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PETER'S STORY

Peter Mutabazi is the founder of Now I Am Known, an organization that supplies resources to support vulnerable children. Originally from Uganda, Peter ran away from an abusive home at age ten and lived as a street kid for nearly five years. Today Peter is a single dad to countless foster children and his adopted son, Anthony. For the past twenty years Peter has worked as a child advocate within the U.S. and globally to promote wellness and child development. He believes every child deserves to be seen, heard, and known. Peter has appeared on international media outlets and is a passionate speaker who resides in North Carolina.

You are Seen. You are Heard. You are Known.

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“Peter, you will never amount to anything” is what my father told me everyday when I was younger; so much so, I started to believe. It was until a stranger helped me understand what it is to be the best father I can be. My hope is that I can do the same for these little girls as the stranger did for me. He helped me believe in my hopes & dreams again. Can you name a time where you restored your self confidence & found positivity again?
Happy birthday to Ryder, he is 7 today! You are the thoughtful one in our tribe 🫶🏾 The way I watch you care for your sisters shows so clearly how considerate you are. Your diligence in reading and creativity in your artwork impress me. Your kind, gentle heart adds so much joy to our home— and I hope you never lose your infectious smile! And of course, today especially of all days, I’m grateful to his bio parents for letting me parent him in this time 🧡 Happy 7 years, strong one! 🎉
Zay is turning 19 today, and though he has aged out and is living with his bio family, he is still very much a part of our family as well 💛 we talk to this “big brother and son” daily, and it’s a joy to still be part of his journey and celebrate him today 🥳 To all foster care kids, this message is for you— I know it can be so hard to believe when you don’t know where you’re going to lay your head at night… but hear me when I tell you that YOU ARE KNOWN. You are loved. Your needs are important. And to every one of you who have celebrated that first birthday once you aged out of your care home— know that you are on my heart today 🫶🏾 Happy birthday to Zay🎉 May his life be a beacon of hope to other people in need 🙏🏾 His birthday wish list is my bio! 🙏
Celebrate with us… it’s Skylar’s 8th birthday! 🎉8️⃣🥳 As we landmark one more year of her life with cake and partying together as a family today, I can’t help but remember her parents and the gift of life they’ve given her 🫶🏾 and the gift I have to be her dad for a time! 🙌🏾 Thank you to our village for celebrating every milestone along the way! Getting to be a part of one more birthday is so special to me as a foster dad. You never know how many you’ll get to celebrate with a child once they’re in your home—but all I want is for Skylar to know how special she is… today and EVERY day! 🙏🏾
When my adopted “dad” saw me hungry on the streets & took me in— he had no idea the impact that would make. Decades later, I’ve shared my redemption story with crowds and churches around the globe and published a book documenting every detail. I had the privilege of opening a foundation to support foster parents who spread hope to kiddos in their care, AND I got to publish my story as a book. Best of all 🙌🏾 I’ve fostered dozens upon dozens of children, who call me “dad,” and adopted my son, Anthony. And I get to do all of that…. Because one man saw my needs & chose to be radically generous. 🙏🏾 If your compassion for children in need breaks your heart like it does mine, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Now I Am Known Foundation— so that more children know they are KNOWN and LOVED 💜 Your gifts go towards 3 goals: 1️⃣ Provide for the foster children in the Mutabazi family (hoping to purchase a minivan, so I can carry everyone around together🤞🏾) 2️⃣ Purchase beds and mattresses for aging-out foster teens 3️⃣ Recruit and support new foster families The link to the foundation is in my bio
It’s Anthony here, taking over my dad’s social media today… because today is his birthday! 🎉 My dad never celebrates his birthday. Since growing up on the streets, he says this about his birthday—“It was hard to celebrate when I didn’t have a meal to eat.” But ever since he adopted me when I was 11 he celebrates MY birthday every year (AND all the birthdays of the brothers and sisters who come into our home!). So far, we haven’t gotten to celebrate him like he celebrates us (and I’m 16 now). I was hoping this year… all of you could help me wish him a happy birthday! 🥳🧡 The more books that get purchased, the more children we can foster and adopt— so if you can, grab my dad’s full story in the link below and let’s blow up his book sales today! The book link is the bio
Merry Christmas from our family to yours 🎄🎁🥰
This little ball of joy is the best Christmas gift 🎁 It’s a sweet surprise, and I’m so grateful she gets to spend this season with me and my family! 🙏🏾 Of course as a foster parent, part of this child’s story is interlaced with sadness — the reality that her biological family doesn’t get to make memories and celebrate the holidays with her this year tragic and heartbreaking 🎄 At Christmas time, it’s important for o me that we take time as a family to celebrate the bio families represented in our home ✨ to give thanks for where these children’s lives began and the hope we have for their future 🙌🏾
Can you tell by the looks on their faces how excited they are to be here?! 🥰 Champions of change surprised the kids and me with a Christmas trip to Disney 🪄 My family gets to experience the wonder and excitement of these parks… But let me tell you, the ✨true magic✨ in this world is the kindness & generosity of strangers that makes things like this possible for me and my kids. To all those that reach out to foster kids and foster parents (especially during this season🎄) THANK YOU! We foster parents are SO grateful for the acts of kindness we receive, not just because it often means we get to see pure JOY on our kids faces — but because they get to see KINDNESS at work in this world 🙏🏾❤️🌎
“Bittersweet” doesn’t describe this feeling quite well enough. Little man, you taught me how to be a parent, but never on how to say goodbye. And I’m not sure quite how to… 💙 In a few short days, my family and I will say goodbye to this sweet little boy — and even though reunification was always the end goal, that doesn’t make it an easy “goodbye” for any of us. Endings are brutal. How beautiful is it, though, that this “end” is filled with HOPE? ✨ Hope for this little soul to grow up in a loving home. No matter how many hope-filled goodbyes I have to say — it’s that very hope for his future that motivates me to press in and bring love to more children in need. What a paradox, to feel so sad yet so hopeful at the same time. 🙏🏾
Allow me to introduce you to my supervisors 😉🥰 These girls run my world, and keep me on quite the strict schedule! 🌎 Being a dad to two girls has it’s challenges, for sure (just like any parent-child relationship does) — but it’s the privilege of a lifetime to raise them to live in love. Growing up in Africa, I watched firsthand as my mother and sisters were mistreated, used, and even abused… I am the cycle breaker. I’m changing the world with these two little girls under my roof — showing them what it feels like to be fully known, fully accepted, AND fully loved. 🙏🏾 Love is intentional. Love is healing. It breaks through trauma barriers, and it’s giving these girls a chance to be brought up differently than I was — protected, cared for, and loved. I’m so grateful to be a piece of their redemption story. Their pose here just brightens my day, and my 4-year-old’s smile gives me hope that they FEEL how loved they are!
These two truly keep me on my toes!!🤪 Sometimes it's hard to tell who is 3 and who is 5 years old! 🤣 Who needs an alarm when you have early risers, like these two minions? 😂😫 It takes me about 3 hours in the morning to get the house looking somewhat decent, but it takes them about 5 seconds to turn it upside down! 🤕 Love their ungodly morning chats and giggles 🥰😫🥰🥰😡🥰🥰😇
Win up to 3 nights in an amazing 4-bedroom house (sleeps 10) in Charlotte, NC, by purchasing my book NOW I AM KNOWN on my website (link in the bio). I’ll announce one fabulous winner on Jan 30th! To enter, buy one copy of the book at nowiamknown.com Winner will be randomly selected must be at least 18yrs Open to U.S. citizens only. the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram
Your smile and joy warms our hearts, truly grateful to have you in our lives. Thank you for teacher me so much about parenting and impacting lives our big brothers and sister 🥰🙏 . . #parents #foster #togetherwerise #dadlove #momlife
As foster parents, we receive new placements and also need to say goodbye to some, which is always hard for me and the other children. In our house we have come to learn to be there for all the big and little ones who come to our house. It’s been a joy to see my son Anthony step up and be a caregiver to the younger ones as the big brother! Special bonds between kids in foster care typically come naturally because foster children understand what it means to lose your family with no warning. Empathy and compassion run deep.
As little boy growing up in Uganda I thought my life was doomed since I had nothing to hope for but the kindness of one stranger changed the course of my life and I was able to have hope and better future. As foster parents it’s what we hope for our kiddos and their bio parents though most of the time it can be a hard journey. Today we are grateful to have this little munchkin in our family.
Our family is extra thankful today to be able to bring in another little one! When we got the call that there was a child in need with a special relation to my children, we knew we had to open our home and hearts. While, we are feeling blessed I always want to recognize and affirm the difficult feelings the bio parents are feeling. Sharing your children during a difficult time of life is not easy, however I take the responsibility seriously and commit to providing the level of love and care they would want for their child. Thank you as always my village- for supporting us and joining us in welcoming in this sweet little turkey. . . #togetherwerise #dadjokes #singlemomlife #singledad #foster #thanksgiving
Celebrating fatherhood today, thanks to the gift of adoption. Thanks to his bio mother and dad who gave me the opportunity to be his dad. Adoption is both a loss and a gain that we adoptive parents don’t take lightly but with gratitude! Happy World Adoption Day! . . #adoptionislove #adopt #singledad
I heard some dads are looking for last minute free costumes! You are absolutely covered 😜! They are in the back of the house but be aware of our wild dogs 🤩! #halloweencostume #halloween🎃
Not sure I ever had an opportunity to sit on my father’s lap or build any fun things as a little boy. Now that I am a foster dad, I have come to learn that some of our kids long for those simple things from a dad. I know sometimes I am busy scrambling to make sure our family goes through the day in peace, and I forget to stop and enjoy the moments. This is a reminder to myself and all the parents that all our kids want is a little time with Mom or Dad to play or help around the house. . . #dadofinstagram #singledad #dads
I am so excited to join Bethany at their national Family Changes Everything event happening Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m ET. I’ll be joining amazing guests like Bob Goff, Phil Wickham, Kirk Franklin, and Tori Hope Petersen to celebrate the power of family to make a world of difference for vulnerable kids, families, and refugees. Register for free at www.FamilyChangesEverything.org/Peter to watch the virtual event or find a local host site to join.
I can’t wait to be part of Bethany’s Family Changes Everything event where we will get to celebrate the power of family through the amazing work my friends at Bethany are doing right in my hometown of Charlotte, NC. One of the great programs they offer is short-term immigrant foster care which provides homes for children who have been separated from their families and are waiting to be reunified. If you want to check out how you can help with this program go to www.Bethany.org/NCRefugee to learn more.
Kids from hard places can find it difficult to function in unorganized or chaotic environments. Why is routine so important? In our home children feel more confident and secure when their daily activities are predictable and familiar. It also helps as single parents to stay organized. If I am and overwhelmed, the kids sense this and feel more anxious. Most days I try to have a little “me” time to recharge as well! What types of routine keep you organized? . . #dadjokes #singlemomlife #nowiamknown #foster
It's been 5 years since he arrived at 3am, for what I thought was a weekend respite, as they tried to figure out his future placement. Little did I know, that after that weekend, this would be his forever family home and my forever son! What unsuspected thing has occurred in your life?
People today ask me how I got to where I am now. I look back on this crazy journey, and after all the years of reflection and wrestling, I have only one answer: God. He put the right people in my life at the right time. I owe everything I have to Providence and the kindness of strangers. Yes, I have worked very hard, but without the kindness of strangers who first opened the door for me to go in and achieve I'd still be on the streets of Kampala with no hope, no dreams, no life. I hope Now I Am Known helps you change the life of someone in need. #adoptionislove #adoptionday #adoptionjourney #adoptions #adoptionstories #adoptionawareness #adoptionstory #adoptionisbeautiful #fosteringsaveslives #fostercare #fosterdad #fosterlove #nowiamknown

FOUNDATION OBJECTIVES

  1. Support the Mutabazi Family
    Donations to this campaign will help Peter foster more children by purchasing a minivan and hiring a babysitter.
  2. Support Aging-Out Teens
    Help purchase beds and mattresses for teens aging out of foster care.
  3. Recruit and Support New Foster Families
    This fund will help purchase a bed and mattress for new foster families when they receive their first placement.
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