Jose, Lover of Life
Several years ago, we received a call about a newly-found little boy who was born with cleft lip. I remember seeing his first photo thinking he had some pretty wonderful hair, and I was so thankful when he was able to be moved to our Anhui Healing Home right away for nurturing care.
Baby Jose, as he was quickly named, settled right in with his nannies and soon became the ultimate charmer. He smiled early, and kept smiling even while recovering from his cleft lip operation.
The nannies adored him, and the first time I met him I could tell he was one of those kids who simply LOVES life.
If anyone started talking to him, he would immediately burst out into a huge grin to say hello.
I remember thinking that any family would be so richly blessed to have Jose as their son. Every time I came into his view, he would light up with joy. As the mom to five sons, I could easily picture how wonderful it would be to have someone like Jose run up for a hug each day. I couldn’t wait for him to have a family of his own.
The next time I saw Jose, he had graduated into our foster care program in his hometown. He had been placed with a wonderful foster mom and was clearly thriving. His mom told us he had a great appetite and a sunny personality (which of course I already knew!)
Over the next three years, I got to watch Jose continue to grow in foster care. His monthly reports said he was a kind and happy little boy, and again I couldn’t wait to hear that he had a permanent home.
In 2013, Jose’s file still had not been submitted for adoption, so LWB arranged for him to have his palate surgery done as well. He became a little celebrity at the children’s hospital, as he greeted everyone who came into the room and even assured the other patients that they were going to be okay.
I remember laughing out loud when I saw his photo in his hospital gown, because normally the pictures we get of children in the hospital are quite serious – but Jose, in typical fashion, was wearing an enormous grin, as if meeting all of the new people in the hospital was the greatest adventure ever. When it was time for his surgery, he bravely took the hand of his foster mom and walked on his own to the OR, where he waved goodbye to go with the doctors.
This past spring, I returned to Jose’s hometown and got to visit him at his kindergarten. It took all of two seconds for him to flash me his signature smile, and it was very clear to our team that he is one of the class leaders. When we presented him with a candy tin, he immediately wanted to open it up so he could share with all his friends. He was extremely polite during our whole visit, and his teacher told me he is well-liked by everyone.
Jose’s adoption file has finally been completed and is on an individual agency list in the U.S. If you know of anyone who is wanting to add an incredible son to their family, please share with them that Jose is waiting. All of our team members who have met him in person agree that he is one very special little boy. If you need more encouragement to consider bringing home a son, you can watch a special video we made, “Adopting a Boy.”
I would be first in line to tell anyone that boys are such a blessing! I can’t wait to hear that Jose has finally been chosen.
~Amy Eldridge, Chief Executive Officer
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