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Adoption and then Quadruplets for the Young family

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Hi!  My name is ArLette Young.  My son and his wife, Jacob and Maxine Young, who are already the loving parents to 5 wonderful children (4 of whom were adopted), are now pregnant with quadruplets.   

Maxine and Jake got married in May 2016 and knew they wanted a family right away. 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! February 2017 they started the foster training to become licensed foster parents. They quickly finished the training and necessary steps and were approved to take placements in June of 2017.  On July 28th, they accepted a placement of a sibling group of three children, ages 4, 2 and 11 months.  Not even a month later, they picked up their newborn baby sister from the hospital.  They experienced many struggles along the way, lots of trauma to overcome, an Autism diagnosis and various other challenges.  All the while, they were trying for a baby to join their family.  They suffered multiple miscarriages, chemical pregnancies, a round of IVF and an IUI before they finally were blessed with their son, Henry, in October 2018.  On December 20th, 2019, they adopted their four children.  Now a family of 7, they hoped for just one more baby to complete their family and their prayers were answered, x4.  Yes, four more babies! 

Being naturally pregnant with Quads (which is about a 1 in 1,000,000 chance) is a wonderful blessing.  However, it is still going to be a long and difficult journey.  The average gestation for quadruplets is 28-30 weeks with some being born even earlier.  This will mean an extended NICU stay for the babies.  They live 45 minutes from the hospital where the babies will be delivered.  It’s going to be very challenging and stressful having to allocate their time between 4 babies in the NICU and their 5 other children who need them at home. 

They are a single income household with Jake being the sole provider for their family.  It has worked well for them in the past and allows Maxine to stay home and raise their 5 young children. However, now with the time off that Jake will need, it’s going to be extremely financially draining.  He is receiving no paid time off through his employer. 

Maxine could also very likely be in the hospital for the last few weeks of her pregnancy.  With 5 young children at home, it would be impossible for Jake to work.  They are looking at around 3 months of him needing to take unpaid time off, factoring in the hospital stay, recovery time, NICU stay, etc. 

They are also in need of another vehicle.  Having bought another car when they said yes to the sibling group, they will now need to buy yet another larger vehicle.

Your contributions, kind words and support are very much appreciated by the family.   


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ArLette Young
Reading, PA
Jacob Young

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