special need highlight: focus on down syndrome

December 2, 2013 by nohandsbutours Developmental System, Down syndrome, Family Stories 1 Comments

From a very young age, individuals with Down Syndrome (DS) have attracted my attention. As a result, I have spent more time with the DS population than the average 38-year-old woman. In June of 2012, when my husband and I came to a place where we were both ready to add a child through adoption …Read More

special need highlight: focus on congenital nevus

November 20, 2013 by nohandsbutours Congenital nevus, Family Stories, Skin Conditions 8 Comments

During the first few months of our adoption process, I poured through waiting child files and researched varying special needs in anticipation of finding our child.  When we finally got the call from our social worker telling us she had a file for us to look at, I was ecstatic. I thought we had a basic knowledge …Read More

Welcome to our Family Stories page

October 20, 2012 by nohandsbutours Family Stories 0 Comments

The link list below is a representation of the special needs covered by the stories shared here. Feel free to use these links to navigate to the different stories here on No Hands But Ours. You will find stories here submitted by families who have adopted children with special needs. And who have chosen to …Read More

Our adoption story

October 20, 2012 by nohandsbutours blood conditions, Family Stories, ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura), Sensory, vision issues 5 Comments

Adoption is word that has been said, discussed, and considered in our family since we have been married. Noel and I just recently celebrated 17 years of marriage, and early in our marriage we thought it would be how God would grow our family. We experienced a very trying time of infertility, but God did …Read More

Thank God they ARE mine!

October 14, 2012 by nohandsbutours cerebral palsy, Family Stories, hearing impairment, limb difference, neurofibromatosis, Sensory Issues 4 Comments

Our story starts in 2004, when I had a complicated pregnancy with my first child, Gianna, and was advised not to ever get pregnant again. This was actually fine with me because I’d always been drawn toward adoption. We adopted our second child in 2007, another daughter we named Camille, from Kazakhstan. After strong suspicions …Read More

Madelyn's adoption story

October 5, 2012 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, limb difference, missing fingers/toes, Orthopedic, radial club hand 0 Comments

About eight years ago we began to consider adoption. We started by investigating foster care adoption in 2004, it didn’t work out. Fast forward to 2010—– we met a family with a precious three year old little girl from China. That afternoon we both said, it is time. We didn’t think we qualified for China, …Read More

Rachel

September 6, 2012 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, growth hormone deficiency, lysinuric protein intolerace, missing fingers/toes, reactive attachment disorder 1 Comments

By Kathy, mom to Rachel from China with a SN of missing fingers Eight years ago we adopted a little girl from China with a hand difference. We had lost our firstborn son to Trisomy 13 shortly after his birth in 1999. He had many visible anomalies, such as extra fingers and a cleft lip …Read More

Lucas

February 21, 2011 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, heart defect, VSD 0 Comments

by Lyn, mom to Lucas from China with an SN of repaired VSD I was not one of those people who longed to adopt a child my whole life. My husband Bob and I had two biological girls and thought our family was complete. Adoption had never occurred to us until December 2005. That Christmas, …Read More

Pei

February 7, 2011 by nohandsbutours Craniofacial, facial palsy, Family Stories, hearing impairment, microtia, Sensory System 0 Comments

By Nicole, mom to Pei from China with a SN of microtia and facial palsy Journeys of Faith Often Have Limited Sight We were a family of four before we traveled to Russia in July of 2008 to meet a little girl who needed a family. We had no information about this child prior to …Read More

my son

April 15, 2010 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories, guest post, older child adoption 0 Comments

Today’s post is a guest post, written by Amy who is in China now adopting her son, Xinran In just a few short weeks, 19 days to be exact, a 4 year old little boy with dark brown hair and black eyes will stand in front of me. He will call me Mama. I will …Read More

Sara

April 14, 2010 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, heart defect, VSD 0 Comments

by Tricia, mom to Sara from China with an SN of congenital heart defect (VSD) My husband and I had a strong desire to grow our family via adoption and we were soon drawn to China’s program and the idea of adding a daughter to our family. We signed up with CCAI in 2007 and …Read More

Gabe

March 28, 2010 by nohandsbutours congenital glaucoma, Family Stories, Sensory, Sensory Issues, Sensory System, vision issues 0 Comments

by Jess, mom to Gabe Xulu from China with congenital glaucoma While Tim and I were paper-chasing we knew from the get go that we would be adopting SN, so even before we submitted our dossier we filled out our SN checklist. Our agency didn’t want us to submit it though until we submitted our …Read More

Joseph

March 5, 2010 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Angie, mom to Joseph from China with an SN cleft lip and palate The word the Lord has used over and over to speak to our hearts is treasure. When He spoke to our hearts for the first time in Sept. 2003 about adoption He reminded us of our three treasures. We have three …Read More

Kooper and Kinley

February 16, 2010 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, dual adoption, Family Stories, older child adoption 0 Comments

by Connie, mom to Kinley (2) and Kooper (13) adopted from China at the same time In August of 2003 when God instantly gripped the hearts of my husband and I for the orphan, we had no idea where He would lead us. We knew He was calling us to a task much larger than …Read More

His Pleading Eyes…..

October 30, 2009 by nohandsbutours arthrogryposis, cl/cp, Craniofacial, Ear Deformity, Estropia, Family Stories, Linny, Orthopedic, Sensory, Sensory Issues, Sensory System 6 Comments

I had poured through a “billion” special needs kids faces, all of them drawing an “ooohh” or an “awwww”….but then I saw his face….and I gasped. (It seems that whenever I gasp I know God is up to something big.) Really. I remember staring at him and studying the expression on his sweet little face, …Read More

Hope

October 11, 2009 by nohandsbutours amniotic band syndrome, Family Stories, limb difference, missing fingers/toes, Orthopedic 0 Comments

by Amy, mom to Hope from China with Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS) When we set out to adopt after having four biological children – we were looking to adopt a girl that was younger than our youngest son, who was 20 months at the time. Since we were already the parents of 4 young children …Read More

Meah

September 22, 2009 by nohandsbutours Craniofacial, Family Stories, hemifacial microsomia 0 Comments

by Melinda, mom to Meah from China with hemifacial microsomia When my husband and I were in the process of adopting again, we had looked at all the programs and chose to adopt minor special needs from Vietnam. We also thought we would adopt a 2 to 4 year old… little did we know. While …Read More

Mary's daughter

August 31, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, HepB+, Infectious, Living Hope 0 Comments

by Mary, mom to a daughter from China with Hepatitis B It all started after watching three beautiful Chinese girls in dance class with my daughter each week. I had time to sit and chat with the mother who adopted these three beautiful girls from China. Each week we talked more about the adoptions. Adoption …Read More

Ryan

June 22, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hearing impairment, microtia 0 Comments

by Darcy, mom to Ryan from China with bilateral microtia/atresia “Such A Time As This” After several years of trying to adopt domestically, God led us to pursue international adoption. In October of 2005, our family traveled to China to adopt our daughter, Rylee. Our oldest son, my husband, and myself soaked up the experience, …Read More

Chu Meng

June 5, 2009 by nohandsbutours arachnoid brain cyst, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, Family Stories, seizures 1 Comments

by Cheri, mom to Chu Meng from China with Arachnoid Brain Cyst (later to find out stroke induced Cerebral Palsy), Developmental Delay, Seizures Chu Meng’s story is a bit unusual but her story all the same. Our family like many families started out as a NSN family. Our LID was May 16, 2006. I started …Read More

Ella

June 3, 2009 by nohandsbutours CWA, Family Stories, heart defect, VSD 0 Comments

by Kelly, mom to Ella from China with a congenital heart defect The decision to pursue a “special needs” adoption when we were ready to bring home our second daughter, our fifth child, was an easy one for us to make. In fact, we never even considered ‘getting back in line’ for a NSN (non-special …Read More

Naomi ChuYu

May 4, 2009 by nohandsbutours cleft gumline, cleft lip, Family Stories, HepB+ 0 Comments

by Amy, mom to Naomi from China with cleft lip and gumline, Hep B and an abundance of joy Our adoption journey started in 2002. My first born son was just 2 years old. We were at an Easter party when a friend stopped by with her brand new daughter from China. She did not …Read More

Jaxon

April 13, 2009 by nohandsbutours cleft gumline, cleft lip, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Stephanie, mom to Jaxon from China with bilateral cleft lip and cleft gumline Our son Jaxon joined our family as our first son, but third child. Our first adopted daughter, Jaida, was adopted through the regular program, in 2005. When we went to her orphanage, and since returning home, I was haunted by an …Read More

Kaylin Mei Lian

April 10, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, heart defect, Tetrology of Fallot 0 Comments

by Anita, momma to Kaylin Mei Lian from China with Tetralogy of Fallot (CHD) As we began the adoption of our daughter, Kaylin, we went into it like many families requesting a non-special needs child as young as possible from China. We had already been blessed with three older, biological children who were healthy, and …Read More

Annabelle

April 7, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, megacolon 0 Comments

by Shelley, mom to Annabelle from China with a SN of megacolon We started paper-chasing for daughter #2 back in August 2006. Shortly before we started the paper chase again, we were already seeking treatments for Francesca’s bowel issues and learning so much. As the wait time from LID to referrals increased (we were finally …Read More

Francesca

April 5, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, megacolon, NSN, undiagnosed SN 0 Comments

by Shelly, mom to Francesca from China(NSN) with an undiagnosed SN of megacolon Here is part one to our story starting with our oldest daughter, Francesca, who is truly one beautiful little girl… inside and out! When Keith and I started our adoption journey (after experiencing some set backs on starting our family) we never …Read More

Mylee

March 31, 2009 by nohandsbutours arthrogryposis, clubfoot, Family Stories, misdiagnosed SN, Orthopedic 0 Comments

by Mandi, mom to Mylee from China with a SN or arthrogryposis, originally diagnosed by China as clubfoot Adoption has always been a dream of mine, specifically China. I don’t have a specific moment or story of when I decided I wanted to adopt, nor did I know how or when I would adopt, I …Read More

Tia

March 25, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, heart defect, VSD 0 Comments

by Ellie, mom to Tia from China with VSD If you would have told us 3 or 4 years ago that we would choose a special needs adoption I can guarantee you we would have said NO WAY! You see before we began our adoption journey we had two healthy biological children and had chosen …Read More

Moriah

March 21, 2009 by nohandsbutours Central Nervous System, cerebral atrophy, Family Stories, kyphosis, Orthopedic, scoliosis 0 Comments

by Amy, mother to Moriah from China with scoliosis, kyphosis, and cerebral atrophy Our three bio children were 9, 5, and 3 when we began our adoption journey in February, 2006. We submitted an application for a NSN girl under twelve months of age. As time went on the wait increased, we discussed submitting a …Read More

Tim

March 16, 2009 by nohandsbutours CCAI, Family Stories, older child adoption 0 Comments

by Darlene, mom to Tim from China adopted as an older child Trust God Completely (Proverbs 3:5,6) Our story began in the fall of 2004. God had started to nudge my heart about adoption through circumstances that took place during this time. It seemed that I wanted to make sure He was leading me in …Read More

Hope

March 10, 2009 by nohandsbutours congenital blindness, Family Stories, Sensory, Sensory Issues, Sensory System, vision issues 0 Comments

by Kim, mom to Hope from China with a SN of congenital blindness A few years ago, our 6 year old daughter Abigail heard about the orphans in China. How little girls are routinely abandoned, and it rocked her world. She couldn’t stop talking about it, and one day she declared that when she grows …Read More

Bethany

March 8, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, limb difference, Missing arm/leg, Orthopedic 0 Comments

by Tamera, mom to Bethany from China with a limb difference Preparing for Special Needs Adoption Adopting several children from China has been filled a joy-filled, faith-building, abundant adventure. We have four biological children and feel as though we are experienced parents. However, sometimes even experienced parents can find that they are not adequately prepared …Read More

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, 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