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Domestic Adoptions in 2017

At LWB, it’s a real celebration each time we hear that one of the orphaned children in our China programs has found a  forever home. Ten years ago, almost every child in LWB care would have had their files prepared for international adoption. Today, when we learn a child has been chosen, our first question now is “Domestic or International?” 

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Our Top Ten Photos of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, it is a perfect time to reflect back on the year’s highlights. Every year we go through thousands of pictures taken in our programs to bring you our much-anticipated Top Ten Photos.  As you look at the children’s beautiful faces, we hope you will realize our life-changing work is only possible because of your kindness and support. Please enjoy a few of our Top Ten Photos of 2017 and click here to visit our website to see them all!

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Isaac, Filled With Joy

This month we’re continuing to highlight some of the children whose lives you’re changing when you give to LWB. Today we want you to meet two-year-old Isaac, who was born with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. Isaac was just a tiny baby when he came into LWB foster care. It’s sadly very common for babies with Down Syndrome to become failure-to-thrive in orphanage settings, so we were grateful that Isaac was able to have his very own mom, dad, and grandma to surround him with love. It’s pretty clear from the early photos of his care with LWB just how happy he was to have so much attention.

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A $3,000 Adoption Grant for Beatrice

You might remember beautiful Beatrice from our blog post in November. She is a playful 17-month-old girl living in LWB foster care.. Love Without Boundaries has had the privilege of knowing Beatrice since she was five months old. Born with spina bifida, she does not currently have feeling in her lower limbs. However, Beatrice’s smile and personality are evident, and at a year and a half old, her abilities are shining through.

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A Night of Thanks

Several weeks ago, the ASiA student group (Asian Students in America) at the University of South Florida in Tampa held their 4th annual “Night of Thanks” fundraiser. Each year, ASiA selects a different charity to be the beneficiary of their “Night of Thanks”. This year, Love Without Boundaries was the chosen charity! Our CEO, Amy Eldridge, attended the fundraiser and spoke to the group about LWB’s programs in Cambodia and China.

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Beautiful Beatrice: Waiting For Adoption

Beautiful Beatrice entered our foster care program when she was just five months old. Beatrice was born with spina bifida, which occurs in utero as the spinal column develops and fails to completely seal. Often, a sac protrudes from a hole in the vertebrae containing spinal fluid, tissue, nerves, and part of the spinal cord. Despite surgery to close the opening, children with spina bifida may experience some degree of paralysis and loss of sensation below the damaged vertebrae. This is what happened in Beatrice’s case. Shortly after she was born, she was taken to an orphanage whose staff arranged for her to have the surgery she needed to survive. Following that operation, it was discovered that Beatrice had lost feeling in her lower body. That certainly didn’t stop this beautiful little girl from embracing her babyhood, however.

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2017 Cleft Medical Exchange: Meet Avery

In many countries around the world, superstitions abound surrounding children born with medical needs. In Africa for example, it’s frequently thought that children born with birth defects are a result of witchcraft. In China, thousands of babies are abandoned each year by families who believe it’s the only way to remove the “curse” that someone has placed on them. In Cambodia, a country where many believe strongly in reincarnation, people often believe children are born with birth defects as punishment for something the baby did in his or her previous life. The sad reality is that as long as people don’t have access to accurate medical knowledge about special needs, superstition and fear will prevail.

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Smile Cambodia

For the last thirteen years, LWB has sent medical teams to China to provide life-changing surgeries to both orphaned and rural children. In 2016, when we began our work in other countries, we immediately set a goal to expand our international outreach with this essential program as well. Many emails were sent to hospitals and organizations throughout southeast Asia introducing LWB and our Cleft Medical Exchange program. In February, we found the perfect opportunity for LWB’s first surgical trip outside of China.  Our team is very excited to partner with a wonderful organization called Smile Cambodia.

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Faye’s Dream

Little Faye is almost four years old. Due to her family’s financial hardship, both of her parents work as migrants far away from her hometown. Fortunately, Faye lives with her grandma and grandpa, who told us that she loves to sing and dance more than anything. They said she is like a little spirit who came out of a fairy tale to bring endless joy to them. Sadly, when she was one year old, doctors diagnosed her with severe pulmonary stenosis, and her family was unable to pay for her operation. For two years they worried and felt helpless, but thankfully this year they heard about LWB’s Unity Initiative and applied right away.

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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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