Chinese New Year, the most important holiday in China, is also called Spring Festival. We have been receiving some beautiful photos of how children in our education and foster care programs have been celebrating the spring festival and wanted to share a glimpse into their lives this past week! Read more.
Last week I sat down and watched “The Dark Matter of Love,” a documentary which covers the often very emotional first year of a family who adopted three children from Russia.
I think it should be required viewing for everyone considering international adoption, as it shows some of the very clear realities of facing language barriers, learning to trust, and how very exhausting it can be for both the kids and parents to try and knit everyone together as a true forever family. Read more.
The children whom we have been honored to help in China are always on our minds. We worry over them when they come into our care and do what we can to give them every chance for a good future. Whether we are able to help them with surgery, healing home care, nutrition, or foster care and education, these children grow dear to us as we see them grow and develop and change over time. When many of them have the opportunity for adoption and meet their forever families, we rejoice! And we continue to think of them after their adoption. Read more.
When we first met Penny, she was seven months old and weighed less than 10 pounds. Penny was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, which can cause difficulties with eating. However, she was also struggling with keeping food down, and her physician and her caregivers were not sure why.
Quinn is a boy from our Shantou foster care program who has just turned seven years old and is waiting for adoption. LWB volunteer Jennifer Knox spent time volunteering at Quinn’s orphanage last year before he re-entered foster care and loved getting to know him! Here, she tells the story of her week with Quinn. Read more.
The fireworks have been going nonstop in China to celebrate the beginning of Spring Festival (Chinese New Year 4713). In honor of the change from Horse Year to Sheep, some of the residents of our healing homes donned a pretty adorable lamb outfit, although their reactions were a wee bit mixed.
Our 2015 Cleft Exchange is just around the corner! In two months, 35 to 40 children will arrive in Kaifeng for their cleft lip or palate surgery. For those of you who have gone through this surgery with your little one, you know how painful recovery can be, and how helpful those little things we call “no-nos” can be.
Three-year old Edward joined our Dingyuan foster care program in Anhui in November and he has settled in well. He loves playing with other children and really enjoys going to kindergarten with his foster brother and sister. Described as ‘sociable and mischievous’, he is a typical active little boy. His smile says it all! Read more.