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Family of 19 kids throws Thanksgiving feast full of love

Posted at 10:44 AM, Nov 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-24 11:44:41-05

Thanksgiving has nothing on a Brookfield family that already has 19 children.

Lori and Dan O'Brien have adopted most of their kids, many with special needs that are stuck in foster care. But that does not stop them from welcoming even more people into their home for a holiday meal.

After three days of cooking, the O'Briens are read to dig into a lot of food.

"A 27 pound turkey, 20 pounds of potatoes, 10 pounds of sweet potatoes. We made out stuffing from scratch this year," said Lori O'Brien.  

TODAY'S TMJ4 met the O'Brien's last monthas they adopted three boys, twins Mikey and Malachi and their older brother Isaiah O'Brien. Isaiah was 8-years-old when he was told there was no where for him to go.

"I was in a group home before that and before that I got kicked out of school, so I had to go to the group home," Isaiah said. 

The O'Briens took him and his brothers, giving them a forever home. They have done that over and over again for a lot of foster chidlren. So it is no surprise that when you ask the O'Brien kids what they are thankful for they usually answer "Mom and Dad."

"Without them I wouldn't have a family," said Malachi O'Brien.

"They did so much for me. They adopted me," said son Elijah O'Brien.

But their parents are grateful to them.