A Caring Family for a Caring Child

*Jordan needs a family

Birthday:  January 1st, 2004


One afternoon, in a care center in Southeast Asia, a caregiver was going from room to room, tidying up while the children played nearby. As she finished up in the last room, she walked to the door, put her hand on the knob and turned it. The door wouldn’t budge. She tried again. It still wouldn’t open. She pulled on it. Pushed on it, but, still, no luck. She was trapped. She took a deep breath and tried not to panic. She knew what to do. Loudly, she called for Jordan, an 8-year-old boy who lived at the care center. “I knew he would know what to do,” says the caregiver.

As soon as the caregiver yelled for him, Jordan was by the door.

“Are you OK?” Jordan, concerned, asked his caregiver.

“Yes, I am fine Jordan, but I need your help.”

“What’s wrong? asked Jordan sweetly.  “Can you breathe?”

“Yes, I can breathe, Jordan,” said the caregiver, “I just need you to get someone to help me open the door.”

“Ok!” said Jordan. “I’ll be right back!”

And just like that, Jordan was off to get help for his trapped caregiver. Soon, she was out of the room and grateful for Jordan ’s genuine concern and quick thinking.

This sweet story is one of many in Jordan ’s file that illustrates his caring and empathetic personality. “He’s just so thoughtful,” says his caregiver. “I knew he would help get me out.”

His caregivers aren’t the only ones, though, that confirm Jordan ’s gentle and kind demeanor. Everyone I asked about Jordan had the same wonderful things to say about him.  The word that came up most of all was “caring.”

“I remember him quite well,” says Jennifer Goette, Holt’s director of programs for Southeast Asia who travels to the area frequently. “He is very sweet and shy – very eager to please. His caregivers all shared with me that he is a very good boy, very obedient, very caring and very interested in helping others. I could tell he was a favorite with his caregivers. He never gave them any trouble!”

Abandoned at a temple when he was an infant, Jordan was found by an elderly woman who took him in and cared for him for 5 years until her health began to fail. Jordan was then transferred to a care center.


Jordan visits with Jennifer Goette, Holt's director of programs for Southeast Asia
Here, Jordan made friends easily and began to break out of his shell.  Although he has excellent gross motor skills, he is said to be delayed developmentally.   “He lived with an elderly woman for most of his life and this contributed to some delays” says his caregiver. When Jordan first entered care, His IQ score was 53, but since coming into Holt’s care and receiving more attention his IQ score has improved to 77 and continues to get better.

 “It is strongly believed that in a permanent family who will provide him with love, encouragement and attention, he will rapidly progress and ultimately reach his potential,” says Jordan’s social worker.

Early last year, Jordan met Ally Tritten, an intern with Holt and IE3 global internships. Ally spent time with Jordan, assessing his development and getting to know him. She is also one of his many admirers. “ Jordan is very lovable, but seems to be lacking in self confidence and self-esteem,” says Ally. “He is often in a good mood and gets along well with friends, but will often get frustrated with himself if he can’t figure out how to do something.”

What Jordan needs is encouragement to continue to break him out of his shell. He needs support, a little patience and a lot of love to help him reach his potential.

Clearly, Jordan cares for others deeply and has so much love to give. Now, he just needs a family to share this love with.

Perhaps you are that family.

For more information on adopting Jordan, contact Erin Mower at erinm@holtinternational.org

Click here to read more about Jordan


One Reply to “A Caring Family for a Caring Child”

  1. Jordan sounds like such a sweetheart. We are a family with 4 bio sons ages 23-21-13-11. and two daughters adopted from China in May of this year, both age 5. He would be the youngest boy but would have 2 younger sisters. One of the girls is deaf and recently had cochlear implants put in, the other just had open heart surgery but is doing great. We do sign language with both of them. Do you feel like this would be a good placement for him?

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