60-Year-Old Single Dad, Sent To Foster Care As A Kid, Raises Seven Adopted Sons On His Own!
April 10, 2019 12:01 By Mambee
For this 60-year-old single man, the last six decades have been lived around the motto:
“There’s never going to be the perfect time to start or expand your family.”
Joe Toles has opened his heart and his home to children no one else wanted and never has he regretted that decision.
Joe grew up in foster care. He was born to a 15-year-old and was immediately sent to foster care; he struggled with not having a family throughout his childhood and teen years.
Joe was gifted with athletic abilities; unfortunately, his foster parents didn’t show much support for his dreams. Like most foster teens who don’t get adopted, Joe was on the brink of dropping out of school and ending up homeless and jobless.
Thankfully, his track coach took an interest in him and placed him under his wing, ensuring Joe didn’t drop out and that he pursued his dreams. Joe went as far as winning a full athletic scholarship to Alabama Auburn University.
As a result of his experience, Joe then decided to give young boys who no one else wanted a chance, just as he was given an opportunity. Although he admitted it could be quite challenging, Joe has no regret whatsoever even though two of his sons have special needs.
He receives help from the non-profit organization You Gotta Believe, which specializes in finding forever homes for hard to place teenagers. It was the organization that matched Toles with all of his children since his first adoption, Xavier, then 17, in 2009.
In 2010, he adopted Jonathan, who is now 24. Two years later, he welcomed, Ronny, now 21, and in 2014 he adopted, Creemel who is now 25.
In 2017, he took in Kamren, and Cinsere in 2018. However, Joe isn’t tired of spreading joy as he is currently working to finalize the adoption of his 7th son, 20-year-old Jhon, from the Dominican Republic, who has learning disabilities.
He is such a good father to them all and, Xavier, his first son, also has children of his own. He said:
“He is the coach in the corner… If I’m ever having difficulty with my kids, I’ll reach out to him and ask, ‘What would you do?’”
He has raised children who no one else wanted on his own, and done a fantastic job at it! Joe’s selfless actions are surely worthy of applause and emulation.
Good parenting always set kids on the right track in life. Here is a story to prove it.