Parents adopt five siblings to ensure they aren’t split up in foster care system

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Arizona parents Brenda and Curt Heuer made this year’s National Adoption Day a little bit brighter for five siblings.

Over the past 12 years, the Heuer’s have opened their home to 52 foster children, according to PEOPLE. On Nov. 19, the couple adopted five of those siblings, ages 2, 3, 6, 7, and 9, to ensure they wouldn’t be split up in the foster care system.

Since February 2015, the children have lived with the foster parents, but this year, they made the adoption official.

“They call us mom and dad,” Brenda said. “We’re such a family, we go camping together, and we’re going to take them to Disneyland for their adoption celebration.”

Brenda says it was important to keep the children together and that the parents are excited to experience a bright future together as a family.

“It’s our job as parents to teach our kids right from wrong and how to be good citizens!” she said. “Everything feels right.”