. "We know that one family will get matched with this sibling group, but we have lots of others that need to be matched with a family."

KCSL says about a third of the nearly 300 children currently awaiting adoption in Kansas are part of sibling groups. The figure includes three groups of four and nine groups of three.

While the group of five does not officially have a home yet, DCF spokesperson Theresa Freed told 13 NEWS there are several promising possibilities among those who've inquired. She says they'll go through an extensive review process to find a good fit before an adoption would be finalized.

Anyone interested in adoption or foster care should contact KCSL at www.adoptKSkids.org.