When sisters Aubry and Riley Kate were placed into Daryl and Rachel Allison’s home, they had seen so much change in their short lives that they weren’t sure to whom they actually belonged. For months two-year-old Riley Kate would see any adult and say “Mommy? Daddy?” Their foster story was a complex one involving three other siblings in care and an unclear future — some might go back to their birth mother, to a group home for medically-fragile children, or be adopted.
“There was a lot of uncertainty, but we made the decision that it would be our utmost priority to help the girls heal from the trauma they had experienced,” said Rachel. “We would love them as parents as long as they needed — during their time in foster care or forever.”
The girls had medically-fragile triplet baby brothers, each in a different foster home. Tracy and Scott Moore remember when Kage, then just three months old, was placed into their home: “He was just skin and bones, the size of an average newborn with hollow-looking eyes,” Tracy recalled. “He fought a very hard fight those first couple months, and I was so frightened of him and of loving him. But then, we began to see promise and hope through continued therapy, and at some point we came to fall in love with Kage.”
Eventually, the birth mother’s rights were terminated and all five children adopted — Aubry and Riley Kate by the Allisons, Kage by the Moores, and the other two triplets into separate homes through other foster care agencies.
“It does make me sad sometimes that Kage couldn’t be with his birth siblings, particularly because he’s a triplet,” said Tracy, whose husband Scott is pastor at Eastridge Church in Covington. “This is a major reason we keep the siblings connected through visits, and it is something that The Children’s Home also encourages. We love Kage, therefore we love his family.”
The families get together seasonally from across Georgia so the siblings can bond, play, and get to know each other better. They also email, text, and keep connected on Facebook. They pray for each other, and they are friends.
“Family is who God puts together in a group of people who can love and serve one another,” said Rachel. “He has blessed our extended family — helped us, weeding out the selfishness in our hearts to serve the needs of our adopted children.”
Kage recently celebrated a milestone as well. Now three and a half years old, he barely qualifies for speech therapy due to his improvement. The Moores had been afraid for more than a year that he may not even be able to speak at all.
“We are so grateful to God who hears and answers our prayers and to those who have helped Kage succeed,” said Tracy. “This morning, I wept thinking how far he has come.”
Editor’s note: Foster children are commonly reunited with their birth families in about 12 months.