Find my Family: Yulia

March 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments

Update: My family has found me! Yulia is so darling, smart and happy! She was born in September of 2010. She can run, walk and jump down the stairs. She can say words like – mother, father, brother, sister, but her pronunciation is not very clear yet. She can follow simple instructions and if you …Read More

Six Pills a Day: A Cure for My Ignorance Regarding HIV

March 19, 2014 by nohandsbutours a father's perspective, Advocacy, 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

Find My Family: Saige

March 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours Family Found 0 Comments

Saige is almost 12 years old and is listed as having Down Syndrome. From her file: At present, she has lived here for 3 years and now she is 9 years old. She studies cognition, language, math, social intercourse, emotion, fine arts, music, arts and crafts and physical education. She has Down syndrome and although …Read More

special need highlight: adopting a child with thalassemia

March 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours Advocacy, 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 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 Family Found 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

Find My Family: True

February 28, 2014 by nohandsbutours Family Found 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 Family Found 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 Family Found 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

The Bamboo Project: 7 children who wait

February 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours Down syndrome, Family Found 1 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: adopting a deaf child

February 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hearing loss, Sensory System, shared list, special focus 3 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

“Not Now” Does Not Mean “Not Ever”

January 31, 2014 by nohandsbutours adopting as a single mom, osteogenesis imperfecta, special focus 0 Comments

Guest post by Jennifer, who brought home her daughter from China as a single mom, and blogs at Journey to Olivia. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of being a wife and a mom. I remember as a little girl planning what my wedding would look like and making lists (refined …Read More

Waiting child highlight: Urgent Medical Need

January 29, 2014 by nohandsbutours Family Found 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: limb difference

January 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours amniotic band syndrome, Family Found, limb difference, Orthopedic, symbrachydactyly 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 girls

January 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours 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

bethel china

January 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours Advocacy 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 Advocacy 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: BAAS

November 16, 2013 by nohandsbutours Family Found 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 Advocacy 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

waiting child highlight: hearing loss

November 6, 2013 by nohandsbutours older child adoption 3 Comments

Meet Andrew Update: My family has found me! Andrew is a very polite 9 year old who has been living in a wonderful foster home for the past seven months. He is deaf. He communicates with his peers and house nannies by pointing to objects and expressing his needs. He has begun learning sign language …Read More

Bamboo Project Update

September 6, 2013 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, Desiree, Down syndrome 0 Comments

An update on the original guest post by Desiree from The Adoption Seed The Story of the Earth Suit: When I was preschool/early school age I was obsessed with space. With astronauts. With the space shuttle. With the stars. With all of it. In fact, at the height of NASA’s shuttle program, I remember being …Read More

The Bamboo Project

July 30, 2013 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, Desiree, Down syndrome 4 Comments

Guest post by Desiree from The Adoption Seed My sweet boy is amazing in a thousand incredible ways. Every day I am in awe of the miracle of his little life — that he lives and breaths and is thriving despite what his genetics & his culture had pre-destined for him. His evening dance-offs in …Read More

about a boy {a glimpse into the experience of advocating}

July 25, 2013 by nohandsbutours Advocacy, 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

China’s waiting children

November 12, 2012 by nohandsbutours china's waiting children 4 Comments

Compiled by Nancy to help families looking to grow their families by adoption from China’s waiting child program. Advocate for Waiting Children (Yahoo group – will need to join group – shared list kept in “files” section) Click here to be taken to group. A.A.C. (Adoption agency) Click here to be taken to “Waiting Kids List.” America World Adoption (Adoption agency – will need to …Read More

Who Are You Waiting For?

December 6, 2011 by nohandsbutours complex heart defect, complex heart defects, older child adoption, Wife of the Prez 0 Comments

Are you waiting for a referral? Are you waiting in the Waiting Child (SN) program or the traditional (NSN) program? Are you waiting for what seems like years? Or perhaps you have been waiting for years?Do you know who you are waiting for? A daughter younger than two years old perhaps? Or maybe she could …Read More

Madison – Camp Rabbit 2

May 16, 2011 by nohandsbutours Madison, older child adoption 0 Comments

News from Sara Lang at Madison Adoption Associates – Camp Rabbit 2 is underway… Aleda, Diana, Lydia, and our volunteer doctor, Bonnie, are on their way to the Philadelphia Airport to begin the Journey of Hope that will be Camp Rabbit 2! Madison Adoption Associates will be meeting a wonderful group of children in Baoan, …Read More

2010 overview of China adoption

January 20, 2011 by nohandsbutours CCAA, special focus 0 Comments

From the Center for Adoption Policy January 18, 2011International Adoption From China Today. During 2010 the China Center for Adoption Affairs placed children from the non-special needs adoption program with prospective adoptive parents whose dossiers had been logged in between April 3 and April 29, 2006. Given the time it takes for PAPs to prepare …Read More

What a Difference…

December 15, 2010 by nohandsbutours older child adoption 0 Comments

There is nothing like looking at “before” and “after” pictures to see the difference a family makes. One year ago today, I wrote my post for NHBO from China.  I had just met {the day before} our 10th treasure  – Jubilee Promise!  Yesterday as I was looking at pictures from that day one year ago, …Read More

Will You Wednesday: Luke (or What Are We Afraid Of?)

December 1, 2010 by nohandsbutours adoption situations 0 Comments

Crossposted from my blog at Stefanie’s request. It’s a beautiful snowy Wednesday morning in eastern Washington. My kids and husband are still tucked in bed, and I am awake. Lately, several little ones have been on my mind. My own little ones (who are not so little anymore!), of course, but other children, as well. …Read More

Slipped through the cracks

July 29, 2010 by nohandsbutours guest post, older child adoption 4 Comments

…but always in the hands of the Father. I’m talking about our son, Kooper. Nine months ago we met him for the first time. In April when we received his referral, we wondered why this 13 year old boy had to wait so long for a family to call his own. Little did we know, …Read More

She Flies!

June 25, 2010 by nohandsbutours albinism, older child adoption, Shirlee 17 Comments

I know. My second post here in week. But it has occurred to me that we are, perhaps, too quick to make judgements about a child’s future based on what we see when they are two or three (or younger). Yes, dear friends, it was finally upon us. The BIG DAY. The DANCE. It has …Read More

I'll Say It

June 12, 2010 by nohandsbutours older child adoption, Wife of the Prez 17 Comments

This post is one that has been brewing, stewing, soaking … whatever you want to call it … in my head for a LONG time. I just read the latest update on our agency’s blog. Here is an excerpt: The current wait time from LID to referral is 50-51 months with a trend of increasing …Read More

Matters of the Heart

February 27, 2010 by nohandsbutours complex heart defect, complex heart defects, Wife of the Prez 7 Comments

It is no secret that I advocate for children waiting in China, for children waiting who have unrepaired and complex congenital heart defects. I do not advocate to ever pressure anyone into considering the adoption of a child out of guilt. I advocate for the child. Period. I have recently had my heart broken nearly …Read More

FTIA

November 14, 2009 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, FTIA 0 Comments

FTIA, a well-respected adoption agency, has recently made public their individual list of waiting children from China. Visit here to learn more.

Kids need to find families now

November 5, 2009 by nohandsbutours adoption situations 1 Comments

Please visit our Children Who Wait page, there are several little ones who must find homes quickly. $2500 grants are available to qualified families.

Homeland's XingFu Program

April 14, 2009 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, Agencies, Homeland, Stefanie 0 Comments

Homeland Adoption Services has just received an invitation to place a large number of waiting children from Shanghai. Homeland’s clinical director, Nancy Reffsin, will be traveling there in a few weeks to see the children and gather information. Once she returns, the matching will begin. Families who wish to be considered for the children must …Read More

New List

February 27, 2009 by nohandsbutours A Helping Hand, adoption situations 1 Comments

Twelve kiddos posted to AHH’s private list! To read all about it, go to the Children Who Wait page.

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