Lamont Thomas of Buffalo, New York, has dedicated the last two decades to improving the lives of children. His decision to adopt 5 siblings, however, was seen as awe-inspiring.
During their earliest years of existence, millions of children worldwide endure indifferent care or at the very least grow up not experiencing what it is like to be well nurtured.
Thomas’ journey started in 2000 when he decided to make it his life’s goal to assist friends. “In the beginning, I was helping out some friends. They had lost their child to the system. I went on and got certified and became a foster parent. I haven’t stopped since,” he told Good Morning America (GMA). Thomas has raised more than 30 youngsters. He currently has ten adoptive children as well as two biological children.
Michael Thomas, 27, said that he was the first kid Thomas ever fostered. “He was my third foster home and it ended up being my forever home,” he added.
Thomas’s older children have grown up and started families of their own. However, he didn’t stop his mission. Having stepped out of retirement, Thomas handled the case of Zendaya, 5, Jamel, 4, Nakia, 3, Major, 2, and Michaela, 1. He said he once fostered the father of the five kids. When Thomas found out they needed a family, he got re-certified and requested to foster with the intention of adopting them.
Thomas told GMA, he thought the kids had been abandoned. They were brought to “four different homes, four different cities. They were separated for over a year-and-a-half,” he said.
Although it was not easy, Thomas tried to gather all five siblings and care for them for two years. “I was fighting to keep back the tears,” he stated on adoption day. “Every day I think about it, my eyes swell up. All that we endured to make this happen, it was something.”
“They bring new energy to me. They’re lovable kids, very affectionate. They deserve to be raised as siblings, and that was my fight,” he went on to say.
Michael Thomas expressed his disbelief that his father had begun the process of caring for kids all over again. “Lamont has been a life-saver to me. I wouldn’t be the person that I am today, had Lamont not ventured in my life”, he said, expressing his gratefulness.
Taking care of children was his father’s “God-given call”, he added.
Having shared his experience, Thomas believed that more people would be inspired to adopt or assist youngsters on their own as every kid deserves a loving home. “I wanted to make a difference by being a difference, and I love what I do,” he said.