A court has given its approval for 10 children found living in a Burke County shack without food or utilities to be put up for adoption.
The children of Jeremy and Christine Long, who ranged in age from 1 to 17, were placed in protective custody in 2008.
The state Court of Appeals this month denied petitions appealing the termination of the Longs' parental rights.
Police reports say there was no food or water in the home, and none of the children had been to school or seen a dentist or doctor.
The Longs were indicted on charges of cruelty to children and failure to provide an education.
Jeremy Long pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Christine Long pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in jail.