Ingeborg McIntosh went through a lot to adopt her son Jordan.
He was just a newborn when she took him in as her foster child. And for the next four years, Ingeborg struggled to convince his birth mother to let her adopt him. But she had her heart set on placing him in a black family.
Then when no one else showed any interest in Jordan, Ingeborg was finally allowed to adopt him.
“They placed him in my arms and it was love at first sight,” Ingeborg says.
But 20 years later, the relationship took a dramatic turn…
Ingeborg McIntosh’s family has cared for 125 foster kids over the years, but no one has stolen their hearts like Jordan.
Jordan was raised in Ingeborg’s home, but his biological mother didn’t want the family to adopt him. She preferred that her child be adopted by Black parents.
But it was impossible to find a home for Jordan, so when the boy was 4, he was adopted by Ingeborg.
“He was a part of the family, no matter what.”
Two decades later, Ingeborg received difficult news: her doctors informed her that she had polycystic kidney disease and needed a kidney transplantation. Jordan decided he couldn’t stand by and watch his mother suffer. He decided to act, without his mother even being aware of his plans.
He booked an appointment to see if he was a match for transplantation. He was.
“I feel like this was my calling in life, I guess,” Jordan says.
“Hopefully I can do more for her as I get older, but for the moment, it’s the least I could do.”
Ingeborg insisted that he not go through with his plans, but Jordan’s mind was made up.
When Jordan talks about his mother, his love and devotion are clear: He can barely talk about her kindness without crying.
“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,” he says.