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A Visit to Qiandongnan Foster Care

‘Pack light’. As I ascended the steep steps in my heeled boots to our first foster family home in Qiandongnan, I was beginning to regret my footwear decision. The concrete steps were of uneven height, and no sooner did we get to the top of one flight then there was a corner and another flight of similar steps ascending ever upwards. It was with a sigh of relief that we walked along the front of a small apartment building and I was told that this was where the two families fostering Lewis, Chandler, Hanna and Clyde lived — in fact, all on the same floor. Knowing that we were almost there, the last flights of internal stairs in the building were a breeze. I just wanted to meet the children.

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A Visit to Loudi Foster Care

Having farewelled the children, families, and staff in Xinzhou, our Foster Care Director Cindy and I were soon speeding towards Loudi, central Hunan, on another fast train. With a short stop in the capital Changsha, I had four hours to enjoy the changing winter landscape and blue skies outside my window, the latter a rarity in most Chinese cities. Flat plains of fallow fields changed to mountains and tunnels as our train approached Changsha. As the city outskirts came into view, I recalled my much-loved book, Doctors East Doctors West, that sits on a bookshelf at home, and marveled at how much China has changed since its author Dr. Edward H. Hume opened the Yale-in-China Hospital in Changsha 101 years ago. I thought about the medical exchanges LWB has had over the years and the medical exchanges and sharing of knowledge that will happen in the future.

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Robin Waits For A Family And A Chance To Attend School

The smile on this girl’s face is enough to light up any room!

Meet Robin, the adorable seven-year-old girl who lives with her foster family in Guizhou province, China. Read more.

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Robin

Sweet, quiet, and lovely. These words are often used to describe five-year-old Robin from our foster care program in Guizhou.  Each month, we enjoy seeing the happiness that exudes from her face in photos!

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Robin spends much of her time with her two-year-old foster brother, Clyde. Though Robin and Clyde are not biologically related, they both have been diagnosed with Apert Syndrome, a genetic disorder which causes premature fusing of the skull bones and fusing of the fingers and toes. Read more.

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Robin’s Generous Spirit

Four-year-old Robin may have Apert Syndrome, but she does not let it define her or hold her back in any way. A shy, gentle girl, Robin came into our foster care program eighteen months ago and has enjoyed the love and attention of two wonderful foster care families: one in Qiandongnan and one in Guiyang, where she currently lives.

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A clever girl, Robin has been meeting her developmental milestones. Read more.

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Return to Kaili

Our first full day in China was spent in Qiandongnan, in the southeastern part of Guizhou province.  This was my third visit to this mountainous region, and I always love coming here because the foster families in our program are just fantastic.  As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, Qiandongnan is a Miao and Dong minority prefecture.

One of the first kids we met was Cecilia, seen above, who was leaving for her adoption day just a few hours after we arrived.   Read more.

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