The Stories of Hope continue to pour in from the One Orphan Hope Journey teams. It has been several weeks since they returned home, but the passion for advocacy has not burned out. Today Sarah Smith took a few moments to share about Caris and her wait for a forever family.
One of the highlights of my trip was coming back to the foster care center on the second day and seeing Caris. At the end of our first day, she was crying when she was told it was time for us to leave. While hugging her, we reassured her we would be back the next day.
What an awesome feeling it was to see her excitement when we walked in the door the second day. Her eyes lit up and she squealed with delight. She was full of this joy everyday when we were at the center. We each had a special bond with her. She was affectionate towards us and to the other children. She was content to play alone or with the other kids. She enjoyed playing outside, coloring, reading books, making necklaces, and playing with play-doh. She loved to take pictures with our phones and play with our hair.
She prefers to scoot along on the floor but will walk around when holding on to someone's hand. Being around her was so uplifting. She melted our hearts. I know she will be a blessing to the family who brings her home.
Chris currently lives in a foster home. The team was able to meet and interact with her foster mother. The AWAA China Staff has a large amount of information available to any family interested in viewing Caris' file.
Please help us by sharing Caris' story. We have team members ready and willing to share about her. If you are interested in learning more about Caris, or our China waiting child program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a free pre-application on our website.