Hector Badeau

Hector Badeau

Hector Badeau is an adoptive father and lifelong advocate. He currently works as a volunteer with senior citizens in Philadelphia and children in Kenya. He holds a BA in history from New England College. Hector has more than 40 years’ experience working with children in care, as well as adolescents and adults with cognitive and mental health challenges and chronically homeless individuals. Hector and his wife Sue are lifetime parents of twenty-two children, two by birth and twenty adopted (three, with terminal illnesses, are now deceased). They have also served as foster parents and kin caregivers to grandchildren.

During the Badeaus years of active parenting 22 children, Hector was the primary caregiver and household manager for their family that included 20 kids adopted from foster care with serious and varied special needs. He was also an active volunteer with youth ministries and youth sports.

Hector was named one of the 50 “Good Neighbors” in his Philadelphia community, and together the Badeaus have garnered national awards from the White House, Congress and national adoption organizations. They have co-authored a book about their family’s parenting journey, Are We There Yet: The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting and Raising 22 Kids, which can be found on Amazon.com or on Sue’s website – www.suebadeau.com

In addition to their “forever family” of 22 children, the Badeaus have served as foster parents and as a refugee host family. They live in Philadelphia and are active in Summit Presbyterian Church.