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

Naomi

November 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours AGCI, cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Sarah, mom to Naomi from China with cleft lip and palate Our family’s dossier was originally logged in to the CCAA on August 3, 2006, NSN. A long year had passed since that summer, and we received an email that would change our lives. Our agency, All God’s Children, International (AGCI), sent out a …Read More

Maya

November 19, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, HepB+ 0 Comments

by Eileen, mom to Maya from China who is HepB+ May 23, 2006 was a landmark day for our family. The day started with a phone call from our adoption agency. They told us that the night before they had e-mailed us the file of a special needs child and they wondered if we’d had …Read More

Lainey

November 18, 2008 by nohandsbutours CCAI, cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Donna, mom to Lainey from China with cleft lip and cleft palate We began our adoption journey in March 06, becoming LID on 8/1/06. I began looking into the SN program before my husband was comfortable with it. But, after realizing it wasn’t as scary as he initially had built it up to be, …Read More

Lindsey Li

November 18, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Kathy, mother to Lindsey Li from China with cleft lip and palate Did I know I would adopt from China before 2006? Well that answer is no. I knew nothing about Chinese adoptions let alone special needs. My oldest daughter, Chelsea left us to be with God on January 6, 2006. She was healthy …Read More

Cana

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, heart defect 0 Comments

by Stacy, mom to Cana from China with Ventricular Septal Defect The Miracle of Cana ~May 15, 2007 – WONDERFUL and DEVASTATING NEWS!!! 2 weeks since referral… The wonderful news is that we received a medical update on our little Cana (see below entry). God has healed her heart!!! Although there are still some medical …Read More

Bethany

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, limb difference, Missing arm/leg, Orthopedic 0 Comments

by Tamera, mom to Bethany from China with a limb difference God’s Grace As we have pursued adoption in China, God has taught us many lessons about His grace. One of those lessons happened in rural China in August of 2007. We were bringing home our second daughter from China. By God’s grace we had …Read More

Josiah

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours AGCI, Family Stories, hemi-hypertrophy, limb difference, Orthopedic 0 Comments

by Holly, mom to Josiah from China with a leg length discrepancy What made you decide to pursue a child through the SN program? We were called by God to adopt. It wasn’t anything we had really ever given any thought to before. It wasn’t that we were against it, it just wasn’t something that …Read More

Camie

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Cathy, mom to Camie from China with cleft lip and palate We received a letter from our Agency at the end of December (2006) saying they were going to have a ‘Pilot’ program for 5 Special Needs baby’s waiting to be adopted and if we were interested to fill out the information and send …Read More

Mia

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, FTIA, heart defect 0 Comments

by Michelle, mom to Mia from China with Atrial and Ventricular Septal Defects OUR ADOPTION STORY For this particular story, I will focus on our second adoption, which was a Special Needs adoption. But I only feel it appropriate to shed some light on our first experience with adoption. When we first decided to adopt, …Read More

Zoie

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Leslie, mom to Zoie from China with cleft lip and palate We adopted our daughter Zoie in August of 2006. She was 22 months at the time and had a unilateral cleft lip and palate. Her lip had been repaired in China when she was 15 months old. Her “need” has turned out to …Read More

Maggie

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, heart defect 0 Comments

by Denise, mom to Maggie from China with Ventricular Septal Defect Let me start at the beginning. My dream of adopting from China goes back many years, but unfortunately, my husband did not feel that this was the plan for our family. We were blessed with four wonderful boys, but my longing for a daughter …Read More

Grace

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, HepB+, Infectious, Lifeline 0 Comments

by Lisa, mom to Grace from China who is HepB+ My goodness. Where to begin. My husband and I were perfectly content with our life and the way our average sized family filled out our average sized home and average sized vehicle….life was sort of just bouncing along and then, there in my contented state, …Read More

Nicholas

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories, Small World 0 Comments

by Samantha, mom to Nicholas from China with cleft lip and cleft palate My son Nicholas is 3 and we adopted him from China at 22 months old. He has a cleft lip and cleft palate. When he was 5 months old, he was transferred from Tianjin SWI to Langfang Children’s Village, part of the …Read More

Reese

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours birthmark, Family Stories, GWCA, Skin Conditions, Sturge Weber Syndrome, Vascular System 0 Comments

by Monica, big sister to Reese, from China, who has Sturge-Weber Syndrome We originally were aiming to go to China for a NSN girl, as young as possible. As we were gathering paperwork, some friends called us and said, “you have to look at these kids on your agency’s waiting list”. We did, and found …Read More