Valerie and Larry, former foster parents with Pennsylvania MENTOR, were recently featured on the Today Show in a story highlighting their family of 10 and Valerie’s life as a “Supermom.”
In addition to both having three biological children from previous marriages, Valerie and Larry knew that they wanted to do more to help children in need. After a long and emotional process, the couple adopted Angie who had lived with 10 foster families before finding her permanent home with Valerie and Larry’s family.
“I always wanted to adopt a little girl,” Angie told NBC. “[Larry] said ‘ok.’”
After some initial challenges, Angie settled in with her loving and large new family. She learned to trust her new mother, father and six siblings, and realized a sense of stability she had not known before. With Angie’s urging Valerie and Larry soon decided to add to their family, adopting Audelia, who had also been through multiple foster homes, bringing their family up to 10.
The eight siblings are of mixed races—African-American, Hispanic and White—but had little difficulty learning to share all that a family should. And, of course, they all speak very highly of their mother. Larry shares their feelings.
“She’s Supermom,” Larry said of his wife. “That’s my description of her: Supermom.”
Valerie and Larry have started the Being Beautiful Foundation, which helps promote awareness for other families to “get involved” by opening their homes to children who are less fortunate and providing a safe, stable and nurturing environment for them to grow, learn and develop.