From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child.
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In the news:
Jen Hatmaker – author, speaker, blogger and adoptive mama – shares a must-read post about one year home with her two adopted children. A humorous and honest reality check of what you can expect the first year home with our new child.
Jenna Cook, a student at Yale, was abandoned as an infant and later adopted by a family in the US. She has determined to search for her Chinese birth family with mixed responses from Chinese netizens. Undeterred, she explains that she does not resent her birth family, and will do whatever it takes to find them.
And in a follow up article, Chris Zheng, a friend of Jenna’s and also a student at Yale, contemplates the cultural differences between the Chinese and the American response to Jenna’s story.
The Painted Turtle is a summer camp for special needs kids, aged 6-17. Created by Paul Newman, the camp is free for eligible children. Visit their website for more information.
And you must read the incredibly inspiring but heartbreaking story of Lou Xiaoying, now 88, who has saved over 30 abandoned babies she happened upon on her job as a trash collector.
Our beloved Tonggu Momma talks about attachment. She says, “As parents, we must – MUST – do our best to guide them through the healing process. But we also need to remember that they have responsibilities as well. They have to reach a point where they are willing to heal.”
Jean from There’s No Place Like Home is mom to many. She is currently in the process of completing their third dual adoption (adoption of two children at the same time) and she shares her thoughts on the process of dual adoption.
Michelle, mom to a little boy with a limb difference, gives ideas on how to help our kids cope with differences in others more effectively and more lovingly.
Ashley Ann from Under the Sycamore recently celebrated her daughter’s first birthday, although her daughter is still waiting in China. Be sure to check out the beautiful way she celebrated.
And she also shared a beautiful and informative post on her daughter’s special need, cleft lip and palate.
Kristin from Tired Mama blogs about the fascinating journey she and her son Willem have been on to correct his bilateral clubfoot. So much wonderful information, and the pictures are nothing short of amazing.
And our very own Nicole shares about Sunshine’s recent palate repair – really fascinating photos included (along with some really cute photos, too!)
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