Story of Tuesday's Child Donald comes full circle
WESTERLY, R.I. (WJAR) —
This is a story about second chances, and a reunion 17 years in the making.
Donald, a foster child featured many times over the years on "Tuesday's Child," finally has a home.
Where he ended up may be a surprise.
Full of life and happiness, Donald was just a little guy when we first met and took him fishing.
He wasn't adopted, so we kept doing stories, year after year. Sadly, we began to notice that growing up in group homes was taking the spark out of childhood.
"All I wanted was to be back with my dad," Donald said.
We could barely get a smile out of him, who could blame him? He was aging out of the foster care system with nowhere to go.
Then Donald's search for a home took a unique twist. It led him right back to where it all started and into the arms of his biological dad.
We were recently greeted by a tall 19-year-old Donald, and met for the first time his elated biological dad.
"It's awesome to have my son home after all these years," Donald Sr. said. "It's been awesome."
Donald's parents lost custody of him due to a combination of financial and emotional problems, according to Donald Sr. The father was forced to watch his child grow up on TV.
"It's hard to talk about. I ain't gonna lie. It's the first time I seen Donald was on Tuesday's Child. It brought tears," Donald Sr.
But it motivated him to get counseling, paving the way for visits, then this reunion with help from Donald's DCYF social worker, Joe.
Donald finally has his own room, and father and son are making plans to go fishing.
"I got to make up for all those years we didn't have together, and I'm going to do it." Donald Sr. said.
Proving that it's never too late to make things right.
To learn more about children in state custody awaiting adoption, call Adoption Rhode Island at 401-865-6000.