OK Foster Family Adopts Five Children
NOBLE, Oklahoma - More than 300 children are in the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) custody awaiting adoptive parents.
It's a number one Noble couple wanted to change. This holiday season, they gave a gift unlike any other by taking in not one, not two, but five children.
Life has been a game of numbers for the Komers family. In seven years, five kids have been in 12 different homes. Their biological mother and father in Honduras gave up their parental rights.
“I think it's special when you get to pick kids, you know they're not born to you but you say you bring them in to your life and tell them you're going to love them, it's a special bond that you don't have with ones that are born to you,” said Bryan Komers.
Bryan and Donna Komers first picked brothers Rigo, 9, and John, 15, but something was missing.
"It was just kind of hard being away from them and not knowing when we'd see them again," said John, a sophomore football player at Noble High School.
The brothers missed their three sisters, and after meeting them, the couple decided to make it a royal flush, keeping all five.
"No matter the challenges that they bring into our home, we had to stay committed and keep them in our home and love them and raise them as our own," said Donna Komers, who has grandchildren of her own.
The siblings loved that they wouldn't be split up again.
“I don't think anybody else in the world would take all five children and love us like our mom and dad do,” said 11-year-old Cesia Komers.
"I just like waking up in the morning and seeing their faces and know that I'm safe, and they love me and wouldn't want me to go.”
The Komers' admitted they do get asked a lot of questions whenever the family of seven are out and about.
"They come from a different country, you know people look at us, I'm Oklahoma guy with a Texas girl, and it looks a little strange you know, but I think it's pretty cool," said Bryan Komers.
It was a transition that took a lot of getting used to after being shuffled from home to home.
"I trusted so many people, and they just broke my heart,” said 13-year-old Wendy Komers in tears.
“It was hard for me to trust my mom and dad when I first came here."
But trust quickly grew to love, making the children feel like winners.
"Lots of the homes that we've been in, they just bought everything that we wanted, but that's not what I really wanted, I wanted actually a family that showed that they love me, and I have a family right here that shows me every day," Cesia said.
The children said their advice for other kids in need of families is to keep the faith.
The Komers' didn't stop at five, the couple is also currently fostering a six-month-old baby.
The entire family will help Governor Mary Fallin light the State Christmas tree at Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the south steps at the State Capitol.
In a statement, Gov. Fallin said:
"Bryan and Donna Komers are a great example of what the holiday season is all about…It's a decision that comes with a tremendous commitment of both time and financial resources."
To learn more about adoption or foster care, call (800) 376-9729 or visit the Oklahoma DHS website.