A man in the US has adopted five siblings to stop them from being separated from each other.
Robert Carter, from Cincinnati, Ohio, always knew he wanted to adopt, as a gay man who himself grew up in foster care.
He said: “I’ve always known I wanted to adopt because I grew up in foster care myself.
“I knew about my sexuality very young, so I always figured I’d have to adopt if I wanted kids.”
The 29-year-old began by fostering nine-year-old Robert Jr., five-year-old Giovanni and four-year-old Kiontae in December 2018.
However, he later learned they had been separated for six months from their sisters Marionna, 10, and Makayla, eight.
He subsequently tracked down the girls’ foster mums and arranged a play date.
He said: “The kids saw each other and started hugging and crying and wouldn’t let go.
“That was the moment I said ‘Okay, I’m going to take all five’.”
Robert took the bold decision having been separated from his eight siblings as a kid, spending the best parts of their childhoods apart.
He entered the foster system when his youngest sibling was two, and didn’t see them again for 14 years.
He said: “I know the pain of being separated too well and I could not let that happen to them.”