A 13-year-old-boy who’d been abandoned by his adoptive parents at a hospital has finally found a forever home.
Tony Muntabazi was adopted by his foster dad, Peter Mutabazi, on Nov. 12.
At age 4 Tony was previously adopted out of the foster care system by a couple from Oklahoma.
But according to Peter and social worker Jessica Ward, when Tony was 11 his adoptive parents left him at a hospital and never came back for him.
“He asked if his parents were coming to get him and they said no,” Peter told Good Morning America.
In early 2018 Peter received a call from Ward who hoped the foster dad would be able to take Tony for the weekend.
Peter said that Tony’s story brought him to tears, and he knew right away that they were meant to be family.
“I thought, ‘Who would do that?'” Peter said of Tony’s abandonment. “Once I knew the parents’ rights were signed off and he had nowhere to go, I [knew] I had to take him.”
Peter grew up in Uganda where her ran away from an abusive home for a life on the streets at just 10-years-old.
He found a guardian in Uganda who rescued him and gave him a chance.
“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.”
Peter eventually emigrated to the US where he works for nonprofit World Vision United States, an organization to that works with kids growing up in vulnerable areas.
Inspired by his own ‘foster family,’ Peter explained, “How can I not give back?”
In 2017, he worked to get certified to become a foster parent and since then has fostered 12 children.
And now Peter is a proud father. Tony’s adoption was finalized at a Charlotte courthouse in North Carolina where he and Peter now live.
Peter celebrated the adoption with an Instagram post.
“ADOPTED TODAY!!! I was chosen, I was wanted, I was cherished, I grew in his heart, I was the missing piece and I’m loved today despite of my shortcoming,” he wrote.
“‘Little souls find their way to you, whether they’re from your womb or someone else’s. I found my little/big soul today!”
Peter told GMA that he and Tony enjoy watching movies, playing games, reading books and riding bikes together.
“He’s the nicest, smartest kid I’ve ever had,” Peter gushed. “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.”
With plenty of love to share, father and son have since welcomed new foster children into their home.
Follow the family’s inspiring journey on Instagram.