In the interest of adoption, LWB Community will be profiling some waiting children whose orphanages have asked for help in finding families for them. However, we do want to be clear that these children are not in LWB programs, and we have no personal knowledge of them.
Three years ago, a passerby found Kate wandering a mountain park in southern China. She was ten years old, dressed in a pink coat and pants, and all alone. At barely 50 pounds, with a greenish-yellow cast to her skin, she seemed weak and small for her age. The stranger contacted the police. After an unsuccessful search for her birth family, they sent her to the Children’s Welfare Institute. At the institute, Kate was found to have severe anemia caused by beta thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder. After a blood transfusion, both her health and appetite improved. Her youthful color came back to her skin, and she showed more spirit and energy. She sang songs and drew pictures of the sun and moon, of stars and flowers. She seemed shy, but happy.
For two years, Kate lived in the children’s institute, where caregivers found her to be polite and helpful. Although she had received little formal education, she began to study embroidery and knitting, learning quickly. In 2010, Kate went to live with a foster family and also started school.
In the three years since Kate was found weak and alone, she has come so far. Although she couldn’t write when she entered care, her teachers say she studies hard and often receives full marks on her assignments. She gets along well with her foster mom, loves to play outside with her foster sister, and often invites her classmates over to play. Kate is still playing catch-up. She is still small in size and behind her peers educationally. But with monthly blood transfusions and the loving care of a foster family, her health is strong and her spirits are high.
She hopes to be adopted into a permanent family, who should be patient and understanding of older child adoption and its impact on behavior and learning skills.
In March, Kate will turn 14 and become ineligible for international adoption from China. Eligible and interested families – from any agency – should immediately contact Jessica Palmer at Holt International ([email protected]). Holt will work to ensure Kate’s file is transferred to your agency. Due to the short timeframe to adopt Kate, families must already have a dossier in China or have adopted from China within the past year and be able to quickly update their homestudy. Holt also prefers a family with adoption experience and a family in which Kate will not be displacing the oldest child in the home.
Love Without Boundaries proudly advocates for adoption but is not an adoption agency. We invite you to contact [email protected] with questions about a child we have featured and encourage you to contact your local adoption agency for more information about China’s Waiting Child Program.