Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton Open Up About Their Son Crow: ‘This Was the Family We Imagined in Our Dreams’

05/25/2016 at 05:45 PM ET

When Matt Dallas first got a glimpse of his son, it was love at first sight.

“We locked eyes. And he had a giant smile on his face,” Dallas tells PEOPLE exclusively of his son Crow, now 2½. “It was a moment. Instantly we knew — that’s our kid!”

It had been quite a journey for the former Kyle XY star and his husband of nearly a year, singer Blue Hamilton. The couple, who also have a YouTube channel, matt + blue, went through a certification process to become foster parents, in the hopes that it would lead to a formal adoption.

“There were so many kids, and so many stories that broke our hearts,” says Hamilton, 36, of the 19,000 children in foster care in the couple’s home state of Arizona. “I was obsessed. Every night in bed I’d pull out my iPad and say, ‘Look at this story.’ So many kids! And then they age out of the system at 18. We wanted to feel like we were doing something good for a child out there.”

Matt Dallas Blue Hamilton son Crow
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Last summer, Dallas and Hamilton received word that Crow, then 22 months, would be coming to stay with them. “We didn’t have diapers or food or toys,” says Dallas. “We spent the whole day getting ready. We were giddy!” Crow was officially adopted five months later.

Now, “it’s as if he’s always been here,” says Dallas, 33. “Blue and I both knew that we would love [an adopted child] the same [as a biological one]. The amount of time we spend with that kid and the bond we have, it makes no difference. He’s ours.”

And Crow is keeping his dads busy. “He is so magnetic,” says Hamilton of his sports-loving toddler. “No matter where we go, people just zoom into this kid. He’s special. He could change the world.”

As far as adding to the Dallas-Hamilton brood? “I would love for him to have a sibling,” says Dallas. “But we want Crow to cement his place in this family. Right now, we’re just enjoying this time.”

Adds Hamilton, “In the end, this was the family we had imagined in our dreams.”

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— Aili Nahas

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Debbe on

I am so happy that I had the opportunity to have a mom and dad growing up. BUT, I am even happier that there are great couples such as this beautiful couple who decide to adopt a child and put him out of the foster care system. They will obviously provide the little boy with a loving home with two parents.

A family should not be defined by gender, and where there is love, there is family. If I could not have had a mom and a dad, my second choice would have been this couple, where I would have had love my whole life. Congratulations on your son. What a sweet family.

Carolyn on

Crow?

Brooke on

Adorable little boy. Lovely family!

boyohboy on

Debbe – what a wonderful comment you left! It brought tears to my eyes to read such a thoughtful and loving comment when so many times you just read trash and negativity.

Jacki on

I read that headline as Matt Dillon and got very confused. After reading the article, congrats to the family. I had no idea Kyle XY had a youtube channel. I use to like that show. I think I binged watched it on hulu or something like that.

Meg on

This is what happens when gay men are given the right to adopt … Miracles, miracles, miracles!

Steve on

Matt and Blue have the best youtube channel out there. Everybody should watch their “Welcome To Our Pride” video when they introduced Crow to the internet. It’s so heart warming I watch it everyday.

Susan on

No, YOU’RE crying. My eyes are just sweating because this story is awesome.

Wississipi on

Congratulations! What a good looking family!

fancmranderson on

You know what gets me most about this story? It’s the little guy’s eyes shining bright that says he feels loved and all is well in his world. I think that is incredible!

Hats off to two young men doing the right thing in today’s world. Your mothers are definitely proud of you two, just as I am! You go boys…

LeeToo on

What a stunning family! So sweet to see how happy that little man is. Blessings!

Todd on

Oddly, my waitress at lunch today mentioned to me she was taken from her mom at age four, put into foster care, adopted and abused, and then sent to live in a children’s home until she was 20. Within an arranged marriage, she became pregnant and felt lost.

How wonderful this little boy will never remember the feelings of being anything but loved and wanted. His face says it all.

Jem on

Listen up all Naysayers. ……Those against gays adopting a child….against white people adopting a black child….against children being adopted by a single parent….I ask this of you……Are YOU willing to take in ALL these children? Feed them, clothe them, raise them, LOVE them? If no one is taking away YOUR opportunity to adopt these children, then hush up.

These two men, who are in a loving committed relationship, are selfless enough to open their hearts and their home to a child who might have been destined for a nomadic life. No matter what your beliefs are, how in the world (when it has absolutely NOTHING to do with you) could you even attempt to deny these children the opportunity to have parents (whether they be straight, gay, single, the same skin color or nationality) who set their minds to do whatever is necessary to give a child not only a loving home, but a forever family? Kudos to this couple and all adoptive parents worldwide.

Em on

So refreshing to read a meaningful story from an otherwise pointless magazine and also see such supportive comments from the readers!

Bree on

Families like this give me so much hope for the future. There is nothing but love in that picture and it is wonderful.

I had the mom and dad family and it was HORRIBLE!! It had nothing to do with their gender, it was because my dad was a terrible father who never should have had kids. When I was a teenager I got my second mom and I couldn’t ask for better parents.

All kids want are parents that love them and fight for them and want what is best for them. Their gender really doesn’t matter.

I also love the fact that Matt and Blue not only adopted but adopted from the foster care system. That is never easy but always worth it.

Congrats to this beautiful family. Can’t wait to see that adorable little boy of theirs grow and maybe become a big brother one day🙂

sally on

I wish more same sex couples would choose adoption- especially choosing from all the kids in the U.S. sitting in foster homes, waiting to be adopted. 19,000 kid just in one state! WOW! So sad that most choose to go the surrogacy route. Open up your hearts and adopt the kids that need homes right here in the USA! Too many go overseas when they adopt.

sally on

Wow, that adorable little guy won the lottery! He couldn’t be more loved.

moi on

So incredibly grateful when celebs shine a light on foster care – the need is so great, all kids deserve to be loved unconditionally. They are not in foster care because they did something wrong or bad, and so many people just don’t get that.

My sons are adopted from foster care – they are incredible blessings to my family. And so pleasantly surprised to see so much love and acceptance in the comment section for the first time ever!🙂

mer on

Here. I have tears in my eyes, too. Beautiful story, great family and all positive comments here, no bigotry. Have we finally moved to the 21st century?😀

Fred on

As a retired foster parent I am so proud of these two beautiful guys for giving a foster child a loving and safe home. I look forwrd to Tuesdays now just to see their video. LOVE WINS

Anonymous on

Matt Dallas and Blue are both great Daddies, as little Crow would say. Each have their own special way with their son. Both are above all very patience and loving to their son. It is not hard Crow is such a happy,smart, polite and well behave little boy. That laugh and giggle of his . Every video you see Lil Crow’s interaction with his Dads shows how much love they have for him and him for them. Crow is still a delight to watch even when the rare times he is being an unhappy camper. Like in their you tube slide video,in the end was same happy little Crow, Lol.

Doris Anne Huckleby on

Matt Dallas and Blue are both great Daddies, as little Crow would say. Each have their own special way with their son. Both are above all very patience and loving to their son. It is not hard Crow is such a happy,smart, polite and well behave little boy. That laugh and giggle of his . Every video you see Lil Crow’s interaction with his Dads shows how much love they have for him and him for them. Crow is still a delight to watch even when the rare times he is being an unhappy camper. Like in their you tube slide video,in the end was same happy little Crow, Lol.

Love is love on

Kids are only put into foster care after fairly severe abuse/neglect by their (usually straight) parents. The fact that there are people who would look at this happy family portrait and see something negative is mind boggling. A family is made up of people who love and care for each other regardless of gender. Congrats to these two dads. Parenthood surely ain’t easy but it’s always worth it!!

billy on

as a proud gay single man who just happens to have hiv, now that ‘we’ can get married I too, would luv to find mr right and adopt our own family. I think what the two of you did by adopting such a handsome young man now bringing you alls handsome level to a perfect 10. congratulations on your new family and may god bless you and all each and every day. also, if you guys are ever near Birmingham,al i’d luv to cook u guys dinner

Angel on

I love reading this story. They are so right. There are sooo many kids. My husband and I adopted our 2 older daughters thru fostering. I think more people should use that avenue. It can be a long, hard, heartbreaking road but those kids need love and care for however long you have them. It is nice to see a celebrity talking about adopting through the foster system.