SUPER DAD! Lamont Thomas (holding child 2nd from left second row) with his five new children, family and supporters following the adoption proceedings.
Holiday cheer came early for Buffalo’s Thomas family – MadeGood®, the leading allergy-friendly and nutrient-rich granola snack company gifted a year’s worth of groceries to Lamont Thomas, a single foster father who recently adopted five siblings Zendaya, 5, Jamel, 4, Nakia, 3, Major, 2 and Michaela,1. Thomas’ story was featured on the nationally syndicated ABC Tamron Hall Show on December 13, 2019.
The quintet of siblings are the most recent children that Thomas has taken in. When Thomas heard of the siblings’ plight – and that they had been separated for more than a year-and-a-half, he knew he could provide a place for them to reunite.
To honor Thomas’ kindness and commitment to service, MadeGood snacks donated a year’s worth of groceries – estimated at $15,000 – to help the family.
Lamont Thomas has fostered 30 kids since the year 2000. The Buffalo, New York-native has two biological children and had previously adopted five others.
While he had stopped fostering in recent years, he ‘came out of retirement’ to make sure five siblings could stay together. Lamont legally adopted the children, all aged under five. The children had been placed separately in homes across four cities until Lamont stepped in. They were separated for over a year-and-a-half. Years previously, he had fostered their father!
Lamont said he “wants to make a difference by being the difference.”
On October 17, the bighearted dad officially adopted siblings Zendaya, Jamel, Nakia, Major, and Michaela inside Judge Lisa Rodwin’s courtroom in Erie County.
“Every day I think about it, my eyes swell up. All that we endured to make this happen, it was something.”
Lamont initially fostered the brothers and sisters for two years before adopting them all together.”They bring new energy to me. They’re lovable kids, very affectionate,”Lamont said. “They deserve to be raised as siblings, and that was my fight.”
-How It All Began-
In the beginning, Lamont recalled how he was helping out some friends who had lost their child to the system, he said. “I went on and got certified and became a foster parent. I haven’t stopped since!”
In 2007, Lamont, who has a biological daughter named LaMonica and a son, Anthony, began to adopt. He adopted twins Germayne and Tremayne, and unrelated children Jamie and German soon after.
He also officially adopted the first child he ever fostered, Michael, now 27. “He was my third foster home and it ended up being my forever home,” Michael Thomas said. “He [knew] my biological parents. Lamont never turned a child away,” Michael added. “They either aged out or went back home to their own families.
After the kids grew up, flew the nest and even started their own families, Lamont thought he was at the end of his own child raising days.
But he decided to “come out of retirement” when he heard about Zendaya, Jamel, Nakia, Major and Michaela.
“It’s amazing he’s taking on all of them,” LaMonica, also 27, said. “He does anything for everybody. He’s a really a great man.” Michael added that caring for children is his fat
her’s God-given call
“We’re all grown now, I can’t believe he’s started all over again,” Michael said. “Lamont has been a life-saver to me. I wouldn’t be the person that I am today, had Lamont not ventured in my life.”
Writing on social media, foster care worker Anna Miller said in reference to the most recent adoption:”My heart is seriously melting today. So much hard work to get these children back together, few will ever know just how much. But being able to witness these children get blessed with a loving home and supportive community is truly priceless… thank you Mr. Thomas and the rest of the village.”
Lamont simply said, ‘I wanted to make a difference by being a difference, and I love what I do.’
(Portions of this article from Daily mail.com)