Ivan was one of the first children at Tree of Life.
When he arrived, he was extremely withdrawn and unable to speak clearly; although he was probably seven years old, he could not identify where he lived or who his parents were – it was clear he had some form of Autism. He had been abandoned in front of Child Protective Services.
Ivan found a home at Tree of Life. Now a resident for more than 16 years, he still struggles off campus but thrives in the loving environment at Tree of Life. He speaks both English and Spanish, wears a suit every Sunday to Church, and has been dubbed "The Ambassador of Good Will" by visitors.
Ivan is loved by all the children at Tree of Life. He will probably never leave the orphanage – and we would never want him to.