A 13-year-old boy who was abandoned by his parents has found a forever home.
On Nov. 12, Tony Mutabazi was adopted by his foster dad, Peter Mutabazi in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tony had been in the foster care system since the age of 2, and at the age of 4, Tony was adopted by a couple in Oklahoma. No details are known about his birth parents.
“He’s the nicest, smartest kid I’ve ever had,” Mutabazi told “Good Morning America.” “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.”
When he was 11, Tony’s adopted parents left him at a hospital and never returned, according to Mutabazi and foster care worker Jessica Ward.
“He asked if his parents were coming to get him and they said no,” Mutabazi said. “[We have] no idea why.”
On Jan. 16, 2018, Muatbazi received a call from Ward asking if he could take Tony for the weekend.
Mutabazi, who’s been a foster parent for three years, said he was originally supposed to have Tony stay at his home for the two days. But then he learned Tony’s story.
“By that time, I was crying. I thought, ‘Who would do that?'” Mutabazi said. “Once I knew the parents’ rights were signed off and he had nowhere to go, I [knew] I had to take him.”
Tony and Mutabazi have been together ever since.