The number of children being internationally adopted has dropped over 50% in the last decade, for a myriad of reasons. Many orphanages overseas, which used to be filled with “healthy” babies, are now home primarily to children born with medical needs. For many potential adoptive parents, the thought of adopting a child with special needs can often seem overwhelming. LWB is excited to announce the launch of our new ADOPT SPECIAL NEEDS (ASN) website to help educate parents about the most common needs seen in children waiting for families. Read more.
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No child should have to grow up in an orphanage. But, for those children who do live in orphanages, we wish we wish all of them would have access to education. LWB has created Believe in Me schools inside orphanages so that children born with special needs can have their own opportunity to go to school. This summer, we held a week long training for teachers from all of our orphanage schools.
Catey was in dire need of medical care when her orphanage contacted Love Without Boundaries for help. She was found with a significant hernia needing immediate surgery and was also born with a cleft lip and palate. After a successful surgical hernia repair, she was released from the hospital into the arms of loving nannies at LWB’s Anhui Healing Home (AHH).
At two weeks old and weighing just over six pounds, Catey did not know how to cry in order to make her needs known. Read more.
Sometimes our “success stories” are quite dramatic, but this month we would like to share one of our smaller blessings. Meet Abigail.
Tiny Abigail was abandoned shortly after her birth, suffering from pneumonia and showing signs of a recent hospitalization. Our staff in China was able to move Abby to the hospital for a course of IV antibiotics, and she was then able to join us at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home in early July. Read more.
We first met Lily when she was a shy 13-year-old at an orphanage in Guangdong Province. She and the other teens at the social welfare institute where she lived were a close knit group of kids.
Over the next few years, through LWB’s Education Program, we have loved getting to know them all better. Lily was always so sweet to the younger kids when we would visit, and the orphanage director told us again and again what a kind and responsible person she was. We encouraged all of the teens we were working with to set big goals for themselves, and we told them that we would do everything possible to help their college dreams come true. Read more.
We are huge fans of the boys in our programs, and it breaks our hearts when we see boys who have been waiting for families for entirely too long. It seems like ages now that we have been hearing that the shared list of waiting child files has consisted of 75% boys and 25% girls. (The shared list is accessible to all agencies with a China Waiting Child adoption program.) No one seems to be able explain why families wanting to adopt are primarily interested in bringing girls into their families, but the fact remains that approximately 3/4 of the children from China who wait for adoption are boys. Read more.
These past few weeks at LWB, we have been asked to take in five new babies. And when we say “new” babies, we mean “newborn”! We give our hearts to each new baby in our care and do everything we can to help them get the care that they need. Some are doing well, and others really need every thought and prayer coming their way.
First, let’s talk about the babies in crisis. Baby Christi came to us last month. Christi was born with a very rare birth defect which occurs in only 1 out of 10,000 births. Read more.
In June of this year, baby Jessica was born in a mountainous area in Jiangxi province. Jessica’s parents work as laborers and support not only their family but also a grandmother who suffers from rheumatism and can no longer work and a grandfather who does all the farming for the family. When Jessica’s parents were married in 2006, they tried and tried to have a child and became extremely worried when it did not happen. After many years of waiting and trying, they were overjoyed last year when they became pregnant with twins.