Archive for 'Foster Care'

Introducing Jeffrey and Ruth

Last week, our focus was naturally on the children with cleft who were having repair surgeries during our Cleft Medical Exchange. But during this time, of course, several other children with different medical conditions came into our care as well.  We want to introduce you to Jeffrey and Ruth, two new babies with anorectal malformations (ARMs) who recently came into our Medical program.

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As we discussed in a recent blog about ARMs (“Announcing the Loving ARMs Healing Home“), children with this condition typically need three staged surgeries. Read more.

Luke’s Wish

Eight-year-old Luke in our Kaifeng foster care program has been singing and dancing his way into our hearts since we first met him as a tiny baby in need of heart surgery.We have been advocating for this little guy to be adopted for so long and have many blogs about him. We hold onto our wish for Luke that he will make his way into the hearts of a forever family soon!

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To help make this dream a reality for a family wishing to pursue Luke’s adoption, LWB has increased Luke’s Adoption Assistance Grant to $4,000. Read more.

Alan: Foster Care Rocks!

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Fun-loving Alan moved into our Zhang Village foster care program three months ago from our Heartbridge Healing Home and he is thriving in his foster care family. It did not take Alan long to attach to his foster parents and brother. Read more.

Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day — and Grant!

Today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day in the United States. We have children with cerebral palsy in most of our programs all around China, but today we wanted to celebrate one special boy — Grant!

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We first became acquainted with Grant when he attended our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shantou from 2007 to 2013. Grant had been living at the orphanage and getting physical therapy for his cerebral palsy. Read more.

Cohen, Our Laughing Buddha

It’s hard to believe that the chubby-cheeked, healthy looking little boy that entered Fuyang foster care program just two weeks ago is the same wee baby that came into our care less than a year ago fighting for his life.

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Born prematurely, Cohen had the odds stacked against him in every way.
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Waiting Child Spotlight: Children With Down Syndrome

March 21st (3/21) was chosen as the day for World Down Syndrome Day to symbolize the third copy of chromosome 21 in Trisomy 21, the most common form of Down Syndrome. Today is extra special because it marks the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day! In honor of this special anniversary we wanted to share some of the children who are or have been in LWB programs who truly rock their extra chromosome. All of these children are waiting to be chosen for adoption.

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Seeking a Family for Shane

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Five year old Shane came into foster care from his orphanage already having an idea what it would be like. He had heard all about having a foster family in school from his two best friends from school, Bobby and Daniel, and it seemed like he couldn’t wait to have a foster family of his own! Read more.

Caleb, Full of Fun Through The Years

In just about every photo we have of Caleb, he seems to be smiling, laughing and loving life!

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This fun-loving, affectionate boy has been waiting for his forever family for too long, and so we wanted to share some of his life story and photos to help people get to know the wonderful boy that he is. Read more.

Learning about Lymphedema

From time to time, we will have a child in one of our programs who has a diagnosis that is unfamiliar to most people. We have found this to be the case for one of the boys in our Changzhi foster care program, eleven-year-old Yago. Due to the severity of his diagnosis, and the need for him to receive medical care, LWB volunteer and pediatrician Jenny LaBhan was able to help shed some light on why adoption is Yago’s only hope.

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Always On Our Minds

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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.

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