Caring Creatively

November 21, 2014 by Desiree adoption community, advocating, Desiree, orphan ministry, orphan prevention 0 Comments

November is National Adoption Month. Pretty cool, huh? You would think that this is primarily a “Christian holiday” but I’ve been thrilled to see the secular media highlighting adoption & foster care and even adoption ministries throughout the month. (See Huffington Post article HERE.) But adoption is just one, albeit amazing, facet of God’s call to …Read More

Advocacy and Social Media: What’s not to “like”?

November 17, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Sheryl, thalassemia 1 Comments

Ah, social media. Sometimes I don’t know whether to love it or loath it. But it’s here, and most of use it.  Think about it: how many times have you “liked” a post? How many times have you made a comment? Or even “shared” something you saw that struck you as funny, important or thought-provoking? …Read More

Day 9: waiting children with thalassemia

November 9, 2014 by nohandsbutours 30shareadoptionchallenge, advocating, Children Who Wait 0 Comments


From Kelli: When I first approached a group of friends within the adoption community about the 30 Day Share Adoption Challenge, I asked if there was a group of children specifically that we should be sure to include in our advocacy posts. Immediately children with thalassemia came to the minds of many. 
There are many …Read More

day 6: older child adoption

November 7, 2014 by nohandsbutours 30shareadoptionchallenge, advocacy; older child adoption, advocating, Children Who Wait 0 Comments


Most children waiting for a family are labeled as a “special needs” child. Don’t let the label fool you, though. For most Americans, the term “special needs” automatically brings to mind severe and profound needs, but that isn’t always the case in adoption. For some children, their special need could be an optical need which …Read More

November 1: the first day of National Adoption Month

November 1, 2014 by nohandsbutours 30shareadoptionchallenge, advocating 4 Comments


November is National Adoption Month. And for the next 30 days, we will be partnering with Kelli Bloomquist – who has shared with us here before – and a host of other adoptive mamas in a 30 Day Share Adoption Challenge. The goal is to help spread the word, as far and as wide as …Read More

Southern Hospitality 2014 is underway

October 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Lifeline 0 Comments


  From Lifeline’s website: Our goal in this endeavor is to shower these children with love, introduce them to the culture of the southern United States, and provide them with some unique experiences. This event is also an important element in our on-going development of our orphanage partnerships in China. Through our partnership orphanages we …Read More

waiting child highlight: boys with hemophilia

October 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait 3 Comments

If you know someone considering a boy, share with them these precious faces. Each of these boys has hemophilia, which is so manageable in the United States. Right now, these boys’ access to treatment varies, depending on their location. But, once they age out, they will have little to no access to treatment at all. …Read More

find my family: Channing

October 16, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, CCAI, Family Found 0 Comments


Update: My Family has Found Me! Channing is now over 5 years old. He is extremely cute, and his big eyes are bright and sparkling, as if they could speak. Under his delicate nose, his sweet mouth has grown into quite the talker. Everyone really likes him. However, Channing tends to speak a little childishly …Read More

Find my Family: Yan Bo

October 13, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, ATWA 1 Comments


Goodness, have we got a special little boy for you to meet today! This is Yan Bo, affectionately called “Bobo” who is listed has having a repaired cleft lip and palate and drooping eyelids by his orphanage. Isn’t he adorable? He is listed with ATWA and all his agency fees are waived. If a family adopts …Read More

find my family: kylee

October 12, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Faith International Adoptions, Family Found 0 Comments


Update: My Family Has Found Me! Meet beautiful Kylee! Born in October 2011, her caregivers describe her as optimistic and smiley. She loves to be around others and is energetic. She enjoys being outdoors and loves toys with sound. It is believed that Kylee was born prematurely and has experienced hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), although …Read More

find my family: Jonah

October 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Family Found, WACAP 1 Comments


Update: My family has found me! Jonah is just 3 years old and is a very smart little fellow. His motor skills are age appropriate and he has good eye-hand coordination. He can communicate using sentences made up of 5-10 words, but is still working on expressing his needs verbally. He often uses actions in …Read More

Two Children Who Urgently Need Families: Mariella and Brayden

October 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Family Found 3 Comments

All children need families.  We know this.  And if you are even reading this post, then you are probably aware that the need for families to step forward and care for orphans worldwide is GREAT.  It is actually quite overwhelming at times.  Someone even told me the other day while having a conversation about the …Read More

aging out child: Tula

September 30, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocacy; older child adoption, advocating, aging-out child, Family Found 5 Comments


Thirteen years. Most of us remember where we were 13 years ago this month. And although some of those memories are still very vivid in our minds, in reality we see 2001 is pretty far in our rear-view mirror. Thirteen years was a long time ago. Now add another 6 months to that. Thirteen years …Read More

Hydrocephalus and Baby Hope

September 29, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, hydrocephalus 4 Comments

In the world of adoption advocacy, I’ve kind of become the mom that everyone asks about hydrocephalus. When a parent is reviewing a file of a hydro baby and has questions or is looking for a medical team to take a look, I always seem to get tagged in their advocacy post. “Kelli has a …Read More

aging out child: Jonathon

September 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocacy; older child adoption, advocating, aging-out child, Family Found 1 Comments

Jonathon ages out next February and is listed with Wide Horizons. “Jonathan is a sweet and smart boy who is hoping everyday for a family in the United States. Sadly, this wonderful kid only has 6 months to find a family! Under Chinese adoption law Jonathan must be adopted before he turns 14 years old. …Read More

Special Need Highlight: Adopting a Child with Complex Cloaca

September 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, ambiguous genitalia, cloaca, Family Stories, girls, urogenital defects, urologic 2 Comments

I have to be completely honest from the start. We did not choose this special need. We had never even heard of it! And if we had known what it might entail, I can tell you plainly, we would have chickened out. But God knew that and kept us in the dark so He could …Read More

waiting child highlight: Judah urgent medical need

August 30, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Family Found 1 Comments

Update: My Family Has Found Me! Judah, born October 2010, is a quiet child who is afraid of strangers, and likes to play with those he knows. He was found at two years old, he was thin, weak and could walk on his own. Once he got used to the new environment he could say …Read More

Find My Family: Clover

August 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls 0 Comments

Clover is outgoing and friendly but she prefers familiar people. She is playful and super smiley and when her favorite teacher scoops her you will hear her contagious deep belly laughs! Clover enjoys animals, books, moving toy cars and balls. She understands simple instructions, gestures to show “good-bye” and “hug” and understands the meaning of …Read More

a family for Lee Lee

August 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, advocating, Down syndrome, Family Found 2 Comments

This is Lee Lee. She was born in late 2011 with Down’s Syndrome and wears that extra chromosome well! She currently resides in an orphanage in northeast China where she gets lots of attention and love from the orphanage staff. She was very curious and apprehensive of us as I’m sure she had never seen …Read More

Aging Out Child: Pamela

July 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Family Found, girls, Lifeline 0 Comments

Pamela is 13 years old, listed as special focus with postoperative cleft lip and cleft palate repair, blood WBC slightly elevated higher; and otherwise healthy. She is designated to Lifeline Children’s Services. Pamela is said to be a clever, active, and outgoing child, who likes outdoor activity, games, and watching TV. She is helpful to …Read More

Bamboo Project Update

June 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Desiree, Down syndrome 0 Comments

Today is a very special day… in a few short hours, the first of the Bamboo Project children will be in the arms of her FOREVER family! I’ve gotten to walk along side this lovely family from Georgia from nearly the start of their journey. Let me tell you, they are MORE than in love …Read More

Find My Family: Jenny

June 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Agape, Family Found, girls 0 Comments

Get ready for a party with Jenny! Five old Jenny was born blind, but being blind doesn’t stop her from living life to the fullest. She sings, she dances, she is the life of the party. Her caregivers describe Jenny as an extrovert and an active playmate. She is expressive and loves meeting new people …Read More

Find My Family: Brandon

June 10, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Brandon is a precious little boy who will turn 8 this summer. Look at that SMILE!! Brandon is a shy young man who came into care at the age of 3 years old. At first he had a difficult time adjusting to life in the orphanage. But with the help of his teachers and peers, …Read More

Find My Family: Becca

April 28, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, BAAS, Family Found, girls 1 Comments

UPDATE: My family has found me! Becca is a sweet little girl waiting for a family. She turned 3 in October and has Schizencephaly, a non-progressive brain abnormality. Her original file states she had a hemangioma and rickets, both of which are non-issues now. She was reported to have delays, which turned out to be …Read More

aging out children with CCAI

April 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, aging-out child, CCAI, Family Found 0 Comments

Can you imagine life without a family or a person to call your own? Can you imagine dreaming of a family only to know there is a good chance it may not happen? Can you imagine knowing at 14 years of age that the dream of having a forever family has to die because you …Read More

Find My Family: Davie

April 16, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Dillon, Family Found 1 Comments

Update: My Family has found me! Sweet Davie is almost two years old. He was born May of 2012. Being cute isn’t enough for this toddler … he has to be smart and sweet as well! Abandoned at birth and longing for affection and a family of his own, this baby boy is doing well …Read More

Find My Family: Chelsea

April 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Family Found, girls, spina bifida 0 Comments

JOYFUL UPDATE: My Family has found me!! Chelsea is a strong and open girl who was found at a station gate in November 2009. She was born February of 2009. Upon admission into the care center, Chelsea was noted to be weak and thin with rapid breath and a feeble cry and to have a …Read More

special need highlight: Adopting a child with Osteogenesis Impefecta

April 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Family Stories, Orthopedic, Osteogenesis Imperfecta 2 Comments

This summer traveling in China with Superkids I met a girl with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). This was remarkable in itself because I have only met maybe 20 children with this special need in my 25+ years as a physical therapist. I have a special place in my heart for ever child with this special need. …Read More

Six Pills a Day: A Cure for My Ignorance Regarding HIV

March 19, 2014 by nohandsbutours a father's perspective, advocating, HIV, Mike 6 Comments

Mike is dad to six. Two of his children, adopted from China, have HIV. Today he shares from-the-heart about their journey. You can read a previous post he shared here. Growing up in the Midwest in the 80s, my picture of HIV was framed by after-school specials, the evening news, and MTV. I had never …Read More

special need highlight: adopting a child with thalassemia

March 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, thalassemia 0 Comments

In August 2011, my daughters and I returned to China as part of a mission team working to help orphanages assist their children with special needs. It is no coincidence that my background as a pediatric Occupational Therapist would be needed in the place so close to my heart. I partnered with the incredible organization …Read More

bethel china

January 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating 0 Comments

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the school… Every child was excited because they were having a pajama party! They all wore their robes, and they were wrapped up in blankets and quilts. They ate sugar until they felt sick, and they kept sneaking over to the tree to try to open their …Read More

waiting child highlight: focus on albinism

November 26, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating 7 Comments

Meet Reid This fair haired and rosy cheeked cutie is Reid. He is two years old. He is said to be a clever and lovely baby. He is walking and talking. He likes music and gets excited when you turn it on. Reid has been diagnosed with Albinism. His last exam said his sight is …Read More

waiting child highlight: vision issues

November 12, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating 0 Comments

Meet Gabe Update: My family has found me! Gabe was born December of 2008. He was only 18 months when he first arrived at Bethel. He has had both eyes removed due to Retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye), but he has been cancer free for a few years now! He has two prosthetic eyes and …Read More

about a boy {a glimpse into the experience of advocating}

July 25, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Kelly 6 Comments

I introduced him as Bo right before Christmas. People shared the post as they do. But, most families were spending their time wrapping gifts and baking cookies. But, just when the holidays were over, we got an update on him. I still remember opening those pictures for the first time and seeing his beautiful big …Read More

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