FRESNO, CA (WKOW) -- When a young woman signed up to be a foster mom, she never expected to end up with six daughters.
Five years ago, Lacey Dunkin was single, in her mid 20s and far from having children of her own. Her family now looks much different. "You don't set out to have six little girls," says Lacey. "I'm glad that it happened. I'm so blessed."
Lacey always never she wanted to be a mom. In 2011, she set out to be a foster parent. Late one night in September, she got the call. "[They had] four little girls, ages 5 to 2 and 1," said Lacey. "And I said yes. Like before she could finish talking."
In the next few years, her family would grow but also endure separation. The girls' biological mother had another baby, and all the kids went back. A month later, Lacey regained custody.
Then in 2013, the birth mother had a sixth child, and the future became uncertain again. Lacey put the worries to rest and adopted all six girls.
"I just really wish people didn't think that they were bad, it's not their fault that they are in the system," said Lacey.
Foster kids may come into a family looking for love, but Lacey says they give much more than she thought she could receive. "You're able to love them because they love you, and your heart just grows more and more," she said.