Oklahoma officials are now scanning thousands of adoption applications after a 9-year-old boy’s request for adoption went viral.
Finding a forever home
Nine-year-old Jordan, featured in a local news story last week speaking about his dream of being adopted. “I would just like to have a family to call mom and dad or just mom or just dad. I don’t really care,” said Jordan, who is currently in foster care at a group home and has reportedly been in foster care for six years.
“The reason it’s important is because so I could have some people to talk to anytime I need to.” He said, “I hope one of y’all pick me,” he added. In just 12 hours thousands of inquiries poured in to adopt him from across the country. “The original story went out last week and I was told that typically they’ll get 1,200 hits a day on the website and there have been millions,” Christopher Marlowe, a child welfare specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, said.
Jordan was also keen to connect with his biological brother, who was adopted last year without him, according to Marlowe. “It was very difficult for Jordan,” he said. “He misses his brother a lot.” He added, “We recently reached out to that family and we’re in the process of rebuilding that relationship,” Marlowe added. “Assuming things continue to go well … they are open to taking Jordan, you know, for the day so that they can spend some real-time together.”