When children come to Amecet, our plan is to get them back to the family in 2 months. Sometimes it takes longer, when the child is not stable or the family is not yet ready to receive the child back. But that is our aim with most of the children. Many we do follow up when they go back home, especially the children who are HIV+, they stay in our home visit schedule.
But there are cases where the family is not willing or not able to care for the child and then we look for an adoptive family. We prefer a local Ugandan family, so the child will get to grow up in his/her own culture and country, but sometimes it seems impossible to find a family.....
Like Michel..... He was brought to us in June 2012, left behind by his mother in the outpatients of Soroti hospital. We had no name, no age, no medical history, nothing and he is paralysed, can't talk, can't keep his head up and can't sit without support. We think that he is 3 years by now. He has been with us for almost 2 years and we had no real plan for him, since we don't know any of his relatives and nobody seemed to want to adopt him. We kept praying that God would reveal His plan for Michel. Everybody loves Michel, he has such a beautiful smile!!! And our prayers are answered, there is an American family who is adopting Michel!! We are so happy, we believe that Michel, with the right therapy, will be able to do so much more. we hope the process will go fast, but for sure, we will miss him!!
William and Augustan, twins, whose mother abandoned them. We travelled to her village and talked with the relatives, but nobody wanted to care for the two 2years old boys, One was in a serious condition, very malnourished and very neglected. But also for them, a family came, they wanted adopt one boy, but then decided to take them both. Last week the father brought them to Amecet to see us, we were so excited to see those two healthy, happy boys!! The new family has really embraced them and they belong there now!
Last week another baby was brought to us, to see. It was Mercy, a little baby who lost her mother after she was born. The family brought her to Amecet (Jan 2013) , Mercy was very small and weak, but she picked up. There were a lot of difficulties and miscommunication in the family, at the end the family didn't want to care for this little girl. A friend of the late mother, really loved to care for Mercy and everything was agreed and arranged with the Probation officer, the lady and the family. Last week she came to show her little girl, now just over 1 year old. Mercy has a mother now who loves her and a future ahead of her!