Couple Adopts 7 Siblings Whose Parents Died in a Car Crash

Olowokandi Fiyin
Apr 05, 2021
05:20 A.M.

A California couple adopted seven siblings whose parents tragically passed away in a car crash. The children had been in foster care for a year before finding a permanent home.


Gary and Pam Willis opened up their arms, hearts, and home to seven siblings in foster care who needed a permanent home, and the story of the couple’s kindness has since gone viral.

It all began in 2019 when Pam was scrolling through Facebook and stumbled upon a story of seven children who needed a home after spending more than a year in foster care. The kids who were between 12 and 1 had suffered a devastating loss.


Their parents tragically passed away in a car crash. Pam was touched by their stories and tagged her husband, Gary. They are parents to five adult kids and had been foster parents. However, things felt different this time. Pam said:

“I can’t explain it — I just knew I was supposed to be their mom.”


The 50-year-old wasn’t sure her husband would agree to adopt the children. They had never discussed adoption and were looking to retire from parenting. However, to her surprise, Gary was on the same page in his heart.

[The kids] lived in homeless encampments and watched their late parents suffer from addiction.


The night they saw the post, the couple reached out to the number listed under the article and were told that several thousand had already called in. However, Gary and Pam didn’t lose hope, and two months later, their dreams came true.

The kids were matched with the Willis couple, and the screening process to determine if the adoption would go through began. That was when she found out that the children had endured a great deal of trauma.


Asides from their parents’ deaths, they lived in homeless encampments and watched their late parents suffer from addiction. This made it hard for Pam and Gary to connect with the older children, Adelino, 15, and Ruby, 13.

Nevertheless, they persevered through the bouts of distrust. Gary and Pam officially became adoptive parents of the seven, including Alecia, 9, Anthony, 8, Aubriella, 7, Leo, 5, and Xander, 4, last August.


Pam is thrilled at having a second chance at parenting and glad the kids allowed her and Gary to give them another chance at love. She has an Instagram page where she documents their beautiful life together.

Earlier this week, the residents of Del Norte County in Northern California experienced a horrific tragedy when five kids lost both their parents in a fatal car accident. During a family trip, a redwood tree got uprooted and smashed their car.


Their parents, Jessica and Jake Woodruff, died on the scene. The family was on a trip to celebrate Jessica’s 45th birthday. A GoFundMe page with a $500,000 goal has been set up for the kids.

A similar story of hope made headlines last month when an Idaho woman chose to continue to serve as a surrogate for a China couple who were separated from their newborn daughter due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

After Emily Chrislip gave birth to their daughter in May 2020, the couple couldn’t travel to the United States to be with their child. However, what was supposed to last for weeks has gone on for almost a year.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Woman Approaches Little Boy on Street and Learns He Needs Help — Story of the Day

February 21, 2024

‘Black Panther’ Stuntman Taraja Ramsess Tragically Dies with 3 of His Children in Atlanta

November 06, 2023

'NCIS' Star Mark Harmon's 2 Kids with Co-Star Wife of 36 Years, Who Sacrificed Fame to Be a Mom

January 18, 2024

Two Little Sisters Go Missing after Last Seen in Pajamas in Their Home at 11 p.m.

January 26, 2024

Gary Sinise’s Wife’s Cancer Diagnosis Coincided with Their Son’s — Her Story of Strength and Resilience

February 28, 2024

Ricky Nelson's Twins Were Left with $26 – They Didn't Have 'The Rosy Life' Everyone Thought Following Dad's Sudden Death

December 31, 2023

This Clumsy Boy Grew up in the Shadow of His Super Famous Brother — He Turned into a Handsome 'Best Actor'

April 22, 2024

Little Brother and Sister Killed Together with Their ‘Great’ Dad on Their Way to Family Thanksgiving

November 28, 2023

Michael Jackson's Son, Known for Balcony Incident, Seen All Grown-up with Long Hair, Beard & Mustache

November 23, 2023

Andy Cohen Never Thought He'd Become a Dad – Now He Has 2 Kids, One of Whom 'Looks Just Like' Him

January 11, 2024

Little Boy Approaches a Stranger on the Street Asking if She Needs a Child

January 23, 2024

Macaulay and Kieran Culkin's Mother Is Struggling with Health Issues – Her Husband Speaks Out

January 18, 2024

Am I Wrong to Take Precaution after My Niece Ruined Our Christmas Last Year?

December 22, 2023

Meet Usher's 4 Kids, One of Whom Nearly Died at 5 — Photos

February 14, 2024