This is not just any regular story of an orphan finally finding a family that he truly belongs to.
Tony Mutabazi, who went into foster care at two years old, no longer knowing anything about his birth parents, was adopted by a couple from Oklahoma when he reached the age of four.
Unfortunately, seven years later, Tony was taken to a hospital, and his adoptive parents never returned, foster care worker Jessica Ward recalled. The 11-year-old child once again became a parentless kid.
Until Ward contacted Peter Mutabazi of Charlotte, North Carolina, a three-year foster parent at that time, to keep the child over the weekend, and that’s when his story turned over a new page.
“He asked if his parents were coming to get him and they said no,” the single father told Good Morning America. “[We have] no idea why.”
The life-changing call was made on January 16, 2018.
Mutabazi said he thought he was going to keep Tony at his place for two days, but everything changed when he heard of his condition.
“By that time, I was crying. I thought, ‘Who would do that? Once I knew the parents’ rights were signed off and he had nowhere to go, I [knew] I had to take him.”
“He’s the nicest, smartest kid I’ve ever had,” Mutabazi proudly said of his adoptive son.
The father and son relationship has never been better.
“From day one, he’s always called me ‘dad.’ He truly meant it and he looks up to me. He’s proud to show me at school and say, ‘Hey, he’s my dad.’ That’s something that I love about him,” Mutabazi said.
There is a reason why the pair could be so connective.
Meeting Tony, Mutabazi recollected his own background: growing up in Uganda, leaving the oppressive family he was in at the age of 10, and fate guided him to a loving father whom he said was very supportive of him during hard times at school.
“They became my sponsor, my family. I grew up the poor of the poorest people on the planet. I grew up where no one told me to dream, that there was no future for me,” Mutabazi described his childhood.
Now a legal American citizen and the single foster father of other 12 children, he knew there was no reason not to take Tony under his care, especially when he was also in the same situation as him, knowing too well the values of finally finding a loving home that he belongs to.
“I had the room, the resources, so I had no reason to let him go. For what someone did for me I wanted to do something for someone else,” Mutabazi reminisced.
“[Tony] had some issues that he was dealing with from foster care and trauma when he was abandoned, so Peter knew once he took him in, that was it,” said Ward.
“Peter’s [Mutabazi] story all around is beautiful and amazing. 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,” Ward continued.