Special education teacher Kerry Bremer has adopted Jake Manning, a student with Down syndrome, whose mother passed away from cancer.
Four years ago, Bremer discussed with Jake's mother Jean Manning the possibilities of a home for Jake if she passed away. Bremer offered to take guardianship of Jake, an offer that was met with joyful tears. Although Manning had relatives, none were in a position to care for Jake if she died.
Bremer recounts the conversation:
"I said, ‘I may be overstepping here and forgive me if I am, but my family and I would like to offer guardianship for Jake if you need a backup plan,'" to which she says Manning responded, "I'll sleep better tonight than I have in a very long time."
Manning passed away on November 13. Jake moved into the Bremer's house the next day, with many of his possessions already there from numerous sleepovers.
Jake appears to have transitioned well. He refers to Bremer's husband as "Dave the Dad" and calls the Bremer's children his siblings.
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