Whatever Wednesday

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

First Day Patched and My Big Girladoptive momma (China) Sharie at Mostly Amelia… a full report on her daughter’s first few days wearing her eye patch

About Surgery Week
and Regroup!adoptive momma (China) Sonia at Proverbs 31 Hands… describing her daughter’s upcoming heart surgery

Guarding Your Information
Atilla the Mom at 5 Minutes for Special Needs… who really needs to know what information – and what do do when they don’t need it, but ask for it

What I Wanted to Say
adoptive momma (China) Shirlee McCoy at And Then There Were Seven… a recent conversation with a nosy cashier about adoption and albinism

Sentencesadoptive momma (China) Cheri at Infinite Love… recent progress despite a severe apraxia diagnosis

Back to Square One… Sort Ofadoptive momma (China) Wuxi Mom my at Our Wuxi Girl… recent potty training set-backs point to surgery this coming summer

Please Help by Donatingadoptive momma (Vietnam) Mother, Mother Ocean… one momma responds to the horrific crime committed against Lavender Banks

Whatever Wednesday

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

filling out a medical checklist for special needsadoptive momma (China) snapshot at Somebody Needs a Nap!… navigating the family decisions that come when filling out a medical checklist for special needs

disclosureadoptive momma (Liberia and Ethiopia) Jennifer at to africa and home… what do you do when a young child discloses their own HIV+ status?

Jeremiah Update adoptive momma (domestic, transracial and Uganda) Spirit of Adoption at the Spirit of Adoption Blog… reporting test results for a battery of medical tests, including HIV, malaria and anemia

Waiting on the (deaf) world to changeadoptive momma (China) Sandra at The Daily Grind… thoughts after an anonymous commenter questioned their family’s decision about cochlear implants

She does it againadoptive momma (China) Monica at Our Dongguan Baby… a post-op diary

calming the senses with weighted blanketsadoptive momma (China) Weeks Ringle at Craft Nectar… a how-to guide for making a weighted blanket, perfect for little sensory-seekers

Glasses & Patch
adoptive momma (China) Sharie at Mostly Amelia… Amelia gets new glasses and an eye patch

Whatever Wednesday

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

Choosing Your Child… SN Adoption… My Thoughts and Experiences
adoptive momma (China) redmaryjanes at The Seventh Diamond… advice for those waiting for and reviewing children’s files through the special needs program

the sorry and the pityadoptive momma (China) mama d at zarfing sunshine… a recent conversation at the post office leads to introspection

And They’re Off! adoptive momma (China) Michelle at Born In Our Hearts — school grade placement decisions for a child adopted at an older age

Sports and Special Needsadoptive momma (China), and Executive Director of Love Without Boundaries, Amy at A Life of Giving… a question about inclusion and sports when your child has a limb difference

Medical Update & A List of Where We Are Todayadoptive momma (China) Kimberley at The Seventh Diamond… a recent consult with a heart specialist and ways in which Sophia Jane touches the heart of her new momma

My Chunk of Love
adoptive momma (Siberia, Russia and Ukraine) Christine at Smiles & Trials… a photograph showing how much her son has changed in just one short year

“It’s not fair that I’m deaf”
adoptive momma (China) Sandra at The Daily Grind… thoughts from her daughter about deafness and glasses and fairness and life

“It hurts me more…”momma Robin at Pensieve… thoughts as her teen daughter undergoes surgery

A Big THANK YOU to Matilda Hospital and AliceAmanda, founder of The Starfish Foster Home, at the blog Throwing Starfish… a Hong Kong hospital performs an amazing surgery on one little girl named Alice

Windows to the Soulmomma The Source at Not a Significant Source… describing the vision issues of three of her four children

Consular Procedure Changes for China APs

From the Center for Adoption Policy website:

August 27, 2009

Consular Procedures Change for U.S. Parents Adopting From China

All U.S. parents adopting from China must travel to Guangzhou to obtain their new child’s visa which permits the child to come to the United States. As of October 1, 2009 the Adoptions Unit of the Guangzhou Consulate will institute new procedures which will apply to all adoptive families, whether or not they are using the I-600 orphan visa form or I-800 Hague form. The new timeline will allow consular appointments only on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The new schedule extends the time in Guangzhou for families by one extra day as families will have their appointment on day one, their oath taking on day two and receive their visa packets after 3:30 on day three. That means that visa packets will be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. There will be no rush appointments other than for medical emergencies. In addition, all adoptive families will sign the DS-230 form in front of the adoptions officer which means that any parents required to sign the form will have to be physically present at the oath taking ceremony.

Read more HERE.

new lists

The Children Who Wait page has been updated HERE.

Wasatch has received a new private list and CHSFS has added some additional profiles to their list.

Whatever Wednesday

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

Thank You!!!adoptive momma (China) Colleen at The Nut House… changes she’s seen in her daughter, who has sensory processing disorder, since they’ve made some changes in parenting her

The Stagesmomma to a child with hydrocephalus, Heather of The Extraordinary Ordinary… the stages she’s going through from denial to acceptance

More milestonesadoptive parents (China) Kevin and Violet at Taking a Break With Jake… an update six months after surgery

Heart check-up — adoptive momma (domestic, transracial) Mart Dell at Torrefaction… a heart check-up for a small PFO leads to concerns about Holt-Oram Syndrome

God is Bigger…, Started and Every Prayer Answered!!!adoptive momma (China) Shannon at The Millers Journey to Georgia Mei… their daughter’s surgery to close a hole in her heart with a dacron patch

Happy Birthday LWB Amy Eldridge, executive director of Love Without Boundaries, at A Life of Giving… happy sixth birthday, LWB

More on Alex… adoptive momma (Russia, Siberia, Ukraine) Christine at Smiles & Trials… an update on her newly adopted son Alex, as well as her other son Dennis, who has been home for a year

Kids and their friendsadoptive momma (China) Jean at There’s No Place Like Home!… friendships and the child adopted at an older age

Like Observing Wildlifeadoptive momma (Russia) Gillian at the group adoption blog Grown In My Heart… her first night with her newly adopted daughter, who happens to have Down syndrome

We interrupt this vacation for a news breakadoptive momma (Korea) Carissa at Faith, Hope and Love… the details of her daughter’s EEG yesterday

Holt International

Holt has over 75 kiddos on their “East Asia” (which means China) Waiting Child page.

Some are new referrals and some have been waiting a long time, all need to find their forever families!

Check out Holt’s website, which has a photolisting and a small bio on each child, HERE.

HTS news

Amazing news from Half The Sky…

they have received special permission from CCAA and are seeking very special homes for three very special girls with very complex heart conditions.

Read more here.

Whatever Wednesday

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

She’s chunky adoptive parents (China) Aaron and Erica at Praying for You You… six months later, her parents rejoice at how much she’s grown

Committed!adoptive momma (China) Michelle at Day by Day… two years after adoption, their commitment didn’t waiver, through some more-difficult-than-average times involving an autism-spectrum and RAD diagnosis

It’s Already Happening Again!adoptive momma (China) Sally at Bryson Makes Eight!… two weeks after his last casts, Bryson’s heel begins to turn in yet again

Skin Diseases in Internationally Adopted Kidsadoptive momma (Vietnam) Laurie Good at Pho For Five… about a LARGELY under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed skin condition called acropustulosi, which is associated with children previously diagnosed with scabies

A Day in the Life…adoptive momma (Russia, domestic and Liberia) Wife to the Rockstar at Adoption Connect… a day in the life with a child who has attachment issues

Learning as We Go…
adoptive momma (China) Shirlee McCoy at And Then There Were Seven… parenting a child, any child, teaches you that different is beautiful

Reflecting on Gotcha Day
adoptive momma (China) Rina at Bringing Home Mya… thoughts two years after they met their daughter for the first time

Lo and Behold
adoptive momma (China) Wuxi Mommy at Our Wuxi Girl… doctors said Maia would probably never be potty-trained, but she’s doing it

Whatever Wednesday

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

Recent Life with Bryson *Edited*adoptive momma (China) Sally at Bryson Makes 8!… medical challenges lead to some emotional conversations between mother and son

Words adoptive momma (China) Shirlee McCoy at And Then There Were Seven… learning English, Mandarin, sign and nonsense words during the first few months after an older child adoption

Adam’s Fourth Birthday
adoptive momma (Uganda) Janet at Tuininga Treasures… describing the slow attachment process of her son, who was adopted as an older toddler

breathe… breathe…adoptive momma (China) Ohilda at A Bouquet of Blessings… sleep studies, treatment possibilities and more for her son Kai

On Attachment and Expectationsadoptive momma (Guatemala) Courtney at Adoptive Parenting Blog… on the attachment process between a mother and child