Tag Archives: adoption

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.

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

Foster Care Rocks, but a Forever Family is Priceless!

Foster care rocks, but a forever family is priceless! We have many children in our foster care programs who are waiting to be chosen for adoption.

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No matter how wonderful foster care is, however, it can’t compare to a child being part of a family who will love and care for him and her forever. Read more.

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.

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