Biological Father Surprises Family To Thank Them For Adopting His Son | The Kelly Clarkson Show

Biological Father Surprises Family To Thank Them For Adopting His Son | The Kelly Clarkson Show


– I wanna introduce you to
a family that went viral for a photoshoot celebrating
their youngest son’s adoption. What struck a chord with a lot of people was how multicultural the family is. Here to tell us about it is
the Jones-Baldwin family. Y’all, give it up for ’em! (audience cheering) Alright, well, welcome to the show! – [Keia] Thank you! – So, tell us, who is everyone here? – Okay, well, this gentleman beside me, this is my husband, Rick. Then, he’s holding our
two-year-old son, Princeton. We just recently adopted him. – Hey Princeton! – [Keia] And then we have Ayden. – [Kelly] Hey Ayden, you are so cute. – [Keia] He’s been with us for five years. He’s eight. And then we have the teenagers on the end, they’re 16, both of ’em. – [Kelly] Good luck! – [Keia] I know! (laughing) We have Zariyah, she’s
my biological daughter from a previous relationship,
and then we have Karleigh, and she’s been with us for awhile. (audience applauding) – Awesome! And just in
case everyone missed, this is Keia, obviously. Yeah, I was gonna say, I
don’t know if I said Keia in the beginning. – Yes, this is me. – So did y’all have some tacos backstage? – [Keia] We did. – Oh my gosh, I had the steak ones! – They were so good! – They were so good!
It melted in my mouth! (Keia laughing) I was like, this is not on the plan, Keia. – It’s not, not on my plan. – It’s not, but I do,
I love the photoshoot. Who’s idea was it to do it? You can walk around, Princeton. This is your show. (Keia chuckling) You wanna sit with me? You can come sit with me! (audience awing) – I have a three year
old, so I’m used to them feeling my mama energy! – [Keia] I know, right? – I have a three year old. (audience clapping) So who’s idea was it to do it? – It was our idea, it was my idea. – Yeah, it was my wife’s idea. We were pretty, everybody
was pretty excited about, you know, the adoption, and we wanted to do something special. She came up with the idea, we pretty much went over
the things that we wanted to go on our shirts. She reached out to one of my friends, and he made the shirts for us. – Oh, that’s so cool! Man, I love you guys. Princeton wasn’t your first
child to adopt, right? Was it Ayden, or was it, did you end up getting Karleigh first? – Karleigh came first, yes. – [Kelly] Okay. – But no, we didn’t think
about adoption initially because just having Zariyah
as a biological daughter and we couldn’t have
children the traditional way, I didn’t want to make it seem, you know, for it to be unfair, because I didn’t know
if I was gonna love them the way that I love Zariyah, and I just could not have that. And then when Karleigh came– – It’s really important that
you have that discussion with yourself before you do it, too. – You just never know,
and I didn’t want to, you know, have them feeling
any type of way in our house. And so Karleigh came in– – [Kelly] So how did Karleigh, yeah? – She changed everything,
my heart was like, oh my gosh, I do love,
I can love! Ya know? – That’s so awesome! Karleigh, you did that! – I did that! (audience applauding) – So, Zariyah, y’all were friends, right? – [Zariyah] Yeah. – Were y’all friends first,
and that’s how that happened? – Yeah, we were bestfriends. – [Kelly] Bestfriends, I love it! Now y’all are sisters! – Right. (laughing) – Well, how do you feel
when you’re adopted into the family? – Well, I was very, I felt
very loved, and stable where I was at. It was nice to know I had a family behind me that
was able to support me every step of my way.
As we said, me and Zary were bestfriends, and now we’re sisters, and couldn’t ask for
anything better than that. – [Kelly] So cool! (audience applauding) So Mike, you originally worked
with foster kids, right? – Yeah, I was just discussing
with them for a minute that I did work in a group
home for about a year and I learned so much from the experience and I felt like I didn’t
have as many tools because I was young and I came out of college, I had a graduates degree but not in this area of childcare or
anything of that nature. But what she told me which stuck with me was that, you know, really,
you just need someone that is love and cares about
the kids at the end of the day and that’s such an
important thing, ya know — – It really is! – Is to really care– – Man, that’s amazing! – Yeah– – Okay so– (audience laughing) – I love it! You keep running! You’re not gonna wanna do
that when you’re older, just keep doing it now! (audience laughing) – You originally didn’t
know Princeton was white? – [Keia] No – [Kelly] They don’t tell you that. – They don’t – Which I actually love.
‘Cause it doesn’t matter. – [Keia} Right. Yeah. – Because love is love. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gay couple. If
it’s a black or white couple an Indian couple. It doesn’t matter. (audience cheering) – [Keia] Yeah, no– – [Kelly] You just wanna be loved! – Yes, that’s right! And that was the only
qualification that we had. Just love. So, we didn’t
say, you know, send us any specific age, gender,
you know, or whatever, so, love. – I love it. Did it kinda
for your family, was that kind of a shock, though,
because you were like oh! – (imitating explosion) (laughing) – [Kelly] (laughing) Was it like, oh, well that’s different, but okay! – Yeah, it was! – [Kelly] Yeah, I imagine! – Did you unwrap, like
it came in a package, and you open it up and it was like– – It was like, oh! – Oh! – Turn it around, and surprise! – Oh my gosh, good luck, because you got a lot of energy! Don’t you fall! – Yeah, don’t fall off
that stage! (chuckling) – I like my money,
don’t sue me, Princeton! I worked hard for this! – Alright, well we’ll
find out how Keia and Rick made that discovery after the break, we’ll be right back y’all. (audience cheering) (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (clapping) – Alright, y’all, welcome back, I’m here with Mike Colter, who is famous for playing a super hero! (audience cheering) And I have a family of
real-life super heroes, the Jonas-Baldwin family! (audience cheering) – Three of their four children are adopted and they recently went viral for their photoshoot, celebrating the adoption of their youngest,
two-year-old, Princeton. So, we mentioned, you
didn’t know Princeton was was white. How did you find that out? – They called me to do
skin-to-skin with him. Which is like, you know,
you go to the hospital, and you put them on your chest, I know! And you bond with them, you know, so he was in the NICU– – And for people that don’t have babies, it’s a really important thing for babies, especially babies that
don’t have moms around, so that’s why they ask people, because that skin-to-skin, is like really developmental– – [Keia] Right, yes. – For them, in the early stages. – So I get there, and I’m excited, and my husband’s like,
“Don’t go to that hospital, ’cause I know you gonna
bring the baby home.” And I was like.. (Kelly and audience laughing) (Princeton cooing) – And I was like, “no I’m not!” – Yeah. – And so I get there, and I’m like ew, you know, there’s a
lot of babies in there, and I’m like, the black and brown babies, like, “which one am I
putting on my chest?” And she was like, “no,
that one over there.” And I was like, “the white baby?” (audience laughing) You know, and I was like, “okay, well, give him here!” And I just put him on my chest! (Princeton shouting) (everyone laughing) (audience cheering) – He was like, “ahhhhh!” – [Keia] Growlin’! And I put him up here, and it was just like, I
fell in love with him. And I was like, my husband
was right, I shouldn’t’ve came, because I’m
bringin’ him home, sorry. – Awe, you fell in love with him! – Yes, I did! – That’s hard to do! I
can’t, I don’t know how people do that skin-to-skin
and leave without them. – I know! Leave them up there! – Yeah. – I was up there every day! – Yeah. My husband is backstage right now, going, she is not allowed to ever do that. (audience laughing) She’s going to bring home all these kids. – Skin-to-skin equals adoption. Skin-to-skin, adoption. Skin-to-skin, adoption. – [Kelly] Straight there, straight there. So what’s it been like, Ayden, having a little baby brother? – It’s been great, he’s
smart, he’s intelligent, he’s very cute, and he gives
very great, grateful hugs. (Mike and audiences awing) – I love you! You are gonna be a little lady killer! Look it, he’s just so cute, oh my God! Okay, so you’ve had mixed
reactions from people about Princeton, right? – Yes. – How is that? How do you deal with that? – Well, you know, we get lots of stares. It’s rare, you know,
where we’re from, to see African American families
with Caucasian babies. – [Kelly] (giggling) He’s gone again. – So, we get a lot of
stares. I’ve had, you know, the police called on
me. Where I’ve had to– – What?! – Yes, where I’ve had
to show documentation that he’s my son, and– – Do you get mad at that?
I would get mad at that. – You know, we’ve tried
to just kinda push it to the side and just
choose to love regardless. – It’s almost like you’d
rather somebody just say something, like instead of, like, don’t stare at me, I
get that might be weird, but just say something– – Yeah, yeah, it’s just easier to say– – I didn’t steal this kid. – I know, I know! – There goes Ayden! Going after, y’all are going to be performers. It’s your stage, y’all, it’s your stage! – And I’m not the babysitter, ’cause I get that a lot, too. – [Kelly] Oh gosh, oh my gosh! – [Keia] Yeah, yeah. – [Kelly] People are rude! That’s like coming up to
ask if someone’s pregnant. Don’t do it! – [Mike] No, no. – Don’t do it! – [Mike] In all fairness,
so my wife is white, and so we have biracial kids
and she gets the same thing. And we have a white wife, and my kids, you know, they look, they’re black, so sometimes at the
airport and they are like questioning the kid a
couple years ago, the kid, she can’t talk at the time, they assume that she is the babysitter or something, and it’s awkward, it’s awkward– – [Kelly] That’s so weird, we’re such a multicultural.. America is
a melting pot of everyone. You see it everywhere here– – [Mike] Yeah, it’s annoying. – [Kelly] I love that about America. (audience clapping) – [Kelly] Yeah. This is what I love, too, you’re open to keeping in contact with all of the biological parents, right? – [Keia] Yes. – You’re open, I think that that’s a really cool thing. – [Keia] Yes, it has to be. You know, I think that
it’s really important to keep them connected, you know, to their birth families. I call
it my bonus families. I don’t want to ever put
my children in a position to where they’re questioning,
like, well why didn’t you, you know, uh uh. No. You know, I would rather them know, and especially that one. (audience laughing) – [Mike] He’ll burn out soon. – [Kelly] Alright, well, we
have one of the biological parents here today who
wanted to say thank you. Come on out, John! (audience cheering) – [Kelly] Thank you, how are you doing? – [John] I’m good, how are you? – [Kelly] Nice to see you! – [Keia] Oh my god! – [John] How you doing? (audience applauding) – It’s been awhile. – Oh my god! – [Kelly] I thought it’d be all smiles, and there’s tears, too, I’m so sorry! – No, oh my gosh, I’m so happy to see you. – What do you want to say
to the beautiful family? – I want to thank you Keia, and your family, for caring for Princeton and just everything– – No, thank you, you know, for the gift. – Oh, you’re welcome, at the time, I couldn’t, I was
seventeen, I just couldn’t, I wasn’t ready, and I’m
really really grateful for you guys. – [Kelly] Do you know how amazing that is? You are the greatest young man, to know that, man, this is more than I can handle right now, and you wanted to do something better for your child. (audience clapping) That’s the coolest.
Like, that’s a real man. That’s a real man, a real
woman that can do that. I think that it’s an amazing thing that you get to see this beautiful family that they’re with. Like, what a beautiful familey of mixed culture
and everybody’s invited, and it’s just a really nice thing. Is there anything that
you want to tell John? Have y’all met yet? – [Keia] Yes! – [Kelly] Okay! – Yep, John was right there with me, doing skin-to-skin. He
was there the very first parts and different things just led to, you know, the separation, but we got in contact with eachother
a couple weeks ago when the adoption was finalized because before then we couldn’t. – [John] Yeah. – [Kelly] Yeah. – And I told him, I was like, it’s time for you to meet your son and be aquatinted with him, but that’s it, this is our son. This is our son. (audience clapping) – I love that you just said, “our son.” Because what people don’t
realize, too, is that, I mean, I grew up with a
single mom, and it’s like, a village raises a kid.
Not just one person, not just two. A whole village
of people raises children, teachers, everybody– oh,
watch yourself, yeah I know. I love you, I just don’t want
you to die on my show, okay!

100 thoughts on “Biological Father Surprises Family To Thank Them For Adopting His Son | The Kelly Clarkson Show

  • Race has nothing to do with being human. All people everywhere belong to a single biological species, homo sapiens (Latin words meaning ‘thinking person’), that first emerged in Africa some 250,00 years ago. Over thousands of generations since then, physical differences developed among people living in different regions of the world. In tropical areas humans living in the hot sun developed darker skin from a natural pigment called ‘melanin’; in cooler regions, humans developed lighter skin. Societies may or may not attach social importance to such differences. Sociologist are quick to point out that, at best racial categories are misleading and at worst they are harmful way to divide humanity. First there is not biologically pure races.

    In fact, there is more genetic diversity within racial categories then between them. In short, race is a social device people use in order to define themselves as better than the peoples they want to control. Love is Love it has nothing to do with color.

  • What's the point in being racist? You judge people on the way they behave not their skin colour…..Bad people in every race…..What a lovely family 🙂

  • What a beautiful family 💞Her heart comes from the man himself, which you can feel as she talks. God bless all of them 💞

  • I wish i was on the kelly clarkson show. How do i get on the show? I do have a talent to show her and i like her music better than taylor swift.

  • I hate it when people questions a multicultural family. Let us be happy for all the love in the world. This is why I love Kelly's show. She shows stories that teaches people. Every day is a new learning.

  • With regards to the the mixed reactions about having a child of a different color, my step daughter adopted twins who are black, and she has dealt with a lot of negative comments, people staring at her, and in one instance a black lady accosted her verbally in a store, telling her she had no business with taking care of black children, and some other choice words which I will not repeat here. This went on until the womans daughter stepped in and apologized for her mother's behavior. She still deals with this but keeps her head up and loves these babies as if they were her own. This woman had no idea that no one wanted to take on these beautiful twin infants because they were born addicted to meth, and had a lot of health issues. But my stepdaughter didn't care what color the were, didn't care they needed special care and there might be issues later as they grow. She fell in love with them the minute she held them in her arms. I am proud to say my beautiful twin grandbabies are now 4 years old and doing really really well. They do have a few health related issues, but nothing that can't be overcome.

  • Isn't that refreshing? Thanks for bringing normal people on your show and just talking real shit. Thanks Kelly we love you.

  • This is happy and all but I want to know did the birth mom die or something? Or did she it’s not want anything to do with him because he was saying it was more than he could handle so was that alone and he was the one doing skin to skin I have so many questions

  • Everybody needs to stop I get it to an extent of questioning parents who are not the same race as their child if that child looks uncomfortable like they do not know who the person is then sure go ahead and make sure it’s not some creep but if that child is happy then leave it alone

  • Imagine the biological gets older and is ready to have his son back, will the adoptive family give the son back?

  • And all you libtards want to abort. Either close your legs… Birth control or adoption. Don't kill a fetus with a heartbeat.

  • My aunt and grandma took in white toddlers in the 1970s in Cincinnati. The mom was on drugs or something and would vanish for days. They grew up with us, and the school district never questioned it. They are in their 40s now and doing well. They were part of the family. And, they were teased like everybody else, even for being white. Kids are kids!

  • What time and what channel is this show on.. I always just watching on YouTube but it would be nice to know when she's on TV

  • I love this wish my situation was this way. I placed my son into foster home due to being on dialysis , broken hip in my early 30s . as well as single mother. Well I was treatex like a piece of crap and my rights termanated. The family adopting my son on my wants me involved very little. I trusted DHS and case workers they kidnapped my child. So its nice to see there are good people out here who turly understand what the adopted child needs not what makes they want.

  • It touches my heart…Adoption is always a choice! I hope the government could subsidize more to the foster care homes and adoption services instead of abortion.

  • What a BEAUTIFUL message of inclusion and LOVE!!! Seeing people living life this way makes my heart feel hope and happiness. Our World needs more of this!

  • Why is it that it's a lot more common for white people to adopt black babies but not the other way around? 🧐
    This is a beautiful family and I applaud their strength and compassion, especially with society and it's issues nowadays

  • I love this, as a fellow adoptive mama, the best situation is to have some connection to the birth family. What a beautiful family!!

  • Such a precious family. But with a thought of people being questioned about the children but truthfully with human trafficking like it is I think I would not be offended. But thankful

  • I understand people questioning this if they see them in public.. As frustrating as it must be its better that people do question it for the rare cases. Think about the missing children in the world.. I'm not saying its purely mixed families that people should be suspicious of but if you do have suspicions voice them. I love this though.. Love indeed IS LOVE

  • She brought me to tears when she said " our son." Those kids are so lucky to have such amazing parents, what a beautiful family. ❤

  • Awe goodness I cried through this whole thing! I loved “our son” and I love you I just don’t want you to die on my show lol

  • This show has shown so much more of who Kelly is as a person and it is absolutely amazing! I am so glad she is decided to do this show. She is one amazing, beautiful human being and the world is lucky to have a light like her in it. #kellyclarkson

  • I dont believe this is okay. That child will not be loved right. Same thing if a black family wanted to adopted a white kid. I just feel bad for the child.

  • Thank you Mrs. Kelly for allowing my family and I to be apart of your show and to tell our love story to the world! Hopefully changing the narrative about multicultural adoption the other way! We really appreciate you ❤ We have a family blog @raisingcultures on FB and IG ❤

  • This Lady/Mother/ANGEL is BEAUTIFUL inside and out. I do not have the words to properly convey how much I love and respect her!!! She is AWESOME!!!

  • I like how Kelly isn’t afraid to tackle the unspoken questions . IE: regarding how they reacted to finding out their newest son was white. It’s so refreshing

  • I recently discovered a channel on YouTube , Thisgatherednest, that is about another amazing family who had 2 biological daughters then they grew their family by adopting a little boy from the Congo, a little girl with Down’s syndrome from China, a biracial little boy through domestic adoption here in the US, 2 little girls who were adopted as embryos and were carried by the adoptive mother in a twin pregnancy, and just weeks ago added a surprise baby boy literally just a month after an adoption fell through when the birth mother decided to go ahead and raise the baby herself. They received an email ,on a Sunday,from their adoption agency asking if they would want to submit their profile to a mother who had just given birth and had decided to give up the baby. They were given a time to submit their decision and after praying about it they said yes. A day or so later they were picked. The state where the baby was located had a set amount of days that allowed the birth mother to change her mind and at first they were recommended to not come down until after the waiting period was over. The adoptive mother stated that adoption starts with a loss which can be traumatizing even to a newborn. After thinking about it and praying they called up the agency and told them that they would be coming down immediately because that baby would be bonding with the birth mother, nurses and each of those bonds would be broken and it could make it harder for the baby to bond with his adoptive family and they didn’t want him to be traumatized repeatedly. They didn’t tell the other children because they didn’t want them to be hurt if the birth mother changed her mind. So they had the grandmother who was watching the other children drive them down to meet up with their parents telling them that after the parents work was done they had setup a short vacation at the beach and they planned to surprise them with their new baby brother. It was beautiful. The family is amazing. I had never heard that adoption was built from a loss because the baby loses their biological parents and the biological parents lose their baby. Thinking about it that way really opens your mind to realize just how many people are affected by the loss and trauma whereas you usually only think about the joy and happiness of the new adoptive family and parents. Definitely a new perspective to think about. By the way Kelly Love you and your show is awesome and amazing just like you.👍🏻🤗❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Favorite part of the clip is at 11:22 “oh watch yourself, Ya I know I love you I just don’t want you to die on my show”

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