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2014 Report on Intercountry Adoption

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

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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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Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day — and Grant!

Today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day in the United States. We have children with cerebral palsy in most of our programs all around China, but today we wanted to celebrate one special boy — Grant!

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We first became acquainted with Grant when he attended our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shantou from 2007 to 2013. Grant had been living at the orphanage and getting physical therapy for his cerebral palsy. Read more.

Learning about Lymphedema

From time to time, we will have a child in one of our programs who has a diagnosis that is unfamiliar to most people. We have found this to be the case for one of the boys in our Changzhi foster care program, eleven-year-old Yago. Due to the severity of his diagnosis, and the need for him to receive medical care, LWB volunteer and pediatrician Jenny LaBhan was able to help shed some light on why adoption is Yago’s only hope.

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Always On Our Minds

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The children whom we have been honored to help in China are always on our minds. We worry over them when they come into our care and do what we can to give them every chance for a good future. Whether we are able to help them with surgery, healing home care, nutrition, or foster care and education, these children grow dear to us as we see them grow and develop and change over time.  When many of them have the opportunity for adoption and meet their forever families, we rejoice! And we continue to think of them after their adoption. Read more.

Telling Quinn’s Story

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Quinn is a boy from our Shantou foster care program who has just turned seven years old and is waiting for adoption. LWB volunteer Jennifer Knox spent time volunteering at Quinn’s orphanage last year before he re-entered foster care and loved getting to know him! Here, she tells the story of her week with Quinn. Read more.

Adoptee Wisdom

Love Without Boundaries is not an adoption agency; however, many of the orphaned children with whom we have the privilege of working end up in adoptive families. We also are advocates for adoption when it seems to be the best option for a child in our care. Whether we are adoptive parents, friends of an adopted person, adoption professionals or simply curious, we may sometimes wonder: What do adoptees wish others knew about their experiences?

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Here are just a few thoughts — some philosophical, some a bit more practical — from some older adoptees. 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!

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His favorite thing to do is to listen to music and dance. Alan is also quite the entertainer. Read more.

Fabian

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Weighing just 12 pounds at 14 months old, little Fabian came to us with blue lips and fingers and was having great difficulty breathing. His orphanage was very concerned about how weak he was and asked if we could help. Read more.

Matched (or Home!) in 2014

One of our favorite blogs to write each year is the one in which we feature all of the children for whom we advocated last year who have been matched with families!

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While we are of course overjoyed that so many kids in our programs are chosen quickly by adoptive parents, sometimes there are kids who need extra advocacy to get their awesomeness known. Some of these children are now with their forever families, and others are waiting in China while their families work to bring them home. Although it’s never easy to think about all of the children who still wait to be chosen for adoption, today we choose to Carpe Diem, or seize the day, and celebrate the ones you helped us advocate for in 2014! Read more.

A Grant for Grant

Introducing Grant, LWB’s newest Adoption Assistance Grant recipient!

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Grant is a sweet and curious eleven-year-old boy who has just entered our foster care program in Shantou. This handsome boy may look familiar to some of you as he was in our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shantou for the past six years prior to its closing. We would love to see Grant find his forever family in 2015! Read more.

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