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Foster parents give glimpse into new lives of children in child neglect case

Becky Campbell • Mar 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

When Junior Jordan’s 7-year-old foster son found a dollar under his pillow and the tooth he’d put there was gone, the boy was thrilled at his first visit from the tooth fairy.

“He said, ‘Dad, I’m rich,’ ” and wanted to pull the rest of his teeth, Jordan said with a laugh Thursday.

Jordan and his wife, Brenda, have many stories of new experiences — Christmas, birthdays, Easter and more — that foster son and his four siblings have had over the past two years.

Prior to April 2010, these kids had never had a birthday cake or an abundance of food at the dinner table or learned things from the Bible in Sunday school.

Jordan said he was overwhelmed with Thursday’s verdict.

“It’s all about the children. It’s not about the parents and what sentence they get. It’s just knowing the welfare of the kids ... where they came from and where they are. It just breaks your heart,” he said.

Junior and Brenda said they don’t think the kids will ever really understand what happened to them in their early childhood.In fact, the kids have “blocked it completely out,” at this point, he said.

Brenda Jordan said she’s relieved the trial is over. “I’m just looking forward to moving on now,” she said.

The Jordans plan to adopt the Simons children as soon as possible.

The kids have even expressed a desire to change their name to Jordan, she said.

“When they first came they were very sad kids and at times they still are sad,” Brenda said.

“But they’re happy. They laugh and play ... they run through the house and play, and I allow them to run through the house ’cause they had never been able to do that before.”

Of course with those five plus two other boys the couple adopted last year, it can get pretty loud in the house.

“If they get out of hand, we tell them to tone it down,” she said.

Junior Jordan’s mother, Mary Jordan Shults, said she’s “mamaw,” to the kids now, and she loves every minute of it.

Shults cooks Sunday dinner for her large family — she raised seven kids of her own and with five Simons kids, she has 17 grandchildren — and enjoys seeing everyone enjoy the meals, she said.

“They love to come to mamaw’s, they love to eat and they have a fantastic time with the other grandkids,” she said.

Brenda Jordan said she believes the newest additions to her family will need a lot of help in their continued efforts to fit into society and learn new things.

But with the Jordans guiding them, it appears these children hit the lottery.

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