Heart for kids
22 December, 2014, 12:00 am
Jeane and Paul Briggs have 34 children – 29 of whom were adopted from other countries including Mexico, Ghana and Ukraine.
Now their family is about to get even bigger.
In 1985, Jeane Briggs was at church when she was shown a photograph of a two-year-old boy. He was living in an orphanage in Mexico, was blind and had been beaten so badly that he was in a body cast -— his legs were broken and he had suffered brain damage.
Shortly after seeing that picture, Jeane and her husband Paul went to Mexico to visit the orphanage and met the little boy.
“I saw him knowing that he could be our child,” recalls Jeane.
“I knew instantly that we should adopt him.” Several months later they did just that.
Abraham is now 31 and lives at the family home in West Virginia -— he has a girlfriend and, despite his injuries as a child, is a naturally talented musician who can play the piano and guitar and composes his own music.
Since Abraham came to live with them, the Briggs have adopted a further 28 children from Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Ghana.
They also have five biological children, making Jeane and Paul the parents of 34 children.
You might think that would be enough for any parent, but the Briggs family is about to get even bigger – Jeane and Paul are in the process of adopting another two baby boys from Ghana.
“They are three months old and were abandoned in the bush,” says Jeane. Jabin Kofi and John David will be joining the family in the US once the adoption process is complete.