A single father who has fostered children for over 20 years is now a dad of 12 after adopting five siblings.
Lamont Thomas, a resident of Buffalo, New York, adopted siblings Zendaya, 5, Jamel, 4, Nakia, 3, Major, 2, and Michaela, 1, on October 17 reported Good Morning America.
Thomas said he was fighting to keep back the tears as he adopted his children.
"Every day I think about it, my eyes swell up. All that we endured making this happen, it was something," he added.
Since 2000, Thomas has fostered more than 30 children. Now, he is a dad to 10 adopted kids and two biological kids.
Thomas began to foster children when he was helping out some friends that had lost their children to the system. He said he then got certified and became a foster parent.
In 2007, he adopted two twins Germayne and Tremayne and another child, Jamie. Soon after, he took another child named German.
After the adoptions, he adopted the first child he fostered, Michael.
The children then joined Thomas's biological son, Anthony, and daughter, LaMonica.
"He was my third foster home, and it ended up being my forever home," Michael Thomas said. "He [knew] my biological parents."
After years of not adopting any more children, Thomas decided to "come out of retirement."
He said he once fostered the siblings' father and found out that the five kids needed a home.
"The kids ended up being taken into care, I believe it was due to neglect," Lamont said. "They had them in four different homes, four different cities. They were separated for over a year-and-a-half."
Lamont said the kids deserved to be raised as siblings and wanted to keep them together. He says they bring new energy to him and are very affectionate.