A Foster Father Turned the Pain From His Past Into Empowerment

It takes a special kind of courage and strength to persevere through a difficult childhood and manage to turn that pain into a force for good. That’s precisely what Peter Mutabazi did as he took all the best of what his past taught him and used it to help many children as a kind and loving foster parent! His Instagram page is filled with images of a proud dad with his smiling kids!

A Foster Father Turned the Pain From His Past Into Empowerment

Peter Mutabazi’s Difficult Past

Peter Mutabazi was only ten years old when he escaped an abusive home in Uganda. He spent several years living on the street and a kind family that helped him out encouraged him to attend school and ultimately, college. In 2015, Mutabazi moved to Oklahoma where he started a house-flipping business. As early as 2016, he began renovating his own home as part of his preparation to become a foster parent.

A Foster Father Turned the Pain From His Past Into Empowerment

Becoming a Foster Parent

After he finished college, Peter felt like he had been given so much, he wanted to give something back by being part of someone else’s life and being a helpful and positive influence to them. He decided that a great way to do that is to become a foster father. Peter explains that the agency he contacted was surprised that a single man was interested in the program, as statistically, single men account for only 3% of adoptions.

A Foster Father Turned the Pain From His Past Into Empowerment

Turning Past Pain Into Something Positive

Mutabazi fostered his first child in 2017. Since then, he welcomed 15 other children into his home from ages 4 to 17, sometimes fostering three or four kids at the same time. Peter explains that, because of his past trauma of being a neglected and abused child with nowhere to go, he knew what he lacked and longed for at that time. This knowledge allowed him to help the kids he was fostering navigate all the mental and emotional situations they were enduring in a way many others wouldn’t be able to.