Tag Archives: adoption

Wisdom Wednesday: Post-Adoption Adjustment for Older Children

For a child who is no longer a baby, the post-adoption journey can look quite different. Today in international adoption, many children who are adopted are considered “older” and are often school-age. These children have a significant history, developed language, friends, and connections to their culture.

Girl Chinese dress Grandma

Upon joining a family abroad through adoption, they lose nearly all of this. Adoption professional and author Regina Kupecky once mentioned a helpful ratio that may help parents prepare and begin to understand their new child’s perspective on becoming part of their family. Read more.

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.

Wisdom Wednesday: Transitioning from Foster Care

As a foster care coordinator and someone who has adopted a child who was fostered, I often field questions from parents about how best to prepare themselves for adopting a child who was in foster care.

Grace from Huainan

Even the most prepared parents can find themselves caught off guard by their children’s behavior. Read more.


Mitchell is a delightful eight year old boy from our Believe In Me orphanage school in Shaoguan who is waiting to be matched with his forever family. He has come so far since he began to attend school in our program!

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From his earliest reports, Mitchell was described as a kind and polite boy who appeared quite serious in many of his photos. However, as Mitchell began learning and playing at school, his self-confidence grew and true personality started to shine through. Read more.

Twelve Years of Love Without Boundaries

Last week, Love Without Boundaries celebrated its twelfth anniversary of touching lives in China. I was so busy working on different projects that I only had time to quickly think, “WOW,” before getting back to the business at hand. But this past weekend I went into my office and began looking through old files, pulling up the photos of children we’ve had the honor to help in some way and reflecting on their impact upon my own life.

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The children who have come through the hands of LWB have stretched my heart in ways I never could have imagined. Read more.

Piper — Personality Plus!

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Four-year-old Piper from our Sanmenxia foster care program has grown by leaps and bounds in the past four months that she has been with her foster family. Piper lives with her foster parents and younger foster brother Quentin, whom she absolutely adores. Read more.

Sweet Sarah is Ready to Shine!

Sarah is a bright and joyful seven-year-old girl who is waiting to be matched with a family!

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Sarah has been diagnosed with lower limb paralysis. Leg weakness aside, nothing seems to be stopping her from flourishing as a student in our Qingyang Believe In Me School which we opened earlier this year. Sarah is described as having piercing eyes and a wide smile. We have witnessed an eagerness to learn and curiosity about everything around her. Read more.

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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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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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.


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