Robert Carter, a single man from Hamilton County, OH, grew up in foster care, and knows the pain of being separated from siblings. So he really has a heart for kids who are in the system.
Carter began fostering three little boys in December of 2019, but he soon learned they had two sisters whom they hadn't seen in six months.
Remembering the pain of his own family separation and fatherlessness, he knew he wanted to do whatever possible to reunite them as a family.
"We met up for visits, and all the kids were crying. They didn't want to leave each other, and at that moment, I knew, OK, I have to adopt all five," Carter told Fox 19 Cincinnati.
He worked hard to get a bigger place to accommodate the court's requirements.
Then this week, at Hamilton County's 11th annual Adoption Day, he made it official.
"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."
"I've never had a single father adopt five children," said case manager Stacey Barton."Children need families, and it's an opportunity for Mr. Carter to show the community that he can do it and others can too."
If you're interested, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help him with the costs of raising the kids.