Adoption: A Thanksgiving to Remember!


One Little Rock family has four more reasons to be thankful this year. Now a family of 12, adoptions have grown the Goyer family, making Thanksgiving even more special. (Tricia Goyer leads our Vine & Village Teen MOPS initiative giving instruction, encouragement and hope to hundreds of young mothers!)

For four sisters, this was their first Thanksgiving as part of a family. They were adopted earlier in 2016. The family spent Thanksgiving at Mosaic Church serving the community.

"Many people don't want to adopt teens because of the baggage they carry," said 16-year-old Arianna Goyer.

This year, she is thankful for something she's never had; a family. She didn't know if she and her three younger sisters would ever get adopted.

"We had a previous failed adoption and I just lost hope, I didn't feel like anyone wanted me," said Arianna Goyer.

Now, she's part of a family of 12. John and Tricia Goyer are parents to 10, three of their own and seven adopted. In January, they made the four sisters an official part of their family.

“They've been through a lot in their life so there’s been a lot of challenges, but we've really been able to see them grow and change," said the mother, Tricia Goyer.

Thankful to be together, this family spends their Thanksgiving serving meals and giving back to the community.

"Taking them into our home was a way of service, but now we’re just showing them how to serve the community," said Tricia Goyer.

“It’s great because we're building new memories, a new chapter of our life," said the father, John Goyer.

Now these sisters will always have a place to call home on Thanksgiving.

"It feels great. I don’t have to worry anymore. I know this is going to be my family forever," said newly adopted Jordan Goyer.

"I’m thankful for them because I’ve never had an actual family that I got to spend time with," said Arianna Goyer. 

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There is a great need to adopt older kids. Information on adoption and fostering is here:


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