Tag Archives: Foster Care

Ready for Cleft Surgery!

Surgeries begin one week from Monday on our 2014 Cleft Medical Exchange!  We would like to introduce you to some of the children who will be having surgery.

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Little Winston entered our Anhui Healing Home when he was a newborn.  Now four months old, Winston has gained enough weight to have his cleft lip surgery.  Winston is attached to his nanny and cries when she leaves his sight.  He recently learned to roll over and likes to play with toys that make noise.
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Visiting Foster Families

While on my recent trip to China, I was able to visit several of the foster care programs we run there. Currently LWB has foster care in 18 Chinese cities, and we are always looking to expand to new locations because we believe so strongly that children do best being raised in quality family care.

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At every location, I would visit both the local orphanage and then children in home care. Again and again, I was struck by the developmental differences between the two groups of children. Babies need families – pure and simple. And now, with the vastly changing population of orphaned children who almost all have special needs, I believe it is more important than ever to get orphaned children out into the local communities so that everyone can come to understand how amazing these kids are. Read more.

Rob: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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Rob entered LWB’s Anhui Healing Home at the beginning of this year. He had an unrepaired cleft lip and palate and also a hernia. Read more.

Adventures and New Ventures in Lanzhou, Gansu

LWB recently opened a Believe in Me school program inside the Lanzhou orphanage in Gansu province.  A team from the U.S. visited the school in late March, and we thought you might like learning a bit more about this region and our newest project.

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As you fly into Lanzhou, you can immediately tell you are in an area very unlike the more populated eastern part of China. As far as you can see are brown, treeless mountains, fronted by a landscape which initially looks like desert.  Once on the ground, however, you realize that the ground is not sand, but instead a powdery, dry silt. Of course this region was part of the famous Silk Road in China and so has a long and interesting history. The mountains are dotted with caves, which served as homes to many people during the 1950s to 1970s.
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Precious Pearl

Pearl is, like her namesake, beautiful, rare, and precious.

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And very much like a pearl, she is a hidden treasure of the Waiting Children Program. Six years old, Pearl is living with a loving foster care family in Guizhou, but she is still waiting patiently for a family to call her own. Read more.

Luke and David: Brand New Adoption Grant Recipients!

The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love. ~Stephen Kendrick

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At Love Without Boundaries, we wish for every child to have the unconditional love that they deserve. To make this wish a reality, we offer adoption assistance grants when possible.  Adoption carries a large price tag, and we know that every little bit can help a family’s dreams of adopting a reality. Read more.

Friday Fun: A Little Trip Trivia

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This week, three LWB team members from the U.S. are leaving for China to visit existing programs and to hopefully set up some new programs as well. They have a very busy itinerary which includes several different Chinese provinces. As you read about their trip, we thought it would be fun to challenge you with some trivia questions about these areas. Read more.

Adorable Drew

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When he arrived at the orphanage, adorable Drew was six months old. An echocardiogram revealed this chubby-cheeked cutie was born with multiple heart defects: extrocardia, endocardia cushion defect, and pulmonary stenosis. Within a week he was in Shanghai for life-saving surgery. Drew recovered so well from his surgery that he was discharged less than two weeks later!
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Beautiful Nancy

In early 2009, Nancy came into our hands as a tiny newborn baby with cleft lip. Her orphanage had called us for help when she wasn’t gaining weight properly, and we quickly moved her to our Anhui Healing Home, where she weighed in at a whopping 2 kgs. on intake day!

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Our nannies patiently got to work feeding and caring for her, and within a few months she had more than doubled her weight. That is when her sweet personality began to emerge. One of our favorite quotes from her special nanny said, “When she smiles, she smiles gently…just like the ripples on a peaceful lake caused by a falling tree leaf.” Read more.

Tyrone: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Tyrone is a 22-month old boy who is on the go!

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He has been attending the toddler class at LWB’s Believe in Me  Huainan School. While he was previously having trouble meeting his milestones, he has begun to catch up quickly. He loves to crawl everywhere and is pulling himself up to stand. He is practicing walking in the walker, and we know he will be walking on his own soon. Tyrone is due to have his cleft palate fixed during our upcoming Cleft Exchange Trip, after which he will join LWB’s Huainan Foster Care Program. Read more.

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