Great post over at the LWB Community Blog by Amy Eldridge on the ongoing change in the China adoption program.
“Ten years ago, only 5% of adoptions from China were from the special needs path, while in 2009 this number had risen to 50% of international adoptions.” – Amy Eldridge
Read the post in it’s entirety here.
Having 2 children from China that would be classified "Special Needs"…one adopted from the SN route & one adopted NSN, & later identified with needs (that would have placed her in that category), we have a lot friends with adopted Chinese children with SN within our circle. So much so, that when I told my kids that a work colleague was in China getting his new (NSN) daughter, they wanted to know what her need was…..Can she walk? Can she hear? Does she have a hole in her lip? Does she have funny hands or feet? When I told them she could do everything normally, they were a little perplexed…Mom, are you sure she is from China???
These are the things they see in common with their Chinese friends. We have a lot of friends with NSN kids as well, but somehow, in their minds…a NEW baby / child from China often means a child with a SN.
It is a hard enough challenge to teach young children not to conclude that every child coming out of China is SN, not to mention an uneducated public.