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

Sam and Ellie: Our healthy, bright, hilarious and much-loved Ellie and Sammy, celebrating their first Christmas at home. My mind cannot reconcile the fact that they would be considered the lowest of the low in many parts of the world today.

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 […]

Find My Family: Saige

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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 […]

special need highlight: adopting a child with brain scan issues

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We adopted our son, Jackzhen, in 2012. We met parents on that journey that were already talking about their next adoption, while still in China. I couldn’t fathom returning so soon. Jackzhen was our 4th child and all the adjustments that we were about to endure was all I could handle at that point, especially […]

waiting child highlight: heartsent boys

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This post features three special little boys who are listed with Heartsent Adoptions. Please let them know if you are interested in any of these treasures! Meet Kane Kane is a handsome boy who is now 6 years old. He was born January of 2008. He attends school, where they report he is smart, engaging, […]

Find My Family: Grace

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Look at beautiful Grace!! This precious child is 8 years old and is listed as having “postoperative cerebral palsy.” In her file, she is described as being introverted, shy and timid, and afraid of the sound of thunder and fireworks. It also stated that she loves playing toys (dolls) and listening to music, can sing […]

waiting child highlight: cataracts

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These three boys have cataracts and are waiting for their families to find them. Meet Silas Silas is a handsome ten year old boy born March of 2004. He is described as an outgoing child with a history of congenital cataracts. He enjoys learning English and has a wonderful memory for learning. He has a […]

special need highlight: adopting a child with thalassemia

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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 […]

Find My Family: Elijah

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 […]

waiting child highlight: anal atresia

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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 […]

waiting child highlight: CCAI

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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 […]