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Kids to Love: Meet Jesse

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When people think about adoption, they typically want a baby.

One of the greatest needs for kids in care are families for older kids like Jesse.

We introduce you in him today's Kids to Love report.

Jesse is 14, and loves science and cars.

"I want to be an engineer for cars. I really like muscle car.  I want to just fix cars.  That's about it... auto technician."  Jesse said

He is also a football fan!

‘”roll tide!”

Jesse has been in foster care half his life.

"I remember how I used to say when I turn 14 I'd been away from my parents for half my life." Jesse shared.

7 years in care.

"Kinda depending on where you go.  Not very fun.  Some foster homes are great, some aren't.  I've been in a lot, so I've had my shares."

Jesse is the oldest of his siblings, he has mixed feelings on adoption, but not about staying with his family.

"Honestly, I need to stay with my brothers and sisters, so whatever they want since I'm the oldest.  I look after them."

A big brother with big responsibility at the age of 14.

This week's frequently asked question...

Do you have to be of child-bearing age to adopt?

The answer is no.

Experienced parents and empty-nesters are encouraged to adopt.

In most instances, you're eligible to adopt regardless of age, income, marital status, or sexual orientation.

You don't need to own your own home, be young, wealthy, or a stay-at-home parent.

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