Our Newest Foster Care Program: Datong, China
It is with great excitement that we announce the opening of our newest foster care program in Datong, China. Located in northern Shanxi province, Datong borders Inner Mongolia and is very cold in these winter months.
The Datong orphanage has one of the oldest foster care programs in China. So why is LWB now getting involved? Under their current model, children are often moved multiple times as babies, frequently returning to orphanage care around age 2. Under the agreement that we have signed, the babies placed in LWB foster care will remain with their foster families until adoption. The importance of infant bonding with a primary caregiver cannot be overstated, and we are excited to work with the Datong orphanage on a program to encourage uninterrupted family care.
So without further ado, let us introduce you to the first eight babies.
Harold is eleven months old and keen to be upright and moving. He can stand, but crawling is still his preference. When our manager visited this month he crawled across to her and threw himself into her arms with a big smile.
Eight-month-old Bobby loves to play peek-a-boo and never tires of this game. He enjoys tummy time and is a very happy baby.
Miriam is nine months and is a girl on the go. She loves all toys and colorful pictures.
Monica is our second girl in the program. Described as quiet, she prefers the arms of her foster mother second to none. She delights in looking at her own little hands.
Seven-month-old Chad is quite the character and tummy time is clearly a lot of fun for him. He is learning to crawl but it looks like flying is more his style.
Solomon is nine months old and sporting two brand new teeth. He has a bilateral cleft lip which we expect to be repaired soon. Solomon loves baby dolls and enjoys babbling away to them!.
At five months of age, baby Carl is the youngest of our eight children. He is showing a great interest in food! Carl stares at people eating without blinking and then begins to chew.
Shane loves to eat, and his double chin is a testament to his excellent appetite. If there is a cookie in sight, Shane will grab it and put it in his mouth.
These children all need sponsorship. For $40 a month, you can help to support one of these gorgeous children in family-based foster care. Sponsors will receive monthly reports and photos and will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are playing an important role in the life of an orphaned child in China.
Please spread the word – eight beautiful babies and a new program! Sponsorship details can be found on our Foster Care Sponsorship page or by clicking on the child’s name under their photo.