Wow, what a fantastic National Adoption Month it has been! Thanks for following along and advocating for children with special needs!
In the month of November, 172 families requested adoption information, 55 families submitted their adoption application, and 10 children from our waiting child photolisting were matched with permanent, loving families! We’ve also had a much higher than normal number of inquiries, specifically about children with Down syndrome! (And three of the children we matched this month have Down syndrome!) This is a direct result of your advocacy!
National Adoption Month may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop advocating for children with special needs! In case you missed anything, below are links and a summary of all of our National Adoption Month posts — de-mystifying some of the most common or misunderstood special needs, and raising awareness about children who need families.
Read up, share them with your friends, and be an advocate all year long!
Cleft Lip and Palate
If you’re considering adopting a child with cleft lip and/or palate, you probably have questions: What is a cleft? Can clefts be repaired? What are the medical procedures? And what does a repaired cleft look like?
Could you or someone you know be the right family for Shane?
Adoptive mom and physician assistant Kristen Gehring shares about her daughter Cora, what she’s learned about cleft lip and palate since Cora came home from China, and all the ways in which this “wonder of a child” completes her now family of five.
Meet Jiang — one of the many little ones in our care in China who has cleft lip and palate…
Could you or someone you know be the right family for Coco?
The Hostetters are among a growing number of families across the U.S. who have experienced the joy and beauty in adopting a child with Down syndrome. China, in particular, has seen a significant growth in the number of children with Down syndrome joining families overseas. Read their story!
“There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more.”
– Robert M. Hensel
Since coming home to her family last year, Devki Horine — who has cerebral palsy — has amazed them with all she can do.
“His cerebral palsy does not slow him down AT ALL!”
Could you or someone you know be the right family for Kit?
Adoptive mom Jen Skipper shares about adopting a boy with developmental delays — the unknowns, the hardships and the hope she now has for her son’s future.
When Jessi and Nick brought their daughter home, they were prepared for her to have severe developmental and physical delays…
Could you or someone you know the be right family for Brennan?
Could you or someone you know be the right family for Paige?
In 2007, the Smith family brought home Jenni, the first child with HIV adopted from India. Today, their daughter is a bright, busy, healthy toddler thriving in the love of her parents. In sharing their story with Holt, they tell the truth about this particularly stigmatizing special need – a truth that is much more hopeful than many might expect.
Even 10 years ago, children living in orphanage care in China with treatable conditions like thalassemia were considered so difficult to place with adoptive families, many caregivers wouldn’t try to find families for these children — nor secure the medical care they needed. Through advocacy and education efforts, international adoption is changing the face of special needs. But the fight to ensure that every child receives the love, care and family they deserve is far from over.
Abbie Smith, Holt’s director of clinical services, shares how parents can help older adopted children heal from the trauma in their past. To learn more, contact Abbie about Holt’s adoption-competent therapy program, and the resources available for your child and family.
Adult adoptee Ying Lamb, now 22, shares her advice for children who come home at older ages, and for the families who adopt them.
Could you or someone you know be the right family for Tamika?
Adoptive mom Karen Barnes shares what she has learned over the years as she and her husband, Mike, have welcomed 11 older children into their family.
Adoptive dad Keith Guess shares about his family’s experience with older child adoption, how it differs from adopting babies, and how Spencer and Leo — two teen brothers from Vietnam — have adjusted to their new home, and their new life, in the U.S.
Could you or someone you know be the right family for Tomas?