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.
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There is a person who needs you. This is your chance. ~Mother Teresa
In honor of National Adoption Month, we would like to shine the spotlight on some beautiful children in our programs who have been waiting for families of their own for far, far too long. Please share this blog far and wide in the hopes that their photos and stories will touch the hearts of family looking to grow their family through adoption! Read more.
Five-year-old Jonathan has been in our Foster Care Program in Hunan since October 2009, when he was just two. We first introduced him in 2010 in the blog, “Endearing Jonathan”, when he was just beginning to walk. As we have come to know him over the years, we have seen him maintain his sweet spirit and charming personality while developing confidence in many areas. Jonathan is now a happy, enthusiastic boy who attends kindergarten.
It’s hard not to be charmed by Jonathan as he performs a well-known Chinese children’s song in the video below called, “Ni Wa Wa”. This song is about a doll who has no mother or father — just like little Jonathan. Read more.
Adorable 7½ year old Jacob attends public school and joins the students at LWB’s Anhui Believe in Me School during the mid day and evening when he returns to the orphanage. We featured this humble boy in our blog last summer (“Humble Jacob“). Amazingly, despite his incredible personality, Jacob’s file remains on the shared list…waiting for just the right family to find it and fall in love!
Jacob is “all boy” as you can see from these two recent videos. In the first, Jacob is playing a game of ”Hawks Catch Chicken” with the little girls at the Believe in Me school. Read more.
V is for Victory….or in our case, for Victor! The name “Victor” has its roots in the word “champion,” and we think Victor is working like a champion these days. Little Victor has been waiting for a family for a year and a half — since we first got to know him as a student in our Believe in Me Changzhi School in July 2011. At the time, he was just two years old and was quite introverted and isolated, and it was difficult for our teachers to get to know his personality. However, Victor’s teachers have been very enthusiastic about his progress!
When Zane was found as an infant, he had blue lips and breathing problems. A doctor told the nanny at his orphanage that he most likely would not live past five years old. Under the watchful and loving care of his nannies, Zane lived to five years old and beyond, but doctors still told them that his heart defect was too complicated for surgery. Yet still, Zane fought to survive. He was nine years old when he was noticed by our medical team, and LWB Spain raised the funds to provide him with surgery that healed his heart. Read more.
The end of any year and beginning of a new one always brings lists: lists of the best movies, most livable cities, and who is in and who is out. In this spirit, we thought it might be interesting for readers of LWB Community to see a list of the waiting children who were featured on our blog in 2011 and their current status. We’d like to start with the most wonderful list of all — the list of those children who were matched or adopted by their forever families in 2011.
Matched or Adopted:
Nicholas was adopted with his foster brother!
LWB has many programs in Anhui province. Through the years, we have come to know a number of lovely older children from Anhui who have been waiting so long for their chance to find a family. We have featured several of them in the past few months, such as Brianna, Michelle and Wendy – all students in our Believe in Me Huainan school in Anhui.
Maryn was once a student at the same Believe in Me school in Anhui and was good friends with all of these girls. She had the good fortune to be adopted and has been home with her family for two and a half years. When her family learned that Maryn’s friends had the same chance as she did to have families of their own, they decided to share a bit of their story to encourage folks to consider these lovely Anhui girls and older children in general. They have likened their exhilarating experience to “taking the plunge.” Read more.
“Although he cannot see, he uses his heart to see the world.”
These beautiful words were written by the monitor at LWB’s Loudi foster care home where two and a half-year-old Seamus lives. Seamus was born prematurely and without eyeballs. It was later discovered that he has a significant hearing loss in one of his ears. Despite these challenges, Seamus just exudes pure joy. He is small in stature but delights whomever he encounters. Our monitor describes him as a lovely, joyful, and obedient little boy. Seamus’ file is currently available on the shared list, and we look forward to some very special family finding this very special boy and calling him their own. Now THAT is worth smiling about!