At 10 pounds, 6 months we knew she had to be the next rescue.
Lizeth arrived at the public orphanage this past July as a newborn: tons of hair, skinny, and a cute little monkey face.
Then for the next 4 months she simply didn't grow. It is always an unknown which babies are going to thrive just fine, and which ones are going to struggle with the distraught living conditions at the understaffed orphanage. Lizeth has been hanging on, but only barely.
Born to a girl of 15, Lizeth was brought in because her mom could not properly care for her. But due to visits from a caring aunt she was unable to move on to the foster program or adoption. She couldn't even be transitioned into a private orphanage. When ROOM was able to bring her lack of weight gain to the attention of an IHNFA social worker, her case was finally reviewed.
Sitting in one of the director's offices with the social worker, Jorge and I were discussing her options. Still unable to come up with a solution that the judge would agree with, I blurted out that she then simply would just have to go home with us. To my amazement, everyone nodded their heads in a agreement, and the next week we were signing papers as her foster parents.
God still works miracles, and while Lizeth was "not allowed" to go to foster home care to receive better attention, she is receiving just that! Prayerfully all this leads to a better system for all babies going through "the system" no matter what their story. They all deserve the best love and care until they end up in whatever their forever home looks like.
And today Lizeth is receiving all that love in abundance from her caretakers, Kaylie and Abi, (some long term volunteers here in Honduras.)
Any maybe a little too much attention from everyone else that makes up her temporary family (Josef holding Lizeth below)! Please pray with us as Lizeth grows and recovers, and for her new caretakers for wisdom. We always pray over these babies, that lost days, months, years are restored to them by the Lord. That their development will ultimately not be affected by their time at the orphanage. Also, pray for her future, that if her aunt can be equipped to raise her that that would be accomplished soon so Lizeth can begin to know her forever family as soon as possible!
As always, you can help ROOM continue to rescue babies and assist our efforts at the public orphanage by donating to our Scarlet Project online at www.makeroom.org or by check:
PO Box 5882
Concord, NC 28027