4 brothers are adopted by 2 families so they can grow up together.

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4 brothers are adopted by 2 families so they can grow up together.

Julie Washington already had two daughters when she and her husband decided to adopt three brothers — six-year-old Michael, five-year-old Jess and four-year-old Camden. She knew her resources would be stretched to the limit.

But that didn’t make it any easier when she found out the boys had a baby brother, Elijah. She wanted to adopt him, but adding a fourth child — especially when Jess had cerebral palsy — to their family was a tough decision.

“Somebody was going to suffer,” she told Good Morning America. “If we didn’t adopt him, he would be over a thousand miles away.”

So Julie turned to her friend Jay Houston, who lived nearby, and asked if she could adopt Elijah. That way, the four brothers would grow up knowing their entire family.

For most people, the request would be tough. But Jay understood, having been adopted herself. Jay agreed to adopt, Elijah, though — and now the brothers will grow up together, despite having to split between different homes.

See the video below to hear their unique and touching story, and watch just how the bonds of love and family can grow in even the most unexpected of ways…

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