New Orleans native, single dad adopts 3 brothers (2024)

TOO. ALL RIGHT. AND WE ARE KICKING OFF FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND TONIGHT. INTRODUCING YOU TO A FOREVER FAMILY, MAKING HEADLINES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MEET THE SMITH FAMILY. WE. THIS IS TAVION. THIS IS ARIAN, HIS BROTHER TY, YVONNE AND PAPA JAY. THE FOURSOME HAS FELT LIKE FAMILY FROM THE BEGINNING, BUT SINGLE FATHER JASON SMITH MADE IT OFFICIAL TWO YEARS AGO, ADOPTING THE BROTHERS HE HAD BEEN FOSTERING A LIFE ALTERING DECISION FOR SMITH AND THE BOYS. AFTER A LIFE CHANGING MOMENT, I LOST MY DAD. JANUARY 30TH, 2021. I FELT A LITTLE, UM, I FELT A WAY ABOUT NOT PROVIDING HIM WITH GRANDKIDS. THERE WAS A LEVEL OF PURPOSE FROM THIS THAT I DIDN’T HAVE. THE NEW ORLEANS NATIVE WENT FROM A HOUSEHOLD OF ONE TO A PARTY OF FOUR. IT’S BEEN LIKE AN ADVENTURE. IT’S, UM, TIME. LIKE, BEEN LIKE, TRAVELING A WHOLE LOT. IT’S BEEN LIKE A VERY GOOD JOURNEY. WHEN WE WENT TO, LIKE, WE SO WE WENT ON THE DISNEY CRUISE SHIP AND WE GOT TO GO TO OTHER, UM, COUNTRIES. THIS DAD SAYS HE WAS MENTALLY PREPARED FOR THE DEMANDS OF PARENTING, BUT SOME THINGS HE’S LEARNING ON THE JOB, THE AMOUNT OF, UM, I GUESS THE PLANNING AROUND LUNCH AND DINNER AND THE AMOUNT OF LAUNDRY THAT COMES ALONG WITH IT. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO TOGETHER? OH, REALLY? MY FAVORITE THING WAS COMING TO NEW ORLEANS IN TOWN FOR A FEW WEEKS TO VISIT FAMILY, BUT THE BOYS HAVE BEEN MAKING MOVES AND HEADLINES FROM THE BASEBALL FIELD. MOVIE NIGHTS, CHURCH ON SUNDAYS, HOLIDAYS, VACATIONS, AND DISNEY. A WELL-ROUNDED FOREVER FAMILY FIGURING IT OUT ALONG THE WAY THAT THERE WAS NO HANDBOOK. BUT WHAT I’VE DONE TO GUIDE MYSELF THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE HAS REALLY BEEN JUST REFLECTING ON MY OWN CHILDHOOD AND WHAT FELT GOOD AND WHAT DIDN’T. IT’S OKAY TO APOLOGIZE IN MOMENTS WHERE MAYBE I’VE MADE A POOR DECISION, OR AN OFF DECISION, OR A JUDGMENT, OR I MIGHT HAVE BEEN TOO STRICT FOR THESE BOYS. THE SMILES SAY IT ALL. THE DEFINITION OF BLACK BOY JOY ALWAYS KNOWING THEY’LL HAVE A SAFE PLACE TO LAND. I THINK I FEEL LIKE HAPPY AND LIKE I. I HAVE JOY THAT LIKE WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS WILLING, IS WILLING TO TAKE IN A CHILD. UM, YEAH. AND LIKE WITH THEIR HEART. YEAH. AND ALSO I THINK LIKE LIKE WE REALLY LOVE THEM AND THAT’S WHAT, LIKE, REALLY MATTERS. SO THIS FATHER’S DAY, WE SALUTE YOU, PAPA J CREATING A FAMILY YOUR OWN DAD WOULD BE PROUD OF. HE’S A REALLY COOL DAD. AND HE’S ONE OF, UM, ONE OF, LIKE, THE NICEST PEOPLE WITH MY DAD. UH, HE’S HE’S LIKE A SUPERHERO TO ME.

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New Orleans native, single dad adopts 3 brothers

Jason Smith reflects on adoption journey, fatherhood

As Father's Day is approaching, a forever family is making headlines across the country.Meet the Smith family: Taveon, 12; Ireon, who is soon to be 11; Tayvon, who just turned 10; and Pappa J.The foursome has felt like family from the beginning but single father Jason Smith made it official two years ago, adopting the brothers he had been fostering.A life-altering decision for Smith and the boys after a life-changing moment."I lost my dad January 30th, 2021," Smith said. "I felt a little, I felt a way about not providing him with grandkids. There was a level of purposefulness that I didn't have".The New Orleans native went from a household of 1 to a party of 4."It's been like an adventure like, been like, traveling a whole lot, it's been like a very good journey where we went for like we went on the Disney Cruise Ship and we got to go to other countries," Ireon said.This dad says he was mentally prepared for the demands of parenting, but some things he's learning on the job."The amount of, I guess, that planning around lunch and dinner and the amount of laundry that comes along with it," he said.In town for a few weeks to visit family, but the boys have been on the move and making headlines.From the baseball field, movie nights, church on Sundays, holidays, vacationsand Disney, a well-rounded, forever family, figuring it out along the way"There was no handbook. What I've done to guide myself through this experience has really been just reflecting on my own childhood and what felt good and what didn't," Smith said. "It's OK to apologize in a moment where I made a poor decision, or I might have been too strict." For these boys, the smiles say it all the definition of black boy joy, always knowing they will have a safe place to land."I think I feel like happy and like a joy that like we have someone who is willing, willing to take any child. Yeah. And they put their heart," Taveon said."Yeah. And, also I think like, we are really awesome, and that's what really matters," Tayvon said. So, this Father's Day, we salute you, Pappa J, for creating a family your own father would be proud of.

As Father's Day is approaching, a forever family is making headlines across the country.

Meet the Smith family: Taveon, 12; Ireon, who is soon to be 11; Tayvon, who just turned 10; and Pappa J.

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The foursome has felt like family from the beginning but single father Jason Smith made it official two years ago, adopting the brothers he had been fostering.

A life-altering decision for Smith and the boys after a life-changing moment.

"I lost my dad January 30th, 2021," Smith said. "I felt a little, I felt a way about not providing him with grandkids. There was a level of purposefulness that I didn't have".

The New Orleans native went from a household of 1 to a party of 4.

"It's been like an adventure like, been like, traveling a whole lot, it's been like a very good journey where we went for like we went on the Disney Cruise Ship and we got to go to other countries," Ireon said.

This dad says he was mentally prepared for the demands of parenting, but some things he's learning on the job.

"The amount of, I guess, that planning around lunch and dinner and the amount of laundry that comes along with it," he said.

In town for a few weeks to visit family, but the boys have been on the move and making headlines.

From the baseball field, movie nights, church on Sundays, holidays, vacations
and Disney, a well-rounded, forever family, figuring it out along the way

"There was no handbook. What I've done to guide myself through this experience has really been just reflecting on my own childhood and what felt good and what didn't," Smith said. "It's OK to apologize in a moment where I made a poor decision, or I might have been too strict."

For these boys, the smiles say it all the definition of black boy joy, always knowing they will have a safe place to land.

"I think I feel like happy and like a joy that like we have someone who is willing, willing to take any child. Yeah. And they put their heart," Taveon said.

"Yeah. And, also I think like, we are really awesome, and that's what really matters," Tayvon said.

So, this Father's Day, we salute you, Pappa J, for creating a family your own father would be proud of.

New Orleans native, single dad adopts 3 brothers (2024)
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