We are celebrating a huge victory for our older children here at the Children’s Place!
In June, upon our invitation, two officials from the Mongolian Children’s Organization and Child Protective Services came to the United States accompanied by the director of the Children’s Place, D. Munkhtuul. Having expressed a desire to establish foster care (domestic and international) for Mongolian children who have been orphaned and abandoned, we took them on a tour of orphanages and foster care programs in seven states along the eastern seacoast. Our tour ended at the National Foster Parent Association’s annual meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. Here the Mongolian officials were welcomed warmly and invited to the Virginia state offices in Richmond!
As a result, two children from the Children’s Place, Luke (13) and Anna (11), who have been thriving in their Jacksonville, Florida foster home, are being allowed to return for another year! And on September 3rd, Andrew (13) and Hannah (12) flew to the States with the Stone family to be fostered by two families in Harrisonburg, Virginia. When they first arrived they knew very little English. But since the initial culture shock, they have been adjusting well and their foster parents are happy to say that they are beginning to see the children’s real personalities emerge. Google Translate has certainly eased the “getting-to-know-you” period. Last week, Hannah used Translate to tell her foster mom, “I had fun with Dad this evening!” and “I WILL learn to eat cheese!”
Our gratitude goes out to all those, from Florida to Virginia, who provided much valuable information and insight to these Mongolian friends in order to further the cause of foster care in Mongolia!!
We are thrilled to see children who have been wounded in their original families or who have never known what family means, coming to understand that they are greatly loved sons and daughters!!
Stay tuned for yet another foster placement on the horizon for another of our other little girls soon!