A French family had come to China and disrupted their first adoption. The CCAA had to replace the baby with another and Stewart was available and so they chose him. At the moment I do not know his new name or where in France Stewart went. Unlike most of the Dutch families, the French families do not speak much English, so the communication is really hard.
Stewart came to Starfish on April 1st, 2009 in a batch of eight babies, seven of them were heart babies. The first few months were really tough. He did not eat well and had a really bad skin condition. Lila, our volunteer loved on him and help him so much in the beginning. Slowly but surely he got stronger and with in a few months he was hitting his developmental stages and with that he started eating more and more. When we did the echo a few months later to diagnose what the heart condition was, much to our delight, Stewart's heart had healed and he then went from a special needs baby to a non special needs (NSN). We never really know what is going to happen with the NSN babies. Everything remains a mystery up to the last moment.
Stewart turned out to be such a fabulous story of a little boy who survived an orphanage and then later thrived with us and landed up with a family in France. At Starfish we filled our purpose and that was to keep him safe until his family came to get him.
A bientot, mon ami. (that was my best French)
Life, love and laughter,
Starfish Children's Services
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At Starfish, we have taken care of 112 children to date, arranged more than 100 surgeries and had 36 international adoptions, so our little starfishes live all over the globe: the US, Netherlands, Norway, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and in China. Our latest took place recently and we now have another baby in Virginia. We have also added another baby to our count in Holland. We currently have 47 babies under the age of 3 and three foster homes. We have fifteen babies matched and we are waiting for their families to come and get them.