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I just want you guys to know how proud I am to be your dad and nothing will ever change that.
Donald to Callie and Jude in Don't Let Go

Donald Jacob is the husband of the deceased Colleen Jacob. He is the biological father of Jude Adams Foster and the step-father of Callie Adams Foster. Callie and Jude still consider Donald to be a parent to them even though he is no longer their legal guardian.

Between "Father's Day" and "Mother's Day", Donald began dating a woman named Natalie. With Callie and Jude's blessings, he moved in with Natalie and her son, Caleb.

Donald is portrayed by Jamie McShane.


Donald Jacob grew up in a poor neighborhood and family, with little-to-no money. He met Colleen shortly after her divorce from Robert Quinn. Colleen had a daughter, Callie, from her previous marriage to Robert, which Robert was unaware of. Donald and Colleen fell in love and were soon married, and Donald agreed to be the only father-figure to Callie. A few years later, they welcomed their first child together, Jude.

Years later, Donald was an alcoholic and wasn't very present in his children's lives. After he and Colleen went to an outing, Donald became intoxicated and decided to drive himself and Colleen home. Due to being drunk, he caused a car accident that killed Colleen and several other people. Donald was sentenced to jail on counts of manslaughter for the crime, which sent Jude and Callie into the foster system.

Donald was released from jail over a year prior to Callie and Jude moving in with the Fosters. Callie, while on the run, calls the prison where her father was supposed to be living in during his sentence. She discovers the news about his release, leaving her hurt that he never came for her and Jude. After personally reuniting with his kids, Donald willingly signed away his parental rights so Callie and Jude could be adopted by Stef and Lena.

In "Adoption Day", it was revealed from Callie's original birth certificate that her biological father is not Donald but Robert Quinn, which delayed Callie's adoption.

Despite being adopted, Jude still wished for Donald to continue being a part of his life, even inviting him over for a Father's Day brunch. Callie began to let Donald back into her life as well after forgiving him for his past mistakes.

Donald eventually moved on from Colleen's death and began dating Natalie.


Season 1

Escapes and Reversals

Don't Let Go

Season 2

Things Unknown

Season 3

Father's Day

Season 5

Mother's Day

Giving Up the Ghost

Many Roads

Appearances (7/101)

Season 1 (2/21)

Season 2 (1/21)

Season 3 (1/20)

Season 5 (3/22)


  • Callie initially believed that Donald didn't come for her and Jude after being released from prison because he didn't care what happened to them. However, Donald actually felt that he had no business trying to take care of his children when he couldn't even take of care himself and wished to pull his act together before returning for them.
  • Jude was given a pocket knife by Donald prior to Jude being sent into foster care as a single memento of his father. It was previously owned by Donald's father, with his initials carved into it.
  • Donald officially terminates his parental rights to Callie and Jude in Don't Let Go, feeling a life with the Adams Fosters would be better than a life with him.
  • Donald discovers that Jude is gay in Father's Day, when Adam Stevens publicly confronts Connor about coming out as gay to the school. Donald defends Connor, and indirectly Jude, to Adam, even getting him to see that a child being bullied by a parent is far worse than being bullied by anyone else in the public. 



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Characters (The Fosters)
Main Stef Adams FosterLena Adams FosterBrandon FosterCallie Adams FosterMariana Adams FosterJude Adams FosterJesus Adams FosterMike Foster
Recurring AJ HensdaleEmma KurtzmanAna Gutierrez FosterConnor StevensDaphne KeeneAidenBeckaCarmenColeCortney StrathmoreDeclan RiversGabriel DuncroftGraceHayley HeinzJack DowneyJill QuinnKelseyKiaraLexi RiveraLogan BayfieldLou ChanMat TanMonte PorterMr. TimothyNick StratosNoah WalkerPoppy SinfuegoRafaelRita HendricksRobert QuinnSophia QuinnTalya BanksTaylorTess BayfieldVico CerarWyatt CaseyXimena SinfuegoZac Rogers
Minor Amanda RogersCaptain RobertsChase DillonDana AdamsDariaDevoneeDonald JacobEliza FosterErnesto RiveraEvanFrank CooperGabiJoe GrayKarina SánchezKatKyle SnowLiam OlmsteadNathan AdamsOliviaSarahSharon ElkinSonya Rivera