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Gay, Single, & A Father of 5

There are so many children in the foster care system that deserve a loving home and seemingly not rough families willing to take them in. It’s been said that the system favors nuclear families, the ones with a married couple and maybe just one other child living in a home. The tables have turned for an openly gay Ohio resident who was able to adopt not one or two but 5 children this past week.


Robert Carter, a single, openly gay stylist, has always wanted to adopt because he grew up in the foster care system himself. During December of last year Robert became a foster parent and took in three brothers: Robert Jr., Giovanni, and Kiontae. After learning that the three boys had two sisters they were separated from he set up a play date so the siblings could spend time together. Carter has felt the sting of being separated from his siblings as well and after seeing the five children together for the first time he made his decision.

“The kids saw each other and started hugging and crying and wouldn’t let go….that was the moment I said ‘okay I’m going to take all five.'”

-Robert Carter


Carter applied to adopt all five children and on October 30th of this year a judge approved the adoption making him a new father of five. Carter has set up a GoFundMe to help cover the expenses of the adoption and to hopefully buy a home that will fit the 6 of them comfortably.

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