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Special Needs Adoption: Focus on Hepatitis B

Today, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day. Statistics tell us that approximately one-third of people infected with hepatitis B worldwide live in China. It is therefore not surprising that Hepatitis B is a fairly common condition among orphaned children in China. Although hepatitis B is classified as an infectious disease and can therefore be quite frightening to people, many children live with this disease with very few side effects and grow up to live long and healthy lives as adults.

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What is Hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver that is caused by a virus. Read more.

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Wisdom Wednesday: What I Thought I Knew About Hepatitis B

If you’d asked me seven years ago, right before we adopted our beautiful daughter, if I knew anything about Hep B, I’d have said sure. It’s a virus. It has something to do with the liver. What else do you need to know?

As it turned out, our daughter’s case taught us that there was a whole lot to know. And to be her best advocate, especially when experts didn’t necessarily agree on what should be done for her, I read everything I could get my hands on. I knew the lingo, knew the facts.

But now those facts are changing, and the things I thought I knew….well, I guess I don’t. Read more.

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Announcing LWB’s New Qiandongnan Foster Care Program!

It is with great pleasure that the LWB Foster Care Team announces our brand new foster care program in Guizhou province. We are delighted to be opening a new program in Qiandongnan for initially ten children. In March 2011, LWB’s Executive Director Amy Eldridge and Foster Care Director Arlene Howard traveled to Guizhou (see our blog series which culminated in “Journey to Guizhou — Reflections”) and visited several orphanages in this province. Qiangdongnan felt like the right place to start our newest program, and the staff there were very eager to partner with us. We have now identified ten children for this program who range in age from just under a year to nearly nine years old, most of whom have some sort of medical need.

Please read on and allow us introduce these ten beautiful children to you. It is our wish that the first sponsor to sign up to support each child choose the English name of the child. For now, we will simply allocate a program number to each child. It will be exciting for us to see the names of each of these children appear as they are sponsored, and even more thrilling to get to know each of them better!
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