The Jinjiang Believe in Me (BIM) School is something special. Children with special needs who are unable to attend a regular public school participate in meaningful educational activities that allow children to grow both cognitively and emotionally. Jinjiang BIM teachers receive specialized training to help their students reach their full potential. Read more.
Tag Archives: Down Syndrome
When we pulled up to visit Niamh and her foster sister several weeks ago, we were greeted on the street by Niamh and her beloved foster grandpa. In October, Niamh, who has Down Syndrome, turned eight years old. She wasn’t walking until very recently, and she was so proud to take her grandpa’s hand and march us down the block to her home! Read more.
In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, LWB is posting a series of blogs about adopting a child with this special need.
“Aren’t you terrified your child will have Down syndrome?” Those were the first words my friend asked me when I told her my husband and I were expecting our first child. I was slightly taken aback; the possibility hadn’t really struck me – and if it had, well, Down syndrome seemed like such an easy disability to face.
On December 17, 2010 my husband Matt and I decided to take that first big step towards adoption. We had been talking and praying about it since August of 2004. Due to the increasingly long wait for a healthy baby from China, we opted to go the “special needs” route. We thought we would look for a toddler girl with a cleft lip/palate. What we found and fell in love with was a 12-year-old girl (Ashlyn) with a repaired cleft lip and palate who was close to aging out and never having the chance to be a part of a forever family.
My sweet boy Isaac is amazing in a thousand incredible ways. Every day I am in awe of the miracle of his little life–that he lives and breathes and is thriving despite what his genetics had predestined for him. His evening dance-offs in the mirror are proof that he’s got this “living-life-to-the-fullest” thing wrapped around his little finger. Read more.
October is National Down Syndrome Awareness month. Throughout this month, LWB Community will be be featuring several families who have adopted children with Down Syndrome.
Two weeks ago, we couldn’t wait to share the news we had just learned that Julian was the recipient of a substantial adoption grant from another organization who calls him Jimmy. In the last few days, we discovered that his grant has grown even larger. Now, the lucky family who chooses to adopt Julian could be the recipient of an adoption grant of over $7,500!
You can read more about Julian in our latest blog about him, “Big News for Julian“. Julian lives with a foster family in Hunan and enjoys spending time with an older neighbor who is wheelchair-bound. Read more
Luke is a darling, six-year-old boy in LWB’s Kaifeng Foster Care Program. He is described as active, playful, coordinated, well-behaved, sensible, and gentle.
Down syndrome does not define who Luke is…he is so many things, including capable and independent. He can dress himself for the most part, use the bathroom on his own, and attends kindergarten each day, after which he spends the afternoons with his foster grandparents and tells them all about what happened at school.
Molly is an adorable four-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Last fall Molly’s orphanage agreed to place her in LWB’s Sanmenxia Foster Care Program. This sweet young girl has truly thrived with the experience of receiving one-on-one attention and being in a family setting.
Molly’s foster mother has worked with her on manners, social skills such as greetings, feeding herself, and being safe by holding hands and not walking in the street. Read more.
Just in time for Easter, we bring you the tale of Isabella Bunny!
Once upon a time a little bunny named Isabella lived in a village in Henan with her foster grandma, foster grandpa, and foster brother. Isabella was six years old and was known throughout the village as an easygoing, mild-mannered girl full of happiness and joy. Read more.