From the Pediatrician: 10 Things Parents Should Know

October 27, 2015 by nohandsbutours China trip, first weeks home, Newly Home, October 2015 Feature - It Takes a Village, travel tips 0 Comments


When we traveled to China in September of 2014 to adopt our son, we took a car seat and a vest that can be used as a restraint device for car travel – the guides loved the extra 10-15 minutes we took loading up our kids. I took along so much medication that I almost …Read More

Bonding Tips While in China

August 15, 2015 by nohandsbutours attachment activities, China trip, Jean, orphanage behaviors, travel tips 0 Comments


Here I am writing about bonding while in China when the truth is…. I’m not so good at it! When we are in China there are so many emotions swirling around for our newly adopted child as well as myself that initial bonding is not my first priority… survival is! So maybe this is more …Read More

The China Trip: a Tip a Day

July 1, 2015 by nohandsbutours Amy A., July/August 2015 Feature - Going to China!, travel tips 0 Comments


As much as I hate to see the end of our June feature, I can’t wait to begin our July/August Feature: Going to China! We will cover all things China-trip related: packing, traveling, gotcha day, orphanage care vs. foster care and setting realistic expectations. We’ll even have some fun Q and A posts from the NHBO contributor team. …Read More

Staying Present and Connected while Across the Ocean

April 7, 2015 by nohandsbutours adopting again, Amy A., Attachment, travel tips 2 Comments


When my husband and I left for China in October 2013, we left our two biological sons at home with their grandparents. We were very intentional in preparing them for our trip and took many steps to make the 17 days apart as comfortable as possible for them. Here we are, not even two years …Read More

What we’re reading Wednesday: links

February 22, 2012 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Stefanie, travel tips, What We're Reading 2 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at From the blog …Read More

first words

February 25, 2010 by nohandsbutours ASL, attachment activities, Stefanie, travel tips 8 Comments


Adoption is a roller coaster. And meeting and spending those first few day getting to know your child can be one of the most wonderful times of your life. It can also be pretty tough. One of the issues we’ve encountered with almost all of our adoptions is difficultly in the department of communication. Obviously, …Read More

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