NC parents featured on ‘Extreme Makeover’ gave away five adopted children after getting home of their dreams


A North Carolina couple who featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition have been accused of kicking their five adopted children out of the home the TV show built for them.

Devonda and James Friday were given a 3,900-square-foot home near Charlotte in December 2012 as part of the popular renovation show.

The couple, who already had two children in their care, were selected for the home makeover having just adopted an additional five young siblings so they did not have to live in separate foster homes.

The show recruited 3,000 volunteers to help renovate their house with extra rooms after the couple had converted their carport into a makeshift bedroom to make room for everyone.

BEFORE: The family's small, simple home was renovated on the popular show

AFTER: The show recruited 3,000 volunteers to help renovate their house to make room for everyone

But the two eldest children of the five adopted siblings, Kamaya and Chris Friday, who are now adults, have claimed their adopted parents kicked them out soon after the show aired, WSOC-TV reports.

Their three younger siblings are also no longer living with Devonda and James – and are believed to be living with separate families.

‘I felt like they were my mom and dad. I loved them like they were my real parents. I did,’ Chris told WS-OCTV.

‘What they did to us was just wrong. (They) threw us all out.’

‘My brother and sisters were 5 years old. How can they get that much trouble where they have to kick them out?’.

Kamaya   Chris

The two eldest children, Kamaya and Chris Friday, have now claimed their adopted parents kicked them out after the show aired and they were giving the dream home

‘I know it was all about the money. From the first day, it was all about the money’.

Chris and Kamaya said they were both sent to group homes within months of each other because of ‘bad attitudes’, but they claim they were told it was only temporary.

They say their three younger siblings were then removed within a year of filming finishing.

James and Devonda Friday have hit back saying the two eldest children were not kicked out of the home - rather they wanted to leave

But James Friday has hit back saying Chris, 20, and Kamaya, 19,  had wanted to leave their home.

‘Listen, no one kicked Chris or Kamaya out of the home,’ James said.

The father said he could not comment on the other three children because the Department of Social Services had become involved.

The couple, who had taken in 30 children over the years, were also given a store to help run their nonprofit charity called House of Hope.

The non-profit store at Lincolnton shopping center remains empty.

Chris also claimed his adopted mother drove a minivan prior to the show, but upgraded to a Mercedes Benz after filming finished.

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