But the girls didn't stay with her forever—at least, at that point, not yet. In an ABC13 interview, Dunkin explained that eventually, the sisters' birth mother had another baby and the four returned to her. A month later, all five of them moved back to Dunkin. In 2013, Dunkin received another phone call: a sixth sister had been born.
"Their first reaction was like 'but not us,'" Dunkin told ABC13. "'This is home, we can't go anywhere, right?' I didn't even realize that was so important to them."
Dunkin took in the sixth sister and started the process to legally become their permanent and forever mother by adopting all of them.
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They've all been a family—a growing family—for years. More recently, they've been legally recognized as one, as well.
Dunkin and the girls live with her parents, without whom she says she wouldn't have been able to make this possible.