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.
The first program visited was our Zhang Village program in Anhui Province where Julie had fun mugging for the camera with expressive Will. The next day it was on to our Lu’An program where we have five children. As usual, the children were delighted to receive gifts made possible by our supporters.
Lianne and Chloe showing off new coats
Many of the gifts for the children were educational toys designed to help with fine motor skills and other needs.
Niamh from our Dingyuan program has Down Syndrome. She was very pleased with being able to thread these cotton reels.
The following day was a visit to meet with the new children in our Huainan program. This program has over 40 children in it now, so it was not possible to meet all the children that day.
Our team was delighted to see Sierra in Fuyang looking so well. She is recovering from TB but seems to have settled in very well with her new foster mother. She likes to go dancing with her mother and the other ladies in the park each evening.
The team then moved on to Hunan province and our Xiangtan program, where we have just three children.
Little Jonathan, seen above, is so cute and funny. He has scoliosis and a missing ear. He was soon singing songs and chatting away to our directors. We hope his family “finds” him soon. (Read more about him in his blog feature, “Endearing Jonathan”).
Finally it was off to Fujian to meet the children in one of our newest foster care programs. We have just three children in foster care there at the moment but hope to grow this number in the very near future.
All of us at LWB love foster care and truly believe that children should grow up in a family setting. We see fragile children make such great progress because of the love and dedication shown by wonderful families. Their families have more time to spend feeding a child or helping them to become mobile than would be possible in a busy orphanage setting. We are truly thankful for the families who foster these children and give so much of themselves to make these children happy, as well as for our sponsors who give so generously each month to ensure the children can be placed in loving family homes.