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.

Sigh…adoptive momma Sandra at The Daily Grind… healing, both physically and emotionally, after a cochlear implant surgery

retro-post: all about albinismadoptive momma mama d at zarfing sunshine… thoughts about her soon-to-be adopted daughter, who has albinism

Can you be a Child’s Special Valentine?the Auction Coordinator at Love Without Boundaries… information about the 2009 Born in My Heart Auction, which raises money for much needed heart surgeries for child who wait in China

Appt. Today
adoptive momma Sally at Bryson Makes 8!… an update on her son’s club feet after his seventh casts

Cute Little Bugger
adoptive momma Amy at Finally a Family of Five… just a little cleft talk about noses and colds

I Wuvoo adoptive momma Cara at Seeking Our Silas… a description of her son’s occupational therapy for sensory processing disorder

Starfish Sponsorswaiting momma (China) and Starfish Foster Homes supporter redmaryjanes at The Seventh Diamond… Starfish needs 14 more sponsors for the new children at the Starfish Cleft Home

Maybe You Can Help Dr. Lu’s CareLaura Baldwin, the Special Assistance Director at Love Without Boundaries… requesting financial assistance to keep a doctor on staff

You Can Join The Mifan Mommy ClubKay Bratt, author of Silent Tears has started the Mifan Mommy’s Club. For only “$9 per month, a bag of rice [mifan] can be purchased and will feed all of the children and staff in the Anhui orphanage for one day.”

News from Lifeline re: switching agencies

New Information Regarding Switching Agencies
February, 2009

Families,

We have been reading all the new posts regarding switching agencies. This is an exciting opportunity for families to unite more quickly with their children. With this information we want all of you to know that Lifeline Children’s Services is prepared and willing to help families who are requesting to switch agencies in order to be matched from the shared agency program.

Lifeline is part of the shared agency program.
– Our representative in China holds the key and is able to lock files quickly and efficiently.
– Lifeline has matched all of their existing families who have requested to be part of the shared agency program and is currently taking new applicants for the program.
– To begin the process, families will need to fill out an application and pay an application fee to Lifeline
– Modified agency fees will be charged to families who are approved to switch (contact us for questions regarding this).
– Families who are currently logged in and want to switch agencies will be moved immediately to the shared agency program upon approval from CCAA and Lifeline Children’s Services
– Families who are in the dossier process will be moved to the shared agency program upon dossier completion.

We have contacted CCAA regarding the switching process and this is what they have told us (so far):
– first, to re-submit dossier, you don’t need to get the dossier back. We need a letter from the old agency to release the family. Then we send another letter to accept the family. The family will need to pay another $480 to CCAA to adopt a SN child under a new agency – you don’t need to pay $150 to BLAS. CCAA will then transfer the family dossier to Lifeline with a new LID in their computer system.

–second, for the families who aren’t qualified under the new rules (after May 1st 2007) but are already logged in before that date, they can’t be transferred. For example, single parents, even if they were logged in before May 2007, can’t re-log in with anyone else. So please make sure you are qualified under new rules before requesting a transfer from CCAA and your existing agency.

**There have been conflicting reports regarding this, so please bear with us as we continue to verify this information.

If you have any questions about Lifeline’s shared agency program or would like to talk about more about switching, please contact Janell Lucas (j.lucas@lifelineadoption.org) or Karla Thrasher (kthrasher@lifelineadoption.org) privately for information.

Lifeline Children’s Services is a reputable, Christian adoption agency who have been facilitating special needs adoptions from China for the past 9 years.

Sincerely,

The Lifeline China Team
Lifeline Children’s Services

Concurrent adoptions ~ NSN and SN

This is an excerpt from an agency’s newsletter. It’s fantastic news for anyone frustrated by the ever-increasing wait times for a NSN referral…

Dear families,

Many of you have inquired about adopting a child from China and due to the lengthy wait time frames, have been hesitant to begin. As the wait time continues to increase for a healthy child, we has received confirmation from the China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) that families can adopt simultaneously a healthy and special needs child.

Currently, the wait to receive a healthy child referral is three to four years. In contrast, a special needs adoption takes five to seven months. If time frames continue as they have been, families can complete a special needs adoption and still comply with the CCAA’s strict guidelines of having 12 months between both adoptions.

What does this mean? If you are interested in bringing home two beautiful children from China, you can do so by submitting two dossier’s to China, one for a healthy referral and two to three months later, submit a second dossier for a special needs child.

A few things to keep in mind:

1. You must be open to adopting a child with a special need or older

2. Open to adopting a boy or girl (placement of a boy will ensure a referral sooner)

3. Must meet China’s requirement of 12 months between bringing children home

If you are interested in concurrent China adoptions, please note that they will be treated as two separate adoptions, which means you will pay the full fees and will complete new contracts and paperwork for both adoptions. There are no discounts for concurrent adoptions or special needs children.

New policy from CCAA

Sounds like CCAA is going to allow families already logged in to switch agencies to pursue a special needs adoption! Wonderful news….


“CCAA recently passed a policy to allow families to switch agencies and still use their original dossiers currently logged in at CCAA. Families that choose to switch agencies should request a letter from their original agency stating that they agree to release the dossier to the new agency. Families who do not qualify under the new rule effective of May 1st 2007 and whose dossiers were logged in before May 1st of 2007 will be able to switch agencies and proceed with
the adoption of special needs children.”