|A Beautiful Twist in the Story |
Our journey began in the year of 2002, when we decided to adopt to adopt from Colombia. We had gone to many meetings and thought we had planned very carefully . . . Well, it didn't exactly happen has we had planned. There were twists and turns along this journey that we did not plan for nor could w...
|A Prayer Commitment to Orphans |
Defend the cause! Now that is everyoneâ€™s call. But doing that is a big thing. So how do you do that? Where do you start? In your own heart. Itâ€™s got to start there. Once God gets a hold of your heart and you begin seeing orphans like He sees them, you will never be the same. An...
|Absence of Eye(s) |
Children may be born with one underdeveloped eye or absent eye. In rare cases a baby may be born missing both eyes. The child may be fitted with an artificial eye, called a prosthetic to allow a normal appearance and growth of the face. This typically does not require any surgery.
|Adopt From Haiti! |
Adopting from Haiti is still an option! It is understandable how this fact may get lost among news of various struggles. There have been a few pauses as the Haitian government made structural changes to the nation’s intercountry adoption program in the years following the earthquake that devastat...
|Adopting from Poland |
Saint Mary's International Adoptions shares some of their experiences in Poland adoptions!
|Adoption Tax Credit Update |
As most of you are aware, on January 2nd of this year, the Adoption Tax Credit was made permanent, but non-refundable. This was one huge step for adoptive families and adoption advocates! However the work is not done. Adoption advocates and state representatives are now fighting to make the Adoption...
Amblyopia is a childhood problem that happens when one eye is weaker than the other. The brain chooses to take in images from the stronger eye and ignore images from the weaker eye. This means that your child uses the strong eye more than the weak eye. If the weak eye doesn?t have to work, it isn't ...
The eye develops in a haphazard manner during the first ten years, and particularly the first five years of life. Conditions of ametropia, including myopia, observed during this period are not indicative of the subjects long term visual performance.
Arthrogryposis is characterized by multiple frozen joints and is usually diagnosed at birth or prior to birth. This condition has multiple causes and is extremely rare.
|Boy or Girl - The Ferris' Adoption Story |
There is a great irony that I struggle to understand. Yes, many of the children that are waiting in China are girls, but the boys that are available seem to wait, and wait, and wait, and often never receive the gift of a family. For whatever reason, American families seem to have an overwhelming pre...
|Bringing Sisters Home |
Our adoption story started long, long ago in a little girlâ€™s heart. That little girl was me. I always knew that if I was going to be a mother, I would adopt. When I met my husband to be, I shared those feelings with him, he agreed. In the middle of a happy life together, we two got a surp...
|Building the Foundations of Attachment |
Sometimes the rules are different for our adopted kids. Whether or not we like to admit it, their playing field was forever altered when they left their birth family.
A cataract is a clouding area over the front part of the eye - an area that is normally transparent. It can affect either one eye or both eyes. The center of a child’s eye might look cloudy or white, or like someone poured milk into the eye, or a child might complain of feeling something scratchy ...
|Delayed Launching |
Adopted Adolescents and the Not-so Empty Nest: Parents who have the idea that their adopted adolescents and young adults who have experienced trauma will be on the same
path and pace as adolescents who have not had such experiences are bound to be disappointed. A huge part of parenting is accepting...
|Down Syndrome |
Basic description of need, symptoms and characteristics: Children born with Down syndrome have a wide variety of characteristics and medical concerns; however, they typically have distinct features. Some of the most common include a small stature, upward slanting eyes, unusually shaped ears and flat...
|Dreaming of a Little Face We Have Never Seen |
No referral tonight was what I read on the email subject line from my caseworker. Sadness filled my heart again. I sent a text saying no referral to all my friends who were praying for us knowing that tonight was the night we could get our “call”. Another month of not knowing who our child is an...
|Empty Space, Full of Grace |
For three weeks in December, seven incredible children from Colombia had the opportunity to experience the Christmas holiday season with host families in Texas. The children got a taste of Christmas in America. They baked Christmas goodies, decorated Christmas trees, attended Christmas programs and ...
|Faith in Alice |
Eyes of faith allowed Alice to develop a clear vision. She could see her dream, had experienced freedom from her past, and would not let any remnant of that past deny her a future. Alice was all about moving forward and began making audacious goals for herself. Her momentum was contagious, infecting...
|Family Life with Sensory Processing Disorder |
Read an encouraging story from Carrie about her family life with a child having Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). In October our son was evaluated by an Occupational Therapist and our suspicion that he has SPD was confirmed. Since our 1st post placement visit a month after he came home our social ...
|Four Things the Bible Says About Orphans |
God’s heart for the orphan is clearly displayed throughout the Old and New Testaments. Below is a beginning list of what the Bible says about orphans. What are some other ways God shows his love for these precious children? Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite verse!
|Gods MIRACULOUS Timing! |
One night at camp, the speaker was talking about how we all like to tell God what we will do for him and sign our name to that list....
|Hemophilia (clotting disorder) |
Hemophilia is a rare inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot or turn from liquid to solid easily. There are many types of hemophilia, from mild to severe. Some affect only males and others occur equally in males and females.
Hydrocephalus is an abnormal expansion of cavities (ventricles) within the brain that is caused by the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid. Hydrocephalus comes from two Greek words: hydros means water and cephalus means head.
|Journey to a Thousand Tomorrows |
I looked into the eyes of the child standing before me. I saw fear. I saw distrust. She stiffened when I touched her arm but I wasn’t sure what else to do with my hands. I shifted uncomfortably under the realization that I wasn’t qualified for this. I wasn’t prepared. I could say nothing to he...
|Listening to God: The Amazing Hopkins Family! |
A few days later, sitting in church, the four girls suddenly popped into my mind. I knew that God placing them on my heart. I began to pray for them and suddenly wondered if they were supposed to be part of our family. I started listing off the reasons why it would not be wise for our family to a...
|Miracle in Colombia |
The little girl we were adopting from Columbia has an amazing story as well. She was born in late July of 2010, the daughter of a prostitute. Her mother abandoned her at four days old to the owner of the brothel. After four months living there, she became very ill. The woman who was taking care of ...
|Obedient Surrender - The Wiley Adoption Story |
In 2009, Michelle participated in a mission trip to Swaziland, Africa, with her church, Warren Baptist. This small country of just under one million people is also known as The Nation of Orphans. The trip opened Michelle’s eyes to the plight of the orphan and literally brought her to her knees. Th...
|Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disease) |
Osteogenesis Imperfecta is an inherited disorder that affects the bones and joints in which the bones may break easily. There are very mild cases to severe cases of this disorder.
|Our Awesomely Unique Family: Another Look at "Special Needs" Adoption |
My wife Carol and I have a large family, 11 children in all. Number four of our five biological babies died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when she was 4 months old. With four remaining bio kids in our parentage we adopted our first of what would end up being 6 adoptions. A lot of people adm...
|Sharing our Father's Joy |
In the United States alone, approximately 510,000 children are in the foster care system, and over 100,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. The statistics are tragic, but that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Brokenness doesn't have the last word.
|Special in a Good Way! |
He was the only fat-filled toddler in the room full of orphans. A sense of pride for this little boy’s survival instinct swelled up in me: Smart enough to fill his stomach. I suspected him close to genius, staving off hunger in this Russian orphanage.
|Step #01 - Educate Yourself |
This is a general guide to adoption. Each country and state has their own set of regulations and requirements. In addition, this information may change at any time. For more information on specific adoption how toâ€™s please contact an adoption agency.
Letâ€™s face the facts, just think...
|Step #02 - Finish Homestudy |
The goal of a home study is to help adoption agencies locate the best home for each child that they place. The adoption agency works to make a good match between parent and child to work towards a permanency for the family. The actual home study is an educational process that is designed to shed lig...
|Step #03 - Choosing an Adoption Agency |
Working alongside a good adoption agency will make a tremendous difference in your adoption experience. Beyond choosing to adopt, this the most critical part of your journey. Even in the face of difficult times that can arise during an adoption a good agency will be able to effectively inform, gui...
|Step #04 - Choosing a Country |
There are many questions to ask regarding choosing the country and program to adopt from. Precious.org has a great resource for researching countries. Considering the fact that adoption is an act of parenthood the questions to ask are both practical and introspective.
|Step #05 - Find a Child |
So you have a country in mind, youâ€™ve got a start on your homestudy and now you are ready to find a child to adopt. â€œFind a child.â€ The phrase almost sounds surreal. How does one go about that? Can you just go out and find a child? Hereâ€™s what we know. There are curre...
|Step #06 - Complete Dossier |
Once an application is accepted the adoption agency has officially taken you and your family on as prospective parents. Although over the next few months you will fill out, copy and send more paperwork than ever before the task can be an exciting one. Consider the home study, the dossier and the INS...
|Step #07 - Waiting for Referral |
Your future child's room is ready, you've turned in all required documents, and your adoption agency submits the dossier to the chosen country. It is at this time the waiting really begins for many families.
|Step #08 - Travel to Country |
Preparation for travel abroad is fun for some and a daunting task for others. Feel free to use our Travel Checklist as a guide to help in preparing, packing, and planning. But donâ€™t rely on our alone . . . check with your adoption agency about specific needs for your country. For instance ....
|Step #10 - Post Placement |
When you arrive home and life begins to get back to normal, the adoption journey, youâ€™ll find, has really just begun. There are still post placement visits to happen, fine must be safe if your child, registering for Social Security number and the number of other things. This article will hel...
|Stuck: Documentary Film on Adoption |
STUCK is a new award-winning documentary film, produced by Both Ends Burning that uncovers the personal, real-life stories of children and parents navigating a roller coaster of bureaucracy on their journeys through the international adoption system, each filled with hope, elation â€“ and somet...
|The Awesome Story of Hermon and Hiyab |
In 2010 Haiti was struck with a major earthquake killing up to 300,000 people and leaving millions of others without a home. At this time my husband and I were happily raising our four young boys in Seattle. Although we had talked about adoption for years, it was always more of a fantasy than a re...
|The Boy By The Bus |
So what happens to all the children who don't get adopted? Stats say 75-percent end up in drug-addiction, organized crime and prostitution. But what about the orphans who never end up inane orphanage? There is an alternative to life in the orphanage or being adopted for orphans in China. It's not a ...
|The Facts on Open Adoptions |
Open, or fully disclosed, adoptions allow adoptive parents, and often the adopted child, to interact directly with birth parents. Family members interact in ways that feel most comfortable to them. Read more!
|The Importance of Being Dad |
The importance of fatherhood in families in the world today. Fathers, be encouraged today that you are very important in the lives of your children!
|The Joy of Sons from Korea |
After 10 years of marriage, three biological children and a heartbreaking miscarriage, Shepherd and her husband, Casey, knew the time had come to move forward with that childhood plan. “We felt God call us to continue building our family and that it was time to move forward with adoption,” the O...
|Three Verses About Orphans We Cannot Hide From |
The God who numbers the hairs on our heads is also the Father to the fatherless. He knows each waiting child by name and affirms their value with great love and compassion throughout Scripture. The following three verses give us a glimpse into his heart for the fatherless and how he calls us to resp...
|Ukraine Children Are Waiting: Meet Amelia Grace! |
Our experience with adopting from Ukraine was amazing. The team in Ukraine was unbelievably accommodating. Everything we were told was accurate and every promise kept. If they do not know an answer, they will tell you so and then explain the possibilities. The orphanage our daughter lived in was ...
|What Adoption Professionals Wish You Knew |
You know that phone call, where you are angry and frustrated because of delays? When things are just not going the way you think they should. That call where you yell at us, and accuse us of not doing our jobs, and vent your frustration until you have no more words? Yeah. It's OK. We understand. Thi...
|Who can be Adopted? |
Adoption laws vary among countries. A child must qualify for adoption under the laws of his or her country of origin in order to be adopted. Each country has different requirements for children to be eligible for adoption. Find out more in this article!