next shared list

StefanieNHBOSig

The next shared list will be released on Monday, February 27th – fantastic news for all those families out there who are waiting! Congratulations to all families in the Special Needs program, whether you find your child on shared list, the Special Focus list or an individual agency list… it’s always wonderful when children find […]

What we’re reading Wednesday: links

StefanieNHBOSig

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. From the blog […]

wow.

KOel6

I am simply awed. And so very grateful. My friend and website-designer extraordinaire, Lauren from Restored 316 Designs, has just finished her overhaul of No Hands But Ours. I gave her some ideas when we first got started, but I was blown away when I saw the finished product. Thank. You. Lauren. Even our button […]

What we’re reading Wednesday: links

StefanieNHBOSig

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. From the blog […]

Adoption Tax Credit for 2011

StefanieNHBOSig

Anyone who has adopted should know about the Adoption Tax Credit. It’s a huge blessing for adopting families to recoup a portion of expenses when adopting a child. But if you’re most of us, that’s about where your knowledge ends. Internet to the rescue. With tax season upon us, here are some links to help […]

What we’re reading Wednesday: links

StefanieNHBOSig

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption from China and/or parenting a special needs child from China. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at […]

one year with my sweet Vivi Kate

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Vivienne officially joined our family on January 11, 2010. That was a glorious day for our family: we were gaining a precious daughter. It was a tragic day for her: she lost everything she knew. A month later, I shared more about the reality of that day. By early spring we were both emerging from […]

a blessed surprise

tori-bye-0552

Since entering the adoption realm in 2004, admittedly painfully unaware, I’ve done my share of reading. My share of gleaning. My share of asking. Since then I have also been asked many questions about adoption by potential adoptive parents. And one question in particular has always stood out to me. Maybe because it was one […]

loving China

moonbeams

We have five children from China, ranging in age from 2 to 6. While none of them have come to us with a desire to explore their heritage, we have taken it upon ourselves to at least crack open the door to their roots. In a small way, embracing not only our children, but where […]

how do you know?

isabelle

What will my child look like? Will I recognize my child when I ‘see’ them for the first time? These are questions that I think all adoptive parents ask at one time or another, especially in the special needs program. If you’re anything like I was, you manage to find sweet little faces, faces that […]