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Within a month, the Simons had five young foster girls living with them, plus Dylan. And their lives completely changed.
“I don’t feel it was sacrifices, but we had to make sure we had more rooms; we got a bigger truck,” said Brett Simon. “Instead of going to the movies, we rent movies. That’s just kind of how our life is. We have to think about things in a different way, but that’s all we know. We didn’t really decide anything, this is just our life. We’re just along for the ride.”
After two years of fostering the five sisters, the oldest sister left the Simon family for personal reasons, but not long after, Brett and Brandee Simon received a call from DCFS to place a severely neglected 3-year-old girl.
They took her in, but over time, they realized the toddler needed speech therapy, play therapy and other specialized care. Since DCFS didn’t provide that type of treatment – and since the Simons didn’t want to lose the girl – they decided to secure a specialized foster license through the Allendale Association, which required extra training and significantly more work.
But it also meant the family of eight – and that’s what the household had become – could stay together.
Eventually, the parents of all five girls either lost custody rights or signed them over to the Simons. For the past two years, the Simons have worked through the lengthy process of legally adopting their five foster daughters: Kalesha, 11; Alesha, 9; Kalese, 7; Serenity, 6; and Moiesha, 6.
Finally, on Nov. 1, at the Kane County Courthouse, the girls’ adoption was completed.