After Pleading for a Family, 9 Year Old Boy in Foster Care Gets Over 5,000 Adoption Submissions
[Aug. 17, 2020: Joshua Shavit]
A 9-year-old boy from Oklahoma may be one step closer to finding a forever home. "I would just like to have a family to call mom and dad or just mom or just dad. I don’t really care."
In a story by KFOR, the young boy, who said he wants to be a police officer when he grows up, begged for a permanent home to call his own.
During the viral interview, Jordan was asked what he would wish for if he was given three wishes. “To have a family, and family, family. Those are the only wishes I have”. “I would just like to have a family to call mom and dad, or just mom, or just dad. I don’t really care." “The reason it’s important is so I could have some people to talk to any time I need to,” Jordan added. “I hope one of y’all pick me.”
Within hours of his interview, hundreds of people were touched by the child's plea and began calling in from New Jersey, Florida, Illinois and Kentucky to inquire about adopting Jordan, who has been in foster care for six years.
Christopher Marlowe, a OKDHS Permanency Planning worker who is working on Jordan's case said, “I’m in the process of reading through those profiles to select a family to try to move forward with." In total, the department received over 5,000 adoption submissions.
In the past, the department had a couple of families that expressed interest in adopting Jordan, but after doing disclosures, they decided not to move forward with the process, according to Marlowe. He had previously been there alongside his younger brother Braison, but he was later adopted, leaving Jordan on his own.
“Even for a child that’s been through custody, he’s been through a whole lot compared to most of our kids,” Marlowe told Fox 4.
“I’m really excited about this and very hopeful this is going to be the breakthrough we needed to find this kid a home,” he said.
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What can we learn?
Adoption gives children in the system the chance to develop healthy attachments and experience a healthy environment. It allows children to thrive and help them in overcoming past traumas and neglect.
In an adoptive household, children can experience a healthy environment. Through devotion and care, they are given the attention needed to develop properly.