A Pennsylvania couple are now parents to a total of nine children after welcoming quadruplets – about a year after adopting four siblings. Maxine and Jake Young were already parents to a biological son named Henry when, in December of 2019, they adopted four siblings that they had been fostering for years. After the adoption, the couple decided to try for one more child – but were in for a major surprise when Maxine got pregnant with quadruplets, transforming them into a family of 11 in just three years.
According to a GoFundMe page started by Jake’s mother, ArLette Young, Jake and Maxine married in May of 2016 they wanted a family right away.
ArLette wrote: ‘Maxine always wanted to be a foster parent and had always dreamed of having a large family with adopted and biological children,’
‘Jake was completely on board and loved the idea of having a house filled with lots of love and laughter, maybe a little bit of chaos too!’
They got a bit more love and chaos than they expected, though.
First, the couple completed foster parent training and took in three siblings on July 28, 2017. At the time, the children were four, two, and 11 months, and they were joined a month later by a fourth sibling, a newborn baby girl.