As I general rule of thumb, I try to stay away from describing children with words that only point out their physical attractiveness. I just want to find something deeper in them and for them to read about themselves in the future, and for them to see something more than a cute face. But when I saw this photo of Aaron – all I could think was how darn handsome and ADORABLE he is! Doesn’t this four-year-old face just melt your heart?! I know I cannot be the only one.
Archive for 'Foster Care'
Foster care. It’s not something that people usually get warm fuzzy feelings about. Here in the United States, our system is not perfect to be sure, but I can say with a certainty that it is much, much better than institutionalization. I don’t have to rely on psychological journals to tell me this; I have children in my own home who suffer from lack of foster care. Foster parents are truly unsung heroes. Good foster parents love and care for children they know will not be with them forever. And yet, the gifts they give them will last them a lifetime.
Last month I got to meet MY heroes – my son’s foster parents. Read more.
For the past five years, we have had the joy and privilege of watching Luke in our Kaifeng foster care program grow up. Sadly, our time with Luke will come to an end this summer as Luke is the only child remaining in our Kaifeng foster care program who has yet to be adopted. At the end of his school year, Luke will return to the Social Welfare Institute where he will attend a new school while he waits to be chosen for adoption.
Over the years, we have blogged and featured Luke many times over the years hoping a family would see Luke as their child and wish to make him part of their family. Read more.
In April, we welcomed four-year-old Piper to our foster care program in Sanmenxia, Henan. After spending her first four years of life in an orphanage, we were so pleased to see that Piper quickly attached to her foster mother.
Piper has Down Syndrome and was able to receive physical therapy in the orphanage. Now in a family environment, Piper has the full attention of her foster mother who spends lots of time with her and is paying close attention to her development. In just a short time in foster care, Piper has already learned to walk a bit more steadily and is willing to try to speak more! Read more.
We adopted our son Matteo from Fuyang in February 2015 when he was 28 months old.
My husband and I initially couldn’t agree on a name, but when we learned his Love Without Boundaries advocacy name was “Matt,” we found our inspiration. Since there are already two Matthews in the family, we chose Matteo and planned to call him Matt for short. However, the only nicknames that have stuck have been “Teo” and his Chinese nickname, Tao Tao. And that’s how our Chinese-born son adopted by Polish-American and German-American parents got an Italian name. Read more.
Five years ago, I left China. Earlier this month I got to return. I was privileged to be able to travel with my Mom and help on the Cleft Medical Exchange trip with Love Without Boundaries.
While I loved being able to help on that trip and witness the change surgery made in the children, my favorite part of the trip actually happened before and after the medical exchange when we visited some LWB foster families and I got to see MY foster family for the first time in seven years. Read more.
Darling Alan from our Shantou foster care program is looking for his forever family! Could he be yours?
Alan is an energetic and fun-loving five-year-old boy with Down Syndrome. Described by his foster parents as being “lovely and mischievous,” Alan enjoys kicking a ball outside in the grass with his foster father, riding a toy car around and playing with a very large stuffed dog. Read more.
In 2009, Pamela was born with a cleft lip and palate. Within weeks, she was moved from her orphanage to our Anhui Healing Home. This is a photo of her right after receiving her very first bath. Don’t you love those chubby cheeks?
Pamela quickly became very attached to her nannies at the home who continually commented on her twinkling eyes and sunny personality. Read more.