Our daughter Megan has been home for nearly four months now. You may remember her as LWB’s “Rachel”, and many of you have known her for years because you have served as her faithful team of sponsors for LWB’s foster care and education programs. Read more.
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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.
It was 2011, and Yago had just entered our Believe in Me School in Changzhi. We knew then that he needed special care for his leg.
Over the years, however, we have learned through consulting with experts that the best opportunity for Yago to receive the ongoing care that he needs for his condition is to be cared for by a family able to thoroughly address and consistently manage his care. Read more.
Since entering our Believe in Me school in Liupanshui in 2012, Elaine has made great progress. At the beginning what was most noticeable was her desire to help and understand her new surroundings. Everything was new and different to her, so it took her some time to warm up. She obviously paid close attention and her teachers saw that she was making strides to interact more with others, learn how to verbalize herself and play with the other children. Read more.
My older sister recently had a baby, and it was great to get to follow along with her nine month journey. The most exciting part of the pregnancy for my relatives, however, was the hardest part for me – her sonogram.
You know the scene: family gathered all around in a small room, admiring the images of the new baby on the screen. And when the tech announced, “It’s a girl!” everyone cheered and was overjoyed. That was hard moment for me, though, because in all the happiness I had a feeling of dread come over me. My mind went to when my birthmother was pregnant with me. What was her and my birthfather’s reaction to me being a girl? Read more.