Choosing to be a foster parent is a big decision. As a foster parent, you’re bringing a child into your home. This child starts out as a complete stranger but often becomes like a true member of the family. It can be hard for foster parents when it’s time for the children they bring into their home to leave, either to go back to their family, to go to a different foster home, or to be adopted by another family.

The McIntosh family has fostered over 120 children. One of these children, Jordan McIntosh, was a foster child in their home since the day he was born. The McIntosh family felt an instant bond with him and wanted to adopt him.

“They placed him in my arms and it was love at first sight,” said Jordan’s mom, Ingeborg McIntosh.

The road to adoption took over 4 years. Ingeborg had to fight to make him an official part of their family. His birth mother wanted Jordan “to go either into an African American home or a biracial home.” The McIntosh home was the only one available, and when Jordan was 4, they were able to officially adopt him.

Jordan is forever grateful for the loving home the McIntosh family provided for him. He knows how his mom, Ingeborg McIntosh, fought for him to be adopted into their family, and that’s why his decision to fight for her, was an easy one to make.

Twenty-seven years after Jordan was placed in the McIntosh family as a foster child, his mom was diagnosed with poly-cystic kidney disease. Ingeborg knew that she would need a kidney transplant. Without her knowing it, Jordan checked to see if he could donate one of his kidneys to his mom.

Jordan said, “I feel like this was my calling in life, I guess. Hopefully I can do more for her as I get older, but for the moment, it’s the least I could do.”

He added, “Everything she’s done for me since I was a kid, I just wanted to give it back to her, and show her how much I appreciate her.”

The surgery was a great success, and Jordan’s positive message for everyone who hears his story is that “something good is coming your way.”

Hear more about this story from Jordan and Ingeborg in the video below.

What’s something above and beyond that you’ve done for your parents?