From the last several 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 email@example.com.
In the news:
Somewhere In Between is a must-see movie for adoptive famililes. It profiles four Chinese teenage adoptees in contemporary America – Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang. From the synopsis: These four wise-beyond-their-years, yet typical American teens, reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?”. Visit the website to see if this film is playing near you.
From EMK Press: Top Ten Tips for Successful First Year Parenting by Deborah Gray and Realistic Expectations – The First Year Home (a free download).
News about the Adoption Tax Credit! There are bills in both the House (HR 4373) and the Senate (S 3616) that would create an adoption tax credit that is inclusive, flat for the adoption of children with special needs, refundable and permanent. Ask your representative to co-sponsor HR 4373 and your senators to co-sponsor S 3616. Without an extension, the current adoption tax credit is set to expire December 31, 2012.
Jill, from Phebe Jayne, recently traveled to China to bring her daughter, Phebe Jayne, home from China. And during her time in China, she shares her thoughts on attachment in those first few days with her new daughter.
Tristan, mom to Mason who was born with Spina Bifida, set out to blog about 31 days of Spina Bifida Awareness during the month of October. Lots of wonderful information for anyone with a child with SB or considering this as a special need.
Ashley, from Under the Sycamore, recently returned from China with her new daughter. Ashley shares about her journey in becoming a mom to a child with a physical special need, and how she draws inspiration from her daughter to “just rock it”.
Alison, from Not Yet What We Shall Be, shares her thoughts on adoption, and the overwhelming orphan crisis, as she waits to bring her daughter home from China.
And our own Nicole posts about her daughter’s recent speech therapy evaluation.
In China now…
Following Our Leader – Mom Tara is bringing home her daughter Cora, who has a significant heart defect. Please stop by her blog to offer a prayer and some encouragement, Cora had a very serious episode on the in-China flight and Tara is worried about how Cora will do on the flight home.
Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses
Waiting for Ian
About to go to China…
The Journey to Our Daughter
And Then There Were Three
If you have something you’d like to share for a future What We’re Reading post, be sure to let us know via email – we’d love to feature your links or posts about life with your special needs child.
Awe, I do miss Stef’s posts here and What We’re Reading Wednesdays. Hoping God will pave the way to have more of these.