Article in TIME

Why Americans Are Adopting Fewer Chinese Kids Interesting read… I was very pleased to see the SN program mentioned as an alternative to the NSN program.

Whatever Wednesdays – a day late

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 Day in Hell and Please God, Let These Antibiotics Workadoptive momma (China) Heather at Dragons & Elephants… describing their recent medical experiences

The story to our fourth blessingadoptive momma (China) Amy at My Four Blessings… the journey to find their fourth child, an older girl living with arthrogryposis

Curious Neighbors momma to a child with autism, LauraS, at 5 Minutes for Special Needs… how life changed after she connected with her neighbors

Derrick’s Momone of my imaginary friends, The Happy Geek… a beautiful post written about the momma of a special needs child

Isaiah’s First Casting: To Greeley, CO and Back
adoptive momma (Korea, China and Uganda) Linny at A Place Called Simplicity… about her son Isaiah’s first casting for his arthrogryposis

Umm… O.Kayfoster momma (India) Sarah Bess, co-founder of India Christian Ministries, at Sarah’s Covenant Homesamusing post about those Google searches we make when researching various medical conditions

The Spectrum of Sensory Integration Disorder adoptive momma (China, Guatemala) Judy at the group adoption blog Grown in My Heart, but who regularly blogs at The International Mom’s Blog… a brief description of sensory integration dysfunction, also known as sensory processing disorder

Babies Can’t Wait adoptive parents (China) The Straights at “Straight” Talk… their daughter’s recent evaluation with their state’s Infants and Toddlers program

Fine Line Between Researching and Parentingmomma to a special needs child Carrie at 5 Minutes for Special Needs, though she regularly blogs at Little Miss Hannah… do they allow more medical tests for research purposes that might help their daughter and others? or do they put a stop to the poking and prodding?

A Special Need
momma to a special needs child Heather at The Extraordinary Ordinary… about her son’s hydrocephalus

8:45 AM Update: Monday and 2:15 PM Update: Mondayadoptive momma (China) Karin at Our Treasures From Afar… about her daughter Kate’s chest tube and medical tests

And They Are Off!!! and Standing: Before and Afteradoptive momma (China) Sally That Girl! at Bryson Makes 8!… her son’s final casts come off

Noseadoptive momma (China) Amy at Finally a Family of Five… learn something new about cleft lip/ cleft palate

New list at Small World

Small World has a new list of 19 children that need to find forever families. Visit the Small World site to learn more about them!

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.

Reese’s 10th Laser Treatment
adoptive momma (China) Monica at Journey With Reese… describing a laser treatment on her daughter’s face and leg

Progress and Pez!adoptive momma (China) Chelsea at Gour Family Adventures… details (and video) of her daughter’s recent physical therapy session

Meeting Maisey Graceadoptive momma (domestic) Julie Martindale at Not just an Ordinary Life… in the process of deciding about adopting once more

Emotions Muse by Dianeadoptive momma (China) Diane at the group blog An-Ya… details about her daughter’s emotions relating to her adoption as an older child

A Does of Realityan adoptive momma (China) at Room for At Least One More… struggles they face six months after adopting a child with cleft lip/ cleft palate

Hello to the World of Sound!!!adoptive momma (China) Melissa at Wen Love Calls… about her son’s recent fittings for hearing aids

Homeland’s XingFu Program

Homeland Adoption Services has just received an invitation to place a large number of waiting children from Shanghai. Homeland’s clinical director, Nancy Reffsin, will be traveling there in a few weeks to see the children and gather information. Once she returns, the matching will begin.

Families who wish to be considered for the children must have a home study completed, and be ready to submit a dossier within 90 days.

Anyone wishing to receive an info pack and application should send an email to: homelandadoption@aol.com or call Pam Thomas at 845-727-0500.

HAS is Hague accredited through the Council on Accreditation, a member of Joint Council on International Children’s Services, RESOLVE and NYSCCCC.

New list posted

Bay Area Adoption Services (BAAS) has a new list of children posted on the Children Who Wait page.

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.


walking the line
adoptive momma (China) mama d at zarfing sunshine… a thoughtful post about advocacy and where to draw the line

Somewhere In Between
pharmacist turned stay at home mom Michelle, who regularly blogs at In the Life of a Child, at 5 Minutes for Special Needs… adjusting to life with a special needs child when crisis no longer looms on the horizon

A Little More About SuSuadoptive momma (China) Wuxi Mommy at Our Wuxi Girl… one three-year-old’s initial adjustment after adoption, while the family is still in China

They’re Off! adoptive momma (China) Mandi at The Journey Continues… her daughter Mylee’s tenth casts finally came off (club foot)

Cleft Exchange Day One
the team at Love Without Boundaries… a volunteer team arrived in China and began performing multiple cleft surgeries

Choosing Among Children
foster momma (India) Sarah Bess at Sarah’s Covenant Home… feeling pulled in so many directions because the needs are so great

There’s no such thing as a bad egg
momma to a special needs child Heather at The Extraordinary Ordinary… a high school parenting experiment foreshadows her future motherhood

Speech Frustrationsadoptive momma (China) Cheri at Infinite Love… about her daughter’s significant speech delays, possibly apraxia of speech or dysarthria

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.

Owen Updateadoptive momma (China) Melissa at Wen Love Calls… thoughts after one month home, plus some information about his medical evaluations

Home Sweet Home
adoptive momma (China) Heather at Dragons and Elephants… describing her son Kai’s last day in the hospital and his first two weeks home after major surgery

Victoria’s Fingersfoster momma (India) Sarah Bess, co-founder of India Christian Ministries, at Sarah’s Covenant Homes… describing Victoria’s clinodactyly of the index fingers and either that or kirner’s deformity of the pinky fingers

Cardiologist check-up adoptive parents (China) Aaron and Erica at Praying for You You… her first check-up with the cardiologist after major surgery

Monday Morning Confessional: I need to get out. Often.
momma of a child who has special needs (infant strokes) Ellen at To The Max… leaving a child with special needs with a babysitter

I knew this day would come adoptive momma (China) Living4Him5at My Four Blessings… an emotional conversation with her daughter about her daughter’s arthrogryposis

If you know one kid with autism…adoptive momma (domestic) Julie Martindale at Not Just An Ordinary Life… exploring her feelings about her son’s recent autism diagnosis

Lifeline’s current list

Lifeline’s current list, with many new children, has just been posted over on the Children Who Wait page. Lifeline has 30 little ones on their list, contact karla@lifelineadoption.org if you’d like any more info :)

Shared list

A new list of children was released last night on the shared listing!