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5000+ Americans want to adopt Oklahoma boy named Jordan

Jordan, 9, lives at a group home in Oklahoma, United States. In July 2020, the boy was interviewed about being in foster care.

In the interview with Oklahoma-based news station KFOR, Jordan was asked what he would wish for if he was given three wishes. He replied, “To have a family, and family, family.”

“Those are the only wishes I have,” Jordan continued. “The reason it’s important is so I could have some people to talk to any time I need to. I hope one of y’all pick me.”

Since 2014, Jordan has been in the care of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). In 2019, his biological brother named Braison was adopted.

“I would just like to have a family to call mom and dad or just mom or just dad,” Jordan said. “I don’t really care.”

So far, OKDHS has received more than 5,000 adoption submissions. Jordan’s planning worker Christopher Marlowe told Fox 4, “I’m in the process of reading through those profiles to select a family to try to move forward with.”

According to Marlowe, the OKDHS had some difficulty finding placement for Jordan. The planning worker revealed that they had a couple of families that expressed interest in adopting the boy but after they did disclosures, the families decided that it was not the right fit for them or their family at this time.

Many of the children in the care of OKDHS have some form of special physical or behavioral health need usually due to the trauma they have endured. Currently, there are more than 7,700 children in foster care in Oklahoma and around 500 of them are ready for adoption.

People who are in Oklahoma can call the OKDHS hotline at 1-800-376-9729 to find out more information about adopting or fill out this online form. For those who are outside the state, they have to contact their state’s child welfare system.

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