PIONEER WOMAN Ree Drummond Opens Up About Fostering Her Son Jamar
By Cooper Dowd, Staff Writer
PIONEER WOMAN star Ree Drummond recently opened up about her foster son, Jamar, who is now 18.
“That’s really the first time that I’ve introduced Jamar to the world,” the celebrity chef said, referencing his inclusion in her new book of essays, Frontier Follies. “He’s been living with us for about a year and a half.”
Drummond said: “[Fostering] wasn’t really anything my husband and I sought out to do or necessarily felt called to do.”
However, the couple is excited about their life with Jamar and his future.
“He’s basically been a full-fledged part of our family for over a year and a half,” Drummond said.
Although Jamar lived with Drummond’s family for over a year, she noted that she had to avoid a public announcement “because of regulations with the state agencies.”
Drummond continued: “Also, I was pretty protective of him, and I didn’t want to just suddenly put him on my social media and put him in the public life. He’s 18 now and he started sort of saying ‘I feel like you’re hiding me from the world,’ so once he turned 18, I felt like it was time to share and he’s very happy to have his story told.”
Drummond and her husband, Ladd, share four other children: daughters Alex, 23, and Paige, 21; and sons Bryce, 18, and Todd, 16. The PIONEER WOMAN host is open about her kids’ lives and significant milestones.
According to Drummond, Ladd first met Jamar during a high school football practice in Pawhuska, Okla. Upon learning Jamar’s story, Drummond said the couple started to consider welcoming him into their home.
Drummond said Jamar’s future is bright and also describes the 18-year-old as “an inextricable part of our wacky family.”
“Through a ton of determination, Jamar has excelled in football, and he’s already received a couple of college offers, with more sure to come in!” Drummond said. “I’m proud of the kid, and I can’t wait to see where life takes him. I’ll be in the stands cheering him on.”
Ree and Ladd Drummond wed in 1996 and continue to live in Pawhuska. Ree Drummond, aside from her Food Network show, also runs a hotel, restaurant, bakery and general store.