Adoptions Together is very excited to announce our very first Youth Ambassador! Jake is ten years old, loves soccer, and was adopted as a baby. Now, he and his family have decided to sponsor the Heart Gallery to make sure that every child gets a chance at a loving forever family.
Can you introduce yourself and let us know a little about your family?
My name is Jake and I have three family members. Me and my dads.
How old are you?
I am 10 years old, almost 11.
Can you tell me a little bit about the Heart Gallery and what it does and what makes it important?
What makes the Heart Gallery important is that it helps pretty much all kids get adopted. People who have been having trouble getting adopted for a while, even kids as old as in their 20s, that just need a forever family to always go to and to have a loving, caring family.
You’re Adoptions Together’s first Youth Ambassador, that’s pretty cool! Can you tell me what does being an ambassador for adoption mean to you?
For me it means like I’m kind of having an honor, for two reasons. First part is, not a lot of people, especially people my age, get to be ambassadors whatsoever, and also, it’s an honor ‘cause I’m representing a really important thing. I’m really representing something that should be known pretty much the world, ‘cause it’s really important to know that there are kids out there that want to be adopted and need to be adopted, and if more people know about them, there are more people that might adopt those kids.
Why is it so important that all kids have an adoptive family?
‘Cause like… Let’s say someone has a birthday and they don’t have a forever home. Who is gonna celebrate that birthday with them, who is gonna be there to help them plan the birthday, who is gonna be there to support them for pretty much everything? No one, unless they have a forever family… Well some kids, like me, get adopted at a young age, then there are those that are struggling, and I feel that it is important that everyone has a loving, caring family.
It’s important to have somebody there for you as you grow up, and you have two great dads. Do you know what you’re thinking that you’d like to be when you grow up?
Why an inventor?
‘Cause they do great things and they get to invent cool stuff and they get to tamper with stuff, and try and find out how things work.
If there was a kid from the Heart Gallery was here, what would you want them to hear from you?
I would say that I hope that they got their family soon because everyone deserves to have a family.
We asked Jake’s dads to join the conversation and tell us the story of how their family came to be.
Joe: I’m Joe, and this is Wes, and we adopted Jake… I guess it will be 11 years–
Jake: In 2005! Ten years ago. Ten years and nine months ago.
Joe: Ten years and nine months ago. We had come to Adoptions Together ‘cause we were looking at different agencies that would allow same-sex couples to adopt and there were very few of them. I think we went out to… Where’d we go out to?
Joe: Seattle! To meet with one agency, although their waiting time was a very long, long time. And I think that we did some research into agencies that would allow same-sex couples to adopt and we found that Adoptions Together was one of them, so we immediately came over and we met with Erica [Moltz] and we got the process started.
How long did it take, start to finish?
Joe: It was very short.
Wes: About ten months.
Jake: You guys weren’t married until 2010, though.
Joe: That’s when we could legally get married.
As a family you’ve decided to sponsor the Heart Gallery. Can you talk a little bit about why that’s important to you?
Wes: I think it’s important that people understand that there is a need for adoptive families out there, and I think that it’s important that people know about the opportunities there are and know about these children who are in need of a permanent family.