Jo Jo: adopting a child with undiagnosed urogenital defects

March 16, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, micropenis, undescended testicle, urogenital defects 1 Comments


My name is Lynn and I asked if I could share my family’s story. Our hope is that in sharing about a sensitive special need like our son has, a family out there that is thinking of adopting a child with it will be helped. We have five children. The first three are biological followed …Read More

Special Need Highlight: Adopting a Child with Complex Cloaca

September 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, ambiguous genitalia, cloaca, Family Stories, girls, urogenital defects, urologic 2 Comments

I have to be completely honest from the start. We did not choose this special need. We had never even heard of it! And if we had known what it might entail, I can tell you plainly, we would have chickened out. But God knew that and kept us in the dark so He could …Read More

special need highlight: adopting a child with anal atresia

April 12, 2014 by nohandsbutours anorectal malformation, Family Stories, imperforate anus, urogenital defects, urologic 0 Comments

Until we decided to pursue a special needs adoption from China I had never heard of anal atresia (more commonly called imperforate anus or anorectal malformation in the US). My first introduction to the term was via the special needs medical checklist from our agency, and I can remember reading through the list with our …Read More

saying yes to complex conditions

February 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours complex medical, Family Stories, Rebecca, 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

The Looking Glass

January 1, 2014 by nohandsbutours Kam, urogenital defects 7 Comments

So another year has come and gone. It never fails that I experience both highs and lows as we wave goodbye {and sometimes “Good Riddance!”} to one and a hearty “Hello, come on in!” to the other. Are you the same? A lot has taken place in our family over the last two years. At …Read More

I not be fraid~

February 1, 2012 by nohandsbutours heart defect, hypospadias, Kam, urogenital defects 0 Comments

Happy February everyone! I for one can’t believe how fast time is moving. I’m sure it’s about to slow to a snail’s pace for my family though as we have just submitted our LOI for a new son this week. The wait has officially begun again. Many of you know that we lost our son, …Read More

our incredible boy

January 29, 2010 by nohandsbutours ambiguous genitalia, anorchism, intersex, urogenital defects 0 Comments

by a mother of a boy adopted from China with a SN of ambiguous genitalia I first fell in love with his photo. I saw it on a Waiting Child listing. When I read the paragraph of background information and saw the words “ambiguous genitalia,” I didn’t really know much about the condition. At the …Read More


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


February 5, 2009 by nohandsbutours anorectal malformation, Family Stories, imperforate anus, rectal/vaginal fistula, urogenital defects, urologic 0 Comments

By Paulette, mother to Annalise from China with anal rectal malformation From the day I decided to adopt from China I knew that my role in this adoption was bigger then just sitting on the NSN list and waiting for the perfect healthy baby to arrive. God had equipped me to have the knowledge and …Read More

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