A gay couple from Pennsylvania adopted six siblings so they could grow up together, after neglect and abuse at the hands of their biological parents and over four years in the foster care system.
Steve Anderson-McLean and Rob Anderson-McLean, of Michigan, adopted all six children to make sure they weren’t split up after leaving the foster system – something that often happens with large sets of siblings.
The couple adopted Carlos, 14, Guadalupe, 13, Maria, 12, Selena, 10, Nasa, 9, and Max, 7, on May 23, 2019, which Steve recalled in an emotional interview with Good Morning America this week.
‘I finally have a real family,’ said one of the brothers following the adoption.
‘I’m adopted,’ another brother, Max declared after the ceremony. ‘You can’t get unadopted right?’
Steve and Rob Anderson-McLean have been together for 18 years, after sharing a commitment ceremony in 2006 and getting legally married in Maryland in 2013.
The couple had already raised two sons together, Parker, 25 and Noah, 21, from a previous marriage before going forward with the adoptions.
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Steve Anderson-McLean and husband Rob Anderson-McLean with their six children after an adoption ceremony held May 23, 2019
The Michigan family, pictured above at a 2019 adoption ceremony, is a party of 10 after opening their hearts to six siblings in need of a home. The pair of fathers already raised two sons together: Parker, 25 and Noah, 21
Steve Anderson-McLean and husband Rob Anderson-McLean with their six adopted children – and two children from previous marriages: Carlos, 14, Guadalupe, 13, Maria, 12, Selena, 10, Nasa, 9, and Max, 7, Parker, 25 and Noah, 21