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Yago, Full of Determination

Yago recently received a brand new coat to keep him warm this winter!  We think he looks incredibly handsome in his new jacket and love the shy, hopeful smile on his face.

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Yago is ten years old and has been waiting for so long for a forever family of his own. As the years go by and Yago becomes closer to age 14 — the age at which children are no longer eligible for adoption in China — we remain hopeful that a family will see what we see in Yago: a serious, artistic, somewhat shy boy who wants to live as normal a life as he can, surrounded by a loving and caring support system. Read more.

Hugs for Henry

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Henry is a handsome two-year-old boy who has been a part of our Loudi foster care program for a little over a year. Although his needs are complex, Henry has the most beautiful smile and is so full of joy! Read more.

Alone

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Since I returned from my recent trip to China at the end of October, my thoughts have been with the newly abandoned babies in the hospitals. As I walked through the huge wards of critically ill children, rooms overflowing with dozens of children in every possible space, I realized just how strong orphaned babies with medical needs must be. Read more.

Cindy: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Cindy is a beautiful seven month old baby girl who is new to our Changzhi foster care program. Cindy was named in honor of Cindy Wu, our wonderful China Foster Care Director.

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Baby Cindy recently had her cleft lip repaired and has recovered nicely.
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The Complexities of Adoption

Over the weekend I was contacted by an adult adoptee who felt the images we were posting on social media in honor of National Adoption Month trivialized the vast complexities of adoption. She wrote, “Adoption isn’t a quote superimposed on a picture. And it certainly isn’t a cheery saying on the front of a t-shirt. Adoption carries with it a lot of pain, and it shouldn’t be reduced to a greeting card.”

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I read her letter carefully, because as an adoptive mom myself, I always want to listen and learn from those who have shared a similar type of journey as my children. Read more.

Zara, First in Her Class!

Zara entered LWB’s Hunan Secondary and Higher Education Program during the summer of last year, when she was preparing to begin her junior year in high school. Zara told us that she really wanted to attend school and hopefully go to college.

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When we first met Zara she told us of her family. She lives with her aging grandmother, who suffers from constant bronchitis, and her father, who has a bad back that keeps him from working. Read more.

The Girls Who Wait

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Currently, 75% of the children waiting to be adopted from China are boys, a fact which surprises many people just learning about orphaned children in China. However, today we want to showcase our waiting girls, ranging in age from 12 to 8 years of age.  Please take a look at these beautiful faces and click on the link to read more about them! Read more.

October Visit to The Healing Homes and Foster Care

October was a very special time for our Healing program, as a group of LWB volunteers made its way to China. We all agree that it was a wonderful and extremely productive trip, and we hope you will enjoy reading all about it.

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First things first:  nothing was going to happen until we snuggled some babies, so we headed to Heartbridge on the morning of October 25th. Read more.

Vote For LWB’s Top Ten Photos of 2014!

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Every year, we receive thousands of photos of children in our programs.  Whether they are in the hospital receiving medical care, in our healing homes, living with a foster family, attending school, or receiving extra nutritional support, our managers in China document their progress and lives for us so that we can share their news with their sponsors and our supporters. We recently went through thousands of photos to bring you our favorite 33 photos from 2014.  Now, it’s up to you to help decide which of these should make our annual Top Ten Photos of the year! Read more.

Adam: Mr. Sunshine

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Rarely do you meet someone who appears to exude pure light and joy. Last week, my colleague Kate Finco and I had the amazing experience of meeting a young man who did just that. Adam, a seven-year-old student from our Lanzhou Believe In Me School, absolutely stole our hearts! We just couldn’t get over the very big presence of this little guy.  When we found out his adoption file is on the shared list, we couldn’t wait to share our impressions of him in the hope that his family will find him soon. Read more.

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