The Ledge

November 27, 2016 by nohandsbutours advanced heart failure, Andrea O., complex heart defect, complex heart defects, Heart System, heart transplant 2 Comments

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On November 11, 2013, our 24 month old daughter was in the Cardiac ICU, on the national transplant waiting list, and on ECMO life support due to end stage heart failure. The following day, we would learn that she would receive the gift of life through cardiac transplant. During that tumultuous time, I had many …Read More

Find My Family: Betty

November 18, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 2 Comments

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Beautiful Betty is designated to ATWA. This sleeping little beauty is one and half years old. Her Chinese name was given to her because it means beautiful, don’t you think it’s fitting? She is described as quiet, but has learned to play by herself and will laugh when she is happy. When she’s really happy …Read More

Cameron Waits

November 16, 2016 by nohandsbutours April 2015 Feature CNS, Family Found 3 Comments

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Cameron is 5 years old and is described as extroverted and positive. His file is designated to ATWA. He’s active and outgoing, enough so that he sleeps well! He sounds like a fun loving kid who likes playing balls, drawing, singing, dancing and playing games with kids. He likes helping the caretakers do what he …Read More

Find My Family: Donna

November 10, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 7 Comments

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Donna was born in December of 2007 and admitted into the CWI in December of 2012. Her special need is astigmatism of both eyes. At the time of entering the CWI, Donna’s height is 102cm, weight is 17kg, head size is 47cm and chest size is 49cm. Her general condition was good but her nutritional …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 31

October 31, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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In celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month we have shared one (or more!) kiddos each day in October. These sweet ones we are featuring here today brings the total to 55 precious little ones with Down syndrome who wait. But there are so many more who wait. It has been estimated that 30% of waiting …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 30

October 30, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

jenny

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 29

October 29, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

gavin

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 28

October 28, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 27

October 27, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

jean

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 26

October 26, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 25

October 25, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 24

October 24, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 23

October 23, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 22

October 22, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 21

October 21, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

jones

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 20

October 20, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 19

October 19, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 18

October 18, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 17

October 17, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 16

October 16, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 15

October 15, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 14

October 14, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 13

October 13, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 12

October 12, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. We are using this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come back every day this month and, after you read about each …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 11

October 11, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

laken1

October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 10

October 10, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 9

October 9, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 8

October 8, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 7

October 7, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 6

October 6, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 5

October 5, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 4

October 4, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 3

October 3, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 2

October 2, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we want to celebrate. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 1

October 1, 2016 by nohandsbutours 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we want to celebrate. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every …Read More

Waiting to be Chosen: Annabelle

September 21, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found 4 Comments

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Oh my. Meet Miss Annabelle. This sweet baby girl is just one year old, and new to the list at HIC. Annabelle came to the orphanage when she was nine months old, and was found to have Down syndrome, and a CHD (ASD – report is in her file). You can read more about Down …Read More

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

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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 44 Comments

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Samaritan

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

Backwards

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

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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

Find My Family: Duo

May 4, 2016 by nohandsbutours Family Found, Liberty 0 Comments

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Duo is 11, and now listed as Cody with Holt! He has a prosthetic leg and scoliosis. Duo came into care when he was a baby; he has scoliosis and his left leg was amputated and he wears a prosthetic leg. He walks freely, although he may have some pain if he walks for a …Read More

Urgent Aging Out Child: Rebekah

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

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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

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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

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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

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