I write today with a full heart. Last we shared about the host kiddos, we were saying goodbye. It was so hard, for both the kids and the families, to say goodbye. These 19 children embedded themselves into so many hearts during their stay here. But we dried our tears, and we started to get to work on advocating for the children who did not yet have committed families.
In the several days following the goodbye, Letters of Intent started coming in from the host families who are planning to adopt their host children. We rejoiced with receipt of each letter, and our advocacy list got smaller and smaller. Until we had one boy left. I reached out to his host family asking for pictures, stories, just anything they could share about their host child, so I could write about him for advocacy purposes. A day passed, and I didn’t hear back. Then one of the best emails I’ve ever received came in: “Hello! I’m sorry to tell you that we will not be helping anymore with advocating for our host child. Because we are submitting our letter of intent to adopt him!!!”
And just like that, all 19 host children have committed families. And now begins the race as we run alongside our families to get them reunited as fast as humanly possible.