Oklahoma foster care boy, Jordan, 9 inundated with thousands of adoption requests following video request seeking a mother & father. The plight of foster care children.
‘I hope one of y’all pick me.’ An Oklahoma boy who has been in foster care for six years has been inundated with thousands of adoption requests following a video plea, that he ‘just wants a mom and dad’.
If he was granted three wishes, nine-year-old Jordan, who has been in the state’s Department of Human Services’ care since 2014, says he’d ask for ‘Family. Family. Family – that’s the only wishes I have’.
The boy’s dream seems set to become a reality after more than 5,000 people inquired about adopting him, 12 hours after he issued an emotional plea for a sense of normalcy and the unconditional love of a parent during a local news segment last week.
Jordan, who lives in a group home, spoke to KFOR about how his younger brother Braison was adopted last year and how now he too hopes for a ‘mom and dad. Or just a mom. Or just a 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,’ Jordan said in the clip. ‘I hope one of y’all pick me.’
5,000 submissions to adopt Jordan
The boy added that if he could go anywhere in the world, he’d choose to go to ‘an adoption party for a home’.
Within hours, families from places as far as New Jersey, Florida, Illinois and Kentucky reached out to the news station, expressing interest in providing Jordan his much sought after forever home.
His permanency planner has since told the network that over 5,000 submissions to adopt Jordan have rolled in already.
The department reportedly had to implement an overtime schedule just to handle the overwhelming amount of calls and emails asking about Jordan the dailymail reports.
‘I’m in the process of reading through those profiles to select a family to try to move forward with,’ the state worker, Christopher Marlowe said.
Jordan’s time in care has been difficult and he has moved around from foster home to foster home countless times.
‘We’ve had a couple of families that expressed interest in adoption but after we did disclosures, the families decided that it wasn’t the right fit for them or their family at this time, so we’ve had some difficulty finding placement for him,’ according to Marlowe.
The fraught plight of foster care children
With more than 400,000 children currently in foster care across the US, Marlowe said that many of them have been through trauma but Jordan has ‘been through a whole lot compared to most of our kids.’
There are more than 7,700 Oklahoma children in foster care right now, with around 500 of whom are ready for adoption.
Marlowe says he is recruiting help from other staff members to look through the staggering number of families’ profiles and hopes this time around Jordan will finally find his place to call home.
‘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.
DHS is hopeful that within just six months, Jordan will likely have a loving family of his own.
However, the boy is not aware of his viral fame because DHS wants to be careful to not get Jordan’s hopes after being let down a number of times before.
The state is also seeking to reconnect Jordan and his brother Braison, and is looking for a family based in Oklahoma to keep them close to one another.
‘His brother’s adoptive family has been agreeable to that and even if things go well, they said they would be willing to take them out on day passes so they could spend some good quality time together,’ Marlowe said.
In the meantime, DHS says it really needs foster families right now that take care of older children, sibling groups, and children with special needs.