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White Couple Adopts Record Number of Children From Africa

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Hayley and Mike Jones adopt eight children from Sierra Leone.

Hayley and Mike Jones with their family

Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger

A Tennessee couple with two young boys who added eight more children in one adoption, say every aspect of their lives have changed but their family now feels “complete.”

Though official records don’t exist, officials believe Mike and Hayley Jones completed the biggest single adoption in history. 

The children were from Sierra Leone, with ages ranging from five to 16, and lived in an orphanage after their father died and their mother couldn’t support them. Now they keep in touch with their mom via Skype, according to their new adoptive mother. 

The Jones’ wanted a bigger family but chose to adopt when both of Hayley’s pregnancies ended with emergency C-sections.

Hayley Jones, 31, says that her life has now changed dramatically but she wouldn’t change it for the world.

“Not a second goes by when I don’t need to be cleaning, cooking, teaching, washing or just listening. But I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said. “Now we have eight new mouths to feed, we have to be careful with money, but we find the most joy from just being together as a family – we don’t have to buy expensive clothes or toys to be happy.”

The former teacher was inspired to visit the African country in 2010, after discovering one of her students was from Sierra Leone and had been adopted by an American family, according to a story on the Daily Mail.

Alongside husband, Mike, 34, who works for the water board, they interviewed to become adoptive parents.

Initially open to adopting one of two children, the Jones’ decided to take all eight children from one family: Michael, 16, Samuel, 15, Gabrielle, 12, Levi, 11, Malachi, nine, Judah, eight, Isaiah, seven and Zion, five.

“But God was telling us both separately to keep going for more and more – it was just brought up that there was a sibling group of six and eight,” Mike Jones said. “They were just names on a piece of paper and we didn’t know anything about them. It’s like I got hit in the head with a hammer, I didn’t know anything about them but I knew we were meant to adopt them. When Hayley went over there and was able to spend time with them, she just knew straight away they were our kids.”

Using the crowdsourcing website, the family was able to raise more than $16,000, which enabled them to extend their four bedroom home. They were able to turn the cellar of the house into a number of bedrooms, as well as an extra bathroom and a laundry room.

“Now we are complete,” Mike Jones said.


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.


  1. Olivia

    July 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Godamit honkys leave our babies alone !!!!!

  2. Tasha Smith

    July 2, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    All the American children needing homes why they don’t adopt from America have to go to Africa? That’s the problem america doesn’t take care of home first

    • j lewis

      July 2, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      If they adopt Black American children you then have to deal with non thinking people like Olivia! Who appear to have our unwanted kids living in unkept, unloved, uninformed environments rather than having a chance to excel!

  3. Marcia

    July 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    They r good people !

  4. Wilder

    July 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    You are blessed people and obedient to the calling of God. God will finish what He started.

  5. RIP

    July 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Really…..why did they leave the mom? Bring her to America too. Too focused on their dream to help another

    • j lewis

      July 2, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Perhaps mom didn’t want to come! Kind of like the 92 thousand unaccompanied children coming across our southern border!

      The parent let them go in hope of the kids having a better life. Its called sacrifice!

  6. Devon

    July 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Nuccas are the most complainin azz mawfukkas on the planet, dont want whites to adopt kids from Africa, dont want whites to adopt blk american kids, but the same nuccas wont adopt blk kids heres an idea nobody adopt them so they wont have a good home with ppl who can give them a good life, good schools in neighborhoods where nuccas aint blowin each others heads off, thugs on the corner and drug dealers selling drugs, blk kids dont deserve a big house with a nice backyard with a nice lawn and big bedroom, and be able to ride their bikes and skateboards without catchin a bullet, right???? Blk kids dont deserve it becuz hateful jealous gutter mawfukkas would rather see blk kids livin in shit hole communities with bad schools and their lives in danger than let white folks provide them the kind of live most you nuccas cant provide for your own fukkin kids, jealous raggedy azz dirt po’ broke azz haters gon’ hate, let the white folks do the job yall triflin azzes wont do.

    • j lewis

      July 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      The use of profanity generally speaking shows a lack of knowledge of the correct verbiage to be use to express ones self.

  7. tp

    July 2, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Why in every post i see of yours, its always negative @devon

  8. Todd

    July 2, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Olivia, stupid comment.

  9. Jake

    July 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Good for them. Valid arguments presented here in te comments. Devon you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar. Plus you hella off based for insinuating that only a white family can provide a nice home, neighborhood and chances at a good school. You one of those Stockholm syndrome having negros. White people have historically and present day destroyed our communities and not to say we haven’t perpetuated it but your praise of hem totally ignores it. Is it possible that some of them doing the “job we won’t do” is only doing it because they recognize they are part of the reason some of us can’t do it. Wake up black man.

  10. Clarissa Bennet

    July 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Let us hope that the fate of those 8 African children will not be the same as Hana and her brother who were adopted by a white couple: “Hana, who was adopted from Ethiopia by Larry, 47, and Carri Williams, 40, in 2008, died on May 12 after she was found unconscious outside shortly after midnight, in temperatures of around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, authorities said.”

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