Great Beginnings: The Cleft Bottle Project

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Our Cleft Bottle Project is underway and off to a great start. Soft bottles designed for feeding children with cleft lip or palate are not available for purchase in China. In 2012 we worked with the Mead Johnson Company to have the bottles produced in China. We delivered those bottles to orphanages and healing homes and wherever we heard of a need. Read more.

An Update on Aimee and Harley

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Earlier this year, two precious children who had waited a long time finally got their chance at a new smile during LWB’s 2014 Cleft Exchange in Kaifeng, China: Aimee and Harley.  Aimee and Harley both had severe cleft lips, and we knew that our talented surgeons Dr. Ness and Dr. Tolan (seen above) would be their best chance at quality repairs. Read more.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

It’s that time of year again in China when the temperatures are beginning to drop and children need a thick, cozy coat to keep them warm.

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Many orphanages, homes, and schools in China do not have central heating, which means that people often wear their winter coats throughout the day, all through the winter months.  It is so important for every child to have a good quality winter coat that will keep them protected until spring comes again — and even more essential for children in our programs who have medical special needs and are more prone to pneumonia. Read more.

Landen: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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This charming young man, Landen, has reduced vision, but he hardly lets that slow him down. During the recent LWB Teacher Training, Landen proved just how little his vision gets in the way of his everyday functioning. He topped off the week of activities by performing in multiple dance and martial arts routines and sang in a duet! Read more.

Little Apple

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Early this past spring we were contacted by a rural orphanage who had just taken in a tiny premature baby, weighing just 1 kg, or 2.2 lbs. We moved her immediately to a provincial level hospital, where she was admitted to the neonatal ICU.
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Niamh’s News

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It’s been awhile since we updated everyone on Niamh, the resident character of our Dingyuan foster care program. Please enjoy her news, and help us spread the word that she is still waiting to be matched with a forever family! Read more.

Bobby, Brimming with Courage

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Five-year-old Bobby from our Sanmenxia foster care program is still “Brimming With Imagination” (see his past blog) — but he is also brimming with courage!  We hope you’ll take a moment to read about this wonderful boy who is waiting to be chosen by a family. Read more.

What About the Boys?

Many of us have ideas in our head about what adoption from China looks like. These ideas have likely been influenced by media (i.e., the 2005 film, “China’s Lost Girls”), press (covering China’s one-child policy), friends, family, and maybe even our own experiences.

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Over the years, adoption from China has evolved in a number of ways. You might have previously read our blog series about The Changing Face of China’s Orphans. Read more.

Four Adorable Reasons to Sponsor Foster Care Nutrition!

The babies and toddlers in LWB’s foster care program are busy growing and developing!  To insure that their bodies have all the nutrients and calories needed, we provide fortified cereal to children under 24 months of age through our Foster Care Nutrition program.

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Infant cereal is a good introduction to solid food. Foster parents are encouraged to use the cereal to transition their baby from formula to solid foods.  Picky toddlers don’t always make healthy food choices, so the familiar cereal helps insure that they receive much needed iron and vitamins. Why sponsor nutrition for a foster care child?  Here are four adorable reasons! Read more.

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Angie and her parents will celebrate her first birthday in October.  She was born with ventricular septal defect (VSD) – commonly called a “hole in the heart”.

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The hole in Angie’s heart is big enough that her heart is working too hard and she is developing pulmonary hypertension. Read more.

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