Derling was placed in our children’s home at the age of 3 by the Dominican government agency Conani. Derling’s father had abandoned him prior to birth. His mother was addicted to drugs and would use Derling to beg for money for food. He was often left alone at night. Derling experienced a tremendous amount of physical and emotional abuse within his first 3 years of life. He has heavy scarring all over his body. When we received him he was severely malnourished. His mother has since passed away.
Since being placed in our care, Derling has become an exuberant boy. He is intelligent and even skipped a school grade this year. He loves to eat and his favorite food is “everything.” He is a loyal, faithful friend and a spiritual leader to his peers.
$30.00 / month
Melissa is originally from Ocala, FL and after moving around Florida, Georgia & North Carolina, she has settled back in Ocala. Melissa went to the College of Central Florida and has pursued a life of service in various administrative, customer service and marketing roles. She has now settled into her dream role as the Communications Director for Advocates of Love.
Melissa was on the state board of the Florida Foster and Adoptive Parent Association while serving 4 years as a foster and then adoptive mom. She has two adopted daughters, Kenzi and Shyne, who keep her busy. Melissa also serves in her local church.