Ardee Tyler said they knew prosecutors were working to remove their children from the home, but they didn't anticipate it happening so soon.
"They're threatening to take them away forever," Ardee Tyler said. "But we've told the girls we're going to keep fighting to keep us all together. We're a family."
The parents calmed their daughters by encouraging a sing-along of spiritual hymns. They sat closely to each other belting out church favorites until the tears were dry and the girls were giggling again.
They broke the news to their natural daughter, Nathania Tyler, 20, over the phone. Each of the girls said their goodbyes to their older sister, who tried but didn't succeed in disguising her disappointment.
"Nathania's crying mom," one of girls said.
Ardee Tyler said they know where the girls are being taken, and were assured they would remain together.