At home with the Manley boys: 5-year-old James, 4-year-old Jeffrey, and 4-year-old Amari
Ask them their names and they reply in unison: We’re the Manley boys! And, indeed, they are.
This preschool trio lives in Northampton County with Jeff and Jackie Manley, who became foster parents with Methodist Home for Children in 2010.
The Manleys had talked about adopting a boy, maybe a newborn, after they finished raising their two daughters, now 31 and 25. They fostered for five years, waiting for the right child, then MHC sent them profiles on brothers James and Jeffrey.
One look at the photos and it was all over. They had found their boys. After two months of visiting, James and Jeffrey moved in with the Manleys in December 2015; their adoption was completed on June 20. Jackie and Jeff are also in the process of adopting their godson, Amari.
The expanded family lives on a 5.5-acre lot along with their collection of goats, hens and hogs, and their pet dogs. The boys like to garden and swim in their pool, and they’re involved in T-ball, baseball, and church.
“They have adapted so well,” says Wake County social worker Chevar Williams. “It’s like they never lived anywhere else.”