Find My Family: York

June 26, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, Madison, special focus 0 Comments

Twelve year old York is waiting for a family in China and is listed with Madison Adoption Associates via a Journey of Hope camp. York is a very active and social boy. His caretaker describes him as shy, but friendly. He is a good student who is focused and has great potential. He attends 6th …Read More

waiting child highlight: older girls

June 12, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, older child adoption, special focus 0 Comments

Autumn is twelve years old and inching dangerously close to her 14th birthday with every passing minute. She has repaired CL/CP. She loves to sing and dance and is active, outgoing and considerate. She has been spoken to about adoption and says she would love to have a family to call her own! Autumn is …Read More

Find My Family: Grace on the Shared List

May 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, girls, special focus, thalassemia 0 Comments

Grace was born September of 2008 and is currently on the shared list. She was found at a few months of age and admitted to the orphanage. Upon admission she was diagnosed with β Mediterranean anemia (beta thalassemia major), macrocephaly, and normal physical and intelligence development. She was placed with a foster family in 2010. …Read More

waiting child highlight: albinism

April 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, special focus 3 Comments

Gabe Gabe, male, 3 years old. Albinism. Gabe is described by his caretakers as an extroverted and active boy. He enjoys spending time with others and will request hugs and hold hands with his caretakers. Gabe is a smart little boy who enjoys reading picture books, playing games and listening to music. He gets along …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

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

waiting child highlight: saying yes to complex conditions

February 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, complex medical, Family Stories, special focus, urogenital defects, urologic 7 Comments

Checking off medical conditions that we would accept on our agency’s medical checklist, and not checking those we wouldn’t accept, was among the hardest tasks of our adoption process. Our human side wanted to maintain our comfortable life, and longed for easy. In our hearts though, we knew that God’s plans are always much higher …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: 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

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

“Not Now” Does Not Mean “Not Ever”

January 31, 2014 by nohandsbutours Osteogenesis Imperfecta, single mom adoption, special focus 0 Comments

Guest post by Jennifer, who brought home her daughter from China as a single mom, and blogs at Journey to Olivia. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of being a wife and a mom. I remember as a little girl planning what my wedding would look like and making lists (refined …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: 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

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: 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: 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: 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

waiting child highlight: snowdrop girls

December 28, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, girls, special focus 4 Comments

All of the beautiful girls featured in this post are also featured on the blog “Stop for Snowdrops”. If you are interested in learning more about these girls, please go here. Meet Erica, a beautiful treasure! Beautiful Erica is 6 years old. Her special need is cerebral palsy which affects her lower limbs and her …Read More

aging-out children

December 26, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, aging-out child, Children Who Wait, special focus 3 Comments

Chinese law forbids adoption after the age of fourteen. The children highlighted below will all lose the chance of having a family by November or December of this year. A family would need to either be very close to having dossier sent to China or already be logged in with China to race to beat …Read More

special need highlight: focus on dwarfism

December 18, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, dwarfism, Family Stories, Orthopedic, special focus 2 Comments

After adding 2 beautiful girls from China and 2 incredible boys from Ethiopia to our already full and active family of three biological kiddos. We thought for sure we were done adding to our family. We felt God leading us to care for the orphans in other ways – advocating for waiting children, meeting with …Read More

waiting child highlight: more boys!

December 16, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, boys, Children Who Wait, shared list, special focus 0 Comments

For more information on the huge need to adopt boys, read this article by Love Without Boundaries and watch this video. Families who have brought home boys: There’s No Place Like Home Fireworks and Fireflies Crazy Life of The Wilks Everything Beautiful Meet Lance Lance is a healthy eleven year old boy who was found …Read More

waiting child highlight: cerebral palsy

December 12, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, cerebral palsy, Children Who Wait, special focus 1 Comments

Cerebral palsy, also referred to as CP, is a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination. It is caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development; before, during, or shortly after birth; or during infancy. Thus, these disorders …Read More

2010 overview of China adoption

January 20, 2011 by nohandsbutours CCAA, special focus 0 Comments

From the Center for Adoption Policy January 18, 2011International Adoption From China Today. During 2010 the China Center for Adoption Affairs placed children from the non-special needs adoption program with prospective adoptive parents whose dossiers had been logged in between April 3 and April 29, 2006. Given the time it takes for PAPs to prepare …Read More