After spending more than 30 children over 15 years, single parent Lamont Thomas decided to quit the foster house and enjoy fishing and some other activities of life.
The divorced father of two first opened his home to foster kid Michael Perez in 2001, but this was just the start. Michel has now become a nurse and is extremely thankful to Lamont.
“I don’t believe that I would be the person that I am today without the morals that he instilled in me and the extended family that I have now,” he told CBS News.
Lamont was just the first step. Afterward, Lamont fostered more than 30 children. “Every child that I have had, it was my goal to make a difference in their lives,” he said.
After 15 years he decided to leave fostering and give some time to fishing and traveling but it didn’t last long. “It really was a shocker,” son Michael said. “I didn’t expect for him to restart and to do it all over again.”
Lamont heard about five siblings which had been separated. Lamont adopted all of the five children. He became the proud father of siblings Zendaya, 5, Jamel, 4, Nakia, 3, Major, 2, and Michaela, 1, and gets emotional thinking about what he went through to offer them the loving home they deserved.
“I was fighting to keep back the tears,” Lamont told Good Morning America. “Every day I think about it, my eyes swell up. All that we endured making this happen, it was something.
“I had to help them. They deserved to be raised together,” he added. ABC News reported that Lamont has 10 adopted children right now out of which 2 are biological siblings. And he’s been fostering 30 plus kids since 2000.
In the beginning, I was helping out some friends. They had lost their child to the system,” Lamont told ABC News. “I went on and got certified and became a foster parent. I haven’t stopped since.”