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 […]

wounded heart

Character band-aids. They seemed to me like a colorful slice of a pacifier that we ever so gently stick on our children’s wounds…sometimes they even actually even cover blood. I have in the past had what you could call a ‘love/hate relationship’ with character band-aids. That is until a Mother’s Day tea in one of […]

aging-out girls

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These girls all have little time left to be chosen and be adopted. Could one of them be your daughter? Meet Tiffany Silk Tiffany Silk’s story is one of heartbreak, in her short life she has already lost two families. Her birth family left her at 2 months old. She was found by a childless […]

Waiting child highlight: four 4 year old boys with EAC

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The following waiting children are all listed with EAC. Contact Karla for more information. Mark Mark is a 4 year old boy with post operative congenital glaucoma. He likes to play catch. He can catch the ball and throw it back to the care giver. He likes to swing. He likes to walk hand in […]

the greatest special need of all

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Welcome to Amy, mom to Grace adopted from China 8 months ago, and our newest contributor at No Hands But Ours. Amy blogs at Stops Along the Journey. Special needs. We hear those words so often in so many places; schools, adoption agencies, the work place, fast food restaurants, and facebook. Adoptive parents who choose […]

The Bamboo Project: 7 children who wait

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**an update from Desiree from The Adoption Seed on the Bamboo Project kiddos who are still waiting for their forever families** Sometimes at night, just as my little boy is falling asleep in my arms, I whisper into his ear “You are loved. You are wanted. You are handsome. You are precious. You have a […]

Holidays and Celebrations

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I’m not exactly what you’d call a “holiday” person. I know people who have decorations ranging from Christmas trees to pumpkins to shamrocks to pink and red hearts that they put up as the seasons rotate. Bu I’m not one of them. I’m a minimalist. The only holiday I decorate for is Christmas and that’s […]

waiting child highlight: boys born in 2002

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JARED Jared was born in April 2002 and has muscle atrophy of both lower limbs. He is very outgoing and polite. He enjoys learning new things in school. He is active and has a positive attitude. He enjoys drawing and playing games with his peers. He is also helpful to the caregivers and is kindhearted. […]