Barry Farmer and his three sons occasionally get a few odd looks when they are together in public.
Farmer is black and his sons Darrell, 14, Xavier, 12, and Jeremiah, 6, are white; but skin color does not matter to the loving father and his adoptive family.
The Richmond dad told News 8 in Virginia that he decided to become a foster parent eight years ago because he just wanted to help take care of children in need of a home.
“I didn’t expect one kid, let alone three,” he said.
After receiving confirmation from the boys that they wanted him to be their dad, Farmer legally adopted the three brothers, according to the report.
“Dad was like, ‘can I be your dad forever?’ And I was like, ‘you already are,’” the 14-year-old said. “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.”
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Farmer said his family is “deeper than skin color,” and it does not matter to him what his boys look like.
“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 said. “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.”
Lately, many pro-life and conservative organizations have been encouraging families to reach out to children in foster care. Some foster children are available for adoption, while others need temporary homes.
According to government estimates, there are approximately 415,000 children in the foster care system in the U.S. In the past decade, the number of children adopted through foster care has increased, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report.
Adoption is a beautiful, life-affirming option that provides the opportunity for every child to be treasured and loved by someone.