Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profiles. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous men alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to the radio host, foster care advocate, blogger, and father, Barry Farmer.
Barry Farmer is a Native of Richmond, Virginia. He grew up in Kinship Care with his grandmother from ages 5-18. For the last 15 years, he’s devoted himself to working inside and outside the classroom with youth and their families
While living with his grandmother as his legal guardian, Farmer says he learned how to be responsible for himself. When she got older, he learned how to care for her when she needed help. But when he turned 21, he had an idea: he applied for a foster license to take children in, too.
Today, as a single father, Barry is a Spokesman for Adopt Us Kids, Foster Care Adoption Advocate for children awaiting adoption, Speaker, Mentor, Host of The Barry Farmer Morning Show on 101.1 The FAM Radio and The FosterCare & Adoption Life talk Web Series, as well as the Creator/Administrator of one of the largest online support group for Foster Care and Adoptive families. Barry’s work and advocacy are featured in various media platforms: including; People Magazine, the Maimi Herald, Good Morning America, Newsy, and Inside Edition, to name a few. Here is Barry Farmer in his own words about paying it forward:
“Becoming a foster parent was like a tribute to my grandmother because I could never pay her back, but I was definitely able to pay it forward,”
As a former foster child myself, I was lucky enough to be adopted. So, Barry’s work and advocacy hit’s close to home. Mr. Farmer’s work is vital to being a voice for so many voiceless children. There are far too many kids in the world who need a loving and caring home. We wish Barry Farmer much continued success as a foster child advocate and youth mentor. Today we honor Barry Farmer as our Evolved Man of the Week.