A boy, twice given up for adoption, finds his forever home with Peter Mutabazi, a single man who has shared some of life’s same experiences.
After his birth parents gave him up for adoption, Tony Mutabazi, spent a few years in the foster care system. He was adopted at age 4, but ultimately his adoptive parents abandoned him at a hospital in North Carolina, when he was just 11 years old.
Peter Mutabazi who had experience as a foster parent, received a call from foster care worker Jessica Ward asking if he would take Tony for the weekend. So begins the story of father and son and how their similar life experiences formed a special kind of bond.
After hearing Tony’s story, Peter told Good Morning America, “By that time, I was crying.” “I thought, ‘Who would do that?’” and he knew he had to do more.
“He [Tony] asked if his parents were coming to get him and they said no,” Mutabazi said. “[We have] no idea why.”
“Once I knew the parents’ rights were signed off and he had nowhere to go, I [knew] I had to take him. . . I had the room, the resources, so I had no reason to let him go.”
Peter and Tony proved that “families don’t have to match”. Some of the things they like to do together are watching movies, playing board games, reading and cycling. They became an official family in November, 2019, when Peter legally became Tony’s dad.
“He’s the nicest, smartest kid I’ve ever had,” Peter said.
Peter’s desire to help Tony and other children in the foster care system comes from his own life experience. He ran away from his abuse home in Uganda at the tender age of ten.
His life probably would have turned out much worse if it had not been for a parental figure in the area who cared for Peter and made sure he finished school. Now, he wants to return the kindness shown to him and help other vulnerable youth.
This has to be one of the best feel-good stories ever. Men like Peter make this world a better place for all of us.