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California couple adopts seven orphaned siblings, proving ‘miracles do happen’

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Gary Willis, 53, and wife Pam, 50, center, adopted Aubriella, 7, from left, Addy, 15, Xander, 4, Anthony, 8, Ruby, 13, and two other siblings, not pictured, at their Menifee home on Sunday, April 25, 2021. The couple also has five biological adult kids, fostered children and as they were nearing retirement decided to adopt seven siblings whose parents died in a car accident. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Gary Willis, 53, and wife Pam, 50, center, adopted Aubriella, 7, from left, Addy, 15, Xander, 4, Anthony, 8, Ruby, 13, and two other siblings, not pictured, at their Menifee home on Sunday, April 25, 2021. The couple also has five biological adult kids, fostered children and as they were nearing retirement decided to adopt seven siblings whose parents died in a car accident. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Pam Willis didn’t want to be an empty-nester.

When her five grown children moved out of their home in Menifee, she wasn’t sure what would come next. All she knew was she wanted to keep being a mom.

Willis and husband, Gary, had been fostering children for five years and were pondering retirement, selling their house in southwest Riverside County, moving and continuing to foster.

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