Transcript for How a foster parent changed the lives of 50 teens
Ginger, this morning we're starting a new series called "Home sweet home" about children whose lives haven't been easy, foster kids. I want to introduce you to a wonderful man, guy Bryant. A father foster who has made a home for more than 50 teens in the last 12 years. Take a look. Guy Bryant estimates he's lovingly opened the doors of his home to over 50 teenagers. Currently foster dad to ro, Shaw, Gregory and dior. Working for the administration for children's services he realized it was a teenagers in the foster care system who were the hardest to place in a forever home. Over 100,000 teenagers are in need of homes. Everybody wants the babies, they're cute, they're cuddly. Everybody wants the toddlers. Why is it so tough to place some kids. They go from place to place to place and raised by a whole bunch of different people and have a whole bunch of different values. Kids at 17, 18, 19, it's very difficult. People don't want the problems that come along with somebody who is that age. Guy basically, he opened his doors for me when I like basically needed it. Really like the most. Reporter: Gregory bounced from foster home to foster home until 18 when he met guy. Guy gave him hope. Come on, Greg. Only eight points behind, bro. Meeting guy was like, there's something out there that still has more to gain than just shut the world off. Reporter: It's the simple things that hold the greatest meaning for Gregory, it was his own set of house keys that made him feel like he finally belonged. Usually keys are not part of the deal. So guy gave us keys. That's like I'm giving you my trust. You know, and this is our house for you to have that little foundation, it's like rebuilding something that was broken. Reporter: Gregory is currently enrolled in college, something he says wouldn't have been possible without guy. This whole room. Reporter: 15-year-old dior just recently moved in with guy and says without him, he'd be living on the streets. Well, I look at it, he gave me a new chance because, like, I feel like a lot of people gave up on me but when I first came here Mr. B. Said he wouldn't give up. Reporter: He bounced around foster homes until he moved in with guy. He had trouble with the rules structure. We can be amongst each other and create our own type of family. Reporter: For him the right to self-autonomy was found right here in this kitchen. This kitchen means a lot to me because I just came from a place where the fridge was a box. I couldn't eat when I wanted to. Reporter: The key to guy's parenting is the same as any other parents. What's your parenting style? They know I love they will. I tell them that all the time and it's important because some of them have never heard that. Reporter: For ro, that love is evident. I call him pop because we have a strong relationship. I see everything that he does is out of love. Reporter: But guy doesn't think he's special. He simply fills a need in the system, one he believes any of us can fill when done the right way. For everyone out there who may be considering fostering a teenager, what advice do you have for them? Do it. The reason why I say that is you never know what you have to offer until that child comes in your home. Reporter: His former foster kids agree. Hey, Mr. Bryant, thank you for being a mentor, a friend I never had. I wanted to say thank you for being there for me since 1996. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you. Never giving up on me and I want to thank you for all, what you've done for me. Please give a warm welcome to guy and the guys, Gregory, Sha, ro and dior. Thanks for joining us. Guys, you're emotional over this obviously because you care so much. You're not a foster dad. You're a dad. You love these boys. You have such a close relationship with them and, ro, I want to ask you, what makes guy a real dad? He's very supportive over anything you want to do. He's always there for you. He's like a great father figure. Gregory, I know you got keys to the house. Sha, you can open the refrigerator when you're hungry. Definitely. Those are big things. You all say this, this man trusts me. He respects me. What does that mean to you guys to have that feeling. For me it means, you know, when I walked in the house and he gave me keys, I looked at him like he was crazy because I was coming from places where the foster parents didn't trust us but the keys to the house, you know, their kitchen or anything like that. You know, so when I first came to b.'s house it made me feel good that he gave me space in his house like that. You heard, guys, you heard what they said about you, okay. They really appreciate what you're giving them and why are you so passionate about this? Why is it so important to you. I've seen -- I've seen the worst. I've seen kids that come in and they've had no place to live. I had a good home, I lived well and my family, we were a family and I think everybody should have family. I agree. I think we can all agree with that. And, guys, I want to say, I want to stay right here because we have a surprise for you when we come back and I think you're going to enjoy it so we'll be right and the guys and guy has been a
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