- Joe Tole of New York City is the father of six sons
- The 60-year-old man has spent the past 10 years of his life raising six sons he adopted
- Joe is set to adopt 20-year-old Jhon from the Dominican Republic
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As the world continues to marinate in Father’s Day celebrations, Joe Tole of New York City, is one whose story is yet another reason why fathers should be commemorated.
Joe Tole, 60, has spent the past decade of his life raising six sons he has adopted.
According to blacknews.com, the kind-hearted man was set to adopt his seventh son, 20-year-old Jhon from the Dominican Republic who has learning difficulties.
Growing up in a foster home himself, the former guidance counsellor is able to relate to the struggles of the needy and underserved.
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Joe’s childhood struggles inspired him to reach out and help others who find themselves in similar situations today.
He prefers to adopt much older people because ‘‘adopting an older child gives hope to somebody who probably doesn’t have much hope at that moment.''
In 2019, Joe adopted his first son, Xavier, who was then 17 years old and in 2010, he took in Johnathan, followed by Ronny, and Creemel.
They were followed by Kamren in 2017 and Cinsere in 2018. Toles is now about to also become a legal father to Jhon.
His decision to help people struggling with homelessness has not been free of challenges especially regarding issues of puberty and behaviour.
He admits that: “It takes work, but I make the effort in nurturing the relationships.”
Aside providing security and stability to his adopted sons, he has a foundation which he established in 2005 called The Joseph Toles Foundation.
Joe Tole's foundation assists foster kids get sponsorship to summer camps and other activities.
In a related story, 48-year-old Lamont Thomas has proven that he has a heart of gold after adopting five siblings, so they can stay together.
For over two decades, Thomas has fostered over two dozen children in New York, USA, Good Morning America reports. It all started when Thomas thought to step in for friends who had lost their kids to the system.
He also made a greater effort when he signed up for a certificate to officially be a foster parent.
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