SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local couple had big plans to have a big family, but as fate would have it they were only able to have one biological child, which was ultimately a big blessing.
That’s because it led them down the road to adoption and foster care and they haven't looked back.
John and Angel have six children and believe it or not that's only half the amount of kids Angel hoped they would have.
“In the beginning, I wanted to have 12 children. So when I met my husband I said, well first you have to know I want 12 children,” said Angel.
“You know I came from a big family, you know, it's no different. It was crazy at our house when I was growing up, and it was crazy at our house when we got our kids,” added John.
First they had Nathaniel, but when Angel couldn't get pregnant again, they turned to San Diego County Adoptions.
They took in 14-month-old Kylan, six-month-old Chelsea and two-year-old Elizabeth.
“We got her on Christmas Eve so we just call her Evie, her name is Elizabeth, but we call her Evie,” explained John.
Now 21, and a mom herself, Elizabeth is so appreciative of her parents.
“I’m very grateful, because if I didn't have them, I don't know what I would do. They helped me with Olivia, and they're always there for me,” said Elizabeth.
After Elizabeth, came Annie who they took in as a baby and finally Eric, who completed their family.
John and Angel say though each child came with challenges, including drug exposure, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, none of that mattered to them.
“You know, I never treated them like they were disabled,” said John. “They're just my kids.”
“You can't buy into all the stuff they say,” said Angel.
Kylan, who's now 28, says his parents have inspired him to follow in their footsteps.
“I'm a youth director so I work with teenagers in a lower income community,” said Kylan.
He says his mom, who works in a local elementary school as an aide, is the perfect example of what it means to give unconditional love.
“I kind of, I guess I got the heart that my mom got. We're not biological, but it got passed down somehow,” continued Kylan.
Chelsea, who's 27, also works in an elementary school as an instructional assistant for children with special needs.
“It's kind of hard to steer away from what I know and what I've lived with and that sort of passion that we've all always had,” explained Chelsea. “I just enjoy it and it's very fulfilling.”
Meantime, John and Angel continue to open their hearts and homes to foster children.
“Honestly, I don't think that they'll ever be done,” said “They just have such a huge passion for helping others and taking care of children and showing them that the love is there always, and I admire that.”
If you are interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, please call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U.