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

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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

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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

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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

Lifeline: children from Kunming

October 31, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Lifeline 0 Comments

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Please take a moment to view Lifeline’s waiting children that are highlighted below. If you have any questions, or want more information on any of these children or a child you see on Lifeline’s website, please contact them here.   Kailey – female, age 9 years, cleft palate. Kailey is a sweet little girl who …Read More

Southern Hospitality 2014 is underway

October 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Lifeline 0 Comments

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  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

a family for Jude

October 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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A while back we shared about a little girl named Lee Lee who needed a forever family. And today we have another little one who needs a forever family of his own. This is Jude. We met him this summer when we visited the orphanage where he lives. He is almost 8 years old. It …Read More

Find my Family: Sam

October 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Sam is fun, engaging, and is now eleven years old. His age and the fact that he is a boy are likely his biggest special needs. He has seen many friends be adopted, yet he still waits. How hard that must be for this sweet eleven year old, to dream of a family yet never …Read More

waiting child highlight: boys with hemophilia

October 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait 0 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

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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: Jack

October 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Faith International Adoptions 0 Comments

Meet Jack! This handsome little guy will turn 2 in October. He is described as outgoing and active. He loves snuggling and attention, both of which he welcomes with a smile. According to his caregivers, because he is often smiling, he is lovely and adored. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that! His video can …Read More

Find my Family: Yan Bo

October 13, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, ATWA 1 Comments

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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

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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: Delilah

October 10, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, GWCA 0 Comments

Dainty Delilah! Little Delilah’s most favorite thing to do is play with dolls. While she has a few different medical needs, she is simply a sweet little two year old girl. She is a special child who is hoping for her very own special family to love and cherish her. She is post-operative for anal …Read More

find my family: Jonah

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

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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, Children Who Wait 1 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

find my family: Claire

October 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, WACAP 0 Comments

Meet Claire! Claire was born in January 2012 and is a quiet, introverted little girl. She was diagnosed with a heart condition when she was admitted to the orphanage at nine months old, but a later ultrasound showed her heart to be normal. Her development has lagged behind, and a CT scan reveals a brain …Read More

aging out child: Tula

September 30, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocacy; older child adoption, advocating, aging-out child, Family Found 4 Comments

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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

waiting child highlight: International China Concern

September 19, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, International China Concern 0 Comments

In 1993, a newborn baby girl was brought to a Chinese orphanage. She lived less than 24 hours. She died without a name. Without a family. But her short life touched one man, and he started International China Concern (ICC). That man, David Gotts, thought there had to be another way, a better way, for …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

waiting child highlight: 3 boys with lifeline

September 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Lifeline 0 Comments

Please take a moment to view our waiting children that we have highlighted below. We have many children waiting to find their forever families. If you would like additional information on any of these children or a child you see on our website please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you have …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 1 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: twelve is terrific!

September 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, WACAP 0 Comments

Archer, born October 2002, is a charismatic boy, who was not shy when our staff (WACAP) saw him on a trip. He seemed to enjoy having an audience, and performed some cartwheels and breakdance moves! Caregivers report he loves all sports, but especially basketball. Archer is deaf, and does not speak. He attends a boarding …Read More

Special Need Highlight: Adopting a Child with Phenylketonuria (PKU)

September 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, PKU 0 Comments

Phenylketonuria is an inherited metabolic disorder that causes the body not to break down phenylalanine, an amino acid found in protein. In untreated PKU patients phenylalanine builds up in the brain causing intellectual disabilities, seizures, emotional instability, and other severe problems. Treatment for PKU is a combination of metabolic formula, low protein diet (often including …Read More

Find My Family: Rosie

September 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, Lifeline 1 Comments

Adorable Rosie is 7 years old and is listed as deaf/unable to speak, postoperative congenital megacolon and completely precious. This beautiful girl is on Lifeline’s special focus list. This sweet child’s file is heartbreaking. When Rosie was 4 years old, she was diagnosed with abdominal distension, which was finally repaired. Her file clearly shows a …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: Quinn

August 26, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, WACAP 0 Comments

Quinn, born May 2010, is adored by everyone because of his sweet smile, chubby face, and polite manners. When he sees a caretaker who has been gone for a few days, he will tell them how he missed them. A curious child, he wants to learn and explore new things, and asks lots of “Why” …Read More

find my family: Jessee

August 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, Heartsent Adoptions 0 Comments

Jesse is a very handsome and likable boy who turned 8 years old in June, and is new to the agency list at Heartsent Adoptions. Jesse was born with arthrogryposis, which mainly affects his wrists, elbows, and ankles. He had surgery on his legs in 2010, which was very successful. He can walk and is …Read More

find our family: Sisters

August 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, CHSFS, girls, siblings 6 Comments

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It is very rare to see siblings available for adoption from China. This is a unique opportunity to bring home this set of beautiful sisters. They were born in March of 2004 and March of 2006 and they both state that they would like to be adopted and have a happy family. They must be …Read More

Find My Family: Robert

August 16, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, Small World Adoptions 0 Comments

2 year old Robert is an active boy with an easy sweet smile. He enjoys learning and playing with balls and sharing toys. He is able to communicate well with others and is actively engaged in all activities. He is described as sensible, cute and obedient with a strong curiosity . He has had surgery …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

Find My Family: Braden

August 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, BAAS, boys, Children Who Wait 1 Comments

This cheerful 5 year old has such a sad story! Braden was abandoned just last year. Almost immediately, he was placed in a kinship home, where he has done very well. He is smart, learns well and has good common sense. He has done very well in kindergarten! He has exotropia and deformed feet. He …Read More

Find My Family: Briana

August 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, Gladney 0 Comments

Briana is a beautiful little 3 going on 4-year-old girl. She is in a group foster care type of home. Briana is able to take care of many of her own needs and is toilet trained. She speaks in long sentences. Briana’s special need is developmental delay, but she does very well! She can run …Read More

a family for Lee Lee

August 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, advocating, Children Who Wait, Down syndrome 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

waiting child highlight: older children

July 30, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocacy; older child adoption, advocating, Children Who Wait, Lifeline 0 Comments

Please take a moment to view the older waiting children with Lifeline that are highlighted below. Lifeline has many children waiting to find their forever families. If you would like additional information or have questions regarding any of these children or a child you see on the website here, please contact Annie Hamlin for more …Read More

waiting child highlight: WACAP

July 28, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, WACAP 0 Comments

Two precious children – who don’t even have a specific special need – waiting for their forever family to find them. Both are on WACAP’s designated list and have a $2000 grant for qualified families. Juliet, born April 2002, can be a little shy in unfamiliar settings, but once you get to know her she …Read More

waiting child highlight: Oh, those boys!

July 26, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, WACAP 0 Comments

Many people not familiar with China adoptions are surprised to find out that approximately 75% of children waiting to be adopted in China are, in fact, boys. There are many factors that have caused this staggering number of boys to wait…some of them for a really long time. As the mom of 3 amazing boys, …Read More

Find my Family: Joseph

July 16, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, WACAP 0 Comments

Joseph is JOYFUL! Can’t you see? Every picture seems to capture the way his whole face lights up when he smiles! Joseph recently turned 5 years old. He is active, extroverted and energetic. The fact that he is a happy boy and gets along well with others has been notated in his file more than …Read More

waiting child highlight: small world adoptions

July 12, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Small World Adoptions 0 Comments

All of the following children are listed with Small World Adoption Agency. Contact Lisa for more info. Matthew, male, 2 ½, is listed as having CHD, VSD, complex heart condition. He is able to do lots of things, stack objects, throw balls and understand simple instructions. The orphanage staff says he is a very smart …Read More

Find My Family: Snow

July 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, BAAS, Children Who Wait, girls 0 Comments

Snow is a sweet nine year old girl. She was born in September of 2004. She was found abandoned in a hospital and was admitted to the orphanage in September of 2007. Her special need is listed as intracranial injury (postoperative left temporoparietal skull surgery, defect is about 7ⅹ6cm). Watch Snow’s video here. Please contact …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

Find My Family: York

June 26, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, Madison, special focus 0 Comments

Twelve year old York is waiting for a family in China and is listed with Madison Adoption Associates via a Journey of Hope camp. York is a very active and social boy. His caretaker describes him as shy, but friendly. He is a good student who is focused and has great potential. He attends 6th …Read More

waiting child highlight: down syndrome

June 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Madison 0 Comments

Are you ready for this C-U-T-E-N-E-S-S? Recently turned two year old, Frankie is listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership. He is diagnosed with down syndrome. Frankie can sit alone and can crawl. He can imitate adults’ actions, can bang two blocks together, and can stack blocks. Frankie knows his name and reacts …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: Ma Quan

June 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, Lifeline 0 Comments

Ma Quan is a very handsome twelve year old boy. He is currently attending school, Quan has been in care since he was just a baby. Quan is Hepatitis B positive and has had no health issues. He is a happy, smart and developmentally on target boy. He loves to work puzzles and play games. …Read More

Find My Family: Macy

June 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocacy; complex heart defects, advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, Heartsent Adoptions 5 Comments

Macy is a precious nine year old girl who has waited for her family to find her for a very long time. Her file has bounced from one agency to another, without ever being chosen. She is currently listed with Heartsent Adoptions. Macy has been diagnosed with CHD (VSD after repair) and PH. She has …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

waiting child highlight: older girls

June 12, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, older child adoption, special focus 0 Comments

Autumn is twelve years old and inching dangerously close to her 14th birthday with every passing minute. She has repaired CL/CP. She loves to sing and dance and is active, outgoing and considerate. She has been spoken to about adoption and says she would love to have a family to call her own! Autumn is …Read More