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Robert Carter grew up in foster care separated from his eight siblings. "I didn't eat for a week," Carter tells TODAY Parents. "I didn't know where my family was. I didn't know if I would ever see them again. It was traumatizing."

Carter says he didn't want the three boys he began fostering in 2019 to experience the same emotional trauma.

After adopting Robert Jr., 9, Giovanni, 5, and Kiontae, 4, Carter realized they had two sisters: Marionna, 10, and Makayla, 7, still in foster care.

The five siblings were reunited after six months apart.

"Everybody was just boo-hoo crying and hugging and not wanting to let go," Carter recalled. "In that moment, I knew I had to adopt all five."

After the adoption ceremony on Oct. 30, Carter went into the courthouse bathroom to cry.

"I was so nervous it would fall through at the last minute," he told TODAY Parents. "But I get to be there for them for the rest of their life. They never have to worry about being neglected or alone ever again. We're a family forever."

A friend launched a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for a larger house for the siblings.
 


 

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The controversial “religious liberty” bill was approved by a 35-19 vote. The bill now goes to the Georgia House where it faces an uphill battle.

According to MyAJC.com, lawmakers are concerned that passing the measure in the Georgia House of Representatives might hurt the state's chances to be the site of Amazon's second headquarters.

If Amazon selects Georgia to build the new headquarters, it could mean a boost to the economy and provide jobs to thousands of people.

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Two years ago, Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a similar religious liberty legislation, saying it didn’t reflect Georgia’s image as a welcoming state with “warm, friendly and loving people.”

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