When he was 12 years old, Robert Carter and his eight siblings were put into foster care. Their mother was no longer able to support them, so he spent years separated from his brothers and sisters.
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Today, no one would blame him if he wanted to simply leave his painful past behind him, but instead, he used his experiences to change other children’s lives for the better!
Robert decided to become a foster parent to provide some much-needed love and understanding to kids who are currently in the system. By December 2019, he was fostering three boys named Robert, Giovanni, and Kiontae.
During that time, he arranged a meeting with their sisters’ foster parents so the siblings could be reunited. It had been six months since they had been together, and Robert said everyone was left in tears.
“I understand how they feel. I understand what they went through, so [their reunion] really touched me,” he told HC Kids. “I was already thinking about adopting all of the kids, but when I saw them crying, I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to take all five to keep them together.'”
Not even a year later, that’s exactly what he did! These days, Robert is the official father of Marionna, Makayla, and their three brothers!
“I’m just happy that it’s over and I’m their dad for the rest of their life, and they know that they’ll never have to go through what they went through again,” Robert explained.
As for what’s next, the devoted parent is raising money to buy a home for his forever family. In the meantime, he’s focusing on “just making memories, letting them know I’m here and they never have to go. I’m here for them no matter what.”
What a wonderful way to spread the love! We’re sending this beautiful family all the best as they continue their lives together!
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