Christi: Thriving In Foster Care
Christi came into LWB care under dire circumstances. Born with her liver and intestines on the outside of her body, she had been abandoned and brought to an orphanage in Anhui.
Christi was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. Thankfully, she proved what a fighter she is. Christi did very well following surgery and spent six months in our Heartbridge Healing Home recovering and growing stronger while we monitored her health.
At eight months old, Christi joined our foster care program. She was just learning how to crawl at that point. In her earliest photos in our program, she looked a bit unsure when she first met her foster mom and brother.
By the end of 2015, Christi was blossoming with the love and attention of her foster family. She also was walking everywhere in her baby walker and had learned how to take off the knit socks her foster grandma had made for her to keep her feet warm in the cold Anhui winters.
As Christi settled into life in her foster home, she began to walk independently. Her favorite activity was walking outside with her foster grandma. She began to pitch in around the house, doing small jobs like shredding cabbage and carrying laundry detergent.
By the end of 2016, Christi had learned how to throw and bounce a ball. She developed a strong preference for being with her foster family; her favorite activity was playing games with them.
At three years old, Christi has continued to learn new skills. Her newest activity is zippering up zippers.
Christi now warmly greets guests who come to her foster home. Typically, she is clutching and carrying around her favorite stuffed dog.
Christi has also become quite the fashionista! She prefers wearing pretty clothing and is quite pleased when her foster grandma chooses a skirt or dress for her.
Over the past two and a half years, Christi has grown so much and is meeting her milestones. It might be easy to forget how far she has come from the time she was first discovered in emergency circumstances.
We celebrate the positive impact foster care makes in the lives of children like Christi. We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Foster care rocks!