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Coby Archa Welcomes Son Tyler

12/13/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Survivor Coby Archa Welcomes Son Tyler
Courtesy Coby Archa

During the finale of Survivor: Palau, contestant Coby Archa surprised his castmates — and host Jeff Probst — by announcing that he had adopted a baby girl whom he had named Janu, after fellow contestant Janu Tornell.

But according to Archa, he always wanted another child. For the past three years, he has searched for the right agency to help him in the adoption.

After some false starts, Archa, 41, applied to Sans Pareil Center, one of the few adoption agencies that was willing to work with a single gay man. It finally worked out, and Archa recently got “the call” that changed his life.

“I was blessed with Tyler, a happy, bouncing 3-year-old boy,” Archa tells PEOPLE exclusively. “It is an open adoption and I have promised his birth mom to work on repairing their relationship for the love of my new son and the respect of his birth mother.”

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