Jordon Wade contemplates his future with longtime girlfriend, Makenzie Shrout. He said he thinks about raising a family and plans to have children.

What he did not consider was being a parent at 21, and he especially did not plan to become a father of two overnight.

Jordon became legal guardian to his two young nephews, Braxton Mullett, 7, and Brantley Blackburn, 22 months, when his older sister was arrested for not appearing at a court hearing and sequentially failing a drug test.

A social worker told Jordon that if he did not take the boys, they would be sent to foster care.

"I kinda expected it," he said. "I didn't expect them to call me, but I did expect the social workers to take them eventually."

Drug abuse and depression run in Jordon's family, he said. After high school, Jordon said went through a stage of depression and contemplated suicide, but didn’t want his family to deal with the aftermath, so he began looking for a way to “do it” where no one could suggest it was intentional.

He decided on a car accident.

"I thought about it every day — every time I passed a car, every time I passed a tree. It was constantly pounding in my head," Jordon said.

One night, he was driving a car with his friend and lost control, leaving the front of his car in a ditch and the tail end sticking out into the road. A logging truck came barreling around the curve, barely missing the back of Jordon's car.

"It was like God flicked me in the forehead – like a clear revelation," he said. “Like, ‘If you want to die, and this what you're intending, in a car accident like this, this is how fast it can be taken away from you. ... You have to value this life I've given you.’”

Jordon said he has devoted his life to glorifying God and sharing his testimony, hoping he can inspire others.

He balances being a father along with being a youth minister and intern at First Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling. He's particularly proud of Braxton, whom Jordon notes has recently developed a relationship with God and will be baptized soon. Braxton's performance in school has also improved as well, Jordon said.

"I hope he understands you don't have to live the way that they lived,” Jordon said, regarding his nephews’ parents. “You can have something, you can have a home, you can be able to help others and make that difference in life."

Jordon, Braxton and Brantley sit and eat a dinner of lasagna in the living room of Jordon's apartment. "Before, even though this is my apartment, it felt more just like a place where I laid my head, and then I would just get up and go," Jordon says. "Now
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Jordon, Braxton and Brantley sit and eat a dinner of lasagna in the living room of Jordon's apartment. "Before, even though this is my apartment, it felt more just like a place where I laid my head, and then I would just get up and go," Jordon says. "Now it feels more like a home. I enjoy coming home and spending time with them and investing in them."

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Jordon, Braxton and Brantley sit and eat a dinner of lasagna in the living room of Jordon's apartment. "Before, even though this is my apartment, it felt more just like a place where I laid my head, and then I would just get up and go," Jordon says. "Now it feels more like a home. I enjoy coming home and spending time with them and investing in them."

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Jordon places shoes on Brantley's feet. Despite becoming a father so young due to his sister's actions, he still wants the best for her. "Their mom is a good mom, she's just in a bad situation," he says. "Drugs and stuff can really change people."
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Jordon places shoes on Brantley's feet. Despite becoming a father so young due to his sister's actions, he still wants the best for her. "Their mom is a good mom, she's just in a bad situation," he says. "Drugs and stuff can really change people."

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Jordon places shoes on Brantley's feet. Despite becoming a father so young due to his sister's actions, he still wants the best for her. "Their mom is a good mom, she's just in a bad situation," he says. "Drugs and stuff can really change people."

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Braxton brushes his teeth before school while Jordon tidies up the bathroom. Jordon wakes up around 6 a.m. every morning, showers, then wakes Braxton up. While Braxton is in the shower, Jordon gets Brantley ready for daycare.
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Braxton brushes his teeth before school while Jordon tidies up the bathroom. Jordon wakes up around 6 a.m. every morning, showers, then wakes Braxton up. While Braxton is in the shower, Jordon gets Brantley ready for daycare.

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Braxton brushes his teeth before school while Jordon tidies up the bathroom. Jordon wakes up around 6 a.m. every morning, showers, then wakes Braxton up. While Braxton is in the shower, Jordon gets Brantley ready for daycare.

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Jordon, Makenzie and the boys buy pet food for Braxton's turtle. Jordon says Makenzie is a source of mental and emotional support for him as his girlfriend. "She's just like . . . whatever you need," Jordon says. "She fills that spot."
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Jordon, Makenzie and the boys buy pet food for Braxton's turtle. Jordon says Makenzie is a source of mental and emotional support for him as his girlfriend. "She's just like . . . whatever you need," Jordon says. "She fills that spot."

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Jordon, Makenzie and the boys buy pet food for Braxton's turtle. Jordon says Makenzie is a source of mental and emotional support for him as his girlfriend. "She's just like . . . whatever you need," Jordon says. "She fills that spot."

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Jordon gets Brantley out of his car seat. Jordon applied to be part of the "kinship care" program, which would be able to provide him $24.10 a day to help with raising his nephews. In October 2018, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Kentucky tops t
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Jordon gets Brantley out of his car seat. Jordon applied to be part of the "kinship care" program, which would be able to provide him $24.10 a day to help with raising his nephews. In October 2018, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Kentucky tops the nation in kinship care with 9 percent of kids in the state being raised by family members other than their parents.

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Jordon gets Brantley out of his car seat. Jordon applied to be part of the "kinship care" program, which would be able to provide him $24.10 a day to help with raising his nephews. In October 2018, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Kentucky tops the nation in kinship care with 9 percent of kids in the state being raised by family members other than their parents.

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Jordon places Brantley in a high chair in the kitchen of Jordon's two-bedroom apartment. Between the three of them there is only one bed. Jordon sleeps on the couch or on a mattress in his office.
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Jordon places Brantley in a high chair in the kitchen of Jordon's two-bedroom apartment. Between the three of them there is only one bed. Jordon sleeps on the couch or on a mattress in his office.

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Jordon places Brantley in a high chair in the kitchen of Jordon's two-bedroom apartment. Between the three of them there is only one bed. Jordon sleeps on the couch or on a mattress in his office.

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Brantley kisses Jordon during Braxton's basketball practice on Saturday morning. "It makes me look forward to having kids because I want to have that relationship," Jordon says.
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Brantley kisses Jordon during Braxton's basketball practice on Saturday morning. "It makes me look forward to having kids because I want to have that relationship," Jordon says.

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Brantley kisses Jordon during Braxton's basketball practice on Saturday morning. "It makes me look forward to having kids because I want to have that relationship," Jordon says.

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Jordon rubs his eyes in frustration and fatigue while on the phone with his girlfriend in his office. After putting the boys to bed, Jordon typically spends his time in his office. "It's just a space I can sit and go and be alone," he says.
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Jordon rubs his eyes in frustration and fatigue while on the phone with his girlfriend in his office. After putting the boys to bed, Jordon typically spends his time in his office. "It's just a space I can sit and go and be alone," he says.

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Jordon rubs his eyes in frustration and fatigue while on the phone with his girlfriend in his office. After putting the boys to bed, Jordon typically spends his time in his office. "It's just a space I can sit and go and be alone," he says.

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