Yes, No, Maybe*

KangMing6

Neatly laid out in Times New Roman in alphabetical order are a list of labels, special needs, what China calls diseases. Albinism…Anal atresia…Cerebral palsy…Cleft lip/cleft palate…Club foot…Congenital heart disease…Delayed development…Down syndrome…Hemofacial macrosomia…Hemangioma…Microtia…Syndactyly… Some of them you’ve heard of. Others you struggle to pronounce, and you wonder if they’re even in English. Little “x”s in columns […]

Upheld

rebecca

We are connected, you and I. Our stories different, our kids’ needs unique, but I’m guessing we’re on a similar trek. Is your family being refined and blessed by a medical needs child? Yep, mine too. Are you worn out, and a bit fragile? Uh, huh. Feeling deep gratitude for the care of friends and […]

Find my Family: Yulia

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Yulia is so darling, smart and happy! She was born in September of 2010. She can run, walk and jump down the stairs. She can say words like – mother, father, brother, sister, but her pronunciation is not very clear yet. She can follow simple instructions and if you ask her to identify an object, […]

waiting child highlight: House of Love graduates

emily

The following children were cared for at the House of Love, a facility in Guilin supported by An Orphan’s Wish. Alec Alec was born in May 2011 and was abandoned shortly after birth. Alec has anophthalmia (congenital absence of one eye), digestive issues and developmental delays. Alec’s digestive issues prevented him for the longest time […]

four more ways to raise funds for your adoption

Moreways

When I talk to most people, their number one roadblock to adoption is MONEY, and I am so thankful to be invited to share a second blog post about funding your adoption. You can read the first post with fundraiser ideas HERE. After becoming more and more involved in the adoption community, I have seen […]

Created Perfectly

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Today, 3/21, is World Down Syndrome Day! (Get it? 3-21? Trisomy 21!) A day intentionally set aside to be aware of and to embrace the overwhelming BLESSING that is Down syndrome. Down syndrome is indeed a spectrum of special needs; some children & adults with Down syndrome are much more medically, developmentally & emotionally affected […]

what we’re reading: links

alisa

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What We’re Reading post, we’d love to hear about it… To share a blog post or news […]

Waiting child highlight: girls

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Molly This cutie pie is Molly! It seems she is passed over because she looks like a boy but you can see the beauty in her eyes. The orphanage says her intelligence is normal. She is doing amazingly well and is almost six. She has a very long, and scary sounding diagnoses but she is […]

Six Pills a Day: A Cure for My Ignorance Regarding HIV

Sam and Ellie: Our healthy, bright, hilarious and much-loved Ellie and Sammy, celebrating their first Christmas at home. My mind cannot reconcile the fact that they would be considered the lowest of the low in many parts of the world today.

Mike is dad to six. Two of his children, adopted from China, have HIV. Today he shares from-the-heart about their journey. You can read a previous post he shared here. Growing up in the Midwest in the 80s, my picture of HIV was framed by after-school specials, the evening news, and MTV. I had never […]

Find My Family: Saige

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Saige is almost 12 years old and is listed as having Down Syndrome. From her file: At present, she has lived here for 3 years and now she is 9 years old. She studies cognition, language, math, social intercourse, emotion, fine arts, music, arts and crafts and physical education. She has Down syndrome and although […]