Young, Single Dad Adopts 3 Sons, Says ‘It’s Hard Work,’ But Wouldn’t Trade it for Anything

Parenting by Melissa Castellanos on 12/07/2017

At age 30, many men are still trying to figure things out, deciding if they want to get married, and/or start a family. For 30-year-old Barry Farmer of Virginia, he has already been raising three sons who he adopted over the last six years. While he says it’s “hard work” every day, he wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Back in 2011, Farmer was just 22 when he adopted his 15-year-old son Jaxon. Farmer had been fostering the then-8-year-old at the time for six months when he began to consider adopting him. “Personally, I grew up in kinship care, which is another form of foster care. My grandmother raised me,” Farmer told “Her doing that for me, there was no way I could actually pay her back so I decided it’d be a good way to pay it forward.”

Then in 2013, Farmer wanted Jaxon to have siblings, so he began searching on the website, “Adopt U.S. Kids.” There, he found his now-adopted, 13-year-old son Xavier, who was 11 when he was officially adopted by Farmer. While Farmer thought he’d stop there, a third foster child named Jeremiah, (just 4 at the time) came to his home for respite care and changed the game once again. Jeremiah, who is now 8, was officially adopted in 2016. While “there are no days off,” Farmer points out that he was “up for the challenge.”

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