Adoption Assistance Grants
If love is truly a verb, if help is a verb…then you have the power to do something about it. — Betty Eadie
The above quote illustrates exactly what Love Without Boundaries hopes to be able to do through our Adoption Assistance Grant program. We hope to help fulfill the lives of children and parents alike through providing monetary assistance in grants to bring orphaned children together with families who will love and care for them. This is our love in action.
One of our recent grant recipients is Gideon Lu Shi, shown above. LWB’s medical program had been helping to provide assistance to Lu Shi, as he was known prior to his adoption, for complications due to a spinal tumor. Lu Shi was quickly approaching 14 years old when he first became eligible for international adoption. By law, only children younger than 14 years can be adopted from China. When we received word that he had a family trying desperately to adopt him before he aged out of the adoption program, everyone was hoping and praying they would be able to make it happen. The family had already adopted four other special needs children from China which was making it tough for them to finance his adoption. Fortunately, Lu Shi became one of our grant recipients and is now home with his forever family!
Another of our grant recipients is Brent from Henan Province. He was born with a hairy nevus on the left side of his face. We were very fortunate to be able to get Brent an MRI and information needed to help him find a family. The larger the nevi, the more complicated treatment can be, requiring numerous treatments or surgeries and skin grafts. Brent’s medical need made him harder to place, and he waited many months for his family to find him.
Financially, adoption is a strain for many families; adopting a child with medical needs can make finding the financial resources doubly complicated. With LWB assistance through an adoption grant, Brent’s family became more financially prepared for his adoption and were able to bring him home just a few months ago.
You can read more on our website about some of these other children for whom we have been fortunate enough to offer grants:
There are a few ways you can make a donation to Adoption Grants; you can purchase one of our Father’s Day Gift Packages or make a general donation to LWB — Other Projects. For more information on how you can help children like Brent who wait a long time to find their family, we invite you to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. With your help, we can continue to provide these grants to families interested in adopting children with medical needs…to make their love more possible.
Meg Gallson is the Fuyang Foster Care Assistant Coordinator and Associate Director of Adoption Advocacy. She is a social worker who lives in Boston, Massachusetts.