Find My Family: Chelsea

April 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Family Found, girls, spina bifida 0 Comments

JOYFUL UPDATE: My Family has found me!! Chelsea is a strong and open girl who was found at a station gate in November 2009. She was born February of 2009. Upon admission into the care center, Chelsea was noted to be weak and thin with rapid breath and a feeble cry and to have a …Read More

special need highlight: adopting a child with anal atresia

April 12, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, anorectal malformation, Children Who Wait, imperforate anus 0 Comments

Until we decided to pursue a special needs adoption from China I had never heard of anal atresia (more commonly called imperforate anus or anorectal malformation in the US). My first introduction to the term was via the special needs medical checklist from our agency, and I can remember reading through the list with our …Read More

Find My Family: Robert

April 10, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, shared list 0 Comments

Sweet Robert was born in December of 2007. He currently lives at a fabulous foster home, where he receives therapy and medical care from American volunteers. His special need is listed in his file as varus of both feet, and deformity of limbs. The foster home states he has arthrogryposis. He longs for parents, and …Read More

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

Find My Family: Patrice

April 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, BAAS, cerebral palsy, Children Who Wait, girls 0 Comments

Patrice is a sweet ten year old who was born in October of 2003. She was admitted into the CWI on July 27th, 2004. She is a lively, outgoing, smiley and helpful child who likes to have fun. She likes to play games with younger children and helps the caregivers with chores within her ability. …Read More

waiting child highlight: Lifeline

April 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Lifeline, Uncategorized 0 Comments

The following waiting children are all listed with Lifeline. Please contact them for more information. Collin Male age 3 years, left auditory meatus, aural deformity, left facial paralysis, HGB, HCT, MCV, MCH are low, suggest thalassemia test. Collin is such a sweet little boy who is described as being quiet and shy. Collin likes watching …Read More

special need highlight: Adopting a child with Osteogenesis Impefecta

April 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, 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

special need highlight: children with cancer (or in remission)

March 30, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, blood conditions, cancer, Children Who Wait, Family Stories, retinoblastoma 4 Comments

We tend to forget that our daughter had cancer. There are reminders, like the huge scar across her belly, but to us she is just our lively, lovable two-year daughter. We know that cancer is a scary word, and it was a scary time that Maya went through, but she survived it and we would …Read More

waiting child highlight: young boys

March 28, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Quentin Hi, I’m Quentin! I am a shy boy but I can be very active too. I have a good appetite and my caregivers think I am very clever. A wonderful group called Love Without Boundaries helped me receive treatment for my serious heart defect (single ventricle, complete endocardial cushion defect and persistent truncus arteriosus). …Read More

waiting child highlight: Girls listed with Heartsent

March 26, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, Heartsent Adoptions 0 Comments

This post features three special little girls who are listed with Heartsent Adoptions. Please let them know if you are interested in any of these treasures! Meet Cicely Cicely is a precious little girl who has just turned 5 years old. She is blind, with no apparent light perception. Her file, and photos, are very …Read More

Find my Family: Yulia

March 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, ATWA, Children Who Wait, Down syndrome, 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

waiting child highlight: House of Love graduates

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

The following children were cared for at the House of Love, a facility in Guilin supported by An Orphan’s Wish. Alec Alec was born in May 2011 and was abandoned shortly after birth. Alec has anophthalmia (congenital absence of one eye), digestive issues and developmental delays. Alec’s digestive issues prevented him for the longest time …Read More

Waiting child highlight: girls

March 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls 0 Comments

Molly This cutie pie is Molly! It seems she is passed over because she looks like a boy but you can see the beauty in her eyes. The orphanage says her intelligence is normal. She is doing amazingly well and is almost six. She has a very long, and scary sounding diagnoses but she is …Read More

Find My Family: Saige

March 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Down syndrome 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 brain scan issues

March 16, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, brain damage syndrome, Central Nervous System, Children Who Wait, enlarged ventricle, Family Stories 5 Comments

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 …Read More

waiting child highlight: heartsent boys

March 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, Heartsent Adoptions 1 Comments

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, …Read More

Find My Family: Grace

March 12, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, cerebral palsy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

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 …Read More

waiting child highlight: cataracts

March 10, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, special focus, vision issues 0 Comments

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 …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

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: shared list

January 10, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocacy; older child adoption, Children Who Wait, shared list, special focus 1 Comments

Meet Ellie Ellie is an amazing little girl born February of 2005. Prior to moving to live with her foster family in January 2009, Ellie was struggling with interacting with her caregivers and peers at her care center due to her vision impairment which affect both of her eyes (atrophy of the right eye, nystagmus …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