A Baker’s Dozen


Melanie and David Stimmell, the parents of four children, recently adopted six siblings from another family, ranging from ages 1-11. They adopted three of the siblings in 2012. Since then, they’ve adopted two more, and brought the remaining sister home in October. The Stimmells felt the children should stay together. “We were absolutely called to love and take care of orphans,” said Melanie.

Marcia Hilty, circuit director of the 5th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, notes that a happy ending such as that of the Stimmells is precisely what the GAL program is all about.


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