Ally and Alaina

March 6, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, heart defect, PDA, VSD 0 Comments

by Lucy, mom to Ally and Alaina from China with heart defects We began our adoption process like most families – waiting for a NSN “healthy” child. We never even considered ANY SN at the beginning. Early in our “wait” I began looking at children on the Waiting Child list, but was always scared away …Read More

Mya Jian

March 4, 2009 by nohandsbutours ASD, CCAI, Family Stories, heart defect, VSD 0 Comments

by Sara, mom to Mya Jian from China with ASD & VSD “Without it she wouldn’t be ours.” Her scar. Her badge of survival and hope. The 6″ line that runs the length of her chest. It’s unevenness & healed broken rib, a forever reminder. Without it, she wouldn’t be ours. I dreamed about a …Read More

Sarah Pearl

March 2, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Julia, mom to Sarah Pearl from China with cleft lip and palate Once upon a time, there was a baby girl with a cleft lip and palate, named Guan Yan Nan. Living in an orphanage in a Southern Province of China, she did not know there was a woman living in another land, who …Read More

David

February 27, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories, hypospadias, urogenital defects, urologic 0 Comments

by Mara and Kevin, parents to David from China with cleft lip/palate and hypospadias Kevin and I knew before we were married that we might not be able to have biological children, so we had talked about adoption for years before we started the process in September 2006. Even then, we thought about a special …Read More

Candace

February 25, 2009 by nohandsbutours Craniofacial, Family Stories, hearing impairment, microtia, older child adoption, Sensory, Sensory Issues, Sensory System 0 Comments

by Laine, mom to Candace from China with bilateral microtia/atresia Older Child Adoption (and out of birth order, too!) After experiencing toddler adoption (two at one time!), my husband and I felt the call again from the Lord to adopt… only this time He called us to an eight year old girl who has bi-lateral …Read More

Linzhi

February 23, 2009 by nohandsbutours arthrogryposis, Family Stories, Orthopedic 0 Comments

by Amy, mother to Linzhi from China with arthrogryposis We felt the calling to adopt from China in the spring of 2006. We happily filled out our applications, picked our agency, social worker, gathered all our paperwork for our dossier, etc… We were thrilled to get a our DTC and LID in a timely manner …Read More

Xiao Guo Zi

February 21, 2009 by nohandsbutours Alpha Thalassemia, blood conditions, Family Stories, thalassemia 0 Comments

By Stacy, Mom to Xiao Guo Zi from China (NSN) with Alpha Thalassemia trait and asthma We waited anxiously for our NSN referral to come in. Waited and Waited. All the others came in, still we waited. My husband went out to the store, and I waited. Finally, when I was certain for some reason …Read More

Lizzie

February 19, 2009 by nohandsbutours amniotic band syndrome, clubfoot, Family Stories, Lifeline, limb difference, missing fingers/toes 0 Comments

By Anne, mom to Lizzie from China with clubfoot and a limb difference We had talked about adoption for many years and had actually started the process for a non special needs, infant girl from Korea when we found out we were pregnant with our fourth child (first girl). We were thrilled about our first …Read More

Claire

February 17, 2009 by nohandsbutours AHH, AWAA, Family Stories, mediasinal tumor 0 Comments

by Keri, mom to Claire from China with a SN of mediastinal tumor I have hesitated to share our story because I feel some guilt including it in a ‘special need’ category. You see, we experienced a true miracle with our Claire. We were clients of AWAA on the NSN route knowing nothing about SN. …Read More

Kimmie and Quan

February 16, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories, radial club hand 2 Comments

by Laine, mom to Kimmie from China with radial club hands and Quan from China with cleft lip and palate Kimmie and Quan…two toddler adoptions at the same time! If that title doesn’t get your attention, nothing will! We were blessed beyond measure to adopt two special needs children at one time. Our story is …Read More

Aidan Hope

February 13, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hearing impairment, Living Hope, microtia 0 Comments

by Tracy, mom to Aidan Hope from China with microtia When I was in 7th grade, I purchased a used book from our county’s Book-mobile service. It was called The Family That Nobody Wanted, by Helen Doss. It was the story of a young pastor’s wife, unable to bear her own biological children, who desired …Read More

Rachel

February 11, 2009 by nohandsbutours cleft lip, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Kathy, mom to Rachel from China with cleft lip Rachel story is one of great detail, lots of red threads and sure determination of many people to make sure this little girl found her forever family. There are so many twists and turns I don’t even know what category her story will fall in. …Read More

Silas

February 10, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hearing impairment, microtia 0 Comments

By Cara, mother to Silas from China with bilateral microtia and atresia In the early summer of 2007 my husband and I decided to have a third baby. We had two girls and knew we wanted a third child. I was praying about our decision one day and I had a thought come to my …Read More

Mason-Kate

February 9, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Ryan and Beth, parents to Mason-Kate from China with cleft lip and palate Growing up, I was fascinated with adoption. My neighbor was adopted, “Annie” was my hero, playing adoption agency was my favorite pretend game and occasionally I wondered if I was adopted and my parents just weren’t telling me about it. During …Read More

Will

February 9, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories, Lifelink 0 Comments

By Gail, mother to William Michael with cleft lip and palate “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”~Edward Everett Hale I am a mother to …Read More

Lydia Mei

February 8, 2009 by nohandsbutours Craniofacial, Family Stories, hearing impairment, HepB+, Infectious, microtia 0 Comments

By Andrea, mom to Lydia Mei from China with a SN of unilateral microtia/aural atresia We began our adoption journey in hopes of adding children to our home, but ultimately we found a much greater purpose and passion. The road to parenthood by way of China brought us into a deeper understanding of how we …Read More

Karleigh Mei

February 7, 2009 by nohandsbutours abortive cryptophthalmos, Family Stories, vision issues 0 Comments

by Jenn, mom to Karleigh Mei from China with vision issues Everyone asks us when we made the decision to adopt. It was a seed that was planted in both Karl and I many years ago. I believe, for myself, it was planted when I was a child. I’ve always wanted to adopt a child. …Read More

Gui Ai

February 6, 2009 by nohandsbutours 22qdeletion syndrome, Developmental System, DiGeorge, Family Stories, velocardiofacial syndrome 0 Comments

By Anonymous, mother to Gui Ai from China with DiGeorge syndrome I want to share our family’s journey of adoption. I hope in doing this it will encourage others to consider children with unknowns and more involved special needs. When we received the referral for our daughter we knew she had a repaired heart condition …Read More

Annalise

February 5, 2009 by nohandsbutours anorectal malformation, Family Stories, imperforate anus, rectal/vaginal fistula, urogenital defects, urologic 0 Comments

By Paulette, mother to Annalise from China with anal rectal malformation From the day I decided to adopt from China I knew that my role in this adoption was bigger then just sitting on the NSN list and waiting for the perfect healthy baby to arrive. God had equipped me to have the knowledge and …Read More

Abby Grace

February 2, 2009 by nohandsbutours AWAA, cl/cp, Family Stories, heart defect 0 Comments

By Jennifer, mother to Abby Grace from China with complex unrepaired heart condition and unrepaired bi-lateral cleft lip and palate In December of 2005 a little girl was born in the city of Ping Liang in GanSu Province China. A child that was not perfect in the eyes of man but perfect in the eyes …Read More

Emma

February 1, 2009 by nohandsbutours clubfoot, Family Stories 1 Comments

By Heather and Ryan, parents to Emma from China with unrepaired club foot Faith, hope, fear, trust, uncertainty, joy, wonder, astonishment, patience, love, laughter…these words describe just some of the emotions we felt throughout our journey to our precious Emma. My husband and I always knew we wanted children. We planned and waited for what …Read More

ShuQin

January 31, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, HepB+ 0 Comments

By Tamara, mother to ShuQin from China with HepB+ I have three children. My son is a teenager, biological and a great kid who adores his sisters and is their hero. My two girls are adopted from China. They are 8 months apart in age (virtual twins) – the tiny twosome are the same height, …Read More

Susannah

January 30, 2009 by nohandsbutours AWAA, cl/cp, Family Stories, heart defect 0 Comments

by Leslie, mother to Susannah from China with complex unrepaired heart defects and unrepaired cl/cp Our journey to Susannah began years ago as God was birthing the desire to adopt in both of our hearts. It is very hard to pinpoint a specific date as I can look back at so many moments when I …Read More

Mia Chu Chu

January 29, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hearing impairment, microtia 0 Comments

By Anne, mom to Mia Chu Chu from China with hearing loss/ bilateral microtia Our adoption journey began in the fall of 2006 when we initiated paperwork for a “healthy” infant adoption from China. Like so many other adopting families, the drastic increase in wait times inspired us to check out China’s special needs program. …Read More

Meng

January 28, 2009 by nohandsbutours disruption, Family Stories, small head circumference 0 Comments

By Anonymous, mother to Meng from China with a small head circumference Another Side of Disruption I guess I have a different outlook on disruption. Its a subject that raises great emotion with a lot of families adopting but its one I feel extremely blessed by. You see its through a disruption In China, that …Read More

Mina

January 27, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, sacroccogyeal teratoma 0 Comments

By Amy, mother to Mina from China with sacroccogyeal teratoma In the fall of 2007 my husband and I started discussing international adoption. I remember us going back and forth as we contemplated being “done” having more children. As I started to look into the adoption process I was immediately convinced that this was the …Read More

Maylee Hope

January 26, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, spina bifida 0 Comments

By Rebecca, mom to Maylee Hope from China with spina bifida We already had 3 biological children when my husband and I began to feel God tugging on our hearts about adoption. After much discussion and prayer, we knew this was what the Lord had in mind for our family. We quickly decided that we …Read More

Abby

January 24, 2009 by nohandsbutours disruption, Family Stories, neurofibromatosis, NF1 0 Comments

By Kristin, mother to Abby from China In September 2005, we found ourselves DTC again for another beautiful little one from China. Having returned with Anna Grace (our NSN child) in July 2004, we knew the typical process involved. Shortly after becoming DTC, my husband brought up the idea of a special needs child. His …Read More

Gracen

January 23, 2009 by nohandsbutours cerebral palsy, Family Stories 1 Comments

By Sheryl, mom to Graycen HongYuan and soon Galia RunYi from China with cerebral palsyWe adopted our daughter, Graycen, in December 2005 as a non-special needs referral. Back then we only waited 7 months from LID to referral, if you can believe that? The short wait is truly what made us not even really consider …Read More

Tessa

January 22, 2009 by nohandsbutours anorectal malformation, Family Stories, imperforate anus, Lifeline 0 Comments

By Diane, mom to Tessa from China with imperforate anus In October 2005, we were in the midst of our adoption paperwork for our daughter Tessa. We were with one agency, but I continued to check the special needs lists of other agencies. We knew that God had called us to a special needs adoption, …Read More

Annah

January 22, 2009 by nohandsbutours ASD, Family Stories, VSD 0 Comments

By Kathy, mom to Annah from China with VSD and ASD Annah was adopted when she was 20 months old and her special need was listed as VSD/ASD repaired. All I knew at the time was these were heart issues and anything involving the heart sounded scary to me, but when I looked in the …Read More

Micah

January 19, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hypospadias, undescended testicle 0 Comments

By Terry, mom to Micah from China with hypospadias Micah had hypospadias as his need. That meaning he doesn’t urinate through the tip of the penis. There are 3 different stages of hypospadias, one being where the opening is just underneath the tip, the second where the opening is midway back, and Micah’s condition where …Read More

Madeline

December 18, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, spina bifida 0 Comments

By Jane, mom to Madeline Jane Xia from China with spina bifida Not long after my husband, Erik, and I met he told me with great affirmation that he wanted to adopt a little girl from China. I remember thinking that any man who knew that from early on in his life was quite frankly …Read More

Kai

December 16, 2008 by nohandsbutours anorectal malformation, Family Stories, imperforate anus, VSD 0 Comments

By Heather, mom to Kai from China with anorectal malformation and VSD We began our adoption journey in May of 2005. We already had two beautiful, healthy children and decided the next child that joined our family would be a child without a mother and father. Like so many other families, we initially requested a …Read More

Ava Lan

December 15, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Tara, mom to Ava Lan from China with cleft lip and palate I had wanted to adopt a child for a long time, even after having 3 biological children. This was a desire God had placed in my heart since childhood. My husband, however, had no interest in adopting at first. I prayed in …Read More

Fei Yan

December 10, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, heart defect, HepB+ 0 Comments

By anonymous, mom to Fei Yan from China with a heart defect (VSD) and Hep B+ When we began the adoption process we were pursuing a healthy child. God had other plans and soon opened our hearts to the children on the waiting child list. We filled out a form with our agency in April …Read More

Isabella

December 9, 2008 by nohandsbutours CHSFS, cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Joan, mom to Isabella from China with cleft lip and palate My name is Joan and I am a single mom to two girls adopted from China with the help of Children’s Home Society & Family Services. Elizabeth is my oldest daughter and I traveled March of 2003 to bring her home. She was …Read More

Luke

December 9, 2008 by nohandsbutours CCAI, clubfoot, Family Stories, undescended testicle 0 Comments

By Anne and Mike, parents of Luke from China with unrepaired clubfoot The Story of Luke Our trip to get Luke was one of the most significant 2 weeks of our lives. It is really true that you never know what you can do unless you are thrown into a situation. We are just your …Read More

Mia

December 8, 2008 by nohandsbutours amniotic band syndrome, Family Stories, limb difference, Missing arm/leg 0 Comments

By Sherri, mother of Mia from China with a limb difference The story of Mia When we decided to do a second adoption, we chose to do a special needs adoption. The only thing we knew for sure was that we were going to name her Mia. We didn’t have any certain special need in …Read More

Caleb

December 6, 2008 by nohandsbutours AGCI, cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Julia, waiting mom to Caleb in China with cleft lip and palate I clearly heard God calling our family to adopt years ago. I cried every time I heard or saw anything adoption related. I just knew that we were called to go somewhere to adopt someone. I didn’t know where, who, when or …Read More

John

December 4, 2008 by nohandsbutours developmental delays, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Branda, mom to John from China with a SN of developmental delay Our sweet, sweet boy When my husband and I began to fill out the forms to adopt our next child, we knew that we were adopting a “special needs” child. We checked off our checklist of what we could handle as a …Read More

Cainan

December 4, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Jennifer, mom to Cainan Tao Pletcher from China with cleft lip and palate We decided to persue a SN adoption and adoption of a little boy from China almost right from the beginning of our adoption process. Adoption was always part of our family plan. We thought we would have two biological children and …Read More

Alayna

December 3, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories, Living Hope 0 Comments

By Kateri, mother of Alayna from China with cleft lip and palate I remember after Kyrsten was born, whenever someone would ask, David and I would firmly say “we’re done.” Troy and Kyrsten were only 22 months apart. And even though we both work full time, children are expensive. There would be no more Lambrose …Read More

Maddie Rae

December 2, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Retta, mom to Maddie Rae from China with cleft lip and palate I am often asked, “Why did you decide to adopt?” and I normally sit there racking my brain for a clever and inspiring answer. Something that will sum up our adoption journey in one short sentence while motivating that person to check …Read More

Mia

November 30, 2008 by nohandsbutours brachial plexus palsy, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Lisa, mom to Mia from China with Brachial Plexus Palsy Our story about adopting Mia started out with our decision to adopt a second child; we had friends who had adopted SN kids and they were realistic but encouraging. I am a nurse practitioner and felt that because of my 30 years of experience, …Read More

Carli Mei

November 26, 2008 by nohandsbutours birthmark, Family Stories, hemangioma, port wine stain 0 Comments

By Brandy, mother to Carli Mei from China, with port wine stain birthmark Chosen We’re matched! We’re matched! I just remember that feeling of elation like it was yesterday. After a round of “matching” 3 months earlier and our family not being “chosen”. It was a day I tried to remain guarded…tried. My heart was …Read More

Josie

November 24, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, heart defect, Tetrology of Fallot 0 Comments

By Kim Kenward, mother to Josie from a China with a Congenital Heart Defect ~ Tetralogy of Fallot Our Journey to Josephine Xue Kenward When we first started out in the adoption process, we didn’t start out pursuing a special needs adoption. On July 31, 2007, we found our daughter on a waiting child list …Read More

Katelyn

November 24, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, myelomeningocele, spina bifida 0 Comments

By Nicole, mother to Katelyn from China with Spina Bifida ~ myelomeningocele Our Roller Coaster Ride to Our Daughter In October 2005, we found out we were pregnant with our third child. A month later I had a miscarriage. I have never experienced such loss and emptiness, but I knew God must have a plan …Read More

Thomas and Eli

November 23, 2008 by nohandsbutours albinism, CCAI, Family Stories 0 Comments

Q and A with Chris, mom to two children from China with Albinism What made you decide to pursue a child through the SN program? When we started looking at the adoption process, we thought filling out the Medical Conditions Checklist was something we were supposed to do as part of the application. When we …Read More

Kai

November 21, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Ohilda, mom to Kai from China with cleft lip and palate As we entered thru the front doors of the building, there standing with his nanny, was one of the most precious gifts I have ever received in my life. To this day, I am filled with shivers down my spine thinking of how …Read More