Isabel and Greg, longtime foster and adoptive parents, have always known one thing early on: children belong in families. After the birth of their fourth biological child, they felt the Lord calling them to adopt, which led to the adoption of two sibling groups. Today, they have ten children in their family.
Their heart for children and families grew as Isabel began traveling to Haiti to volunteer at an orphanage. Through her experiences volunteering, Isabel learned some shocking things about the orphanage situation in Haiti.
Firstly, over 80% of children living in orphanages in Haiti have at least one living parent. Secondly, one of the primary drivers for parents to relinquish their children to orphanages is poverty. When parents cannot afford to pay for school, medical care, or basic necessities like food and water, their children are at an increased risk of institutionalization.
Isabel responded by determining to employ at-risk parents, empowering them to keep their families together in order to break the cycle of poverty.