Despite growing up in an abusive foster family, twin brothers survived a difficult childhood and became a voice for children in the broken foster care system.
Not all adoption stories have happy endings. However, sharing them can help raise awareness, so that no child has to live a life full of challenges and hardships. The Jacobs twins’ heartbreaking adoption diary follows a similar theme.
Daquane Shamar Jacobs and Tavon Lamar Jacobs gave birth to Patricia, a drug addict during pregnancy. Since she cracked cocaine, her twins tested positive for crack.
[Left] Childhood photo of Daquane and Tavon. [Right] Daquane and Tavon hold protest banners. | Photo: instagram.com/davonwoodsfc/
They were then called “chapped babies”. At birth, the twins weighed just 2 pounds. Soon after, the twins were released from the hospital and placed in foster care.
Other members of their family fought to win them back but were unsuccessful. When they were two years old, they were adopted by the Woods family. Their adoptive parents changed their names to Daquane Sammie Woods and Tavon Sammie Woods.
Daquane and Tavon grew up with some unanswered questions that no one else could answer. Life is hard because guys never get the love, care, and affection they deserve. They don’t know anything about their adoptive or birth family.
Ironically, the twins were subjected to physical and verbal abuse and were never allowed to speak up. About their traumatic childhood, Daquane expressed:
“Growing up, we went through a lot of things that a lot of people don’t know about, we broke down as kids and had so many problems that no one noticed, we felt like we were just a check. sic).”
Daquane even tried to commit suicide several times but changed his mind because of his brother. The brothers started smoking and drinking at a young age and were afraid to confide in everyone, including their adoptive parents.
CONNECT WITH THEIR FAMILY
Sadly, the twins didn’t do well in school either. Fortunately, they found their biological family when they were 17 and traveled from Columbia to Sumter, South Carolina. They stopped at a shopping mall where a random man approached them.
Over time, the twins became advocates for children suffering from the failed foster care system.
Surprisingly, the stranger told the two brothers that they looked like his cousins. When they gave him their birth name, the man confirmed he was their cousin and had been looking for them for years.
Daquane and Tavon often sneak out to meet their biological family. But reconnecting with their long-lost family felt strange and emotional and different from the brothers’ expectations.
They lived a life full of thorns and indulged in anything that could help them forget their pain. Although they have always wanted to live a positive life, their lack of direction and troubled past makes things worse.
Therefore, the two brothers do not know what true love is, and it is very difficult for them to return it. In 2016, their 17-year-old brother was shot, and it changed their lives dramatically. They moved to Georgia, but life didn’t get any easier.
The twins were transformed when they went to church with their sister and brother-in-law one day. Before long, they feel they have goals to work towards and direction in life. Then Daquane and Tavon started fighting for every child in the foster care system.
The brothers started working at a group home called AMIkids, cherishing their time with the kids. Luckily, kids become attached to them because they finally have someone who sympathizes with them.
Things took a turn for the worse when Daquane and Tavon started speaking out about how the children were being abused at the facility. Soon after, the brothers were suspended from work for a week and eventually fired.
Over time, the twins became advocates for children whose foster care system failed. They even started a movement, “Dirt to Diamonds”, drawing strength from their experience to help others. Davon too shared:
“I realized that we are their voice and that they need people like us. Fighting for the kids in the foster care system is my passion and I love being a voice for the kids. Children have no voice.”
Daquane and Tavon are passionate about traveling the world and being a ray of hope kids who have no one to call their own. It’s hard to believe how far these brave men have come in life. Without a doubt, they have hearts of gold!
The national suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Additional international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.
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