Single Longview man becomes foster father to niece, nephew

Published on Monday, 19 June 2017 14:13 - Written by

Dequante Thomas abandoned his bachelor lifestyle more than a year ago.

Instead, the Longview man turned his apartment into a home for young family members who needed one.

"I had to adjust big time," said Thomas, 27, standing outside an under-construction Habitat for Humanity home on Sabine Street. Once built, it will be home to himself, his 6-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece.

Thomas became foster parent for the two children less than two years ago, when an incident involving his sister led Child Protective Services to consider foster parenting for the pair, he said.

"Dequante said … that every child deserves a mother and a father, and he stepped up to the plate to fill that role for his niece and nephew," said Debbie Sceorler, director for Buckner's Licensing Kinship Families as Foster Families program.

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-Longview News Journal