SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — Sioux City’s Brian and Kendra Howe have what you could call a large family, 12 children to be exact, nine of which are adopted.
Since November is National Adoption Month, the family decided to share their story of blessings and thankfulness.
“There was a girl that we went to church with, that needed a home. And Brian and I on the way back from church, we both looked at each other and said we have to do something,” said Kendra Howe, mother of 12 children.
“The next Monday morning we were on the phone with the Department of Human Services and making arrangements for whatever it would be…to be our next step. And that’s where our journey began,” said Brian Howe, father of 12 children.
“After that, things kept rolling and rolling. And we have adopted nine children from the foster care system…many of which are in the special needs categories,” said Brian.
“I was 5 years old when I was adopted so I really don’t know anything different really. It just showed that somebody loved me. And they cared for me. And wanted the best for me,” said Jaxon Howe, one of 12 siblings.
“It just feels like everybody is family. So there’s really no difference because it’s all the same,” said Colin Howe, another one of the 12 siblings.
“There is no distinction. Why place a label on a child? They don’t place a label on me. Y’know…I’m not their adoptive mom…I’m their mom.” continued Kendra.
“The truth is that these children are actually people. They are not just numbers and statistics. And if we can do something to help one child we are changing the direction, changing the course of generations to come,” added Brian.
“There is a huge need. And if you don’t feel that you are one that can foster or adopt…then support them. Support somebody else who fosters or adopts,” said Kendra.
“I was young, but I was old enough to understand how it was working. So it was a pretty cool process to see and hear some of the stories from all the kids. And then see how their lives have changed since then for the better.” said Colin.
“It’s pretty fun because if I don’t want to talk to this sibling I can go to this other sibling and talk to them. And do stuff with them. And if they get annoying go to a different one.” added Jaxon.
“It was like just another person that I could play with. Like a younger kid. So that was pretty cool.” added Colin.
“I’m the youngest in the family,” said Lincoln Howe, the youngest of 12 siblings.
“God is just laying it on our hearts to continue now. And we are in the process of renewing our foster license so that we can get back into fostering and adopting children,” added Brian.
“And I think it’s when our kids decide y’know we’ve had enough…to stop,” added Kendra.
(What would you change?)
“I don’t think…nothing. Honestly,” answered Colin.
“Nothing,” answered Jaxon.
“None” stated Kendra.
“I think it’s pretty awesome,” added Lincoln.
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