An Oklahoma minor quickly became overwhelmed with potential foster parents after making a heart-wrenching plea on television.
Jordan felt so upset about not having a family he decided to vent his anguish in a televised interview.
“I would just like to have a family to call mom and dad, or just mom or just dad,” he said in a video shared on YouTube. “I could have some people to talk to anytime I need to, I hope one of y’all pick me.”
The 9 year-old, who was in foster care for six years, was willing to relocate anywhere in the world for the right family.
“[I am willing to travel anywhere] to an adoption party for a home,” he said according to Spotlight.
Shortly after the interview the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) became flooded with enquiries from potential foster parents who wanted to give Jordan a home.
DHS fielded about 5,000 web applications to adopt the boy within 12 hours of the interview.
“Jordan has had struggles while in foster care,” communications administrator Casey White said according to TODAY.
When asked about his selection criteria, the boy revealed it was very simple.
“To have a family, and family, family,” he said according to the broadcaster. “Those are the only wishes I have.”
Jordan previously did an interview but his brother Braison ended up placed in a foster home instead.
“Now he is older, he is adorable, he really wants a family,” White said. “He sees his brother has found that.”
Although they are likely to be adopted in different homes, DHS permanency planning worker Christopher Marlowe hopes to bring the brothers closer together so they can see each other more often.
Jordan’s story touched many social network users.
“God my heart. I hope someone takes him in,” one user said according to TODAY.
“How would I get into contact with the adoption center? We are a family of three that would adopt him,” another user said.
“I filled out the form, I would love to bring him home,” a third user added.
Foster care is well-known for being a challenging environment for children. There are more than 7,000 children in the foster care system across the Sooner State according to the publication.
White hopes unsuccessful applicants will still consider opening their home to other foster children.
“When a situation like this happens and a story about a child goes viral, sometimes families are only interested in that child,” she said according to TODAY. “There are a lot of other kiddos who need families.”