BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It has been a long and busy road to motherhood for Camille Williams.
And it all started when her mother passed away in 2005.
“She always accepted everyone into our family,” said Williams. “I’ve always loved everyone. Blood meant nothing, everyone was family.”
The year after her mother passed, in 2006, Williams started fostering children.
“In 2011 I adopted six (children). It was two sibling sets of three.”
Today made her third adoption of a set of three siblings.
The first three are Jalai (20), Jereick (17), Jermaine (16) — they were adopted along with Jamar Williams (15), Jessica Williams (13), Jalisa (11).
July 14th siblings Yaminah “Yaya” (6), Moses (4), and Sincere (2) were added to the family.
Oh, and then there’s Michaela (2) — who Williams often looks after and calls her “bonus” child.
It took six years to adopt the three children who officially joined the family Tuesday afternoon during a virtual adoption ceremony at King Urban Life Center.
“It has been a long journey since Yaya was 10 months old,” she said. “She’s been in and out of foster care. She would go home, they would return her. Then she came back with a brother. Then she was returned, and came back with another brother.”
The older siblings in the family say life at home is chaotic, confusing at times, and loud but they’re proud to have such a large family and they move together as a unit to care for everyone and make sure things get done.
Williams said life is challenging, but there’s a reason she hasn’t stopped adding to her family all these years later.
“All the love. All the love….all the love.”