Our Red Thread of Hope: An Advocacy Success Story

September 21, 2016 by nohandsbutours adopting a boy, Advocacy, Family Stories, pre-adoption, referral, should we adopt?, switching agencies, waiting for referral 4 Comments


The Chinese have an ancient proverb that says, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break.” Back in July 2015, the Lord called our family out of the Ethiopia adoption program, where had waited for over …Read More

Urgent Aging Out Child: Lily

September 9, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 43 Comments


Lily is so close to aging out, she has very little time left to be adopted! Sweet, precious Lily has just four more months until she ages out of the system, disqualifying her from international adoption. Lily is almost fourteen years old and is absolutely beloved by her caregivers. She loves crafts and drawing, and …Read More

Thoughts on the Former Shared List Program

August 12, 2016 by nohandsbutours Advocacy, Agencies, Carrie, CCAI, former shared list program, Gladney, Holt, Lifeline, referral, shared list, special focus 2 Comments


CCCWA has always shown a willingness to try new programs and methods in order to give more children a chance to be adopted. Through the years, many different aspects of the program have changed – sometimes quite suddenly – which initially can cause confusion and anxiety. But with time, agencies and families have adapted to …Read More

RainbowKids, Martha Osborne and the Shared List

August 6, 2016 by nohandsbutours Advocacy, CCAI, Gladney, Holt, Lifeline, RainbowKids, referral, shared list, special focus, Stefanie 0 Comments


We recently had an opportunity to talk with Martha Osborne, founder of RainbowKids, and ask her some questions about RainbowKids, the recent changes in the Shared List and the impact of those changes on China’s special needs program. ……… Q: Can you tell us more about Rainbow Kids – how did it get started? Our …Read More

Find My Family: Calvin

July 16, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Calvin is a precious little guy from Southern China. He was born February of 2014 and has thalassemia. He has received blood transfusions to help raise his hemoglobin numbers. This cute little guy can walk alone steadily and scribble with a pen. He speaks in short sentences and understands what others are saying to him. …Read More

Find My Family: Carrie

June 8, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Carrie is 2 years old precious little girl. She is listed for adoption with a special need of epilepsy (that is managed with an anticonvulsant) and cerebral dysplasia with no abnormal CT findings. Carrie likes to be picked up by her caretakers to play. Once in the activity room, Carrie is helped to relax her …Read More

Find My Family: Sofia

May 26, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Adorable 11-year-old Sofia is listed with Madison Adoption Associates. Sofia is diagnosed with post-op cleft lip and palate. From an update in April: Sofia’s mental development is normal or the same as peers the same age. Her special need no longer affects her life. Sofia is extroverted and active. She is very well behaved and …Read More

He Knows

May 21, 2016 by nohandsbutours adopting a boy, clubfoot, complex heart defects, Family Stories, hypospadias, PDA, waiver request 3 Comments


Who knew ​this momma – who had once upon a time envisioned life with my husband to include ​a couple of ​children, a spacious home, and (of course!) many family vacations to tropical destinations​ – would instead​ learn (​and ​daily​ re-learn)​ that the path to the​ purest​ peace and the greatest joy​ is to​ yield …Read More


May 15, 2016 by nohandsbutours Advocacy, Katie, Realities 2 Comments

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I love Jesus. I love His simplicity. I love how easily He puts things into perspective. I love how when all the religious leaders wanted to prove Him wrong, false, and even sinful that His answers were never hour long oratories. Simple, concise. Believe and follow or don’t. Often I find myself in the midst …Read More


May 11, 2016 by nohandsbutours adopting a boy, Central Nervous System, cerebral palsy, Family Stories, older child adoption 0 Comments


We did everything backwards. After watching our best friends adopt two girls from China, my husband and I were very open to adoption. However, we are both “take it slow” kind of people so it wasn’t until a couple of years later that I felt ready to build our family through adoption. My husband? He …Read More

Urgent Aging Out Child: Rebekah

April 30, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found, Liberty 0 Comments


Rebekah is 13 years old and will age out of the adoption system on her 14th birthday in November. Rebekah is an HIV carrier and lives in a group home setting with other children who have also tested positive for HIV. She was with her birth family and cared for by the community until she …Read More

Find My Family: Theo

April 24, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Theo was placed in his foster family at birth in May of 2014. He was born blind, and has had two eye surgeries in December 2014 and September 2015. Due to his blindness he is not as comfortable with new people, but he enjoys being held and interacting with his foster mother. He can walk …Read More

“I hope you can help me find a family soon…”

April 21, 2016 by nohandsbutours Advocacy, Children Who Wait, Kelly 1 Comments


Dear Uncle and Aunt, I am very happy to write this letter to you. My name is W____. I’m thirteen years old. I study in the senior class here, and my favorite class is Table Tennis. I desire to be adopted by an American family. When I see some other children going abroad, I really …Read More

Find My Family: Amber

April 14, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Amber (born November 2009) is an energetic, talkative little girl who loves to recite poems and sing her favorite songs and lullabies! She was born prematurely and was diagnosed with developmental delays and symptoms of hyperactivity. During her early childhood, she could grasp toys to play with, pass objects between both hands, and clap two …Read More

Robbie Waits for a Family

March 8, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Robbie is a delightful boy who is almost 6 years old! He is newly designated list at Hawaii International Child. Robbie was found in a small garden near a railway station when he was a tiny baby. He has a visual impairment, and some deformities of his fingers and toes. Robbie’s doctor says cataract surgery …Read More

Amazing Jake Waits

March 2, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments

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Jake is 8 years old and his original special needs were listed as malnutrition, vision illegible, correction, heart murmurs, and anal atresia. Jake attends a bilingual international school, so knows some English, and has a fun personality. Both volunteers, and foster siblings of his that have been adopted, have had good things to say about …Read More

Urgent Medical Waiting Child: Oscar

February 26, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 1 Comments


Oscar is an energetic, smart, and sweet 10 year old boy who is waiting for a family. He has been waiting since he was almost 5 years old, and has bounced around from agency to agency in the past several years. An adoption coordinator who has met hundreds and hundreds of kids over the years …Read More

Faith Waits

February 24, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments

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*update: Faith has been matched with her forever family!* Faith is a playful, clever, active and lovely girl with normal intelligence and mental development. She is well-liked and loves playing with others. She is ten years old. Faith was in the US for two weeks where she stayed with a host family. Her Bridge of …Read More

Urgent Medical Need: Joel

February 20, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments

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Joel, born March 2010, was introverted when he first came to the orphanage at three years old, but he soon adapted and became more talkative. As of May 2015 he had made big strides and was able to express his feelings and thoughts appropriately. Orphanage staff say he is a polite and smart little boy …Read More

Find My Family: Gavin

February 16, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Gavin is a one year old little guy listed with Small World Adoptions. His special need is listed as Limb Deformity. Gavin is described as quiet and handsome. His hands are weak, but he can hold things with both of them together. He can walk for a few steps and stands alone steadily. He walks …Read More

Neil Waits for a Family

February 14, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 1 Comments


Meet gorgeous 21 month old, Neil! Neil is newly listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership. MAA staff were able to meet him in November. Neil is described as docile and adorable. He will immediately raise his head or turn around when being called and he likes to smile and wave his hands …Read More

Sherry Waits for Her Family

February 6, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


This gentle, beautiful little girl is Sherry! She was born in May of 2013 and her legs are paralyzed. Sherry was found when she was about 2 years old and had an EEG, head CT, and lower limb testing (results in file). She was very timid, depressed and scared of strangers but the nannies spent …Read More

find my family: Layla

February 4, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 2 Comments

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Layla was born July of 2014. She is described as an extroverted little girl who likes playing with mirrors, and being held by her nanny. Though her development is behind compared to other children, she can babble and say “mama,” and will clap her hands in greeting! As of December she was crawling and standing …Read More

find my family: Zora

January 26, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Precious little Zora is a darling girl born June 2013, Her special need is a hearing deficit which may in fact mean she is possibly deaf. Further testing would need to happen once she is home. Zora loves to be cuddled and her report from August of 2015 stated that she was improving her motor …Read More

find my family: Gemma

January 16, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 1 Comments

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Gemma is an affectionate little girl who loves being cuddled and sang to! Born in September of 2013, she was diagnosed with delayed development and brittle bone disease. When she was 1 month old, her joints easily swelled when being cuddled and it usually took her a week for the painful swelling to reduce. She …Read More

Aging Out Child: Renae

January 12, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Renae is a lovely girl who is assigned to a new partnership orphanage with Gladney. She turned 13 in September, so the time to find her family is limited! A family must adopt her before her 14th birthday or she will no longer be eligible for adoption. Renae attends public middle school where she is …Read More

find my family: Pendalyn

January 4, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Meet Pendalyn who was born in November of 2002. She was found in a railway station just a few days after birth and taken to a local Social Welfare Institute (SWI). At about six months of age, her caregivers noticed that she didn’t respond to sounds as readily as she should have. She was taken …Read More

Host Child Highlight: Long

December 26, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 1 Comments

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Long is a healthy, 11 year old boy from the south of China. He is participating in a hosting program this winter through Great Wall China Adoptions and is currently living with a host family in Kentucky until mid January. The family has enjoyed spending time with this amazing boy! He enjoys building with blocks …Read More

Beyond Adoption: The Advocate

December 20, 2015 by nohandsbutours Advocacy, Beyond Adoption, December 2015 Feature - Beyond Adoption, Liberty, other ways to care for the orphan 1 Comments


Advocate is a powerful word. It carries so much meaning in its 8 little letters. Merriam-Webster’s definition: 1. one that pleads the cause of another 2. one that defends or maintains a cause 3. one that supports or promotes the interests of another This definition sure sounds mighty familiar. It seems as if Mr. Webster might …Read More

Aging Out Child: Wallace

December 14, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments

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Wallace, born November 2002, is an introverted boy who likes to sit and immerse himself in his thoughts sometimes, but will also play with the other kids. He will age out of the China Adoption program when he turns 14 years old this coming November. He is attending school and completes his homework on time. …Read More

Aging Out Child: Henry

December 12, 2015 by nohandsbutours aging-out child, Family Found 1 Comments

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Henry, born July 2003, is a shy and handsome boy, who came to the orphanage at four years old and has adjusted very well! When he turns 14 years old in July of 2017 he will no longer be available for adoption and will have aged out of the system. Read this article by Love …Read More

Beyond Adoption: What Advocacy Can Do

December 9, 2015 by nohandsbutours Advocacy, Blood Conditions, December 2015 Feature - Beyond Adoption, disruption, other ways to care for the orphan, thalassemia 3 Comments


Our precious son, Mac, came to us through the advocating of many and the mission field of No Hands But Ours. But it begins in an unlikely way….it begins with a disruption. A painful, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking disruption. It is actually impossible to tell Mac’s story without first telling about the disruption. I had never considered …Read More

Aging Out Child: Lucy

December 8, 2015 by nohandsbutours aging-out child, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Lucy was born in December of 2002 and is described as an introverted child, who enjoys listening to music and watching cartoons. Though she sometimes struggles to express herself in front of other people, she is polite and kind. She often takes care of younger children and is a loving big sister. She is able …Read More

Aging Out Child: Thomas

December 5, 2015 by nohandsbutours aging-out child, Family Found 0 Comments

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Thomas, born July 2002, is a tall, handsome boy, who gets along well with others and his polite to his teachers. He will age out this coming July at which time he will no longer be eligible for adoption. He’s very athletic, and there is video in his file of him shooting basketball and practicing …Read More

find my family: Wang

December 4, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Would you look at this sweet face?! Wang was born in October 2012 and was found about two months later. The CWI immediately took him to the hospital for shortness of breath and it was discovered that he has a complex heart condition. He was placed on oxygen and was later operated on in June …Read More

Appointed One

November 22, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


“I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness – secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” Isaiah 45:3 In a crib, in an orphanage, halfway around the world, sits a boy. He’s easy to miss, …Read More

Waiting for a Family: Eugene and Lile

November 14, 2015 by nohandsbutours Advocacy, Family Stories 0 Comments


Andrea Olson is Executive Director of Little Hearts Medical and a five time adoptive mother. She traveled to Beijing recently to assist with Holt International Children’s Services’ Ambassador Program, where she was partnered with two beautiful boys born with complex CHD and in need of adoption. ………………. Hello everyone! I just recently returned from Beijing …Read More

Waiting for My Family: Tia

November 10, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Little Tia is 4 years old and listed with CCAI. Her special needs are listed as brain damage and low vision/blindness. Tia has lived at Bethel since she was 2 years old (where she is known as Talitha). When she arrived she couldn’t move any of her limbs, lift up her head or sit up. …Read More

Siblings: Haden and Hazel

November 8, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 1 Comments


“Haden” (12yrs) and “Hazel” (11yrs) are biological siblings who need to find their forever family. Haden enjoys making and designing things, tools and gadgets, and is quick to smile. Here is a picture of Haden writing and drawing – He took a book and added pictures to the story. He also built the toothpick house …Read More

find my family: Harrison

November 6, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Harrison is an adorable little boy who was born June of 2014. He was estimated to have been abandoned on the same day of his birth. Upon admission, he was diagnosed with spina bifida, eczema, and weakness in his legs. He received surgery for his spinal meningocele and had a successful recovery. He is developing …Read More

Find My Family: Katelyn

October 22, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Katelyn is a precious little girl who is waiting for a family of her very own. She is now 2 years old. She has several medical needs including CHD and orthopedic issues. Her orphanage and agency are waiting on genetic testing to rule out a possible genetic condition. She is designated to Gladney. She is …Read More

Find My Family: Lionel

October 20, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 1 Comments


Lionel is two years old and lives in the orphanage. At approximately 6 months old, he was diagnosed with hemophilia and has been receiving treatment ever since. He is reported to currently receive two infusions per week. He is a beautiful little boy who is described as having normal physical and mental development. He can …Read More

Waiting Child Highlight: Savannah

October 16, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Savannah is a little girl with a huge, sparkling personality! She is full of life and has such a beautiful smile! The words we wrote to describe her were things like “outgoing, spunky, super friendly, curious, independent.” She is designated to Gladney Adoptions. Savannah is 7 years old and she has dwarfism. She knows her …Read More

find my family: Wesley

October 4, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 1 Comments


This precious child is Wesley who was born October of 2014 and has postoperative hydrocephalus. He had surgery in January of 2015 where they put a shunt in his brain to help his hydrocephalus and since then he has been a very active little guy! Wesley loves to laugh, watch the people around him, and …Read More

Precious Little Thomas

October 2, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Precious little Thomas was born in August of 2014 and was admitted into the institute in September of 2014. The physical exam at admission showed syphilis RPR test to be positive and HIV to be weak positive. The doctors think that these were brought from his birth mother. In May of 2015, the RPR test …Read More

A Family for Allen

September 28, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Would you look at this sweet face!! This is little Allen who was born in March of 2009. He was admitted into the institute at 2 years of age. His special need is delayed language development. He was very quiet and did not talk much at all when he first entered the CWI and the …Read More

find my family: Benjamin

September 26, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 2 Comments


Benjamin is 12 years old and is deaf, he is described as a charming extrovert with many friends, and a great student, well loved by his teachers and is fluent in Chinese sign language. Please prayerfully consider giving this young man a forever family. Contact All God’s Children International for more information. He is an …Read More

Looking for my family: Luca

September 24, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Luca was born in September 2012 with complex heart disease. His referral file mentions: dextrocardia, complete TGA, ASD, right aortic arch, bidirectional atrial shunt, tricuspid and pulmonary regurgitation, and pulmonary hypertension. His file does not indicate that he has received any surgical interventions. While this certainly is a medical mouthful – it does not define …Read More

Waiting for You: Bonnie Blu

September 24, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Bonnie Blu was born in January 2013 and is listed as having arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). She is currently listed with Small World Adoptions. Bonnie Blu is as enchanting as enchanting can be! Her video will quickly endear her to you as well. Her caregivers adore her and share this: “She is a favorite girl, …Read More

Find my Family: Judy

September 18, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments


Judy is a super sweet six year old little girl who was found near a hospital when she was only one week old. She was born with anal atresia, which was surgically corrected when she was three weeks old and she now has complete bowel and bladder control. She was initially diagnosed with a congenital …Read More

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