A North Carolina couple featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition pushed out their five adopted children and split them up once the show built them their dream home, according to two of the children. The show built Devonda and James Friday a new 8-bedroom, 3,900-square-foot house in December 2011, and the episode aired a year later. The Fridays had just taken in five siblings, and to prevent them from living in separate homes, “we made a vow to keep the family together,” James Friday said in an interview with the show.
The Fridays adopted the siblings, whom Devonda called “The Fab Five,” in April of 2011, she said in the Extreme Makeover interview. All five children took on Friday as their last name. The family converted an unheated carport into a home for the siblings and implored Extreme Makeover to help them. Some 3,000 volunteers turned up to help transform the house, according to a press release at the time. “I was like, ‘Wow, this is ours and seeing they did our rooms how we wanted it, I was shocked that this was finally ours, something we could call our own,” Kamaya Friday, 19, tells PEOPLE. “I felt like they were my mom and dad. I loved them like they were my real parents. I did,” Chris, now 20, told WSOCTV. But Kamaya tells PEOPLE that James and Devonda kicked her and Chris out of the house within months after the show aired in December 2012. Their three younger siblings, at the time all under the age of 10, were also kicked out, Kamaya tells PEOPLE. Get more of the story HERE!
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