One of the families that we were working with at the time was a single father who had twin girls in the baby home. Like a lot of single parents he had struggled to make ends meet and a work colleague of his had suggested that he admitted his daughters to the baby home temporarily while he got himself back on his feet. But getting back on his feet never happened.
His daughters were very evidently being impacted by life in an "orphanage" and we were very keen to get them resettled as soon as possible.
Anyway, imagine my joy when I received a phone call off him a few days ago to tell me that even though we weren't working there, he had still taken his children home for good. He really HAD been serious and he really HAD meant everything he had said to us at the time. Also, the people in charge of this baby home had told him that he had to take them out and quickly, with very little notice, with no preparation or long term plans on how he would cope financially! We have seen this approach a lot, that if children are no longer viewed as "orphans" because family are obviously on the scene, it makes them more difficult to internationally adopt out so often the family are shown the door quickly.
Anyway, thank God, he has been doing so well looking after them and the twin girls we met today were healthy, happy and evidently very contented to be with their father - such a contrast to 2.5 years ago. It was such a pleasure to spend the morning with them and hear about how life has treated them over the last few years.