In Jenny’s past work, she provided glimpses of Zee’s tale. However, since Zee was under foster care, she couldn’t share everything. Now that Zee is officially her son, Jenny wants to narrate the complete story.
Jenny Clark shares her experience of becoming a foster parent and how she got licensed to do so. She specifically wanted to take care of a child with Down Syndrome who might have difficulty finding a foster home due to their special needs. Soon after getting her license, she received a call from her friend Amanda at DHR, who informed her about Zee, a child who was difficult to place due to his long list of medical and special needs. Despite feeling scared, Jenny agreed to meet Zee and prayed for guidance. When she saw him, she knew she couldn’t say no and decided to become his foster parent.
Jenny Clark shared an experience she had in June 2014. In a small room there were social workers, nurses, and doctors who didn’t expect her to say yes to take care of the patient attached to wires and machines. After holding and taking some photos, they discussed the medical needs of the patient. The initial plan was to wean him off the ventilator and bring him home with a trach and g-tube until he gets a surgery. She agreed to the plan, however, things turned out differently. Each time she visited him, it seemed like nothing changed until the day she received a call from the hospital, saying that the patient had coded and she needed to come right away. This happened less than three weeks after they met.
Jenny Clark shared her emotional experience on August 11, 2014, when she believed that the child under her care would not survive. During that time, she felt helpless as she could not do anything for him since he was not yet in foster care and his biological mother was still involved in his care decisions. Fortunately, the child made it through and received his first heart surgery weeks later. Although he was doing better, he still needed a ventilator to breathe, so Jenny and her mom had to undergo six weeks of training to learn how to take care of him properly. With the help of their community, they managed to complete the training, and on November 24, 2014, the child named Zee finally went home with them at 10 months old.
After my son’s return home, I was happy but exhausted due to his care needs. The constant medication, machines, supplies, and potential emergencies were overwhelming, and doctor appointments were frequent. Although I wanted to delay my son’s open-heart surgery until after summer, we decided to go ahead with it as recommended by his cardiologists. The first surgery wasn’t successful, and he still had complications, necessitating a second surgery. We spent over a month in the hospital, and during this time, I never thought that, as a foster parent, I had no legal rights to this child. I put my life on hold for him, and my own kids’ summer was affected for a child who may not be mine forever. However, I trusted God’s plan for him. His care needs were complicated, but he gradually got better and stronger. By March 2016, we went to court for TPR, and everything went smoothly. On May 10th, 2016, adoption day arrived, affirming that he was mine.
With permission from Jenny Clark
Jenny Clark shares the story of her son’s name change to Zee Emmanuel Clark, which means “God with us.” Throughout Zee’s life, God has been faithful and proven himself as a provider and healer. Jenny is grateful that she trusted God through the difficult times and said yes to being Zee’s mother. Zee’s life has taught her a valuable lesson about the gospel – that God pursues us even when we don’t want to be His, and when we do trust Him, He will never leave or fail us.
Thanks to Jenny Clark for providing this information.
Jenny Clark’s heartwarming story of adopting a Down syndrome student from her kindergarten class was shared on Love What Matters and her personal blog. She urges readers to submit their own stories and follow her journey on Instagram. Other similar stories include a cancer survivor adopting a Down syndrome baby and an Indian couple adopting a baby with a disability that no one else wanted. The article also includes a section for sharing the story on Facebook to help others who may benefit from reading it. Additionally, the article briefly mentions another story about a man with a chronic illness who turned his life around and a woman with ulcerative colitis who emphasizes the importance of loving one’s body.