Photo: Hispanic Standout: Florida's Alvarez Family Has Fostered 90 Children
For more than 10 years one South Florida family has opened their home to nearly one hundred children .
In 1997, Lisa and Jorge Alvarez began trying to conceive, but after regular methods failed, a doctor suggested fertility treatment. However, to afford the treatment the couple would have had to refinance their home, and even then, they were not guaranteed a child.
Not one to dwell, Lisa said she just figured “God had another plan” for her and her husband. Now 12, the Alvarez’s adopted their first child, Natasha. After adopting their daughter, the news parents realized there were still so many children in need of a home, parents – many of them with special needs.
It was at this point the family decided to open their home to more children, Lisa even becoming medically certified to care for children with special health needs.
In the last 12 years, Lisa and Jorge have cared for more than 90 children, many of them now adults who return to help their foster parents take care of the children now in the home.
Last year, the Alvarez family adopted a second child, a boy named Desi. Now 5 years old, Desi has cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease.
Though she admits taking care of all the children over the years has not been easy, Lisa tells Local 10 News, “It’s not a burden to me. I enjoy it.”
Adding, “Everyone always tells me ‘you are going straight to heaven,’ but to tell you the truth, I’ve found my heaven on Earth right here.”
The family’s walls are covered with photos of the dozens of children who have called and currently call the Alvarez house their home.
In May, NBC South Florida spoke with Natasha who told them her mom “is the best mom in the world … She’s supermom.”