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Helping Families Stay United: Love Starts Here

Tom is only a few months old and has undoubtedly had a rough start – but this little guy is a fighter!

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At just ten days old, Tom ‘s family rushed him to the hospital because he was ill, and he had surgery for appendicitis. Then, the surgery site became infected, causing parts of his colon and small intestine to become damaged.  Another surgery removed the damaged areas and gave him a temporary colostomy so he could heal.  Little Tom been in the ICU since the surgery, which means that his family can’t visit him. Read more.

Qingyang: Love Starts Here

Several months ago, we were contacted by some parents who had adopted from the Qingyang orphanage in Gansu province. They wondered if we would consider starting any of our programs here, and so we began discussions with local officials about which of our projects might benefit the children in their care.

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This orphanage has over 100 children born with medical needs, and many of them are unable to attend public school. Because of this, we decided that opening one of our Believe in Me schools onsite would be a great first partnership. Read more.

Love Starts Here

Without a doubt, the holiday season is a time when all of us think of family. We try to come up with the perfect gifts for those we hold dear, count down the days until loved ones return home, and miss so terribly those we can no longer see and hold. Yes, the holidays are busy and often hectic, but absolutely this time of year reminds us that love is one of the greatest blessings we can ever receive, doesn’t it?

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It is for that reason that we have put “love” at the very center of our year end campaign: Love Starts Here. For far too many children around the world, unconditional love is a gift they have not yet experienced. Read more.

Cindy: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Cindy is a beautiful seven month old baby girl who is new to our Changzhi foster care program. Cindy was named in honor of Cindy Wu, our wonderful China Foster Care Director.

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Baby Cindy recently had her cleft lip repaired and has recovered nicely.
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Arya the Adventurer

In the summer of 2012, we were contacted by a rural orphanage about a new baby they had taken in with cleft lip and a small heart defect.  She was jaundiced and difficult to feed, and sadly many babies born with this special need become failure to thrive very quickly in an orphanage setting. They asked if we could possibly take her into our care at the Anhui Healing Home. We thankfully had an open bed and told them to move her immediately.

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This beautiful baby girl was given the name of Arya (because one of our volunteers was reading Game of Thrones), and she soon had her very first bath given by one of our loving nannies. Read more.

Advocate, Adopt, Sponsor, Share: Celebrate National Adoption Month

Nearly all of us here at Love Without Boundaries have been touched by adoption in some way, and so we love honoring and celebrating ADOPTION in the month of November!  One of our core beliefs is that all children deserve to know the love of a family, regardless of the country in which they were born. We have so much respect for the foster care system in the United States and celebrate when we hear that a child in need of a forever family here in our own country has been adopted!  However, our focus is China, and we want to use this month to highlight the thousands of orphaned children living in China, waiting for families to love them.

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How Far Would You Go?

I am often asked why so many children with medical needs are now orphaned in China. I frequently have people tell me that they think it is terrible that anyone would abandon a child who was sick, and I see similar comments on social media with regular frequency. I remember having a discussion with another parent at an adoption conference, and she told me quite frankly that she would never honor her daughter’s birthparents because they had “thrown her away” when she was born needing surgery.

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Over the last decade of working in China, I have learned that this is a complex subject that can’t be summed up in simple black or white statements. For many rural families, the cost of providing their child with medical care is completely beyond their reach. How far would you go to possibly save the life of your child?  Read more.

Great Beginnings: The Cleft Bottle Project

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Our Cleft Bottle Project is underway and off to a great start. Soft bottles designed for feeding children with cleft lip or palate are not available for purchase in China. In 2012 we worked with the Mead Johnson Company to have the bottles produced in China. We delivered those bottles to orphanages and healing homes and wherever we heard of a need. Read more.

An Update on Aimee and Harley

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Earlier this year, two precious children who had waited a long time finally got their chance at a new smile during LWB’s 2014 Cleft Exchange in Kaifeng, China: Aimee and Harley.  Aimee and Harley both had severe cleft lips, and we knew that our talented surgeons Dr. Ness and Dr. Tolan (seen above) would be their best chance at quality repairs. Read more.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

It’s that time of year again in China when the temperatures are beginning to drop and children need a thick, cozy coat to keep them warm.

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Many orphanages, homes, and schools in China do not have central heating, which means that people often wear their winter coats throughout the day, all through the winter months.  It is so important for every child to have a good quality winter coat that will keep them protected until spring comes again — and even more essential for children in our programs who have medical special needs and are more prone to pneumonia. Read more.

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