Tag Archives: adoption

The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange: It Begins!

We are happy to report that LWB’s entire medical team has made it safely to China and the excitement for our 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange has begun!

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The group was up bright and early on Sunday morning, if not because of day-one jet lag, then in great anticipation of traveling to Henan province to begin meeting the children we will be helping this week. Read more.

Four Special Students From Believe in Me Qingyang

This spring, students at our Believe In Me orphanage school in Qingyang have been busy with lots of fun enrichment activities. They have been celebrating Chinese New Year, reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, learning about numbers and shapes, and eating lots of healthy snacks – all while having fun with their teachers and friends!

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We want to show you a typical day in the Qingyang Believe in Me classroom through the eyes of four very special students who are currently waiting to be matched with adoptive families:  Martin, Diane, Jane, and Samuel. Read more.

Callie’s Journey to a Family in China

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Found on a cold February morning weighing just over three pounds, preemie Callie was brought to an orphanage in eastern China. They called us immediately for assistance, and Callie was admitted to the hospital for emergency medical care. Read more.

Cora: The Gift of Knowing How to Love And Be Loved

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On December 7, 2015, I sat in the Taiyuan social welfare office wondering what the next chapter in our lives held.  We knew so little about our soon to be 2 ½ year old daughter. We knew Cora had complex congenital heart defects and Goldenhar Syndrome, but we did not know the extent of either of those diagnoses. We knew, from pictures, that she had been loved deeply while in the care of Little Flower Projects, and we knew she had been in a Love Without Boundaries foster care program (where she was known as “Josie”) for the last twelve months.  Read more.

Love For Luna

Last fall, we were contacted about an eight-month-old baby girl with severe congenital heart disease. Her orphanage had recently sent her to Beijing, but doctors there felt there was nothing that could be done surgically for her.

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Luna, as she came to be known, was suffering from repeated bouts of respiratory infections and pneumonia, and it was clear that without something being done quickly, she would not survive. Read more.

Joel: When Something Is Just Right

Several years ago, I had learned about a darling little boy who had been born with an extremely complex heart defect.  He was living at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home, and on a visit to China I actually got to hold him in my arms. I never could have imagined then that one day I would be his forever mama.

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But my ten-year-old son knew, and he just had to make my heart know as well. And when my heart realized Joel was my son, there was no stopping me. No news on his health challenges could deter me from bringing my son home.
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Aaron’s Journey

Since the early days of his life, Aaron has been in LWB care. Aaron’s life has been touched by a broad range of LWB programs — Medical, Healing Homes, Nutrition, Education, Foster Care and Advocacy — each one working together to benefit one special little boy.

Aaron baby

In late April 2011, a darling boy started his journey in LWB’s hands. Born with a meningocele (spinal tumor), little Aaron was quickly moved to the hospital where he underwent a complex neurosurgery which also required the placement of a shunt. Read more.

An Adoption Assistance Grant for Robert

We are happy to announce our newest recipient of an LWB Adoption Assistance Grant — Robert!

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Robert is eight years old and attends school at our Believe in Me orphanage school in Lanzhou. He has been diagnosed with EV, or Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis. While his condition is not life-threatening, it is very unusual. EV is a rare inherited condition that is characterized by the development of skin lesions which can be very sensitive to the touch. Read more.

Fostering Love

Today, a family shares their experience of adopting a child from a Love Without Boundaries foster care program.

Lydia Kate and her Mom

I gave her a baby doll that we brought for her.  She propped it up on her face and began kissing it, and sniffing its neck.  I knew then that this was something that had been done to her as a sign of endearment. She knew how to nurture, to show love and affection — something which is not typical for the scenario we were in. According to the books we’d read, we would have to teach her to do these things. It turns out that being in a loving foster home was teacher enough for our Lydia Kate. Read more.

Simon

Earlier this month, Simon was playing in his neighborhood and was nearly hit by a car.

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He fractured his pelvis but fortunately avoided more serious injury.  For an active-five-year-old boy, however, treatment for his pelvis requires him to remain in the hospital for several weeks without moving! Read more.

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