This is Maurice and his father. Maurice came to the orphanage a few months ago with his mother and older sister. His mother had an epileptic seizure and dropped him into a fire. You cannot tell from this picture, but the other side of his head is scarred pretty significantly and he probably will not grow hair there.
When they first arrived. they lived in the clinic while Maurice was being treated for his burns. It became evident that his mother was not well mentally. His sister, around six or seven years old was taking care of the family.
The family's situation was tough. The mother and father were not married, which shamed her family and there was nobody to take care of Maurice. The orphanage wanted to take him in and care for him, however the mother had to agree. Fortunately she did.
Maurice is doing well. He will stay at the orphanage until he is two years old and then he will hopefully be placed with a family member.
Maurice's father has been visiting him from time to time and we were able to meet him. You can see the genuine love he has for his son. The way he looks at him, talks to him, laughs with him. It's beautiful.
It reminds me of the love that our heavenly father has for us and the relationship that he desires to have with us.
“The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” --Jeremiah 1:4-5