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Virginia mom adopts late friend's 6 children



A Virginia mom just went from a mom of three to a mom of nine after adopting her late friend's six children, according to Good Morning America

"We started dancing as soon as the judge made his ruling," Stephanie Culley of Alton, Virginia, told ABC News. 

Culley made a promise to her late friend Beth Laitkep, who died of breast cancer in May, that she would adopt her children. 

Laitkep was diagnosed with cancer two years ago while she was pregnant with her youngest child, according to ABC News. 

She underwent treatments, but by April of this year, doctors determined the disease had spread to her brain. That's when Laitkep decided to stop treatments. 

Before her death, Laitkep asked just one think of Culley: "'I know you will do this for me, but can you raise nine kids? Can you take my babies, all of them and keep them together?" 

To that Culley said she would have to pray about it. 

The day Laitkep found out her cancer had spread, the two women had temporary custody papers drawn up. 

Now Culley has custody of Laitkep's children. Culley told ABC News she frequently tells the children about their mom. 

Virginia mom adopts late friend's 6 children

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