This Kid Set Up A Lemonade Stand To Raise Money For His Own Adoption

At only 9 years old, Tristan Jacobson is taking his fate into his own hands.

Tristan raised over $6,000 selling lemonade outside of his home in Springfield, Missouri. Tristan's not killing the entrepreneurial game for any old reason, though — he's raising money for his own adoption fees.

Tristan's biological mother hasn't been a steady presence in Tristan's life, and when he was 2 years old, he was put in the care of Donnie Davis, ABC News reports.

He ended up back with his mother and never went to foster care, but two years ago, Donnie got a call that Tristan had been abandoned at a homeless shelter.

Donnie knew Tristan's mother was in no shape to care for him and was finally allowed to become his legal guardian, but she didn't have the $10,000 to officially adopt him.

So Tristan stepped up. Donnie, 40, told ABC News,

He wants the adoption really, really badly.

Donnie was already trying to raise money for the attorney fees and the other expenses of adoption and doing everything she could to save money.


When Tristan said he wanted to help with the lemonade stand, she was very supportive of the idea.

Now, through a combination of incomes, the family has raised over $18,000 of their original $5,000 goal. Tristan's adoption will reportedly be finalized by this October.

Congratulations to the whole family! To continue to support Tristan and Donnie and their upcoming living expenses, you can donate to Tristan's adoption fund here.

Citations: This 9-Year-Old Is Funding His Own Adoption With His Lemonade Stand Money (Cosmopolitan), 9-year-old Boy Sets Up Lemonade Stand to Raise Funds for His Own Adoption (ABC News)