Face to Face with Love

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My husband and I adopted our daughter from Anhui Province last month.  This was our second adoption trip to China, and an important part for me was meeting the babies that I know so well through my role as Anhui Healing Home (AHH) Coordinator. Read more.

Welcome Back, Alan!

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Here he comes again!  Previously, Alan had lived with a family in our Shantou foster care program but due to unforeseen circumstances, he had to return to the orphanage for some time.  Now sweet Alan is back in foster care, and we couldn’t be happier! Alan was featured in our LWB blog last winter (“Happy and Handsome Alan“) and since then, he has truly blossomed. Just imagine what he could do in a forever family — something for which four-year-old Alan has been waiting for several years. Read more.

Abigail: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

In June LWB received a call about a baby girl who was just two weeks old, abandoned with a stubborn case of pneumonia and clear signs of a recent IV. We were able to move her to a hospital immediately, start up what we assume was a second course of antibiotics, and a few weeks later welcome her to LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home.

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This sweet little peanut gained a pound and a half during her first month at Heartbridge, and she is obviously feeling much better. Read more.

Chandler’s Progress

Tiny Chandler was admitted to LWB’s Anhui Healing Home (AHH) in spring 2013 at just two weeks of age. Born with a multitude of heart defects, Chandler needed premium care to grow and gain enough strength to have heart surgery to give her a chance at healing. Fortunately, the trained nannies at AHH knew just how to make sure that Chandler got that special care.

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As the months went by, Chandler’s personality started to come through with sweet smiles, babbling, and giggles. Read more.

Lovely Lora

Lora is an outgoing, fun-loving toddler who joined LWB’s Qiandongnan Foster Care Program in Guizhou province early this year. Just six months later, Lora decided that cruising the furniture is not enough for her; stepping out and walking where she wants is more her style.

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And style she has! Recent photos show she knows how to rock a pair of sunglasses and pigtails too. Read more.

Adoption Reunions

Summer is the time for reunions! We recently heard about this wonderful reunion of children adopted from the Huainan orphanage in Anhui (where LWB has many programs), and it got us wondering. How many other groups out there have held orphanage reunions or adoption trip reunions? Please share your thoughts and experiences for the benefit of others who may be looking to connect!

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I joined a Yahoo Group for children adopted from Huainan Children’s Welfare Institute right after I found out that our daughter was living there. Read more.

Grace, Full of Life!

Grace is a little girl full of life!

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As a part of our Education program in Hunan since 2012, Grace is known to be very polite and neat at school.  Her teachers have seen two years of her enthusiasm and cheerfulness. Now, the hope is that she will bring that to a family through adoption! Read more.

Christi: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Recently LWB received an urgent call about a baby who had just been brought into the orphanage. The baby was rushed to a children’s hospital in a larger city that had the experience to deal with her unique special need: gastroschisis.

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Babies with gastroschisis are born with some of their internal organs on the outside of their body. This birth defect occurs in only 1 out of every 10,000 births. Read more.

2014 Teacher Training: Moving Right Along!

The 2014 Teacher Training  is moving right along!

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On the second day of the training, Mary Beth Doerr showed teachers how to stretch and position children with cerebral palsy. Read more.

Every Child Counts

Eleven years ago, LWB was begun to help save the lives of four beautiful children with heart disease. Since that time, hundreds of children born with heart defects have found healing and then adoption, all thanks to your support.  With the rise of birth defects in China over the last decade, however, the children we are asked to help by orphanages have increasingly complex conditions. Thankfully, we have a partnership with one of the top pediatric cardiac hospitals in China, and so these precious babies have the best chance possible of being healed.

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This week we have three children at Children’s Hospital of FuDan University in Shanghai: Jane, Patrick, and Dominic. Read more.

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