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A Visit to Loudi Foster Care

Having farewelled the children, families, and staff in Xinzhou, our Foster Care Director Cindy and I were soon speeding towards Loudi, central Hunan, on another fast train. With a short stop in the capital Changsha, I had four hours to enjoy the changing winter landscape and blue skies outside my window, the latter a rarity in most Chinese cities. Flat plains of fallow fields changed to mountains and tunnels as our train approached Changsha. As the city outskirts came into view, I recalled my much-loved book, Doctors East Doctors West, that sits on a bookshelf at home, and marveled at how much China has changed since its author Dr. Edward H. Hume opened the Yale-in-China Hospital in Changsha 101 years ago. I thought about the medical exchanges LWB has had over the years and the medical exchanges and sharing of knowledge that will happen in the future.

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A Visit to Xinzhou Foster Care

As my flight from Australia descended into Beijing, I looked through my notes that I had written about the more than 50 children I was intending to visit over the next eight days. I wondered if I was being a little overly ambitious: five cities in four provinces. The schedule that Cindy, our foster care director, had put together was a tight one, and I hoped for good weather. Much of the time would be spent traveling from one city to another, but once there, nearly all our time would be spent visiting the foster families and children in our programs: Xinzhou, Loudi, Tongren, Qiandongnan, and Lanzhou. It was with excitement and optimism that I stepped off my flight, negotiated Beijing International airport and eventually laid my head on a pillow

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Books, Books, and More Books!

The more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~Dr. Seuss

Thanks to the generosity of a foster care sponsor, the children in LWB foster care are going to new and wondrous places through the gift of books! Over 100 children received books this fall, including the children whose adoption files are available and ready to be chosen by families.

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Fifteen Domestic Adoptions from Foster Care

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Over the last year, fifteen children from our foster care program in China were adopted domestically and will grow up surrounded by families in the country of their birth. Domestic adoption continues to rise in China, and we are thrilled that more and more families are open to adopting children who had been born with medical needs. Read more.

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Kayla: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

This summer, we welcomed darling Kayla to our foster care program in Loudi.  Kayla is 19 months old and has Down Syndrome. Since joining her foster family in June, Kayla has made incredible progress! Read more.

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Twenty Adoptions from Foster Care

Because we believe so strongly that every child born deserves a permanent family of his or her own, we of course celebrate each and every time a child in one of our programs is adopted. We just had to share the wonderful news that since the beginning of 2016, twenty children from our foster care program have been adopted, both internationally and domestically!


We wish a fond farewell to seven boys and thirteen girls who are now precious sons or daughters. Read more.

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Henry: One Happy Boy!

Henry just oozes joy!

Henry 5.14

This darling boy from our Loudi foster care program with the indomitable spirit is such a little love. Henry just celebrated his third birthday and is described as optimistic, friendly, obedient, and very happy! Read more.

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Hugs for Henry

Henry smiling

Henry is a handsome two-year-old boy who has been a part of our Loudi foster care program for a little over a year. Although his needs are complex, Henry has the most beautiful smile and is so full of joy! Read more.

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Luke: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Eight-month-old Luke, who has Down Syndrome, entered LWB’s Loudi Foster Care program in Hunan province at the beginning of this month.


Although he had a full head of hair, Luke recently had to get a hair cut in anticipation of the hot summer ahead. Read more.

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A Visit To Our Foster Care Programs in China

Last month three LWB program directors visited some of our foster care programs in Anhui, Hunan, and Fujian Provinces. All the children were given individual gifts, and each child was also presented with a warm winter coat. A tremendous outpouring of support for our recent Coats for Kids project provided winter coats for children in all of our foster care programs, which were very much appreciated by the children and their families.

Will and LWB Healing Homes Director, Julie Flynn Coleman

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