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.