Tag Archives: Down Syndrome

Three Cheers for Gerri!

Hip hip hooray! We are overjoyed to welcome little Miss Gerri to her new foster care family in Sanmenxia.

Gerri reaching 10.15

Gerri is two years old and has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Although she is still a bit wobbly, she can walk and get from place to place. She has been putting a lot of effort into mastering walking! Read more.


About three weeks ago, we learned of a little boy with Down Syndrome who needed immediate help. The photos we saw showed a seven-month-old baby who looked more like a newborn. His furrowed brow and skinny arms touched our hearts, and of course we agreed to do what we could to find out why he could not gain weight. His orphanage allowed us to move him immediately to the hospital for testing and IV nutrition.

Auden 9.15

The testing we did showed that Auden was unable to process normal formula due to a severe allergy, so his body had become extremely weak. Due to his compromised state, he developed an infection and high fevers. Read more.

Wonderful Kids with Down Syndrome Who Wait for Families

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness month, a special opportunity to celebrate and recognized the accomplishments of individuals with Down Syndrome. In recognition, we want to spend time this month celebrating the children from our foster care programs who are waiting to be matched with permanent families through adoption!

Mateo2 9.15Mateo, age 5

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Piper — Personality Plus!

Piper 8.15

Four-year-old Piper from our Sanmenxia foster care program has grown by leaps and bounds in the past four months that she has been with her foster family. Piper lives with her foster parents and younger foster brother Quentin, whom she absolutely adores. Read more.

The Joy of Mateo

Handsome and happy Mateo is a four-year-old boy who currently lives in our Tongren foster care program while he waits to be chosen for adoption. Mateo exudes joy!

Mateo 6.15

During the week, Mateo is able to attend school thanks to supporters of our education program. Read more.

One Last Post for Luke

For the past five years, we have had the joy and privilege of watching Luke in our Kaifeng foster care program grow up. Sadly, our time with Luke will come to an end this summer as Luke is the only child remaining in our Kaifeng foster care program who has yet to be adopted. At the end of his school year, Luke will return to the Social Welfare Institute where he will attend a new school while he waits to be chosen for adoption.


Over the years, we have blogged and featured Luke many times over the years hoping a family would see Luke as their child and wish to make him part of their family. Read more.

Piper: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

In April, we welcomed four-year-old Piper to our foster care program in Sanmenxia, Henan. After spending her first four years of life in an orphanage, we were so pleased to see that Piper quickly attached to her foster mother.


Piper has Down Syndrome and was able to receive physical therapy in the orphanage. Now in a family environment, Piper has the full attention of her foster mother who spends lots of time with her and is paying close attention to her development. In just a short time in foster care, Piper has already learned to walk a bit more steadily and is willing to try to speak more! Read more.

Alan, Ready for His Forever Family

Darling Alan from our Shantou foster care program is looking for his forever family! Could he be yours?

Alancrouching 5.15

Alan is an energetic and fun-loving five-year-old boy with Down Syndrome. Described by his foster parents as being “lovely and mischievous,” Alan enjoys kicking a ball outside in the grass with his foster father, riding a toy car around and playing with a very large stuffed dog. Read more.

Luke’s Wish

Eight-year-old Luke in our Kaifeng foster care program has been singing and dancing his way into our hearts since we first met him as a tiny baby in need of heart surgery.We have been advocating for this little guy to be adopted for so long and have many blogs about him. We hold onto our wish for Luke that he will make his way into the hearts of a forever family soon!

Luke 3.15

To help make this dream a reality for a family wishing to pursue Luke’s adoption, LWB has increased Luke’s Adoption Assistance Grant to $4,000. Read more.

Waiting Child Spotlight: Children With Down Syndrome

March 21st (3/21) was chosen as the day for World Down Syndrome Day to symbolize the third copy of chromosome 21 in Trisomy 21, the most common form of Down Syndrome. Today is extra special because it marks the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day! In honor of this special anniversary we wanted to share some of the children who are or have been in LWB programs who truly rock their extra chromosome. All of these children are waiting to be chosen for adoption.

NiamhNiamh and her foster grandpa. 

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