Coined by 16th century poet John Donne, the expression “No man is an island entire of itself” can well refer to foster care, or any one of our programs. Though distinct entities, our programs are tightly connected and work closely together to achieve the best possible outcomes for each and every child that we care for.
Not yet one year old, Vivienne is a wonderful example of not two but three programs connecting and communicating to care, nurture and love her. Born prematurely, Vivienne was a tiny, fragile baby when our Medical team facilitated necessary hospitalization. Read more.
May has arrived and with it a holiday celebrated by many around the world: Mother’s Day, or Mothering Day as it is known in the UK and Ireland. This May, we celebrate the women in our programs who love and care for children in their care and focus particularly on foster care.
June was Etan’s first month in LWB’s Zhang Village Foster Care Program. By the looks of things, he is settling in beautifully!
Born prematurely with liver dysfunction, Etan is now eight months old and is thriving under the care of his new foster mother. He sleeps in the big bed with both of his foster parents and is very happy when he wakes up to find them right beside him. Read more.
Late last year a tiny two-month old boy was admitted to LWB’s Anhui Healing Home. He was diagnosed as being premature and also as having some liver dysfunction. The nannies were almost afraid to pick him up as he appeared so fragile, and he barely had the strength to cry.
After spending the winter and spring being treated and loved in the healing home, Etan made great progress. Read more.
Next on our trip was a visit with the children in our Zhang Village foster care
program, which is located in Hefei. When we first began this program many years ago, it was for children with more intense medical conditions who needed to be monitored closely by our Anhui Healing Home staff. At first, it was located in a small village of Hefei called “Zhang Village,” and all of the children lived in one community. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you feel about it, that village was demolished last year to make way for new high rise apartments, something which of course is happening more and more in China. Now the children are located throughout the city. So while it technically should be called “Hefei Foster Care,” we are sticking with the original name for nostalgia’s sake. Read more.
Last month three LWB program directors visited some of our foster care programs in Anhui, Hunan, and Fujian Provinces. All the children were given individual gifts, and each child was also presented with a warm winter coat. A tremendous outpouring of support for our recent Coats for Kids project provided winter coats for children in all of our foster care programs, which were very much appreciated by the children and their families.
Recently we learned that the adoption one of the children from LWB’s Medical Program was disrupted shortly after it was finalized in China. Since many of us had met Chloe in person, our hearts were very sad that she would not end up with a permanent family. We are so thankful that her orphanage has agreed that she can be moved into our private foster care program in Zhang Village so that she can receive one-on-one care. Read more.