RHONJ’s Rachel Fuda Officially Adopts Stepson Following S13


It’s official! Rachel Fuda has adopted her stepson, Jaiden Fuda, after fighting throughout season 13 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey to become his mother and legal guardian.

After the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 13 finale episode aired on Tuesday, May 16, Rachel Fuda announced that she has officially adopted her 16-year-old stepson, Jaiden.

Rachel Fuda and John Fuda pose with the three children at Universal Studios
Rachel Fuda and John Fuda of RHONJ

Rachel Fuda announced the happy news on her Instagram.

The RHONJ star shared a video montage featuring photos of her, Jaiden, and her husband, John Fuda, over the years.

Rachel wrote:

“It’s official, I want to scream it from the rooftops! ?? The adoption is finalized! When I first met Jaiden at 8 years old, he stole my heart instantly. Our relationship came so naturally; it all felt so familiar. Over the past eight years (I can’t even believe it’s been that long), we have built such a special bond as Mother and Son. The time we spend together is so special to us, and to have the honor to watch you grow is such a blessing ? I am so grateful to call Jaiden my son and to show him I’m here- always and forever. We are a family. I am so lucky to call you mine, and I am proud beyond words to be your Mom and LEGAL guardian.”

This news comes a week after John’s ex and Jaiden’s biological mother,  Brittany Malsch, called Rachel Fuda’s storyline about adopting her son “pathetic” while also revealing she never received any adoption request.

Brittany, who is currently serving prison time at a halfway house, slams Rachel Fuda for a “poor pathetic excuse of a storyline,” calling it “boring as hell.”

The 35-year-old explained to The U.S. Sun:

“If I had nothing to do with this situation, I would be watching the show thinking how lame she is- completely disregarding Jaiden’s personal life and feelings and taking shots at me to make her look like a knight in shining armor of a stepmom.”

She also insists that she never abandoned Jaiden. Instead, she claims she was cut off from seeing her son by John.

“John cut contact with me and my entire family, and even Jaiden’s little brother, for the purpose of making Rachel Fuda his mom. I never abandoned Jaiden. John made it impossible for me to see and reach him. It was the only way he knew he could hurt me. I was just completely shocked to see how the truth has been twisted so far beyond from what actually happened that it made me sad to know Jaiden’s been lied to for the last seven years.  And that I have wanted to be in his life and nothing other than that since day one.”

The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Tuesdays at 8 pm on Bravo.

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Rachel Fuda is a cast member of the reality TV show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (RHONJ). She gained recognition for her appearances on the show, which documents the lives of affluent women living in New Jersey.

In Season 13 of RHONJ, Rachel Fuda’s decision to officially adopt her stepson is a significant and heartwarming development. The adoption represents a legal and emotional commitment to the child, solidifying her role as a parental figure in his life.

By adopting her stepson, Rachel Fuda legally becomes his mother, regardless of any biological ties. This process can strengthen their bond and create a stronger sense of family unity. It also allows Rachel to have legal rights and responsibilities concerning the child’s welfare and upbringing.

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