Today our group visited the Kids Care Orphanage where some of the children in our group lived prior to their adoptions. It was an interesting and emotional experience to watch the orphanage kids come up and hug/high five their friends who came to visit with their new family.
Madeline made lots of friends with her sticker book–putting little soccer balls and cars all over the kids. Within 30 minutes, the grounds of the orphanage were filled with candy and gum wrappers and used sticker sheets.
Matt met with an older child who is being adopted by a family in the U.S. It was wonderful to see her face light up when we gave her the care package, and showed her the carefully put together photo album given to her by her new family.
If I could coin a new term from this trip, I think it would be “adoption face” or something similar. The older children who know they are being adopted smile in such a way that you feel the sun is shining through their little faces. It’s not like any other kind of happiness or joy that you see in a child. It’s not a smile from laughing or just being amused or content. It is the expression of unbounded joy at being united with their family. It is, in the strongest sense of this word, awesome.
Out of respect for the privacy of the children, we are not going to post any of the pictures from today’s visit, but below are some shots of Melodie and Desta back at the hotel.