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Father of 3 on His Adopted Sons: ‘We May Not Look Alike, but It’s a Typical Family’

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fatheradopts3 Barry Farmer knew he wanted to become a foster parent when he was just 21 years old and along the way he found his forever family in his 3 adopted sons.

29-year-old Farmer of Richmond, Virginia talked to WRIC about his path to adopting his three sons: 14-year-old Darrell,12-year-old Xavier, and 6-year-old Jeremiah. He began as a foster parent, completing all the necessary training for the role, and along the way decided to adopt his now-sons, regardless of their skin color.

“In this day in time when it comes to family, and seeing color or seeing unity and belonging, and that’s what I was hoping to accomplish with my family anyway,” Farmer told the news site. “When I have them now I can’t imagine them anywhere else, and it’s a typical family. We may not look alike, but it’s a typical family. I just want them to be someone that I can be proud of and they can be proud of and that’s all it takes.”

It’s working out well for the family so far. Farmer’s oldest son, Darrell, told WRIC that his by the time Farmer approached him about the adoption, he already knew that was his dad. “Dad was like, ‘can I be your dad forever?’ And I was like, ‘you already are.’ And that is how I came to stay here. I was in this dark spot at first and then he just comes in the picture. And everything’s all right.”

Photo Credit: WRIC