A Kentucky police officer and his wife who have adopted seven daughters from China are raising awareness about adoption in their community, according to a report by WLKY-TV.
“Usually, when I’m introducing Vergil Willoughby, it’s because he’s sharing information about ways the Elizabethtown Police Department is protecting and serving our community,” WLKY’s Anna-Lysa Gayle told viewers during a recent broadcast, adding that she wanted to show them “a different side of the officer.”
The Willoughby family. (Image source: WLKY-TV)
Virgil and Cindy Willoughby of Elizabethtown are the parents of 10 children, seven of whom are adopted daughters from China: Nini, Mei Mei, Ximi, Erin, Enya, Elli and Evelyn.
"We love them unconditionally," Virgil told the news outlet. “There is no difference than having a biological child, than having an adopted child, because once they become yours, oh my goodness, you cannot put it into words.”
"They appreciate just having a family, somebody to tuck them in at night," Cindy told WLKY. “When they put their arms around you and tell you that they love you, there is just nothing, nothing I...I can't even describe how that is.”
Several of the girls have disabilities. "They say special needs, they're just special. Everybody has needs, somebody's needs may be different than others, some may be more obvious," Cindy said.
Virgil and Cindy Willoughby of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, are the parents of 10 children, seven of whom are adopted daughters from China. (Image source: WLKY-TV)
"The greatest love is a mother taking that child and leaving them, because they knew they couldn't take care of the issues they had," Virgil added.
"Whenever I hurt, I know mom and dad will always be there for me, and whenever I need something, I know mom and dad will always be there for me too," Evelyn Willoughby said. "If you mess with me, my dad is going to get you."
The Willoughbys said they didn’t originally intend to adopt more than one child and that they still think of the thousands of children who need good homes.
“We've learned, if the Lord says to go, we'll go," Cindy said.