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7-year-old Juan Carlos is still waiting and hoping for a family to call his own. We first met Juan Carlos in Colombia this past fall and he has weighed heavy on our hearts ever since! This bright, smiley boy so needs a family’s love.
Sweet Juan Carlos is a happy, determined little boy. When we first met him just a few months ago, he was in a wheelchair. Due to his own determination, he’s now walking with a walker that he pushes on his own! He makes significant improvements each and every day and never lets his special needs get in his way. Juan Carlos’s determination to be independent is so apparent—he is such a fighter and never gives up on himself. This amazing little boy deserves a family to believe in him too!
Like many 7-year-old boys, Juan Carlos is quick to learn and play games. When we visited, we watched him show us his skills navigating games on a tablet. We had such fun drawing and playing together!
In addition to his determination, he also has a huge heart. When he sees other children crying, he offers them his toys or snacks in an effort to cheer them up. He truly is in tune with others’ emotions—he’s sad when other kids are sad, and happy when they are happy.
While Juan Carlos is learning to talk—his favorite word is “momma”—he is also able to communicate fully with his eyes, facial expressions, and gestures. We so want this incredible boy to know the meaning of “momma” and have a mom to call his own. Juan Carlos’s fighting spirit is all in his eyes—watch him in action here!
Sadly, Juan Carlos is currently in an institution that cares for those with the most significant needs. We initially found this little boy in a room of adults with severe special needs –this is not a place where he can grow and thrive. We have seen the potential of this sweet boy—he is bright, charming, and so dedicated to learning and building new skills. But without a family, he doesn’t have the hope he needs. Without a family, he’ll likely remain in this dark institution for the rest of his life.
On our visit, Juan Carlos brightened up immensely each time he saw us. He was quick to show off some of his new skills. From walking to just about running, it was hard to keep up with him! He was quick to soak up all the time he had with us and clearly connects with anyone who crosses his path.
It was honestly hard to leave Juan Carlos after each visit knowing he was back in a line with other children. It’s sad to think about how his daily life is compared to what it could be if he were to have the love and guidance of a family. It is so clear that we don’t know what his potential is, only God does, but what is known is that Juan Carlos has already surpassed what many thought he could do. We are confident that God has special plans for Juan Carlos and that Juan Carlos will surpass all expectations when given the love of a family and a “momma” to call his own.
Juan Carlos has a heart and lung condition that doctors believe will prevent him living into adulthood. Tragically, Juan Carlos’s heart surgery was completed too late and sadly too much time has passed.
In spite of his circumstances, he is always pushing his own limits! We were told that Juan Carlos would never walk, talk, or communicate—he is already doing all of these things! We know God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” and that miracles happen every day! Clearly he has already surpassed what some have thought possible.
We believe that Juan Carlos will thrive with a family’s love. With a family’s support and love, anything is
possible for this sweet little boy! We know he is capable of so much more. He touched our hearts and we know he will have a special place in any family.
We are praying for a family to reach out in faith for Juan Carlos! He is such an incredible fighter and we can’t wait to see what God has planned for him!
To learn more about Juan Carlos, please reach out to Soojin at firstname.lastname@example.org.