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Little City Adoption Specialist Makes Families a Reality

Nadia and her adoptive family with Judge Susan Fox Gillis
Little City Child Welfare Specialist Jordan Sigunick, Kimberly Mitchell-Davis, Nadia, Judge Susan Fox Gillis, Lauren Davis (Nadia’s adoptive sister), and Laura Becerra, Little City Child Welfare Specialist Supervisor.

You could say that Jordan Sigunick pulled off a miracle.

The Little City child welfare specialist had a group of three siblings that were going to be adopted by three adult sisters who all lived next to each other and would create the perfect support system by keeping the siblings near each other.

But there was one problem. Six-year-old Nadia, the middle child of the group, wasn’t ready.

“She told me ‘I’m not ready to be adopted. I have to work on my issues,'” Jordan said. “My mind was blown that a 6-year-old could convey that.”

Nadia who had been abused in a previous foster home under a different agency, got the therapy she needed with the help of Jordan, Little City and her foster parent Kimberly Mitchell-Davis — one of the three sisters looking to adopt Nadia and her siblings.

The breakthrough happened for Nadia, and in November of 2016 she was adopted by Kimberly, whose sisters had adopted Nadia’s siblings about a year earlier. Nadia and her 9-year-old sister and 6-year-old brother now go to the same school and Kimberly and her sisters take turns watching all the children after school to keep the family close.

“The trauma therapy was a real game-changer for Nadia,” said Jordan adding that Nadia’s aggressive behavior has dissipated. “It’s a really cool story and a great situation for everyone.”

Jordan is no stranger to incredible stories though. She is in the middle of one herself as she has placed five children into forever homes in the span of six months — an incredible rate in the foster care system.

Jordan started her streak in October when she placed sisters Netxahit and Michaela in the loving home of Netxahit’s paternal grandparents. It was the most challenging of the placements because Jordan and the Spanish-speaking grandparents didn’t speak the same language, but they found ways to overcome the barrier and make the adoption happen.

After Nadia, Jordan had another placement in December when she placed 17-year-old Megan with her “aunt” Victoria. Megan was initially in foster care with the ultimate goal of returning home, but after her biological mother signed over her rights, Megan found a haven in Victoria’s home where her aggressive habits and penchant to skip school ceased.

Jordan finished her impressive run with 4-year-old Joshua, who suffers from severe autism and is non-verbal. A distant relative stepped up and took on an incredible amount to make the adoption happen.

“I was blown away by the foster parents,” Jordan said. “They fought hard to get him specialized services and went through a million steps to make it happen.”

There is no time to rest on her laurels though. Jordan is working on getting a group of four siblings all placed under the same roof by the end of 2017.

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services