find my family: Brinx

April 20, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Who is needing a bit of sunshine on this Monday morning? We have got a treat for you today. Precious little Brinx. Brinx was born in November 2012 and his special need is post-operative congenital anal atresia. He has a million dollar smile. He is noted to be “smart, cute and strong”. He entered his …Read More

a family for Rosie

April 16, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, Stefanie 0 Comments

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I first learned about this precious girl on the Down Syndrome Adoption FB group and was immediately smitten. And when you see her picture, I’m sure you’ll agree. Those chubby legs. That black hair. Those pink cheeks. Oh my. Now that we are home with our Clementine, who also has Down syndrome, I have such a huge soft …Read More

find my family: Yanni

April 16, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Yanni is a 4 year old boy with epilepsy, which is well controlled by medication. He was found abandoned when he was only 10 days old. He has good speech and motor development and no other identified health issues. Yanni lives in a foster family and is very attached to his foster parents. He loves …Read More

Adopting a Child with Tuberous Sclerosis

April 14, 2015 by nohandsbutours April 2015 Feature CNS, Children Who Wait, epilepsy, Family Stories, seizures, tuberous sclerosis 1 Comments

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If you have ever adopted from China before, you remember sitting at the table staring at that dreaded form asking you what special needs you thought you and your family could handle. Filling it out seemed cruel. On the one hand most of them scared me to death and at the same time it filled …Read More

find my family: Brayden

April 14, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Brayden was born in April 2012 and abandoned when he was 18 months old. After admission to the hospital he was diagnosed with Hemophilia A. His birth parents did leave a note so it is believed that his birth date is known. After spending about 6 months in a Care Center Brayden was transferred to …Read More

find my family: Maria

April 12, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 2 Comments

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Maria is 18 months old. She was born with a cleft lip and palate and was abandoned on the side of the road on the day she was born. She’s been getting great care in the orphanage (now living with a foster family within the orphanage) and is doing well. Maria also has a small …Read More

aging out child: Joseph

April 10, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 1 Comments

Joseph was born in October 2001 and his special need is repaired cleft lip and repaired cleft palate.  I had the sincere pleasure of getting to meet him this past July while I was in China.  He lives in a foster care apartment within his orphanage with two older sisters and three younger siblings.  Joseph …Read More

find my family: Gene

April 8, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 2 Comments

Gene, born in October 2002, is described in his file as cheerful, active, outgoing and gregarious. He doesn’t talk as much as other boys; his speech is unclear though his cleft palate has been repaired. He’s a good listener who does well in school; his good study habits help him get good grades. WACAP staff …Read More

aging out child: Ben

April 6, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Ben will turn 14 at the end of June, and he is hoping for a forever family. Ben was already eight when he came into the orphanage. His file does not shed light on his early years, but it does note that Ben’s physical and mental development was normal. It also mentions that the orphanage …Read More

find my family: Luke

April 4, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Luke is a cute little boy who is one of the youngest kids available for adoption with All God’s Children International currently, he was born September of 2013. He lives at a partner orphanage in Xiamen, China and he was abandoned in the baby safety island in March of 2014. His special need is post …Read More

find my family: Ruby

April 2, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Ruby is six years old and listed with Madison Adoption Associates. She lives with a foster family, who try their best to help her practice walking without assistance. Sara’s special need is listed as Cerebral Palsy. She can speak in full sentences, although her speech can be low and just a bit slow. She can …Read More

Adopting a Child with Hydrocephalus

April 1, 2015 by nohandsbutours April 2015 Feature CNS, Central Nervous System, Children Who Wait, Family Stories, hydrocephalus, myelomeningocele, spina bifida 1 Comments

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I’ve had this conversation with prospective adoptive parents at least six times in six months, after they hear that my sweet two-year-old girl has Spina Bifida (but before they realize she has hydrocephalus). Me: Oh, so, you have Spina Bifida on your medical checklist? Them: Yep! Me:  Do you have hydrocephalus too? Them:  No…it’s scary. …Read More

find my family: William

March 26, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Adorable 6.5 year old William is newly listed with Madison Adoption Associates. William is diagnosed as having hydrocephalus and spina bifida- tethered cord syndrome. He had surgery for both conditions. William is outgoing and active. He is talkative and quick to laugh. He gets along well with his friends when playing games. He is energetic …Read More

World Down Syndrome Day 2015

March 21, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, Desiree, Down syndrome 0 Comments

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March 21st. The 21st day of the 3rd month of the year. A day picked specifically to celebrate those with a 3rd copy of their 21st chromosome. And this day specifically to increase awareness of the global blessing of Down syndrome! There is no firm data on how many beautiful people there are world wide …Read More

Urgent Heart Waiting Child: Tanner

March 20, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Meet Tanner! This little guy is in urgent need of a family. He has waited way too long with a serious Congenital Heart Defect. Tanner was born in June of 2005. He is now 9 years old. Tanner was found at the age of 10 months old in a park in the province where he …Read More

find my family: Ruth

March 18, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 2 Comments

Sweet little Ruth is still waiting and is available for immediate placement. She just turned two in February. She smiles when someone calls her name. She is quiet and shy, a deep sleeper and loves to listen to music. Ruth can understand simple instructions and can take a few steps while sitting in her walker, …Read More

find my family: Ralphie

March 8, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Ralphie was born May of 2008, his special needs are listed as CHD and mild developmental delay. From his pictures it appears he may have Down Syndrome. He is from Jiangsu province in Eastern China. At the time his file was prepared, he lived with a foster family and attended a phenomenal Half the Sky …Read More

find my family: Holden

March 6, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 1 Comments

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Ready for some cuteness?!? Holden, born July 2012, is an active little boy, who loves to be cuddled. He has differences in his external ears, with mild hearing loss. However, he loves to listen to music! His file contains an abnormal CT scan from October 2012, but he has not had another since then. In …Read More

find my family: Rion

March 2, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Adorable and handsome Rion recently turned 8. He is waiting for a family on the shared list and he is diagnosed as having postoperative cleft lip and palate and epilepsy. As of Dec. 2011 he has stopped the medication he was taking for his epilepsy and it sounds as if he has not had any …Read More

find my family: Samantha

February 24, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Stunning Samantha is 11 years old. She is diagnosed with cerebral palsy with leg muscles weakness. She has been working hard to build her strength and while she does have difficulty walking, she can now walk up and down stairs while holding on to a railing! While she loves to learn, because of her delays …Read More

find my family: Henry from Bethel

February 22, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Bethel’s adorable Henry is quiet at first but loves nothing more than to be on an adult’s lap for a cuddle. He likes to sing songs about animals and cars. He loves playing with balls and loves running and listening to music. Happy Henry has the most amazing smile. When he smiles, his entire face …Read More

find my family: Eddie

February 20, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Eddie turns five years old this March. Eddie’s listed special need is “mild development delay,” however his facial features may be indicative of Down Syndrome. Eddie’s adoption file was prepared when he was just two years old, he is now almost five and still waits for a family of his very own. At the time …Read More

Find My Family: Andy

February 18, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Oh my! Little Andy looks like so much fun!! I love this line from his file: “Andy, full of vim and vigour, his name means tiger and is a symbol of bravery and strength, and we hope that he is full of strength, like a tiger.” He was born in May 2011 and has congenital …Read More

find my family: Lauren

February 10, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 5 Comments

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Lauren is 7 years old and listed with mild cognitive developmental delay. She is listed with Lifeline through an orphanage partnership in Eastern China. Lauren is just beautiful! She is very social and happy! She loves watching TV and especially loves cartoons! Lauren really enjoys playing with others and they often play football! She has …Read More

find my family: Kyan

February 2, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Precious Kyan is 3 years old and is designated as special focus on Lifeline’s individual list. His special needs are listed as CHD (PVA, VSD, ASD), post-op CHD (right B-T shunt operation + PDA ligation), and cardiac insufficiency. Sweet Kyan has some heart melting eyes! When the caretakers call his name he turns to them …Read More

find my family: Kevin

January 22, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Precious Kevin. Please read about this adorable little boy who participated in Lifeline’s 2014 Hosting Camp and is currently waiting on our designated list. Kevin just turned 7 years old and is listed as having mild CHD, finger abnormalities/syndactyly and unsteady but independent gait. Kevin is an absolute sweetheart who loves to be cuddled and …Read More

find my family: May

January 16, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Meet adorable 1.5 year old May! May is listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership. She is diagnosed as having paralysis of lower limbs and abnormal development of sacral vertebrae. Videos: One, Two, Three and Four. Password: Adoptmaa Madison’s guide has met her and said that her legs have no feeling. She is …Read More

Waiting Boys Who are HIV Positive

January 12, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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HIV is a virus which affects the immune system, and is managed by medication. With proper treatment people who are HIV positive have normal life expectancies, including full lives with marriages and children. One of the biggest challenges is facing the stigma. In China the stigma is worse, and HIV positive orphans have a bleak …Read More

Urgent Medical Need: Everett

January 10, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 5 Comments

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Everett is a ten year old boy diagnosed with thalassemia who is waiting for a family of his own. His file is on the shared list so he can be pursued by a family or single woman working with any agency. It is very important that Everett is adopted as he is dependent on blood …Read More

find my family: Roman

January 8, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Roman was born May 2008. His needs are a mouthful and likely why he still waits: 1. cerebral palsy, strephenopodia of both feet, limited movement; 2. missing of left patella; 3. subcutaneous mass in lumbosacral region, soft. Outrageously handsome, this boy loves to play with cars! He is adored by his caregivers and children in …Read More

find my family: Yvonne

December 30, 2014 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, CHSFS, girls 0 Comments

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Yvonne (“Y”) is a beautiful eleven-year-old girl who is a happy and kind child who is very helpful with little children in the orphanage. She has not had the opportunity to attend community school due to being in an orphanage most of her life and her impaired vision–something that could be greatly improved with glasses. …Read More

Waiting for My Family: Daniela

December 26, 2014 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, girls, shared list 0 Comments

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Daniela was born March of 2006. She came into care as a baby and has waited on the shared list for years to be chosen by a family. She is listed as having mild Cerebral Palsy. Daniela is in foster care in the countryside near the orphanage. She has normal communication with her foster mother …Read More

All I Want for Christmas

December 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, thalassemia, WACAP 3 Comments

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I’d like to share a story about a little boy. A boy who was “almost” my son. A boy who has been waiting for over 2 years for a family to choose him. To be his forever. You see, when he was 2 his paperwork was filed. And we read his file and saw his …Read More

find my family: Ellie

December 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, Gladney 0 Comments

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Ellie is a cutie pie She is three years old She has a funny personality and makes everyone laugh She laughs a lot too and sweetly gives kisses She loves to scribble on paper She likes toys and playing with the stacking cups She is walking and can squat down and pick up a toy …Read More

Waiting with Cancer

December 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours cancer, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

The following children all wait to be chosen by a family. They are either battling cancer currently or have a history of cancer in their past. Children with this special need, understandably, wait a long time to be chosen by families. Aubrey from Xiamen with All God’s children She will be 3 in January and …Read More

find my family: Devin

December 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 1 Comments

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Beautiful Devin will be turning five next month. She is newly designated to Madison Adoption Associates. She has a $1,000 special focus grant. Other grants may be available based on the adoptive family circumstances. Grants are awarded as agency fee reductions. Devin is diagnosed with post-op congenital heart disease- VSD and she is profoundly deaf. …Read More

find my family: Seth

December 12, 2014 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, shared list 0 Comments

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Precious Seth was born October of 2010 and is listed as having a sensitive special need, and an abnormal screening. His file, which can be requested by an agency, provides clarity on this amazingly sweet little guy’s needs. Seth is a handsome little boy with a sweet demeanor. He is described as shy but is …Read More

find my family: Nathaniel

December 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Nathaniel is described as an outgoing child with a history of congenital cataracts. He enjoys learning English and has a wonderful memory for learning. His special needs are listed as Amblyopia, Intelligence Delay (even though his file says he is smart), and interocular lens eye. He was born March of 2004. He enjoys a good …Read More

find my family: Christopher

December 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours boys, Children Who Wait, shared list 1 Comments

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He’s sweet. He’s adorable. He’s four years old. And he’s blind. At nine months of age this child was brought to the orphanage and was blessed with a wonderful nanny who is responsible for the amazing little boy that he is today. He does not exhibit any of the typical body rocking/hand flapping traits that …Read More

find my family: Archie

November 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours boys, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Archie, born in January of 2006, is almost 9 years old. And if you have ever been around a 9 year-old boy, you know that means lots of energy, action and FUN! Archie is ready to find his forever family…“with many other brothers and sisters,” he says. He is quite social, if couldn’t guess! At …Read More

find my family: Simeon

November 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours boys, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

We are so very happy to report that 13 of the original 15 Bamboo children have found their forever families. Nearly all are in their new homes and adjusting to the overwhelming love available to them by their parents & siblings…ADORE is not a strong enough word! And they are thriving; what some medical care, …Read More

find my family: Marilyn

November 12, 2014 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, GWCA 0 Comments

When the first thing someone say to describe you is that your “smile lights up a room” you must just radiate joy and that is how Marilyn is described by her current agency staff who recently met her. This shy and soft-spoken 8 year old has Down Syndrome and CHD (PDA). She does well at …Read More

Day 9: waiting children with thalassemia

November 9, 2014 by nohandsbutours 30shareadoptionchallenge, advocating, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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From Kelli: When I first approached a group of friends within the adoption community about the 30 Day Share Adoption Challenge, I asked if there was a group of children specifically that we should be sure to include in our advocacy posts. Immediately children with thalassemia came to the minds of many. 
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find my family: Bryony

November 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, Heartsent Adoptions 0 Comments

Bryony is a beautiful girl who is 11 years old! She was born with a cleft lip and palate, both of which have been repaired. Bryony has some slight hearing loss, which does not affect her communication skills, but does cause her to miss some things said during classes. As a result, she may need …Read More

day 6: older child adoption

November 7, 2014 by nohandsbutours 30shareadoptionchallenge, advocacy; older child adoption, advocating, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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Most children waiting for a family are labeled as a “special needs” child. Don’t let the label fool you, though. For most Americans, the term “special needs” automatically brings to mind severe and profound needs, but that isn’t always the case in adoption. For some children, their special need could be an optical need which …Read More

Urgent Medical Need: Evan

November 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours boys, Children Who Wait 1 Comments

Evan is 7 years old and is in desperate need of a family. He is diagnosed with complex heart disease and his future depends on being adopted very soon. Evan is described as smart and handsome. He likes to study and is able to remember songs and numbers quickly. He does well with completing daily …Read More

a family for Jude

October 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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A while back we shared about a little girl named Lee Lee who needed a forever family. And today we have another little one who needs a forever family of his own. This is Jude. We met him this summer when we visited the orphanage where he lives. He is almost 8 years old. It …Read More

Find my Family: Sam

October 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Sam is fun, engaging, and is now eleven years old. His age and the fact that he is a boy are likely his biggest special needs. He has seen many friends be adopted, yet he still waits. How hard that must be for this sweet eleven year old, to dream of a family yet never …Read More

waiting child highlight: boys with hemophilia

October 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait 3 Comments

If you know someone considering a boy, share with them these precious faces. Each of these boys has hemophilia, which is so manageable in the United States. Right now, these boys’ access to treatment varies, depending on their location. But, once they age out, they will have little to no access to treatment at all. …Read More

Find My Family: Delilah

October 10, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, GWCA 0 Comments

Dainty Delilah! Little Delilah’s most favorite thing to do is play with dolls. While she has a few different medical needs, she is simply a sweet little two year old girl. She is a special child who is hoping for her very own special family to love and cherish her. She is post-operative for anal …Read More