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We have an amazing group of contributing authors here at No Hands But Ours – those who currently blog and those who have blogged for us since we began over 5 years ago. When a new contributor joins our team, we ask them to commit to one post a month for the calendar year and, […]

waiting child highlight: BAAS boys

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I went to visit Pan Zhi Hua Children Welfare Institute, one of the orphanages that BAAS started one to one orphanage partnership with in late October of 2013 and had a wonderful time meeting the staff members and the children. Children from Pan Zhi Hua CWI are mostly older children (3 to 12) who have […]

waiting child highlight: boys with down syndrome

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Lewis Lewis is a happy 4 year old boy. Lewis has lived with a foster family since he was a newborn. He loves to run around and is always smiling! Lewis also loves listening to music. At age 2, he could walk, speak simple words, and recognize strangers. He has been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. […]

waiting child highlight: saying yes to complex conditions

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Checking off medical conditions that we would accept on our agency’s medical checklist, and not checking those we wouldn’t accept, was among the hardest tasks of our adoption process. Our human side wanted to maintain our comfortable life, and longed for easy. In our hearts though, we knew that God’s plans are always much higher […]

special need highlight: cerebral palsy

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At the end of a long road of infertility, miscarriage, miracle daughters, and a Korean-born son, we found ourselves at the end of an adoption attempt, that after 4 years, had resulted in a son forever in his birth country due to political reasons. We were devastated. That long process that ended in heartbreak was […]

Known by name

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We call her Jubi, or Jubi Sue, or sometimes Jubes. But her name is Jubilee, and she loves her name. The other day her daddy wrote “Jubi” on her paper cup and she was not happy. “Where are the rest of the letters, Daddy?” she asked with a frown. “My name has an l and […]

Waiting child highlight: Heartsent girls

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This post features four special little girls who are listed with Heartsent Adoptions. Please let them know if you are interested in any of these treasures! Meet Julia Julia is 11 years old (old photos – new ones coming soon). She has ptosis (drooping eyelid – can be corrected), and a CHD which was diagnosed […]

Bonding Goes Both Ways

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The literature on children bonding to their new parents is plentiful but it falls short when it comes to the parents bonding with the child. With our first adoption I didn’t even consider it an issue. After all she was 16 months old and completely helpless. I had bonded to her before I had ever […]

Find My Family: Mary

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Update: My family has found me! Mary, six years old in 2013, is an active, beautiful little girl who gets along well with others. She came into care at the age of 5, and was found to be a normal, healthy little girl who was developmentally on target. She adapted to the orphanage life quickly. […]

special need highlight: cleft lip and palate

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Two years ago I fell in love with a very small 7 month old little boy with big sad eyes and the hiccups. He didn’t cry much and loved to be held. He was the most beautiful little boy. He also had a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate. At that time, I was on […]