Keia Jones-Baldwin is a therapist from North Carolina who, together with her husband Richardo Baldwin, decided to adopt baby Princeton back in 2017. Although the parents already had two teen daughters and an 8-year-old son, they had plans to adopt again, but they were considering only older kids. However, baby Princeton was born to an troubling mother in July 2017, and he weighed only a pound at the time of birth, so he desperately needed some extra love and extra care.
Keia told TODAY Parents that she was called by her foster care supervisor, who asked her if there was any way her family could go to the hospital and do skin-to-skin with a baby. She immediately grabbed her cay keys, drove over to the hospital, and bonded with baby very quickly. So, when the time came for the baby to finally leave the NICU, the Jones-Baldwin family welcomed him into their home with open arms.
Baby Princeton was only supposed to stay with the Jones-Baldwins for three months, but they couldn’t bear the thought to part with him, so they decided to officially adopt him. However, a Black family raising a white boy in the U.S. is not an easy thing to do, and the family soon became a target of weird stares and rude questions and accusations from strangers.
Mom Keia shared that she frequently gets asked if she’s Princeton’s babysitter, and she even got asked why didn’t she let him stay with a family of his own race. However, the biggest shock came when they had people calling the cops on them on two occasions.
The mother explained that they were on a vacation in Tennessee and went to do an old-school Western photoshoot, and the girl behind the camera quickly disappeared and then came back. A few moments later, she asked the family if that was their baby. When they told her that Princeton is, in fact, their son, she told them that she took photos of the same baby with his family two weeks ago, and then the police arrived at the scene. So, the mother had to show them a letter proving that the baby was in her custody and that she had permission to travel with him.
On another ocassion, a man called the police gain after Jones-Baldwin pulled over outside their house because she had a flat tire, but she revealed that the man called the police and accused her of stealing the car and the child. Yes, you read that right.
Despite all of these incidents, the Jones-Baldwin family is determined to make the most of their lives and the lives of their four children. They’re the people behind the Facebook page Raising Cultures where they proudly show off videos of their blended, multuracial, and loving family.