Special Needs Adoption

Every day in our work with orphaned children, we have one hope for the great kids we help — ADOPTION. Whether it is domestic or international, we know that no humanitarian aid program in the world can completely change the life of a child the way a permanent and loving family can. Because of this, we are passionate about adoption advocacy. Did you know that last year special needs adoptions made up 50% of all of the adoptions from China? And yet for all of 2009, that means only 1500 children with special needs found homes.

Right now, on the main special needs list from the CCAA, there are over 1500 Chinese children waiting right at this moment for someone to choose them as their son or daughter. That list can be overwhelming to a lot of people, especially if you just read a line that says “Mei, age 5, Hepatitis B” or “Kai, age 2, limb deformity”. For a lot of people, it is easier to focus on the special need they read than the fact that every line on the shared list is a CHILD waiting for someone to believe in them. This is understandable, as people new to the special needs path to adoption often don’t know which special needs to consider, while others still carry the mistaken belief that the term “special needs” always means a child who will never be able to live independently.

Because we believe education is the key to successful special needs adoptions, LWB created both a website (www.adoptspecialneeds.org) and a video last year called “Adopting the Waiting Child”. Soon after producing it, we realized we needed to do even more. And so we have decided to make a video for every possible special need, starting with those that are often the most frightening to people. Our hope is that people can look beyond the special need and see the kids who are waiting for homes for the beautiful and wonderful children they are.

Our first specific video addresses Thalassemia and can be watched here. We are beginning work on our next video which will cover the special need of albinism. If your family would be willing to be a part of this new educational series, please contact us! And if anyone ever has additional ideas on ways to advocate for every orphaned child to find a home, we are always open to new ideas.

Amy Eldridge is the Executive Director of Love Without Boundaries.

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  2. chinamomm 18 May 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    My husband and I adopted our daughter Grace from China in 2008 who was in the special needs program. All 24 families we traveled with were there for special needs children as well. Our daughter had a cleft palate which China labeled third degree. We had no idea what that meant because there are no “degrees in the US, only complete and incomplete. As it turned out it was minor and easily corrected and she is talking wonderfully and graduated from speech therapy quickly! Please don’t be afraid of the special needs program, these children are so amazing!

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  9. LynnBrokus 29 December 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I am so overwhelmed by your site. My 12 year old son is adopted and we desperately wish to adopt again if only there were financial help to do so. I am planning a trip to China with the school that I work at and would LOVE to bring home siblings from China for my family if only it were possible. Please pray that it might be possible!
    Lynn
    PS – do you know of any financial help available? I am a nurse and we look specifically for children with medical needs.

  10. globeaulieu 31 March 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Hi i would like to help by taking one in our home and loving him , caring for him and nurting him or her as a foster care family and then adopt, babys are so loving .I feel we have so mutch to offer by taking care of a baby . I raise three of my own , I would love to have the chanch to hold one in my arms agin .Where do we start. THANK YOU

  11. chinalwb 31 March 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Please contact us at [email protected] with your questions, and we will be happy to do what we can to help you get started. Best of luck to you!

  12. Mom of 3 3 April 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    We brought home our beautiful daughter from China 6 months ago. She was on the special needs list for “severe hearing impairment, premature, developmental delays, enlarged spleen, anemia”. I’m happy to report that her hearing is FINE (we think she had fluid in her ears, she is developing rapidly in all areas & she has no issues with anemia or her spleen. She is tiny (23 lbs @ 2 years old) but completely PERFECT. I am not suggesting that all SN situations turn out like this but we felt blessed to have the opportunity to adopt her (even if all the issues were still there). Please consider SN adoption – the blessings are AMAZING!


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