Helping Families Stay United: Love Starts Here

Tom is only a few months old and has undoubtedly had a rough start – but this little guy is a fighter!

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At just ten days old, Tom ‘s family rushed him to the hospital because he was ill, and he had surgery for appendicitis. Then, the surgery site became infected, causing parts of his colon and small intestine to become damaged.  Another surgery removed the damaged areas and gave him a temporary colostomy so he could heal.  Little Tom been in the ICU since the surgery, which means that his family can’t visit him. Read more.

Gabrielle, Santa’s Elf

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Gabrielle, a beautiful girl who was born with one arm shorter than the other, joined our foster care program in the summer of last year. Initially her foster mother said she was timid and rather clingy, and she used to cry a lot. Over time, Gabrielle learned to trust her foster family more and became more independent. She soon built a strong bond with her foster sister. Read more.

Kisses From Joshua: Love Starts Here

Imagine a little boy who loves his friends and teachers so much that at the end of the school day, he blows them kisses!

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Two year old Joshua is in our preschool class at our Believe In Me orphanage school in Huainan. Joshua is a cheerful, energetic and happy little boy who enjoys school and likes to instruct the class alongside his teachers.
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The Treasure That Is Ifan

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Ifan is a treasure just waiting to be discovered! Ifan is a sweet, caring seven year old who has had surgery to repair club feet. However, he is doing so well that recent visitors who did not know him had no idea what his special need was! Read more.

Love Starts With Us

Just as mine is, Kelly’s social media feed is filled with images of orphans waiting in China. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. Sometimes those little faces get lost. But in February of 2013, my friend didn’t scroll past LWB’s blog post, “Jenny, Jenny”. She read it and took a moment to share it, urging, “Jenny needs a family.”

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And our love story started there. With a keystroke, a friend introduced us to our daughter, and love came fiercely. Read more.

Luke

It’s that time of year when many of us receive holiday cards and newsletters from friends talking about their children’s activities and accomplishments of the past year. Since Luke is still waiting for his forever family, we thought we’d take this opportunity to brag about him and everything he has been up to this fall!

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Luke is seven years old and is in “senior kindergarten” this year, which he really enjoys. Read more.

Gastroschisis

Those of you who follow us on social media know that this fall, we took in two babies, one right after the other, who were born with a rare birth defect called Gastroschisis.

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These babies were found with their intestines on the outside of their bodies, which happens when the muscles which make up a baby’s abdominal wall don’t form properly. Scientists believe this happens approximately during the fourth week of pregnancy, and while no one knows for sure the exact cause, a high percentage (at least in the U.S.) are born to teenage moms. I still remember the very first baby we took in with this condition, as I stared at my computer for quite a long while thinking, “That just isn’t possible.” Now of course I know that while rare (approximately 1 in every 5,000 births), babies with this condition can do very well with immediate treatment. Read more.

Brent: Love Starts Here

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Babies come to our healing homes because they are medically fragile. Brent is one of our tinier healing home residents. He is having trouble with weight gain due to anal atresia, a heart condition, and a defect of his larynx that makes breathing a real workout. Sucking a bottle takes too much energy out of Brent and as a result, our nannies are tube-feeding him until he gets stronger. Read more.

Superheroes Without Capes

When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me. ~Fred Rogers

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In October, I traveled to China for Love Without Boundaries. While I saw many wonderful things and met some amazing children, I have to say what made the biggest impression on me were the realities of being a caregiver for the children we send to the hospital.  Whenever we hear about an urgent baby needing medical help, we will say “Move the baby to hospital!”  We frequently forget, however, that moving a child means a caregiver is about to work very, very long hours in less than ideal circumstances to make sure that baby finds healing. Read more.

Qingyang: Love Starts Here

Several months ago, we were contacted by some parents who had adopted from the Qingyang orphanage in Gansu province. They wondered if we would consider starting any of our programs here, and so we began discussions with local officials about which of our projects might benefit the children in their care.

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This orphanage has over 100 children born with medical needs, and many of them are unable to attend public school. Because of this, we decided that opening one of our Believe in Me schools onsite would be a great first partnership. Read more.

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