When we take a child into Amecet, we make an agreement with the family. We start with 2 months, when the child is not yet stable to go home after 2 months, we extend this time in agreement with the family. We both sign this agreement. We don't want to keep a child too long in Amecet, the child needs to "bond" with the family and if we keep the children too long in Amecet, we will not have space for new children. We struggle sometimes to bring children back to their relatives, they ask very often if we can keep the child longer, till the baby starts talking or walking. I am quite firm in holding on to our agreement. And sometimes I find that difficult, I feel bad for pushing the child back to the family. But when the child is healthy, gaining and drinking well, why should he/she stay in Amecet? We need always some empty beds, in case that we get emergency's.
Yesterday I was so encouraged, the family came for Angela and I didn't even call them to come!! Angela was taken into Amecet on 5th of June. And they came for her on the 6th of August! The mother of Angela died after giving birth, she was very young, nobody knows who the father is. Her uncle and his wife will take Angela into their family. They have themselves 4 children. They seem to be nice people and I believe that the auntie will love Angela. May God bless this family!
Then 2 hours later we had another goodbye, Miriam was given to her new adoptive family. I wrote about Miriam on July 9 and July 29. Miriam only stayed one month with us and she is adopted by an Ugandan family. It is so good that more Ugandan family's are willing to help a child who needs a home. There is a procedure and this procedure is getting better, I think. The Probation officer is in charge of this procedure. As Amecet, we only advice and facilitate.
Together with Amos, the Probation officer, I give Miriam to her mother.
Is this not a beautiful picture? They both look so happy, I pray that Miriam will really feel loved and safe. She is changed so much in this one month that she was in Amecet. She smiles a lot, plays a lot and she walks everywhere. She really gets naughty, she still has some fears for men, but even that is going better. (Elias walked around with her everyday as therapy!)