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LiQu’s Last Chance

In China, once an orphan turns 14. he or she is no longer eligible for adoption. Last August, we featured two children on our blog who were approaching this age —  LiQu and Bonnie.  At this time, LWB’s Orphanage Assistance Director, Suzanne Damstedt (seen in these photos), had already decided to pursue her adoption of Bonnie and has just recently returned home from adopting her! Suzanne is the mother of nine, and Bonnie is her third daughter from China.  While she was in China to adopt Bonnie, Suzanne had the opportunity to meet Bonnie’s friend LiQu and was touched by his desire to be adopted as well.  Every day that brings LiQu closer to 14 takes him a little farther away from finding a family of his own.

Suzanne meeting LiQu in China

Born with a cleft lip and palate, LiQu has had surgery to repair them both. He is very active and healthy and loves sports — especially Chinese KungFu. Teachers tell us he is respectful and helpful with others and is very close with his orphanage family.

Suzanne and Bonnie meeting for the first time

We love the hopeful expression on Bonnie’s face as she meets her new mother for the first time. Wouldn’t it be thrilling to see a similar photo of LiQu as he meets his new mother or father? We would love to see him get this chance but know his time is running out. Anyone interested in adopting LiQu would need to have their adoption paperwork done by the end of May. Please contact us at specialneeds@lwbmail.com if you have questions about LiQu and what would need to happen to bring him home. It is possible!

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  • Carmi Henderson says:

    The stories about older children touch my heart. My husband and I have a 13 year old son from China who we adopted last March. We also have 2 younger daughters from China. When does LiQu turn 14? Praying that someone will be able to bring this handsome young man home soon!