Find My Family: Oscar

April 9, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, Madison, thalassemia 1 Comments

Eight year old Oscar is a beautiful boy and a special one too! He has beta thalassemia major and is listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership. The photos and new videos were taken just a few weeks ago. Madison’s staff have met him numerous times. Aleda Madison, the director of Madison said: …Read More

waiting child highlight: Osteogenesis Imperfecta

April 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, shared list 0 Comments

Abel Update: My family has found me! Abel is a handsome ten year old waiting on the shared list for a family. He came into care as a newborn and is diagnosed with OI. He is unable to walk and get around in a wheelchair. He is a very hard working boy, putting a lot …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 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