Most of the time, biological parents that bring their children to GLA return and visit from time to time. They want to know how the child that they have put for adoption is doing with their new adoptive family. They just want the peace of knowing they are doing well and are healthy and happy. We give them photos when they stop by and tell them any news that we know about their child.
But there are some children whose parents never come back. Maybe giving up their child was too painful or they live too far away. Sometimes, it is because the child was moved to another orphanage and the parents just did not know how to find them. Thankfully, in most cases, the family will keep in touch with the original orphanage where they placed the child or there will be someone who knows the family and can find them.
The Hubley family started out on a journey to find their son’s biological mother. Jonas (Wendy Love) came to GLA from another orphanage. He was blind and later found to have other medical problems. It is very difficult for a Haitian orphanage to find a family for a child with limitations. So this orphanage contacted GLA and asked us if we could take Wendy Love.
Wendy Love’s mother had not come to see him for several months. I received very little information about his family and the promised visit from his mother never came. After about a year, the orphanage where he was brought abandoned him through IBESR because the mother could not be found.
Wendy Love went to the States for medical treatment and eventually was adopted by the Hubley family. (I am giving you a shortened version of everything that happened with him. His story is much more complicated then it sounds!)
After the earthquake, Wendy Love’s adoptive mother felt a need to find his family. I had no suggestions for her except to start at the original orphanage where his mother had left him. The adoptive mother found the orphanage on Monday, went back and talked to the director on Tuesday, and by Tuesday afternoon, was sitting on top of a mountain talking to family members of Wendy Love! His mother lives in the Dominican now but they have called her asking her to come home to visit!
This is truly a miracle that the adoptive family could find her after all of this time. The adoptive mother is documenting her journey to Haiti to find the family and will return next Spring 2012 with Wendy Love (Jonas) to meet the family again. it is exciting when something like this comes together and is so important to the adoptive family. They are able to get history about the mother, her pregnancy, and try to find out some of the causes of Wendy Love’s disabilities, but most of all those fundamental answers about where he came from and his Haitian family are now answered.
Posted on Wed, October 19, 2011