*Photo credit: Weld for Birmingham
Santiago and Lynne Class already had six grown biological children when they made the decision that they wanted to adopt. They told Weld for Birmingham about the many opinions they heard from other people about their decision to start all over again, but they never second guessed themselves. They saw a need for foster and adoptive families in Alabama, and they answered the call.
The Classes were open to adopting “special needs” children; a term that could refer to mental, physical or emotional challenges, but also was simply used to mean sibling sets of three or more. They adopted their first sibling set – ages 5, 7 and 8 – and their second a few months later – ages 10, 12 and 14. The Classes now have six adopted children and the large family they always hoped for.
“My husband, Santiago, came from a large family. I was the oldest of three sisters, and always wanted a large family. We are so happy to be able to give a home to children who need one,” said Lynne.