Herriman family with 10 kids, 7 adopted with special needs, gets new specially accommodating home

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  • Nita Harris Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    Our Father in Heaven loves you so much, Christi and Jeremy! If only we could all be as caring and selfless as you two are! God bless all of your darling family.

  • Twin Sister LINDON, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    Christi, You and your husband are absolute saints! I admire you so much for adopting these beautiful children and giving them a loving home. I am sure they bless your lives also. I have one biological special needs child, and he blesses our lives and the lives of our other children in so many ways. I am so glad you have this lovely home!

  • Julianne R. Herriman, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 8:55 p.m.

    Another point I'd like to mention is that the Green family never asked for any of this. They have willingly taken in these sweet children and were perfectly capable of caring for them and giving them a great life. They weren't expecting any special favors or handouts, but just wanted to give a few children the blessing of a family. The project that brought them this home came from a group of neighbors and friends that wanted to do something nice for the Greens to make their lives a little bit better and a little bit easier. Initially, it was going to just be a fundraising effort to help them move into a bigger home. As more and more people heard their story, a groundswell happened that actually allowed this home to be built in its entirety. It will be a blessing to this family for generations to come.

  • christi Herriman, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    I'd love to answer your questions! Pinkcadilkac, your information isn't correct. When you adopt internationally, those benefits are not there. I wish you were right! The question from UtahBruin about the mortgage-- yes, the article wasn't super clear on that. Donations helped us with our down payment and also made so many of the wonderful accommodations possible. We are so, so grateful! We are ourselves paying for the large majority of the cost of the home, so yes-- the home has a mortgage. We are so grateful for all who have helped-- it has definitely blessed our lives in amazing ways! And Noodlekaboodle-- I think that if every family who wanted to adopt (or have a child biologically, for that matter) waited until they had the perfect, custom home for them then most children would never be adopted! We did have a home that accommodated them and in which they were very happy-- and I personally think any loving home here is better than an orphanage-- it's just that this new home will lift burdens, give them further independence, allow more freedom, and is just plain more fun!! We are so excited and so blessed! (:

  • MommyKelly Sandy, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    Not all children with special needs qualify for state medical, nor do all qualify for SSI. There a lot of contributing factors other then just being disabled. Also I am sure they had a place for them or else they would not be allowed to adopt. Home studies are very intensive. Having a home for these children, and having a home that makes life easier for the children and their medical needs are two totally different things. I applaud this family. Not exactly a list full of people wanting to adopt children with special need, especially needs so severe.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    So I have a question about this. Why would you adopt 7 kids and have a home that isn't able to accommodate them? It seems like this is backwards to me. If you want to adopt 7 kids I guess I think that you should have a place for them before you adopt. I mean clearly if your child is born with special needs you wouldn't have a custom home ready for them. But if your adopting you know what your getting into, shouldn't you have a place for all those kids ready before hand?

  • Pinkcadilkac Tooele, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    This is a beautiful story and it is nice that these children now have a family and home. However, children who are special needs are covered by the state for all their medical needs until they reach 18. At least this is my understanding. They are also provided many other things for being a special needs child as far as special equipment and educational needs. I woukd imagine they qualify for Social Security Disability as well. Therefore, many of their needs should be met by these avenues of income. The whole story needs to be told when writing this article.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    "Donations from individuals and companies made this much-needed change possible for the Greens."

    So more donations are needed to defray the mortgage cost? If the house was built on donations, then why is there a mortgage? I understand they may have had to fund some of it themselves, but explain so in the article.