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

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.

The Girl Who Liked to Roll and Spin
adoptive momma (China and Guatemala) Judy at the group adoption blog Grown in My Heart… a glimpse into life with a sensory-seeking child with sensory processing disorder, much like my little Tongginator

Smile, Charles, Smile
Lisa Schmidt, an Anhui Cleft Healing Home (ACHH) assistant, at the Love Without Boundaries blog… Charles’ progress after a year living at the ACHH

Fun at Tilles Park
adoptive momma (China) Robin at Tea for Two… a fun day at a park with play equipment for children with special needs

Perspective from an Older AdopteeHonour Grace, a teen adopted from China just last year, on ASIA‘s Hope Journey… sharing her experiences as an older adoptee, one year after her adoption

Sensory Progress!adoptive momma (China) Cheri at Infinite Love… learning a valuable parenting lesson about letting go

Eczema= The Bane of My Existenceadoptive momma (China) Lisa Milbrand at The Mamahood… expressing frustration at the trials and tribulations of eczema

PPD Tests, Tuesday August 4 and The Pressstill in China, waiting to find out whether tthey can enter the US with their newly adopted child, Jay Scruggs at his LiveJournal… their horrific experience in Guangzhou and a warning to all waiting parents, especially those adopting children over the age of two

Finally… An Updatehoping to adopt (Guatemala) The Queen B… after meeting an older child with special needs during a missions trip, one family tries to navigate the mess that is now Guatemala adoption

Maria’s Big House of Hope
waiting to adopt (China) Catherine at Catherine’s Chatter… the home for China’s neediest orphans opened this week to much fanfare

The Elison Project Fundraiser Cookbook

No Hands but Ours has partnered up with a special non-profit organization, The Elison Project.The Elison project was created with the intent “To provide financial grants towards the fees associated with adopting special needs children in China who are waiting to meet their forever families.” In combining forces, and bringing together women who share a passion for these little ones left behind, it is our hope that more funds will be raised , more stories will be shared, more questions answered and concerns eased, more hearts opened, and ultimately through it all, hopefully more children will find their forever families.

The Elison Project is embarking on their first fundraising cookbook. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go towards grants to help more families bring their children home. They need our favorite recipes, and our stories. See details below to find out how you can help!! Thanks in advance for helping us to help those who still wait. Blessings~

Elison is Cooking!!



The Elison Project is excited to announce our newest project to help raise funds in order to be a blessing and positive effect in the life of children in need.



Please join us by submitting your recipes for our first cookbook!! We are looking for any and all recipes that you think might be fun and delicious for the rest of us to try. We would also like for you to include a story and or photo to accompany your recipes. for example, I will be including my world famous blueberry pancake recipe and I will share a story about the time we brought home our second daughter, Allison, home from China and we were all suffering the awful effects of jet-lag.

So what we would like for you to do is send us your recipe via email to Recipes for The Elison Project

Disclaimer:

By submitting your recipe to the upper email you confirm that we may use the submitted resume in the to be published Elison Cook Book without any obligations in any form or liabilities towards you as the submitter. That you submit the resume knowing it will be published including your name and/or story included.

When you submit your recipes please send us your name and email so that we can give you credit for your submission. Please include the following information:

Recipe Name

Servings / prep time if applicable

Ingredients

Directions

Any notes/tips

Your Name / Story of the recipes

Ok and here is a little something the kids can get involved in!

Calling all children between the ages of 2-16. We need you creativity, your ideas, your youthful brilliance to help us design the cover of our first cookbook. Please submit your drawings, photos, ideas, or paintings for our cover. If your design is selected it will be placed on the cover, we include your bio (that’s info about yourself) and a picture of you in the cookbook. You can either email the scanned drawing to Drawing for the Elison Cook Book or you can send them via snail mail to:

The Elison Project, 3707 Bricken Lane, Fredericksburg VA 22408

The deadline to submit your child’s drawing to be considered for the cover page of our cook book is August 31, 2009.

The deadline for submitting your recipes is September 15, 2009.

We are very very excited about this project and we can not wait for all the great recipes and fabulous drawings to arrive!!

Shelby McKenzie

Executive Director, The Elison Project