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.
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In just about every photo we have of Caleb, he seems to be smiling, laughing and loving life!
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.
Five year old Alan is a busy and active little boy with Down Syndrome who has been thriving in our Shantou foster care program this year. Alan has such a sweet and happy spirit!
His favorite thing to do is to listen to music and dance. Alan is also quite the entertainer. Read more.
Without a doubt, the holiday season is a time when all of us think of family. We try to come up with the perfect gifts for those we hold dear, count down the days until loved ones return home, and miss so terribly those we can no longer see and hold. Yes, the holidays are busy and often hectic, but absolutely this time of year reminds us that love is one of the greatest blessings we can ever receive, doesn’t it?
It is for that reason that we have put “love” at the very center of our year end campaign: Love Starts Here. For far too many children around the world, unconditional love is a gift they have not yet experienced. Read more.
Does the adoption of an older child carry a greater risk for both the child and the family that will be created? This is a question I most certainly asked myself two years ago as I studied the file of a older child living in an orphanage in China, in the city of Changzhi.
Parents often worry that older children will experience attachment issues that will make it difficult for them to bond with their new family. I worried about this.
Over the weekend I was contacted by an adult adoptee who felt the images we were posting on social media in honor of National Adoption Month trivialized the vast complexities of adoption. She wrote, “Adoption isn’t a quote superimposed on a picture. And it certainly isn’t a cheery saying on the front of a t-shirt. Adoption carries with it a lot of pain, and it shouldn’t be reduced to a greeting card.”
I read her letter carefully, because as an adoptive mom myself, I always want to listen and learn from those who have shared a similar type of journey as my children. Read more.
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.