Couple With 6 Biological Children Adopt 7 Orphaned Siblings From Ukraine

Well, to start off, the more the merrier. This New Jersey family already has their hands full with 6 chaotic children living under the same roof. But, the couple decides to extend their capacity of love and protection to seven more siblings whose parents died from a car crash.

Wade and Michelle Torppey did not hesitate when they learned about the seven orphaned siblings living in an orphanage in Mokrats, Ukraine. Although the chaos in the house has nearly doubled, the newly extended family feels even more complete now.

Olena, 17, Leeza, 14, Slavik, 12, Alina, 11, Anhelina, 9, Senya, 8, and Jenya, 6, were officially welcomed into the Torppeys’ residence in Wantage, Sussex County in July after years of visits and a stretched delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to the big hearts of Wade and Michelle, the seven siblings did not have to reach a parting of the ways.

“Most people, when we say we adopted seven, they already knew we had six, so they assume we adopted one more,” Michelle told northjersey.com while laughing. “When they hear seven plus six, they go, ‘What?’ We get a lot of that.”

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6 Becomes 13
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“If there’s one thing we think we can do well, and other people have told us we do well, that would be being parents,” added Wade. “I would like to think that’s a gift we have that God gave us, and he’s asking us to do it a little longer than we planned.”

The siblings’ father had died in 2016 and their mother in 2018. Initially, there were ten siblings in total. “Two had already aged out of the system and one stayed with relatives.”

The entire Torrpey family began making arrangements to making the new members feel at home. While Wade, an ironmaker, added lofts and closets for them, a couple of the biological children voluntarily learned Ukrainian and Russian languages to communicate better with their new siblings. Even the adopted siblings are currently learning to speak English to fit in better.

“If anyone asks what the primary language in the house is now, I say charades,” Michelle commented. “When all else fails, there’s Google Translate on the phone.”

The couple’s youngest biological daughter, 15-year-old Zoey, gave up the biggest bedroom in the house for three of the new brothers. “She is the sweetest young lady, so selfless, gave it up without thinking twice. She’s in this little 8-by-8-foot loft now in a room with her sister.”

6 Becomes 13
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The Torppeys hosted five of the seven siblings for Christmas in 2018 for the very first time as part of Lafayette Federated Church’s program called Open Hearts and Homes. Only five of the siblings could visit because, at the time, the two youngest ones were too little to travel. Wade immediately knew that this would eventually become something more than Christmas.

After spending almost a month, the families parted ways in an emotional goodbye but soon met again the next summer for a longer, nine-week stay. They later extended their plans to visit again at Christmas 2018, reinforcing the parents’ decision for adoption.

“If there’s one thing we think we can do well, and other people have told us we do well, that would be being parents,” Wade added. “I would like to think that’s a gift we have that God gave us, and he’s asking us to do it a little longer than we planned.”

The eldest of the family, Taylor Gibson, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help with the children’s education.

“Your donation would support Christian education and the Torppey family. 100% of donations will be used for the education of these adopted children. Any remaining funds after education costs have been covered will be donated to the orphanage that has cared for the children for the past 3 years.”

“We certainly have no regrets… The mood of the house is often chaotic, but full of love and laughter,” Wade concluded.

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