A couple embarking on a tentative journey into fostering discovered themselves to turn into “new mommy and daddy” to an abused child the primary day they met him, mendacity in his hospital mattress. However, the pair confidently embraced their new roles for a kid in determined want, and have by no means appeared again since then.
Mom of three Liesl Arteaga, of Kansas City, Missouri, informed The Epoch Times through social media that her adopted son Noah, now 14, is “truly the best kid I have ever met … sweet, kind, empathic.”
However, Noah has needed to overcome numerous hardships earlier than arriving at this stage. He was born into a lifetime of poverty in Ethiopia, sharing a mattress along with his start mom and two siblings of their one-room shack. He was given as much as an orphanage when his mom may not care for him, a undeniable fact that breaks Liesl’s coronary heart.
He was later abused by the hands of his first adoptive mom within the United States. The abuse landed him in hospital in such essential situation that docs feared he could not survive.
“I am not the mother who nursed him or watched him take his first steps. I wasn’t there for a lot of his firsts, actually,” Liesl wrote for Love What Matters. Yet at present, Liesl and her husband, Francisco, name Noah “our boy, in a million ways.”
Liesl, who has three organic siblings and ten adopted, all the time wished to be a mom. After giving start to her first youngster, a daughter, she and Francisco signed up for foster and adoption lessons, deciding to place themselves ahead for respite instances solely.
Yet Liesl discovered it arduous to say no to youngsters in want. “My husband finally pulled me aside one day and said, ‘Liesl, I love your heart, but we can’t take them all … I believe when the time comes, we will know, and God will help us,’” she recalled.
And surprisingly, the time got here shortly thereafter.
Liesl’s mom was approached by an attachment specialist, looking for help for an adoptive household struggling to bond with a 3-year-old “sweet and energetic” boy from Ethiopia, named Noah.
Liesl, an ER nurse, agreed to affix her mom. But earlier than the assembly may happen, Noah was rushed to hospital with a traumatic mind damage that was brought on by bodily abuse from his first adoptive mom. The damage required 10 inches of stitches throughout his head.
Liesl referred to as the hospital each week for a month and a half, unable to determine something past, “He is still alive.” However her perseverance paid dividends; and one Sunday, the hospital referred to as and invited Liesl and Francisco to go to Noah.
The subsequent day the couple rushed to be by his aspect.
“As [the nurse] looks up from her task, she smiles and proclaims loudly, ‘Noah, your new mommy and daddy are here!’” Liesl recalled. “We each smile as large as we are able to on the little boy sitting within the hospital mattress with the swollen head and lovable chubby cheeks.
“Our heads were spinning,” she continued. “New mommy and daddy?! What does this mean? We didn’t care, we were so grateful to finally get to meet Noah and let him know he wasn’t alone.”
Liesl described the times that adopted as “a blur.” However, little Noah shortly bonded with the couple’s daughter, Frances. The household discovered about his love of vehicles, and, feeling “terrified and happy,” introduced Noah dwelling per week later. He had simply turned 4.
Noah had bother with mobility and consuming, necessitating bodily, occupational, and speech remedy thrice per week. He labored with a play therapist for 2 years. Also on account of his mind damage, he briefly suffered seizures, however they had been managed by medicine.
Liesl and Francisco formally adopted Noah in June 2012. “The beginning wasn’t easy, but it was beyond worth every long day or doctor’s visit,” mentioned Liesl. “It was worth every social worker meeting and court hearing. It was all worth it.”
Teenage Noah is now wholesome and completely happy. Apart from a youthful sister, he additionally has a youthful brother named Charlie, who’s Liesl and Francisco’s second organic youngster. Tall for his age, Noah now permits his mom to sit down on his lap when he needs to speak, quite than the opposite method round.
“Everywhere I go, people come up to me and ask if Noah is ‘my boy,’” mentioned Liesl. “And I proudly smile and say, ‘Yes, he is.’”
Noah runs observe, rides a motorcycle, performs soccer, and loves his Xbox. While Liesl can’t communicate for the primary two moms in Noah’s life, she will, in her personal phrases, “remind him every day of the gift he is to us and the world around him.”
“Despite all his reasons for bitterness and hurt, he has carried his heart with love and compassion,” Liesl mirrored. “He is the perfect addition to our family, and the best gift we never knew we needed.”