Find My Family: Oscar

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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: […]

special need highlight: thalassemia

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In August 2011, my daughters and I returned to China as part of a mission team working to help orphanages assist their children with special needs. It is no coincidence that my background as a pediatric Occupational Therapist would be needed in the place so close to my heart. I partnered with the incredible organization […]

Waiting child highlight: Urgent Medical Need

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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 […]

waiting child highlight: thalassemia

2004, May 17th, Melody

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 […]

waiting child spotlight: focus on thalassemia

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Thalassemia is a genetic disease prevalent in Southern China. It is characterized by chronic anemia, which at its most severe form is treated by regular blood transfusions. Children with Thalassemia may also receive a daily medication to rid their body of excess iron. Children with Thalassemia are bright, joyful, and a delightful addition to any […]

Now What?

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Over the last seven years I have been in some stage of the adoption process. Dossier paperwork, waiting for approvals, stalking RQ, following blogs, doing home study visits, etc. You get the picture. Bringing my girls home became a full time job (obsession) for me! Some of us may call it the nesting period while you wait. Regardless of […]

The “Im-Perfect” Mama!

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I laughed out loud recently when one of my favorite people on the planet commented that someone she met who had been to my blog thought my life looked perfect!!! Trust me when I say this did not offend me. I was too busy wondering if my girlfriend got hurt when she fell off her […]

the beauty in Thalassemia

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Almost three years ago I had never heard of Thalassemia. The first time I ever saw the word was on the file of a “Special Focus” child living in China. All I knew was that she received quarterly blood transfusions. After a quick call to a friend of mine who is also a nurse I […]

Xiao Guo Zi

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 […]