“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
People often say that abandoned, neglected and surrendered children, placed in an institution are privileged. They are given all their basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and education, instead of being with their homeless families enduring all the pains of poverty – but these are all nothing compared to being placed in a family who will love them unconditionally. This is a story of a child who found a loving home through the DSWD NCR.
The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) is one of the centers that cared for and sheltered underprivileged children – Kael is one of them. On June 22, 2015, at around 4:00 in the morning, Kael was left by his alleged mother to vend along EDSA and never showed up. This unfortunate scenario paved way for him to be referred for temporary shelter and custody.
Kael easily adjusted with the usual routines of the center. He is an obedient and kind child with big dreams and big faith in God as described by his house parents. While he was well taken care of and provided most of the things that he needs, the social worker assigned to his case is enthusiastic to submit and facilitate his documents for adoption. For almost five years of journey towards his adoption, Kael was finally matched and placed to his prospective family. It is indeed worth the wait.
It was on February 2020 when the best news popped to Kael. The child was very happy as he can now have someone whom he can call “mom and dad”. Likewise his Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs) are excited to meet and be with him. They are all looking forward to the day of entrustment.
Prior to his entrustment, Kael became very motivated. He was more responsible in the house and in his studies. He strived to learn new things and became more participative in the activities of the center.
He was also seen kneeling down and praying to God for his and the other kids’ brighter future with their new found home.
On February 24, 2020, Kael’s prospective parents arrived at the center for his entrustment. Everyone in the center is happy for him because at last, he will be united with his new family. Amidst happiness, there is also sort of loneliness knowing that he will no longer be with his RSCC family. But seeing the bright future that Kael will have, loneliness is always replaced with happiness and hope that Kael will remember all the learning and experiences from the center..
Kael is now living with his new found family in Italy. He is with his relatives and new found best friends, his two lovely dogs. He brought joy into the lives of his mom and dad. His Adoptive Family is very fond and delighted of him and his presence. Kael is also growing as a loving and caring child.
The center felt at ease because once again, a child’s life has changed for the better.
The Reception and Study Center for Children or RSCC provides services for the needs of 0 – 6 years old children who are abandoned and deprived of parental care and support through provision of temporary care, custody or alternative family care services. It aims to help the child achieve survival, development and rehabilitation.###