A Black 29-year-old Richmond, Virginia man adopted three white sons because he believes family is more valuable than skin color.
In an exclusive interview with WRIC ABC 8 News, Barry Farmer tells reporters about adopting his sons eight years ago.
Farmer adopted his first son, 14-year-old Darrell, after a period of parenting training classes.
“I went through the training. The director who was there told me I was perfect for the program,” he recalls.
The father of three says that he loves children and that everyone — no matter their race — deserves a family.
Subsequently, Farmer adopted 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 explains. “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.”