Amazing Amanda

This beautiful little girl joined our Heartbridge Healing Home in December, just two months before her third birthday. She had just had surgery for a complex heart defect and needed extra nurturing care to help her heal and catch up on the many developmental milestones that had been delayed by her illness.

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Upon arrival, a very somber Amanda did not speak or walk, and barely held her head up on her own. Her new nannies were very concerned about this melancholy little girl; would they be able to bring her out of her shell?
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Teacher Training 2015: Day Two in Changzhi

Rested and ready to go, this morning Tracey and Mary Beth from Training Team B met with the teachers from our Believe in Me orphanage school in Changzhi.

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Nearly all of the children in this school have some kind of special need, and we discussed how to adapt learning activities for children with various skill levels in the same classroom. Read more.

2015 Teacher Training Has Begun!

Teacher training teams A and B have arrived at their first locations! LWB’s three teacher training teams collaborate with teachers in our Believe in Me (BIM) Schools about how to better meet the needs of students with a variety of abilities and challenges.  Yesterday, Team B visited the Believe in Me orphanage school in Changzhi. The fun has begun!

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Miss Megan Awaits A Family

Megan from our Guiyang foster care program is jumping for joy at the news of her Adoption Assistance grant!

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Joyful Jason

Jason is a handsome three-year-old boy who has been in our Sanmenxia foster care program since last September.

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Jason is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but that has not prevented him from growing and thriving! Read more.

Life Skills Camp: Sponsors Needed!

For over a decade, LWB has been working with older teens in orphanages, helping with high school and college tuition, vocational training, and more. I have been very blessed to have become good friends with many of the now young adults who were in our programs. My heart is especially burdened for them as many have shared with me the great loss they carry from never having a family of their very own.

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I often think of my own young adult kids and how very much they needed my help as they left home to spread their wings.  I admit that even at age 50, I still call my mom and dad sometimes to ask their advice, so it’s hard to imagine growing up in institutional care and not having that one key person who will guide and mentor you to adulthood. Read more.

Amber: The Little Tortoise Emerging From Her Shell

Amber has been a student at our Believe in Me orphanage school in Huainan since 2010.

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In 2010, we knew her as “little tortoise”, an affectionate nickname given to her by her teachers due to her tendency to be introverted. Read more.

Ode to My Son’s Foster Parents

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.

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Last month I got to meet MY heroes – my son’s foster parents. Read more.

One Last Post for Luke

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.

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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.

Piper: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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.

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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.

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