Single Dad Adopts 13-Year-Old Who Was Abandoned 2 Years Earlier in Hospital

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A 13-year-old boy has found his forever family after being abandoned by his parents two years ago at a hospital.

On Nov. 12 of last year, 13-year-old Tony Mutabazi was adopted by his foster dad, Peter Mutabazi in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

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Tony was first placed in the foster care system at the age of 2, and was later adopted by a couple in Oklahoma when he was 4 years old.

When he was 11, Tony’s adopted parents left him at a hospital and never returned, according to Mutabazi and foster care worker Jessica Ward.

“He asked if his parents were coming to get him and they said no,” Mutabazi said. “[We have] no idea why.”

On Jan. 16, 2018, Muatbazi received a call from Tony’s case worker, Jessica Ward, asking if he could take Tony for the weekend.

 

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Mutabazi, who’s been a foster parent for three years, said he was only scheduled to have Tony stay at his home for two days. It was during that time that he learned the young boy’s story.

“By that time, I was crying. I thought, ‘Who would do that?'” Mutabazi said. “Once I knew the parents’ rights were signed off and he had nowhere to go, I [knew] I had to take him.”

 

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Mutabazi, who grew up in Uganda, has a survival story of his own. One that has deepened the bond between himself and Tony.

He said he ran away from his abusive home in Uganda at the age of 10 and found refuge in a parent figure who guided him through school and life.

“They became my sponsor, my family. I grew up the poor of the poorest people on the planet,” Mutabazi said. “I grew up where no one told me to dream, that there was no future for me.”

 

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Mutabazi eventually moved to the United States and became a citizen. He works with the nonprofit organization World Vision United States, which helps kids living in vulnerable areas. In his time as a foster dad, he’s been a refuge to 12 foster children.

After meeting Tony, and hearing his story, Mutabazi made the decision to legally become his father.

“I had the room, the resources, so I had no reason to let him go,” Mutabazi said. “For what someone did for me I wanted to do something for someone else.”

The adoption was made official in a Charlotte courthouse late last year, where Tony and his new dad were surrounded by family and friends.

 

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“[Mutabazi’s] story all around is beautiful and amazing,” Ward told Good Morning America. “Because of the age Peter was when all of the things happened in his world, I feel like that’s been such a connection for him and Tony.”

The dynamic duo are looking forward to welcoming a new foster child into their home soon, with the hopes of giving them a forever family.

 

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