The sweetest news of the week is officially here for all of us to swoon over. A single Dad in New York adopted not just one or two, but five siblings so they wouldn't be separated and he needs to be thrown a party asap.
Single father, Lamont Thomas of Buffalo, New York, has spent his life trying to help children in need. Over the last nineteen years, he has taken in dozens of foster children and on October 17th, 2019, he can proudly share with the world that he is a simple father of twelve children.
"In the beginning, I was helping out some friends. They had lost their child to the system," Lamont told Good Morning America. "I went on and got certified and became a foster parent. I haven't stopped since."
It's truly amazing that something that just started as a simple, kind gesture grew into a life changing experience for both him and countless children.
Lamont has two biological children of his own, Anthony and LaMonica, and has adopted five other children over the years. The first adoption took place in 2007, welcoming twins, Germayne and Tremayne, to his family. After than he adopted Jamie, then German, and lastly he went back and adopted the first child he had ever fostered, named Michael.
"He was my third foster home and it ended up being my forever home," 27-year-old Michael Thomas recalled. "He [knew] my biological parents."
"Lamont never turned [a child] away," Michael continued. "They either aged out or went back home to their own families."
As the years passed and Lamont's older children even started moving out of his home and having children of their own, he thought that he was done adopting children. But we all know that the heart has a way of growing bigger and bigger.
The children that he adopted in October, Zendaya, 5, Jamel, 4, Nakia, 3, Major, 2 and Michaela, 1, were actually children of a former foster child of his.
"The kids ended up being taken into care -- I believe it was due to neglect," Lamont shared with Good Morning America. "They had them in four different homes, four different cities. They were separated for over a year-and-a-half."
He didn't have an easy time tracking all five siblings down, but whenever he finally did, he fostered them all together for two years.
Finally last week, everything fell into place and all five children were able to call him Dad.
"I was fighting to keep back the tears," he said of his adoption day with Judge Lisa Rodwin. "Every day I think about it, my eyes swell up. All that we endured to make this happen, it was something."