AGE is just a number – that also applies for mom Casey Douglas who has three teenage sons all over the age of 16 at just 30 years old.
And no, she did not give birth to any of them – she adopted her first one, who was about to be 17 years old, in 2019.
Taking to social media, Douglas, who shares her family's life on social media under the name Fantastic Foster Teen, revealed part of their story: "Telling everyone that I never wanted to birth children …"
She then showed various clips of three teenage boys, playing together and eating at the family dinner.
"Shocking the pants off of everyone when I started adopting teens a few years later."
Her journey began when she was just 25 years old and knew full well that she never wanted to have kids of her own.
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Of course, being married and part of the church, she was met with criticism after her husband, Phillip, and she took measures to not conceive naturally.
"We chose to end our fertility to reduce the stigma that our children would be plan B or a result of not receiving our blessing from God," she told Love What Matters previously, admitting that the comments became more "hateful" when they announced they would only be taking in teenagers.
Fast forward to nine months later, when Douglas and her husband got their license to be foster parents, they were introduced to their first foster kid, who would later become their son Randall.
"He came through our front door with his little fishing pole. It wasn’t in a hospital, not with hugs and kisses, but with a soft smile and a handshake," she told the outlet.
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"Nothing could have ever prepared me for the pain of a desperate child showing up on my doorstep. In that second I knew he was mine, and the love I had for him was completely indescribable.
"He was far too small to be nearly 17 and he came with two bags of clothes that were ripped, stained, or too small. I wept as I emptied his bags into my washing machine."
He had come to them after having been abandoned by his birth mom at the hospital with no name and no information on his birth certificate.
He grew up with his grandmother until she fell ill when he was 11 years old and from then, he jumped from foster home to foster home, never truly experiencing love, according to Douglas.
"He had been rejected by everyone he had ever met and didn’t believe we would be any different," she explained.
After just a few months of living with him, he told them: "I have waited my entire life to be treated the way y’all treat me. I have never had real parents before."
He begged them to let him stay even after he turned 18 years old and was considered an adult because he simply needed someone to love him.
"We asked to adopt him after his 18th birthday and share our last name.
"On January 10, 2019, after nearly two years of waiting, he officially became ours. He took our name, and for the first time, has a mom and a dad of his very own," she revealed.
"As much as I hated the wait, I love that we were able to adopt him as an 'adult.'"
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After Randall, who is now 21, Douglas and her husband adopted two more teenagers: Tim, 18, and Damon, 17.
The couple also lives with Phillip's two daughters from a previous relationship and are looking to adopt a teenage girl.
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