Jude has suffered through hard times - having lost his mother to a drunk driving accident and his father to prison before being sent, alongside his elder sister Callie, into the foster system where he would be bounced through various foster homes.Despite his rough upbringing, he always managed to have a good conscience and a bright outlook on life.After Callie is sent to juvie and shortly released to the Fosters, Jude is left to continue living with his abusive foster father.After Callie calls him using Brandon's cell phone, assuring she is coming for him, Jude keeps calling the number to get into contact with Callie.It wasn't until he met the Fosters that he finally found his "forever home". Jude is Callie's younger maternal half-brother, whom she rescued from an abusive foster father's house in the pilot episode.
Later, Jude begins school at Anchor Beach where Lena tells him which section of the school to stick to. Lena is confused at his request, and he explains how since all of his former foster homes were aware he wouldn't stay long, they'd give him chores to do in the meantime. As he helps out, he asks if she and Stef are married.
She tries to leave to go to him and get him out of the house, but Brandon demands answers.