‘Family Is Deeper Than Skin Color’ Says Father Of Three Adopted Boys
September 25, 2016
When Barry Farmer goes out with his three sons, he said its not uncommon for people to stare. Farmer is black and his three sons are white.
Eight years ago, the 29-year-old decided he wanted to be a foster parent.
“I went through the training, the director who was there told me I was perfect for the program,” Farmer recalled. Now, he’s the adoptive father to 14-year-old Darrell,12-year-old Xavier, and 6-year-old Jeremiah.
“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. “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.”
Farmer’s oldest son Darrell said that seven years ago, his dad asked him the most important question of his life.
“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,” Darrell said. “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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