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Permanency for Orphaned Children

On my most recent trip to China, I visited multiple orphanages, both large and small. When my plane touched down I realized that it will soon be 15 years that I’ve been working with orphaned children, so obviously I’ve seen a lot of changes in that time. Despite multi-million dollar facilities being built in even […]

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Congenital Heart Defects: The World’s Most Common Birth Defect

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect seen worldwide and are a major cause of serious morbidity and mortality in infancy. In 2011, a study was done in China to observe the prevalence of heart defects among babies in Shanghai, which found a prevalence of 18.7 per 1,000 births. This is a significantly higher prevalence than found in North America in the same year, with 6.9 babies per 1,000 being born with heart defects.

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Morgan’s Eyes

Morgan is 3 ½ years old and is new to our foster care program in Guizhou. When our Foster care team saw Morgan’s photo, they felt that he was in need of urgent medical attention.

We were able to connect Morgan and his foster family with a wonderful eye hospital in Yunnan, and the chief surgeon asked them to travel to the hospital immediately.

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Meet Carlos

About one week after being born with cleft lip and palate, baby Carlos entered our Healing Homes program weighing a whopping 5.5 lbs.

After six weeks of loving care, he had a double chin! Read more

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Harlow’s Chance for Sight — And a Family

Four-year-old Harlow suffers from limited vision. Staff at her orphanage in Anhui noticed that she often scratches and rubs her eyes and seems to be uncomfortable. When she recently had her physical so that her paperwork could be submitted for adoption, doctors diagnosed her with severe congenital glaucoma.

Sadly, Harlow was unable to receive treatment for her eyes when she was younger, and there is a chance that her vision may be permanently affected.
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How One Photo Introduced Me to LWB — And Four Daughters

My husband, Cameron, and I have seventeen children. Eleven of those kids are adopted from Asia, and four of those eleven grew up in the same orphanage. The journey to those four “Huainan sisters” started with this photo:

Our adoption agency, Madison Adoption Associates, posted this picture advocating for a beautiful girl with an amazing smile. She had recently been adopted, but that adoption was disrupted in-country. Read more.

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The Story of Lovely Linda

Let us tell you a story about a little girl named Linda. In Spanish, “Linda” means pretty — and we think this Linda is that, and more!


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Fifteen Domestic Adoptions from Foster Care

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Over the last year, fifteen children from our foster care program in China were adopted domestically and will grow up surrounded by families in the country of their birth. Domestic adoption continues to rise in China, and we are thrilled that more and more families are open to adopting children who had been born with medical needs. Read more.

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More of The Year in Foster Care: 2016

This week, we continue to highlight some of the exciting developments in our foster care program.


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The Year in Foster Care: 2016

As we prepare to ring in the Year of Rooster and farewell the Year of the Monkey, we continue to reflect upon 2016.

This week we feature the children in our foster care programs. Read more.

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