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29-Year Old Former Foster Child Reunites 5 Siblings and Adopts Them All



  • Robert Carter was a foster child who got separated from his eight siblings while in foster care.
  • He first adopted 3 of the male siblings and promised to reunite them with the two female siblings.
  • After reuniting all 5, he is now a proud foster “papa” to them.

Robert Carter got separated from his eight siblings in foster care when he was just 12 years old.  The emotional trauma that he went through made him refuse to separate 5 kids and so he adopted all of them. 

He first adopted 3 boys and then reunited them with the other 2 girl siblings in December 2018. And after waiting for the adoption process to finish, he is now a proud dad to 5.  It was not an easy process but he wants the quintette to grow old together and by each other.

Carter says, “I can’t even begin to try to put it into words what it means. Just the fact that they’re together, the fact that they have something that will help them remember their past… it’s beautiful to watch them grow up together and make memories together.”

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He explains, “They’re some of the best kids I’ve had. Kiontae is an energetic child, he’s my child who’s gonna question everything. Giovanni, that’s my sweet child. He’s like an old soul, he cuddles up to me and wants to help with everything.”

Carter continues, “Makayla’s sweet but really goofy. She loves to dance and loves everything girly. Robert, he’s a gaming kid. He’s really smart and wants to create games when he gets older. He’s really sweet also.”

He describes the oldest of the five, Marionna, as “extremely shy” but “in charge” and sees himself in her.

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He shares, “According to her, she wants to be a model, a hairstylist and a nurse. She’s the mother figure to the kids… but I won’t even let her make them a bowl of cereal [now] because that’s not her responsibility. She’s done it for too long when she shouldn’t have had to in the first place.”

Carter’s house has been “a lot louder than I’m used to” but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I’d rather have that noise and know they’re together than to not have it and have peace and quiet and know they’re separated. It’s worth it,” he says, noting how he’s enjoyed getting to watch each child develop their own unique personalities.

Photo Credit: Robert Carter

He adds, “They give me purpose. And just knowing I have my own family now for the rest of my life, and I get to see them grow up and prosper and see how far they go… it’s immeasurable.”

Source: PEOPLE