A Selfless man who is making change in the society by fostering dozens of kids over years
Even after spending his whole life trying to help children who are in need of love, Lamont Thomas adopted five more children to keep their family intact
Caterer by profession who gave up on his dreams once again after retiring to continue fostering children in need of a home
Lamont Thomas is a single dad in New York who adopted five children along with fostering over 30 children for years.
Lamont Thomas has 12 children, two of them are his own biological kids. After Adopting these children, Thomas Decided to retire and follow dreams of his own. He loves to do fishing and travelling.
Years after retiring and long after his older children had moved out and started their own families, he realized that he couldn’t leave children on their own after hearing the story of five siblings.
Thomas came out of retirement and was re-certified as a foster parent.
Thomas then adopted 5 more children to keep their family intact.
The new addition in the family is five-year-old Zendeya, four-year-old Jamal, three-year-old Nakia, two-year-old Major and one-year-old Michaela.
Lamont Thomas fought for close to two and a half years to be able to get them together and finally won.
The biological father of these children was in the foster care of Thomas and he considers them his grandchildren after their father aged out.
In an interview with GoodMorningAmerica Lamont said, “The kids ended up being taken into care — I believe it was due to neglect,”. “They had them in four different homes, four different cities. They were separated for over a year-and-a-half.”
He further added, “They bring new energy to me. They’re lovable kids, very affectionate, they deserve to be raised as siblings, and that was my fight.”
Further, Lamont continued, “I probably fostered thirty, thirty-something kids and then my first set of adoptions – it was five”.
His First one was Michael Perez. “He was a young man and I just hated to see him in the system”, Lamont said.
“I don’t believe that I would be the person I am today without the morals that he instilled in me, the family, the extended family that I have now,” said Michael Perez.
“It really was a shocker,” Perez said. “I didn’t expect for him to restart and to do it all over again.”
After Thomas’ story first aired, CBS News received a lot of surprising mail from women who expressed interest in the overwhelmed bachelor. Some notes were subtle, others were bolder. “Ask Mr Thomas if he would like a pen pal,” wrote one woman, while another said, “I’ll marry Lamont!”
To carry on his selfless pursuit to bring happiness to foster children, Thoma has a great support system through church and friends.
Lamont Thomas said there’s a true need for foster parents in the world.
“I wanted to make a difference by being a difference, and I love what I do,” he added.