A plea from five siblings to be adopted together was answered on Wednesday when their adoption as a group was finalized in Kansas.
A judge officially approved Jeff and Toni Whaley's request to adopt Olive, Landon, Layla, Preston and Bradley, who range in age from 3 to 12, during a ceremony in Johnson County courtroom, the Kansas City Star reported.
The same news organization ignited international interest in the adoption of the brothers and sisters after running their request in the Star's weekly 'Family Wanted' feature on March 11, 2017.
But unknown to the rest of the world, the Whaley's had submitted an adoption application for their five new additions just days before the children broke the internet with their sweet request.
'We feel blessed,' Jeff Whaley said. Layla, age 9, who is the chattiest of the siblings, added: 'It was really, really important that we stay together.'iPhone transfer software
Quietly, the brothers and sisters have been living with the Whaleys since August.
But before that, they were living separately in two fosters homes, with the boys in one place and the girls in another.
During that time, their potential adoption got so much attention that an unprecedented number of adoption inquiries crashed the state-contracted Adopt Kansas Kids website a day after their story ran.
Thousands of adoption inquiries rolled in from as far away as Ireland and