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A Perfect Story for National Foster Care Month

A Perfect Story for National Foster Care Month
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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 10:56 AM Current | Bio | Archive

May is national foster care month. It’s a perfect time for potential foster parents to start the process for becoming one and for current foster parents to receive the recognition they deserve.

It’s also a fitting month to tell the story of Gisele.

USA Today tells us little Gisele was born prematurely in 2016 at only 29 weeks. She weighed just 1 pound, 14 ounces and she had a birth defect known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which came from being exposed to narcotics during gestation by her mother of the year.

Working in the same hospital was nurse Liz Smith. Smith was almost 40 years of age and she had reluctantly accepted the fact she would never be a mother. USA Today ran through her attempts, “She tried several methods of getting pregnant, including sperm donation and IVF (in vitro fertilization), but learned her labs prevented her from being a candidate. ‘That was a bad day,’ Smith recalled, in an interview with the hospital.”

Then God worked in His mysterious way.

Smith was walking down the corridor when she saw little Gisele being wheeled along by another nurse. “Who is this beautiful angel,” Smith asked. And that began a love affair. Smith learned little Gisele was never visited by her so-called parents or anyone else for that matter.

So Smith became an everyday presence in the ICU unit, visiting Gisele. It was an “emotional rollercoaster.” Smith “helped her through cocaine and heroin withdrawal and fed her through a gastrostomy tube about 16 hours a day.” Naturally while all this was going on social services was attempting to reunite Gisele with the DNA donors, a.k.a. parents, who couldn’t find time to visit and whose drug abuse gave Gisele her birth defect.

The time Smith generously gave to Gisele did not come without a cost. “I remember certain nights, one in particular, when she was hooked up to the feed and I was walking by the mirror and the thought went into my head of losing her. I had to go there in my mind because it was still a reality, but it made me sick to my stomach. You can’t just love a certain percentage. You have to give it your all.”

Finally, after five months, Smith was able to become Gisele’s official foster parent.

What’s more, this story has a happy ending. Nine months after nurse Smith began fostering Gisele the state terminated the ‘parents’ visiting rights.

Once that charade ended Liz Smith was able to officially adopt Gisele, who is now Gisele Smith.

Gisele still has to use a feeding tube, but more important she also now has a mother who is with her everyday. That’s the real miracle in this story.

And this is a miracle that accepts volunteers. You can make a real difference in a child that’s been abandoned. All it takes is a single call to one of your state’s foster agencies and an open heart.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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