NEW LIFE: Tristan Jacobsen wishes to become Quill Tristan Davis
A NINE-year old boy has been selling lemonade from his front yard to help pay for his adoption.
Tristan Jacobsen, who was adopted four years ago by Donnie and Jimmy Davis in Missouri, set up a lemonade stand outside their home, selling $1 drinks to neighbours to raise money for adoption legal fees.
The family has also raised $7,100 from a car boot sale and gathered $16,487 from crowd-funding website, YouCaring.com.
Tristan's mother, Donnie Davis wrote on the site: “Tristan is already our son, in our hearts. But we want to make it official. He wants to have our last name.
"Actually he has decided he wants to change his first name. And we are letting him. He has picked out the name of Quill Tristan Davis. He is so excited; he tries to tell his teachers to call him that now. He’s such an awesome kid.”
She said any extra funds would go towards Tristan’s education.
“She will be my parent,” the youngster told the Springfield News-Leader. “I'm happy because I have a new mum who loves me.”
Davis explained on YouCaring.com that Tristan lived with her and her husband from three months old until two and a half. His biological parents, she said, are her former husband and a 15-year-old girl he had an affair with while he was 31 years old.
When Tristan was almost three, his biological mother took him back into her care. But according to Davis, the mother allegedly took drugs and became a sex worker - sometimes partaking in sex acts in front of her child.
HAPPY FAMILY: Tristan with his parents Donnie (centre) and Jimmy Davis
According to Davis, the boy's mother also allowed her abusive boyfriends to hit Tristan.
The youngster was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder as a result of being in the same room with his biological mother when she was allegedly smoking meth.
Since Davis became his legal guardian, he was placed in a classroom for pupils with special emotional and behavioural needs and was on anti-depressants, The Independent reported.
Davis said she has seen a massive improvement in his well-being over time.
“He has straight A’s, and he’s getting 100% at least 3 days a week for behavior.,” she wrote. ”The other days, he’s getting a 92 or higher. He’s slowly learning to make friends and have healthy relationships with them."