It’s no secret that there is a foster care and adoption problem in the United States, with thousands and thousands of kids waiting to be placed with families.
Jeremiah, a 10-year-old from Oklahoma, is finally getting his wish of adoption after being in the state Human Services system for three years.
Jerimiah, nicknamed “the Jerminator” for his good behavior, went viral after being featured on an Oklahoma news station’s program called “A Place To Call Home.”
One of the main reasons Jerimiah wants to get adopted is so he can leave the group home he is in where he is constantly getting bullied.
“I want to get adopted because I get beat up in my group home,” Jerimiah heartbreakingly said.
“By the time I’m 18 I might not be adopted by then, and I don’t want that to happen to me, and I don’t want to be in a group home until I’m 18,” the young boy stated.
Jerimiah went into the states care system 3 years ago and is hoping that a family will adopt him soon.
“There would be a nice woman, a nice husband, there would be nice kids, pets, I’ll do anything for them,” he added.
After the episode was aired, it went viral. People from all over the world, some even from New Zealand, called the agency to inquire about adopting Jerimiah.
OKDHS, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, reported that they have gotten over 3,000 inquiries since the episode was aired less than two weeks ago, and two days ago the agency found a forever home for Jerimiah.
“We are excited to report that we believe we have found the perfect family for Jerimiah!” The spokesperson for OKDHS Casey White said.
White added that even though Jerimiah has found his family, there are countless others just like him who also need families.
“However, we have many more children and youth just like him who also need their forever homes. We hope if Jerimiah’s story called on your heart to consider adoption or foster care, you continue your journey to become approved and open your heart and home to a child in need. Oklahoma’s children need you,” White said.
The adoption process still takes months to complete, but until then Jerimiah will be awaiting his forever home.
Even though Jerimiah will be in the comforts of a family home soon, there are countless children around the country with heartbreaking stories just like his. Right now there are around 700 children in Oklahoma, alone, that are waiting to be legally adopted.
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