This 20-Something Couple Is Raising Two Teens

A joyful story about parenting.


John Stonestreet

Kasey Leander

Stories that depict parenting as the end of happiness are a cottage industry these days, but a story told recently in People magazine was different. Arkansas teachers Tasia and Drew Taylor are, at just 23 and 25, raising two teenagers, with a baby on the way. 

First, the Taylors took in Tasia’s cousin Tamiray. Then they adopted Rory, a 13-year-old student at the school where Tasia taught, when they learned she was being placed in foster care. When asked why, the Taylors said, “We felt God was calling us.”

Tasia described their decisions to provide a home for these teenagers in this way:  

People try to make us out as martyrs a lot of the time, and that’s not what we are. There’s no way that in our heart we could turn these kids away knowing that we had the space for them, and we were willing to provide for them. 


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