Mike and Hayley Jones planned to adopt one child but heard about seven boys and a girl, aged five to 16, whose father had died and mother couldn’t cope.
“We met up with my student’s mom to find out more. She had a long list of names and when she said she had a group of eight, I laughed.”
But she wasn’t counting on Mike’s reaction. “We were lying in bed and he just came out with it,” she says.
Their sons were excited by the idea, but Hayley’s mother was stunned.
Then in March last year, Hayley went to collect the children.
When it comes to the Jones family, it seems he’s right. As Hayley says: “Our family has tripled in size and happiness.”