Tag Archives: adopt

Finding Patrick

In April of 2014, I was meeting with officials at an orphanage in Anhui province when a staff member ran into our room.  She explained that a newborn baby had just been found by the police and that the little boy was in need of emergency medical care.

Patrick's first photo

We were about two hours from Anhui Children’s Hospital and the skilled surgeons there, and so we immediately offered to drive the baby to Hefei so he could get the operation he needed to survive. Read more.

Smiling Spencer

Spencer always seems to be smiling! We want to take a few moments to tell you more about this joyful six-year-old boy who is waiting for a family.


Spencer, described by caregivers as a “funny boy,” makes us smile too.
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Wisdom Wednesday: Why Don’t More Foster Families Adopt?

Every month we are fortunate to receive many wonderful photos of foster children in our programs getting lots of love from their foster parents. These images bring a big smile to our faces and receive many positive comments by those who view them. However, sometimes these photos raise this question: “If the foster family loves the child so much, why don’t they just adopt him?”

Foster Care gift blog
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All About Aaron

As I general rule of thumb, I try to stay away from describing children with words that only point out their physical attractiveness. I just want to find something deeper in them and for them to read about themselves in the future, and for them to see something more than a cute face.  But when I saw this photo of Aaron – all I could think was how darn handsome and ADORABLE he is! Doesn’t this four-year-old face just melt your heart?!  I know I cannot be the only one.

Aarondrawing 6.15
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Curious Caleb

Caleb is an inquisitive and friendly boy in our Huainan Orphaned Student Support and foster care programs. Thanks to the donors of the Orphaned Student Support program, Caleb attends school with his foster brother Henry.

Caleb Ed Success Story 6.15
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Amber: The Little Tortoise Emerging From Her Shell

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


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.

2014 Report on Intercountry Adoption

The U.S. Department of State just released its 2014 Report on Intercountry Adoption.


Here are a few facts that we pulled out of this report that we thought might be particularly interesting:

* 2,040 adoptions from China were completed in 2014. This is a 10% decrease in the number of children from China being adopted to the U.S. compared to the previous year, 2013, when 2,301 kids were chosen by American families.
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Seeking a Family for Shane


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.

Caleb, Full of Fun Through The Years

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.

Alan, Thriving in Foster Care

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.