He served as a yeoman (a petty officer who performs clerical duties) in the Navy for two years. He then started to work for a mortgage company, slowing making his way up until he was the senior vice president of the company. He met his husband, Reese, around that time.
Both Rob and Reese wanted children, so Rob started looking to adopt overseas
The decision to adopt overseas didn't quite make sense to Reese.
Reese told Rob,"You don't realize how many kids you're doing a disservice to by not telling them your story."
This hit Rob hard. So, the couple decided to foster to adopt in their local Washington D.C. area.
They first welcomed in 4-year-old Amaya and her 2-year-old brother Makai. When they met their two new children, Rob had a flashback to his childhood.
Amaya and Makai carried all of their belongings in trash bags
"I looked at those bags and thought, 30 years later, we are still allowing kids to carry trash bags," Rob told People magazine. "We put our garbage in trash bags. We discard our trash. Why would you treat a child's meager belongings like trash? A child whose life is crumbling around them? What a horrible thing to do to a child."
Rob put those trash bags in storage and then took his two children out to shop for new clothes, toys and hygiene products. Amaya didn't smile the whole day.
When they got home that night, Rob and Reese placed a few brand new nightgowns on Amaya's bed.
"She picked up one of the nightgowns and she tore the tag off. And she smiled for the very first time that entire day," said Rob. "And I remember saying, 'Amaya, why are you smiling?' and she looked at me and said 'I've never owned a new nightgown.'"
Rob and Reese later fostered two brothers (2-year-old Greyson and 6-year-old Tristan), bringing their family of four to six.
Each item is carefully packed in a larger backpack and then donated to children entering the foster care system. Rob wants these cases to deliver the message that the world hasn't given up on foster children. He wants these children to know they are loved.
Rob knows what it's like to be abused, abandoned and hungry. He knows what it's like to have no place to turn. He knows what it's like to not be loved. And he never wants another child to have to go through what he did.
Comfort Cases are just one way he lifts children's spirits and gives them the hope they desperately need.
He wants to make sure no other child in the foster care system has an experience like the ones he and his children had. Warning: descriptions of abuse. (via Upworthy)
Stacie Simpson is a FamilyShare staff writer. She loves listening to, gathering and sharing stories and advice to help others improve their quality of life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, ballroom dancing, reading and writing.