All I Want for Christmas

December 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, thalassemia, WACAP 3 Comments

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I’d like to share a story about a little boy. A boy who was “almost” my son. A boy who has been waiting for over 2 years for a family to choose him. To be his forever. You see, when he was 2 his paperwork was filed. And we read his file and saw his …Read More

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

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 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

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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: 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, 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

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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

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: 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: 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 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, 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

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

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

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

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: Bailey

June 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, Wasatch 0 Comments

Bailey is 11 and has a postoperative intracranial tumor. Bailey has normal body development. She is outgoing and lovely; she is gets along with others well; the warm smile makes her lovable. She is happy to take part in some simple labors and games; she likes to sing, dance and draw; she like to help …Read More

Waiting child highlight: congenital adrenal hyperplasia

May 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, girls, shared list 2 Comments

Meet Louise! When Louise came into care at 5 years old, she was very shy and quiet. When anyone would talk to her, she would lower her head and rarely speak back. At 6 she was placed with a foster family. She enjoyed this very much and is very close to her foster brother who …Read More

Find My Family: Colleen

May 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls 2 Comments

Adorable Colleen is 8.5 years old and is diagnosed with retarded growth; deformity of spine. The Little People of America believe that she has a form of dwarfism. Unfortunately for her, she resides in an orphanage that is not very cooperative when it comes to updates so she needs a family who will love her …Read More

Find My Family: Jedidiah

May 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, ATWA, boys, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Just look at precious Jedidiah! He is a beautiful little boy! Jed is 7 years old and is listed as having a Congenital Heart Defect (severe mitral insufficiency), a deformed left upper limb, and normal physical development. The name Jedidiah means “beloved of the Lord” and there is no doubt that this sweet child is …Read More

waiting child highlight: hemiplegia

May 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, hemiplegia 1 Comments

Meet Skippy Wonderful Skippy is 11 years old and is listed as having hemiparalysis of right-sided; his language is not fluent. Due to his special need, his right arm and hand has no strength. He reportedly uses only his left hand and although it is difficult to put clothes on, his file states that he …Read More

Find My Family: Olive

April 30, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, Heartsent Adoptions 0 Comments

Olive is a very pretty little girl who is 8 years old. She came into care as an infant, and was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. She, to our knowledge, has not received surgery. Olive’s development has been a bit delayed, but she is an active and happy girl. She loves school, where she is very careful …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

Find My Family: Robert

April 10, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, shared list 0 Comments

Sweet Robert was born in December of 2007. He currently lives at a fabulous foster home, where he receives therapy and medical care from American volunteers. His special need is listed in his file as varus of both feet, and deformity of limbs. The foster home states he has arthrogryposis. He longs for parents, and …Read More