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.
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.
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.
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.
Some of the most vulnerable children we help are babies who are born prematurely, many weighing just 1 kg. The standard of care for these tiny newborns usually includes being kept under a warmer or in an incubator, with constant monitoring of their breathing, temperature, and heart function. Many babies require oxygen supplementation and sometimes even the use of a ventilator. That is why it is so remarkable to us when orphanages call us to help preemies who were found abandoned outside and who often were not found for hours after delivery. They are the tiniest warriors, and their strength continually humbles us. Read more.
In the early morning hours of a late July day, baby Christi was found. Born with some of her organs, including her liver and intestines, protruding through an opening in her abdomen (a condition called gastroschisis), the orphanage called LWB’s China staff immediately. Relying on LWB’s Emergency Medical Fund, Christi was rushed to the hospital where she received urgent surgery in the hope of saving this precious little girl’s life. Read more.
In June, Brent came into LWB’s care needing a colostomy because he was born with anal atresia.
Brent underwent a successful surgery, but while in the hospital doctors found he also has an atrial septic heart defect (ASD). He then developed an infection. After antibiotics and a couple weeks in an incubator, Brent was able to begin eating food. Read more.