A North Carolina couple has been accused of kicking five foster children out of their home after appearing on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2012.
James and Devonda Friday were surprised with a 3,900-square-foot home to provide proper space for their five foster children, who are biological siblings.
Now, two of the children claim the couple kicked them all out of the home shortly after cameras stopped rolling.
"I felt like they were my mom and dad. I loved them like they were my real parents" Chris Friday told WSOC-TV in a recent interview. "What they did to us was just wrong. They threw us all out."
According to the teen, he was sent to a group home a few months after filming completed, due to his "bad attitude." He was told it would be a temporary stay.
"Why did I have to leave? I just didn't understand it. And it made me feel not wanted, you know?" he said.
Sister Kamaya Friday was also sent to a group home soon after, telling cameras: "You gave me away. Parents don't do that. No."
A year after the episode was shot, Chris claims that all five children were kicked out.
"My brother and sisters were 5-years-old. How can they get that much trouble where they have to kick them out?" he said, adding that he believed the Fridays to be financially motivated. "I know it was all about the money. From the first day, it was all about the money."
"That's all Devonda's about, money. It's money with her," Kamaya added.
But James Friday denied the children's claims, telling WSOC-TV: "Listen, no one kicked Chris or Kamaya out of the home. That's a DSS and social service matter."
According to The New York Daily News, a family court hearing took place in 2015, but court records are sealed.
"They went to court trying to get us all back, but I think it was about the money, too," Chris said of the situation.
"The judge he gets upset and is like, 'You leave these kids life for a whole year, then try to come back a year later and say you want them back. It doesn't work like that,'" Kamaya added.
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Chris and Kamaya Friday said they will be changing their last name in the near future, revealing that their younger siblings are currently scattered across different group homes.
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