Two-year-old LuLu is the newest student in our small but wonderful Believe in Me school in Liupanshui. On her first day, just a few weeks ago, we heard that she is a very timid child, who was nervous being in the classroom and would not speak much.
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Every child deserves to know the joy of learning. For many children born with special needs in China, this opportunity is not available to them. For many reasons, these children are often unable to attend public school and for them education is only a dream.
For 34 very special children, that dream is about to become a reality. Thanks to the incredible generosity of some very special LWB supporters, their education is about to begin. Read more.
Rob is a new arrival to LWB’s Anhui Healing Home (AHH), but he is not new to LWB. Rob just arrived from LWB’s Starbridge Healing Home, where he put on his first five pounds in just a couple of short months. Sometimes our healing home bed planning involves moving babies to the home that is nearest to the best medical care for their needs. Rob swapped with another baby for exactly that reason, and we are all delighted to welcome him at AHH. Read more.
One of my wise friends posted the following on her Facebook page last week: “Some days it seems like bad news yells and good news only whispers.” Isn’t that the truth? Our society LOVES a good scandal, and bad news is the stuff of major headlines. For a topic like international adoption – trafficking, rehoming, and corruption will always make the New York Times. Parents trying their best, kids just being kids, and the thousands of successful families formed through adoption rarely get a mention.
Under my friend’s post, someone had left a wonderful comment. It said, “Remember to listen to the whispers.” I think we forget at times to stop and do just that. There are such terribly sad stories each day in the news, both in our backyard and overseas, and so it’s easy to think that everything about our world is going to heck in a hand basket. I’m grateful that I’m in a position with my work to see that there are countless small miracles and loving people out there that unfortunately the world just doesn’t ever hear about. Parents and children and volunteers and donors – going about their days as quiet heroes, trying to do the very best they can to lift each other up.
Many of you might remember when we posted about a wonderful boy named Ben who needed an adoptive home. He had been born with cerebral palsy, and he had watched almost all of his friends get chosen by families. He had reached the age of 13, just one year short of aging out of the adoption system forever, when a family in the US knew he was supposed to be their son. Ben was adopted just days before his 14th birthday. I recently got this photo from his mom now that he has been home for six months – and oh yes, I immediately burst into happy tears. Read more.
In mid August, a tiny baby girl was found abandoned with an extremely bloated stomach. She was taken to an orphanage in rural Anhui, and the staff there called LWB immediately. We moved her urgently to Anhui Children’s Hospital for testing, and doctors diagnosed her with severe malnutrition and blood poisoning. They estimated her to be approximately 5 months old even though she weighed just 2 kg. Little Jillian, as she was named by our volunteers, had a long road ahead of her to survive. She was immediately given blood transfusions because of her extreme anemia. Read more.
Yesterday we told you about two babies from our healing homes who were having surgery on the same day for complex heart defects. We are so happy to report that both Chandler and Dominic came through their operations beautifully. Both children received BT shunt surgery, which is used to increase pulmonary blood flow. This is often called the “first stage” surgery, and so both children will need an additional operation in the future.
Love Without Boundaries of course began after we met one tiny baby in China who needed heart surgery, and for the last ten years we have continued helping children born with congenital heart disease. We wanted to let you know that two of the babies from our Healing Homes program are having surgery on Wednesday in China. We sure would appreciate every good thought for these two beautiful children.
Chandler came into our hands as a tiny infant, with a diagnosis of pulmonary atresia, ventricular septal defect, and patent ductus arteriosus. That is a mouthful for one little baby girl, isn’t it? She got stronger and stronger at the Anhui Healing Home. We are so grateful to all of the wonderful people who stepped forward to fund her operation. She was admitted to the hospital last week, but then her surgery was postponed when the head of cardiac surgery was called out of town. We decided to wait until he returned, and now Chandler is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Read more.
Many of our supporters might have heard of a wonderful charity called Bethel China. Bethel is located outside of Beijing and is dedicated to helping orphaned children who have vision issues. They are based on a small farm, with foster homes and a school on the same property. It is surrounded by countryside, where they grow their own vegetables and have chickens, goats, dogs, and horses.
Recently, Bethel contacted us to see if any of the children in our programs had vision issues who might benefit from their education and life skills opportunities. We are very excited to report that three LWB children were accepted into their program! Read more.
An unusual little craze sweeping China this summer is all about watermelons. Not just eating them like Cora from Changzhi Foster Care, above, but watermelon toys and even dressing up LIKE a watermelon. Yep! You read that correctly! It all started with one little boy being photographed by a news team wearing overalls carved from an actual watermelon and spread from there.
My name is Jasmin Davidson, and I have adopted a seven-year-old boy whom I named Adi (“jewel” in Hebrew) from China. Adi has severe hemophilia. He joined my two domestically adopted children, ages four and eight.
When I embarked on my third adoption journey, I set out to provide a home to a special needs child. I chose China’s Special Focus program due to its stability and good reputation. While I was open to a variety of characteristics and special needs, my heart went out to older boys who seemed to have trouble finding families. Read more