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.

Incontinence in Adopted Childrenadoptive momma (Russia) Ingrid at the group adoption blog Grown in My Heart… informative post about incontinence, from a mom whose son has spina bifida

Club Foot CastingMelissa Tourville, the general surgery coordinator for Love Without Boundaries, at the LWB blog… a concise description of the special need club foot and the typical treatments for it

The Long and Winding Road: Day Nineadoptive momma (China) Robin at Tea for Two… a trip to Children’s Hospital and an eye exam, complete with drops

Red Rice!adoptive momma (China) Annie at Cornbread and Chopsticks… gaining some much needed weight with the help of some red rice

Why Adopt an HIV+ Child?adoptive momma (Ethiopia) Lisa, who regularly blogs at A Bushel and a Peck, at the group adoption blog Grown in My Heart… how statistics changed her life in a huge way

One Year Ago…
adoptive momma (China) Sara at Football & Fried Rice… on the anniversary of their referral day (special needs program), Sara shares their adoption announcement video

When Friends Say Painful Things About Your Child
momma to a child with special needs Ellen, who regularly blogs at To the Max, at the group blog 5 Minutes for Special Needs… when a three-letter word becomes a big, big deal

MIA for awhileadoptive momma (China) Rina at Bringing Home Mya… a description of the Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment Kit for use with children who have apraxia of speech

File it away, you have my heart waiting on TA (China) Kris at Tell Her Thisthe doubts and fears and joy and love she experienced during their decision to accept the referral of Gao Mei

Interesting SN Find
adoptive momma (China) Cheri at Infinite Love… analyzing the most common special needs found on her agency’s list; plus, links to other blogs that discuss children who have been diagnosed with cerebal palsy

New list posted

AAI (Adoption Advocates International) has a new list posted on the Children Who Wait page!

Adopting the Waiting Child from LWB

Whatever Wednesdays

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.

I Have a Special Needs Childadoptive momma (China) The Gang’s Momma at The Gangs All Here!… a momma has an epiphany during a routine trip to the library

all is welladoptive momma (Liberia and Ethiopia) Jennifer at to africa and home… Avi’s heart is healthy; plus a helpful tip about EKGs

Frustration/ fear/ humor
adoptive momma (China) Sandra at The Daily Grind… the smoke detector

He did “God-mazingly” welladoptive momma (China) Ohilda at A Bouquet of Blessings… a sleep study in pictures

our last two weeks
adoptive momma (China) Jeanette at Blessed by Baseballs and Bows… attachment therapies they are using, including a video example

Nightlight Christian Adoption

We’ve added a new listing to our Agencies page: Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
They have recently begun to place SN children from China.
To learn more about their program, visit their site here.

ASIA’s new program

ASIA will be participating in a new program to help bring older children, with minor special needs, home from China. 20-30 children, ages 5-12, will be participating in this program.

The adventure begins July 26th!!

To follow along visit ASIA’s new blog, ASIA’s Hope Journey.

Whatever Wednesdays

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.

A Different Seizureadoptive momma Cheri (China) at Infinite Love… about her daughter’s recent, probable Atypical Absence Seizure

i’m glad i didn’t know
adoptive momma (China) Julia at say you will love me forever… so grateful that she didn’t know what she was signing up for!

Gao Meimomma waiting on TA (China) Kris at Tell Her This… the story of how she came to find her future daughter

Bringing Home a Child with Special Needs
an article written by contributing writer Lisa Belkin and new adoptive momma (China) Jenny Staff Johnson in Motherlode section of the New York Times Magazine

What to do?waiting to adopt (China) Jennifer at My Three Sons… and a Little China Girl… thoughts (and a request for advice) while filling out the special needs checklist

Why I Haven’t Been Bloggingadoptive momma (India and Guatemala) Leslie at Recovering Noah… Discovering Me… about the alienation she feels while dealing with attachment issues and autism

Whatever Wednesdays

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.

Plan B and Testing, Phase I adoptive momma (China) Wuxi Mommy at Our Wuxi Girl… evaluating another option for SuSu’s medical treatment

Show Hope Press ReleaseStacie Vining, president and owner of Vining Media Relations, at Mary Beth Chapman’s blog… the press release for Maria’s Big House of Hope, created in honor of little Maria Chapman

Another Convincing Opinionadoptive momma (China) Sally at Bryson Makes 8!… another doctor, another opinion

Cuddling an older child! adoptive momma (China) Jean at There’s no place like home… a wonderful list of ideas for attachment activities geared for an older child

If it’s not one thing, it’s another
adoptive momma (China) MississippiZen… a catheter accident leads to a trip to the emergency room

My Learning Curve: Humilityadoptive momma (Ethiopia) Thankfulmom at A Bushel and a Peck… a heartfelt letter of advice to families who wish to (or already have) adopted an older child

Just Try It! It Won’t Kill You!momma to a child with Asperger’s Syndrome Shash at 5 Minutes for Special Needs, though she regularly blogs at Diary of a Crazed Mommy… a description of and the rules for the tasting plate, a method they use to improve feeding issues and oral defensiveness

Charlie’s New Arm: Test Fittingadoptive momma (domestic, transracial Asian-American) Mary Dell at Torrefaction… video of Charlie testing out his prosthetic arm for the first time

Whatever Wednesdays

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.

Therapy Thursday: Listening Activitiesadoptive momma (Korea) and speech pathologist CC at If Only I Had Super Powers… great links to listening games that promote language acquisition when learning a foreign (or new!) language

Changeadoptive parents (China) the Straights at Straight Talk… how her daughter’s early life experiences shape how she deals with changes now

A Bill of Rights for Parents of Children with Special Needsmomma to a child with cerebral palsy Ellen, who regularly blogs at To The Max, at 5 Minutes for Special Needs… a poignant and funny list of rights

Surgery Day: June 16th and Day 1 and 2adoptive momma (China) Tina at Faith, Hope and Love… their son Reed’s cleft lip surgery and first days of recovery

Maylee Updateadoptive momma (China) Rebecca at Living in a Rainbow World… planning for an unanticipated detether surgery (spina bifida)

More Hurdles to Jump
adoptive momma (China) Sally at Bryson Makes 8!… more castings and information about Bryson’s upcoming hip surgery

What Kind of Momadoptive momma (domestic) Dorothy at Urban Servant… a powerful post that is a must read for those moms struggling through tough times

We’ve Got Our Girl!!!adoptive momma (Russia and China) Michelle at Born in Our Hearts… the adoption day of an older child

The Binderadoptive momma (China) Cheri at Infinite Love… a helpful description and purpose of a medical binder

Whatever Wednesdays

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.

Hepatitis B and International Adoption
adoptive momma (Russia) Ingrid at the group adoption blog Grown In My Heart… questions to ask and living with Hepatitis B

16 Already??? & Raegan Day 4 and Post-Op Day Five: Pain and Playadoptive momma (China) Margie at MississippiZen… about the special need cloaca and the importance of being able to roll with the punches when one adopts a child with special needs; plus a progress report and remarks about pain tolerance

Swimsuits and Staresadoptive momma (China) Robin at Tea For Two… requesting advice on dealing with stares and comments in regard to her daughter’s limb difference

Banishing Worry and Guiltadoptive momma (domestic) Deborah, who regularly blogs at Pipecleaner Dreams, at 5 Minutes for Special Needs… after years of worry, finding peace and reassurance that her birth son was NOT negatively effected by her choice to adopt three children, all of whom have significant special needs

Oral dyspraxiamomma to preemie twins Tertia at So Close… conversations with her husband and her son’s occupational therapist about his oral dyspraxia

Feeling Frustrated
adoptive momma (China) Wuxi Mommy at Our Wuxi Girl… insurance issues once home

I’m having a better week now… — adoptive momma (China) Milinda at The Adventures of Maggie and Ella… a mom investigates the world of sensory issues