A 10-year-old Oklahoma boy in foster care is learning just how valuable and wanted he is after more than 5,000 families asked about adopting him.
Jordan has had a difficult life. He spent six years in foster care and watched a family adopt his younger brother, according to Live Action News. After more than one potential adoption for Jordan failed, he was moved to a group home, the report states.
Then, in July, a local news station, KFOR-TV, featured his story on the air – and the video went viral.
“I hope one of y’all pick me,” Jordan told KFOR-TV in his appeal for a family of his own.
When asked what he would choose if given three wishes, Jordan said he just wants a family.
“To have a family, and family, family. Those are the only wishes I have,” Jordan said.
The news station asked him where he would go in the world if he could go anywhere, and again Jordan’s answer was focused on having a family to love him.
“To an adoption party for a home,” he answered. “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 because so I could have some people to talk to anytime I need to.”
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His plea went viral, and, since then, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services has been inundated with calls from families asking about adopting Jordan. So far, there have been more than 5,000, according to the report.
His permanency worker, Christopher Marlowe, told the station that the Oklahoma Department of Human Services has people manning their hotline in the hopes of finding the perfect fit for Jordan.
“I’m in the process of reading through those profiles to select a family to try to move forward with,” Marlowe said. “I’m really excited about this and very hopeful this is going to be the breakthrough we needed to find this kid a home.”
Some children in foster care return home, but others cannot; and there are thousands of older children waiting to be adopted from foster care across the United States. Jordan’s story demonstrates that every child is wanted by someone, and Americans, when they know there is a need, are eager to step up and provide loving, caring homes for children who do not have one.