17-Year-Old Girl Refuses to Give Up 5 Younger Siblings for Adoption after Losing Their Parents

Lois Oladejo
Apr 01, 2022
01:48 P.M.

A 17-year-old girl proved that anything is possible when she took on the role of sole caretaker for her five younger siblings following their parents' death. Continue reading to know more about the young lady's heroic act.


As humans, it is customary to go through difficult situations. However, while hard times test our patience, they also make us grateful and resilient.

The Rodriguez siblings from Florida experienced the most challenging circumstances, but their faith never wavered.

Although many would have given up in their situation, the five younger siblings had someone who stood by them, loving and caring for them wholeheartedly – their older sister, Samantha. Here are the full details of the story.


At age 17, Samantha was forced to assume an adult's responsibility sooner than she expected. She and her five younger siblings, Destiny, Bella, Michael, Brenda, and Milagros, lost their parents only four years apart.


Samantha was only 15 when her mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Nine months after the diagnosis, the woman passed away in 2013.

Things got worse for the family when Samantha was17, as her father was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and passed away in 2016.


With the death of her parents, Samantha was convinced that her siblings would be sent to foster care, but she was determined not to let that happen. During an interview with People, the young lady explained:

"No one in our family could take us all in, so I decided that I had to do everything I possibly could to help these kids. There was no way that I was going to let us be split up."



Samantha struggled to ensure her younger siblings were not put up for adoption. At such a young age, Samantha took on the role of her younger siblings' sole carer. She played the part of the mom, dad, and big sister, even though it was difficult.

The younger siblings looked up to their big sister for everything. Samantha went to college part-time and was a waitress at a local restaurant.

The selfless sister cooked for her younger siblings, took them to school, doctor's appointments, sports practices, and helped with homework.


Although there were times when Samantha struggled to stay positive and felt pressured, she bounced back and assured her siblings that they could count on her for anything. Her younger brother, Michael, told Inside Edition:

"I was six when my mom passed away, so I have like memory but very short memory of her. I know she was an amazing mother to us, and I do see where Sam gets her strength from doing all of this."



Samantha received lots of help, even from the suburban Orlando Sheriff's office, as time progressed. In 2019, the Sheriff's office gave the heroic girl a Nissan Versa. Samantha was stunned by the gift and revealed that it lifted all her worries and stress.

With the vehicle, Samantha could easily take her siblings around. Nevertheless, she remained grateful for the gift, noting that the Sheriff's office made her feel like she was not alone.

In the end, taking the responsibility of looking after her siblings was worthwhile. Samantha could not be happier to have her siblings together, despite all odds.

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