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

Find My Family: Elijah

March 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, Dillon, Family Found 2 Comments

update: my family has found me! Imagine a gorgeous 4-year-old boy who loves to play games with others, likes to play jokes on his caregivers and who has never had an illness other than a cold. Now imagine that same sweet boy doing all of that with no arms! Elijah was abandoned at birth and …Read More

waiting child highlight: anal atresia

March 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, anorectal malformation, Children Who Wait, special focus 0 Comments

Meet Elijah Update: My family has found me! Elijah’s development seems to be right on target and he has recovered well from his surgery to correct anal atresia! He still needs to wear a diaper, which he changes himself, because he is having leakage issues. He is diagnosed as post-operative anal atresia and has a …Read More

waiting child highlight: CCAI

March 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, CCAI, Children Who Wait, special focus 0 Comments

The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) designates some children as Special Focus. This designation applies when a child has more significant or multiple medical needs and/or is older. It also applies when a child’s file has been available on the shared list for more than 60 days without any agency locking the …Read More

Find My Family: True

February 28, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocacy; older child adoption, advocating, Children Who Wait, Family Found, girls, shared list 1 Comments

Update: My family has found me! Precious True is 10 years old and is listed as having a spinal deformity. Due to this special need, she is not very tall. She complies with the rules and respect her teachers and nannies. She has good self-care ability, can clean her room and wash her clothes. Usually …Read More

waiting child highlight: gladney

February 26, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Gladney 0 Comments

Update! I have a family Xin Xin is a 3 year old little girl who loves to play. Her caregivers say she is a happy little girl. She can say some words like “Ma Ma” and “Ba Ba”. She can also follow simple commands. Xin Xin’s special need is osteogenesis imperfecta. She does not walk …Read More

waiting child highlight: BAAS boys

February 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, BAAS, boys, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

I went to visit Pan Zhi Hua Children Welfare Institute, one of the orphanages that BAAS started one to one orphanage partnership with in late October of 2013 and had a wonderful time meeting the staff members and the children. Children from Pan Zhi Hua CWI are mostly older children (3 to 12) who have …Read More

waiting child highlight: boys with down syndrome

February 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, AWAA, Children Who Wait, Down syndrome 0 Comments

Lewis Lewis is a happy 4 year old boy. Lewis has lived with a foster family since he was a newborn. He loves to run around and is always smiling! Lewis also loves listening to music. At age 2, he could walk, speak simple words, and recognize strangers. He has been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. …Read More

waiting child highlight: saying yes to complex conditions

February 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, complex medical, Family Stories, special focus, urogenital defects, urologic 7 Comments

Checking off medical conditions that we would accept on our agency’s medical checklist, and not checking those we wouldn’t accept, was among the hardest tasks of our adoption process. Our human side wanted to maintain our comfortable life, and longed for easy. In our hearts though, we knew that God’s plans are always much higher …Read More

special need highlight: adopting a child with cerebral palsy

February 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, cerebral palsy, Children Who Wait, special focus 4 Comments

At the end of a long road of infertility, miscarriage, miracle daughters, and a Korean-born son, we found ourselves at the end of an adoption attempt, that after 4 years, had resulted in a son forever in his birth country due to political reasons. We were devastated. That long process that ended in heartbreak was …Read More

Waiting child highlight: Heartsent girls

February 16, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, Heartsent Adoptions 0 Comments

This post features four special little girls who are listed with Heartsent Adoptions. Please let them know if you are interested in any of these treasures! Meet Julia Julia is 11 years old (old photos – new ones coming soon). She has ptosis (drooping eyelid – can be corrected), and a CHD which was diagnosed …Read More

Find My Family: Mary

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

update: Mary is now on the shared list Mary, six years old in 2013, is an active, beautiful little girl who gets along well with others. She came into care at the age of 5, and was found to be a normal, healthy little girl who was developmentally on target. She adapted to the orphanage …Read More

special need highlight: adopting a child with cleft lip and palate

February 12, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, cl/cp, cleft lip, Craniofacial, Family Stories 1 Comments

Two years ago I fell in love with a very small 7 month old little boy with big sad eyes and the hiccups. He didn’t cry much and loved to be held. He was the most beautiful little boy. He also had a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate. At that time, I was on …Read More

aging-out girls

February 10, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocacy; older child adoption, advocating, aging-out child, Children Who Wait, girls 2 Comments

These girls all have little time left to be chosen and be adopted. Could one of them be your daughter? Meet Tiffany Silk Tiffany Silk’s story is one of heartbreak, in her short life she has already lost two families. Her birth family left her at 2 months old. She was found by a childless …Read More

Waiting child highlight: four 4 year old boys with EAC

February 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, EAC, special focus 1 Comments

The following waiting children are all listed with EAC. Contact Karla for more information. Mark Mark is a 4 year old boy with post operative congenital glaucoma. He likes to play catch. He can catch the ball and throw it back to the care giver. He likes to swing. He likes to walk hand in …Read More

The Bamboo Project: 7 children who wait

February 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Down syndrome 0 Comments

**an update from Desiree from The Adoption Seed on the Bamboo Project kiddos who are still waiting for their forever families** Sometimes at night, just as my little boy is falling asleep in my arms, I whisper into his ear “You are loved. You are wanted. You are handsome. You are precious. You have a …Read More

waiting child highlight: boys born in 2002

February 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, special focus 1 Comments

JARED Jared was born in April 2002 and has muscle atrophy of both lower limbs. He is very outgoing and polite. He enjoys learning new things in school. He is active and has a positive attitude. He enjoys drawing and playing games with his peers. He is also helpful to the caregivers and is kindhearted. …Read More

waiting child highlight: adopting a deaf child

February 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, Family Stories, hearing impairment, Sensory, Sensory System, shared list, special focus 1 Comments

For as long as I can remember, I have always dreamed of having a little girl. I also dreamed of adopting an Asian girl, but I wasn’t sure where she’d be from- China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or the Philippines? In September of 2010, I stumbled on an advocacy blog for children waiting in China. …Read More

Waiting child highlight: Down syndrome

January 30, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Down syndrome, special focus 0 Comments

Meet Penny Penny is four years old. She is on Cradle of Hope’s designated list and has Down Syndrome. This precious toddler girl is said to be gentle and lovely by her orphanage staff! She has been in a foster family and also is able to do therapy at a Rehab Center close-by. She enjoys …Read More

Waiting child highlight: Urgent Medical Need

January 29, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocacy; older child adoption, advocating, aging-out child, Children Who Wait, Family Found, medical expedite, Small World Adoptions, thalassemia 0 Comments

UPDATE: My family has found me! Kacey is a 13 year old girl from Southern China diagnosed with Thalassemia major. She is described as an obedient girl. She does not talk too much but is very polite. When talking with her, she is a great listener. She is a grateful girl. She likes to make …Read More

Waiting child highlight: heartsent

January 28, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, Heartsent Adoptions 0 Comments

This post features four special little boys who are listed with Heartsent Adoptions. Please let them know if you are interested in any of these treasures! Meet Cody Cody is a handsome boy who is 10 years old. He has already had surgery to repair the cleft lip and palate with which he was born. …Read More

Waiting child highlight: Can a Blind Kid Really do That?

January 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, special focus, vision issues, vision loss 2 Comments

Before I started working for Bethel China, I had never had any interaction with children or adults who are blind or visually impaired (VI). Spending time with these kids has been a huge learning curve for me in changing my perceptions about what a child with a visual impairment can do. As a sighted person, …Read More

Special need highlight: adopting a child with club feet

January 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, clubfoot, Family Stories, Orthopedic 0 Comments

It was a day in October of 2012 that I will never forget. We had been in the process to adopt a special needs child from China, and we got the call that changed our lives for the better! We were told about a little boy with club foot. Two things about this call were …Read More

waiting child highlight: boys

January 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, shared list 0 Comments

All of these boys are from the same orphanage in Eastern China. Half the Sky has a program at this orphanage. Adoptive families who have visited it say it is clean and the staff is very friendly and warm. Please consider these boys who are waiting for a family of their own. Meet Bruce Born …Read More

waiting child highlight: heartsent

January 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, Heartsent Adoptions 0 Comments

This post features four special little girls who are listed with Heartsent Adoptions. Please let them know if you are interested in any of these treasures! Meet Meadow Meadow is such a sweet 2 year old! This beautiful baby came into care when she was one year old. Meadow has Down syndrome, and had not …Read More

waiting child highlight: thalassemia

January 16, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, special focus, thalassemia 0 Comments

Lloyd – Born March 2007 Listed with Madison Adoption Associates At the age of 3 years, Lloyd was placed with a foster family and started attending the preschool nearby. He quickly adapted to the family environment and gets along with his family members. Now he can go upstairs and downstairs alone, can run and jump …Read More

waiting child highlight: limb difference

January 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Gladney, limb difference 4 Comments

Today we are advocating for the special need of Limb difference. Limb differences are a very common special need found in waiting children. A Limb difference is any change from what we would consider a typical limb. Anything from missing a finger, to missing the whole arm is considered a limb difference. Limb differences also …Read More

waiting child highlight: older children

January 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocacy; older child adoption, advocating, Children Who Wait, WACAP 0 Comments

This article by Love Without Boundaries explains the great need for older child adoption. Highlighted below are three orphans waiting for a family. Could one of them perhaps be yours? Gideon: Born in March of 2000, Gideon is a very talented athlete. His favorite sport is swimming and he won a medal at the Special …Read More

waiting child highlight: snowdrop boys

January 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, special focus 0 Comments

All of the adorable boys featured in this post are also featured on the advocacy blog Stop for Snowdrops. Visit this blog you are interested in learning more about these boys and other waiting children. Meet Toby (Also Known as Finn with Lifeline agency) Toby is a perfect little chubby cheeked 3 year old baby …Read More

waiting child highlight: older girls

January 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Family Stories, girls, large families, older child adoption, shared list 5 Comments

To open your heart to a child who may or may not remember her biological parents. Or is attached to an auntie. To be bringing home a child who has already developed a personality and habits. To be bringing home a child whom you may have chosen to name after yourself (Ruthi) only to have …Read More

waiting child highlight: bethel china

January 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait 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: madison

December 30, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Madison, special focus 2 Comments

Meet Joel Joel is a newly listed six year old with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership. His file says he has cerebral hypoplasia and epilepsy. Joel’s motor and intellectual development at present: he can walk alone, go upstairs and downstairs holding the wall, and can put on pants and shoes by himself. Joel …Read More

waiting child highlight: snowdrop girls

December 28, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, special focus 4 Comments

All of the beautiful girls featured in this post are also featured on the blog “Stop for Snowdrops”. If you are interested in learning more about these girls, please go here. Meet Erica, a beautiful treasure! Beautiful Erica is 6 years old. Her special need is cerebral palsy which affects her lower limbs and her …Read More

aging-out children

December 26, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, aging-out child, Children Who Wait, special focus 3 Comments

Chinese law forbids adoption after the age of fourteen. The children highlighted below will all lose the chance of having a family by November or December of this year. A family would need to either be very close to having dossier sent to China or already be logged in with China to race to beat …Read More

waiting child highlight: heartsent adoptions

December 20, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Heartsent Adoptions 1 Comments

Meet Hero Hero is a very smart, very out-going little boy who is almost 8 years old. He is incredible, born without legs, and a few fingers fused, he doesn’t let his special need slow him down. By 18 months, he had figured out how to use his arms and swing his body to move …Read More

special need highlight: focus on dwarfism

December 18, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, dwarfism, Family Stories, Orthopedic, special focus 2 Comments

After adding 2 beautiful girls from China and 2 incredible boys from Ethiopia to our already full and active family of three biological kiddos. We thought for sure we were done adding to our family. We felt God leading us to care for the orphans in other ways – advocating for waiting children, meeting with …Read More

waiting child highlight: more boys!

December 16, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, shared list, special focus 0 Comments

For more information on the huge need to adopt boys, read this article by Love Without Boundaries and watch this video. Families who have brought home boys: There’s No Place Like Home Fireworks and Fireflies Crazy Life of The Wilks Everything Beautiful Meet Lance Lance is a healthy eleven year old boy who was found …Read More

waiting child highlight: dillon

December 14, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Dillon 0 Comments

These great kids are waiting to thrive in the love of permanent families and we have a limited time to help them. Please join us in praying that they receive the miraculous gift of family this Christmas! For more information on any of the children below, please visit Dillon’s Waiting Child Page to complete a …Read More

waiting child highlight: cerebral palsy

December 12, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, cerebral palsy, Children Who Wait, special focus 1 Comments

Cerebral palsy, also referred to as CP, is a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination. It is caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development; before, during, or shortly after birth; or during infancy. Thus, these disorders …Read More

waiting child highlight: down syndrome

December 10, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Down syndrome 0 Comments

All of the beautiful children featured in this post have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. They are all featured on Reece’s Rainbow and several of them have sizeable grants available toward their adoptions. Don’t let these children’s special needs keep you from looking at their files! Each one of them has the potential to be …Read More

waiting child highlight: girls

December 6, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls 5 Comments

Meet Daniela Born March of 2006, sweet Daniela is waiting on the shared list. She is listed as having Cerebral Palsy. Daniela is in foster care in the countryside near the orphanage. She has normal communication with her foster mother and people she is familiar with. Her personality is a bit introverted. She likes to …Read More

waiting child highlight: focus on boys

December 4, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Do you have room in your heart for a boy? For more information on adopting boys, read this article by Love Without Boundaries and watch this video. Meet Lyle Lyle is a lively four-year old who enjoys dancing and listening to music and is reportedly on-target developmentally. He was found at a hospital gate on …Read More

special need highlight: focus on down syndrome

December 2, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Developmental System, Down syndrome, Family Stories 1 Comments

From a very young age, individuals with Down Syndrome (DS) have attracted my attention. As a result, I have spent more time with the DS population than the average 38-year-old woman. In June of 2012, when my husband and I came to a place where we were both ready to add a child through adoption …Read More

waiting child highlight: spina bifida

November 30, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, spina bifida 0 Comments

Meet Anthony Anthony is a sweet boy with a wonderful foster family. He was born April of 2009. He has had surgery to correct his meningocele and hydrocephalus. His foster family enjoys having him in their home because he is sweet, uses kind words, and is a very happy,. He likes being held and likes …Read More

waiting child highlight: focus on albinism

November 26, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait 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

special need highlight: focus on congenital nevus

November 20, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Congenital nevus, Family Stories, Skin Conditions 8 Comments

During the first few months of our adoption process, I poured through waiting child files and researched varying special needs in anticipation of finding our child.  When we finally got the call from our social worker telling us she had a file for us to look at, I was ecstatic. I thought we had a basic knowledge …Read More

waiting child highlight: focus on boys

November 18, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

All of the boys featured in this post are on the shared list so their files can be obtained by any agency. These boys had the opportunity to attend a Bring Me Hope Camp this past summer. At the camp, American volunteers were able to spend time with these special children, working with them, playing …Read More

waiting child highlight: BAAS

November 16, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, BAAS, Children Who Wait 2 Comments

Update: All of the girls in this post have been matched! BAAS has a new orphanage partnership in the Sichuan province. This orphanage has never before been open for International Adoption and has many beautiful children available for adoption. BAAS is committed to finding families for these adorable, bright, articulate, communicative, and happy children. Contact …Read More

waiting child highlight: vision issues

November 12, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Meet Gabe 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 the best smile! He is a …Read More

waiting child highlight: limb differences

November 9, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, limb difference 0 Comments

I am Tina, one of the Advocacy Coordinators for NHBO. I have an adopted son who was born with limb differences. It is amazing to see all the things he can do just as well as any other child. Here is a recent picture of him: Meet three adorable waiting children who were born with …Read More