Over the last 10 years, Daniel and Amanda Holbrook have fostered 18 children. They adopted seven of them, the last two on Oct. 15. Pictured clockwise, from top, are Daniel and Amanda, Noah, Grayson, Layla, Adalynn, Wesley, Wyatt and Logan.

As crazy as 2020 has been, one Metropolis couple has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Their family has officially grown to include seven children.

Their journey begin in 2011 with a phone call.


Amanda Holbrook was at work when her church’s secretary called asking if she and her husband Daniel were interested in taking a 6-month-old little boy through foster care in a process then referred to as becoming his godparent; it’s called relative care now.

With fertility problems making it difficult to have children of their own, “Of course, I said yes. And then I had to call my husband and ask him for sure,” Holbrook said.

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