He might finally catch a break, however, after an interview he did with an Oklahoma City news station went viral. Since it aired in July and subsequently spread online, more than 5,000 (!) people have reached out to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services from across the country to express interest in adopting him.
“I’m in the process of reading through those profiles to select a family to try to move forward with,” Christopher Marlowe, Jordan’s OKDHS Permanency Planning Worker, said.
Jordan’s interview was part of a series called “A Place to Call Home” that showcases kids who are available to be adopted.
“To have a family, and family, family. Those are the only wishes I have,” the 9-year-old said in the interview. “I would just like to have a family to call mom and dad, or just mom, or just dad. I don’t really care.”
Jordan also discussed why becoming part of a family was so important to him
“The reason it’s important is so I could have some people to talk to any time I need to,” he added. “I hope one of y’all pick me.”
Setting aside the fact that no kid should have to go on the news to get a permanent home — and that it’s kind of a weird practice when you think about it — it’s hard to argue that, if he is adopted, Jordan won’t have made the most successful viral video ever.
And that’s not even considering the possibility that OKDHS, which facilitated permanent adoptions for 2,064 children last fiscal year, can connect some of the other folks who reached out about Jordan to some of the other children in its care who need permanent homes.