Mari and Juan, the 70-year-old couple of lecturers who maintain the deserted child within the Sants neighborhood of Barcelona

The couple of retired lecturers are one of many emergency foster households approved by the Catalan Generalitat. The RAC1 program ‘No ho sé’ has interviewed the couple, who’ve already welcomed different infants with comparable traits.

Juan says that he felt “outrage” when he heard the information. The morning that the toddler was deserted, the temperature barely exceeded 4ºC in Barcelona. “How can they depart a toddler on the street on such a chilly day?” He asks. When the General Directorate for Child Care (DGAIA) supplied them an emergency reception, they didn’t hesitate for a second.

The marriage has welcomed one other 9 infants

“They known as us and after two days we had the kid at house,” they are saying. They had been already ready for the reception of the new child for the reason that couple has already welcomed 9 infants with comparable traits, some with a number of days to stay and others with a few months. They solely had to purchase a excessive chair.

They say that the expertise “modifications your life as a result of you must dedicate 24 hours a day and adapt to the kid’s rhythm”, factors out Mari, who additionally acknowledges that “it is vitally satisfying” and “compensates”.

The toddler has been at Mari and Juan’s home for a month and in these weeks he has gained a number of weight: “He has stretched as a result of he was very small,” says Mari. He can also be calmer: “He has modified the way in which he sleeps, he lets himself be touched and laughs,” he explains. It is Juan who all the time carries him in his arms: “I do not like him crying and I give him all of the cuddles you want. He may have time to cry,” he admits.

a brief keep

As an emergency foster household, Mari and Juan know that they are going to solely have the little boy at house for a sure period of time till he’s transferred to a different foster household. They have no idea when it will likely be however they know that it’s a part of the reception course of: “They notify us between 10 and 15 days earlier than and we do a really shut job with the household that can welcome him later. During this time we’re making ready and considering that that is over and that the kid has to depart”, they clarify.

They take the episode philosophically. “They do not take something from me as a result of it is not mine. The kids additionally depart,” Mari explains. The couple maintains contact with all of the infants they’ve welcomed: “We love them and we are going to proceed to like” the kids they’ve welcomed.

Mari and Juan have a number of expertise with kids, they’re retired lecturers, they’ve 5 kids and 5 grandchildren and they’re nonetheless open to foster care. They say that they prefer to “take pleasure in life with capital letters”. They guarantee that they are going to proceed to be foster dad and mom “till the forces maintain out.”