Thursday, January 28, 2010

Urgent--Gina Needs A Family Now!!!!

Please help us find Gina a family. She turns 14 in May, which means she will no longer have the opportunity to experience the love and security that a forever family provides. This is an urgent situation, so we are taking urgent measures to try to help her. We need a family who is either dossiered already or who is very close to having a dossier ready. If you have any interest, even if you don't meet all of the requirements, please contact me right away: Please spread the word to your friends, families and communities to help find Gina a family!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Help Support the Adoption Tax Credit!

The Federal Adoption Tax credit is set to expire in December 2010 if it is not renewed before then. Please contact your senators and encourage them to renew the bill so the children of the world will continue to find the forever families that they deserve during this time of economic hardship. Please click on this graphic or on the link in the sidebar of the blog to find your senator and make the contact.

Thank you!

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Plea for George and possibly Gina

We are getting towards the end of our Hope Journey program and have yet to find the family that will make George's dream come true. George turns 14 in August, so this is his last chance to find a family. George speaks conversational English already, so he would be a perfect match for an American family! He is well mannered, polite and smart. He won a typing contest at his school and went onto compete at the District level. George gets along well with others and is very helpful with younger children. Isn't there a family out there for George?

It was noted in an earlier post that we had a family for Gina, and that may still be true, but Gina turns 14 in May and the family may not make the deadline to adopt her so we can't stop advocating for her. If there are any families who already have a dossier in China, or are close to that and might be interested in sweet Gina, please contact me:

Gina is a good student who is quiet and studies hard. She knows the English alphabet and 7 to 8 poems. She knows addition, subtraction and multiplication. She is a nice, sweet, independent girl who gets along well with others and desperately wants a family to adopt her.

Even if you don't quite meet the guidelines to adopt from China, please contact us anyway! These children need forever families.

Friday, January 15, 2010

About Older Child Adoption

Many families ask me for information about Older Child Adoption, since we are working so hard to find families for so many older children. There is a fairly new website that posts family stories and there are some great older child adoption stories, as well as many special needs family stories. Please see this link to read some of those stories and find out more about older child adoption:
Another great resource for readings on older child adoption is I can't recommend enough readings before jumping into to such a big lifetime commitment. As many of these families will tell you, if you are well prepared, it is a challenging, but rewarding experience.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What is Family?





The importance of family really hit me this holiday season as I experienced a tremendous amount of pain from a herniated disk in my neck. I was unable to care for my daughter and was very limited in what I could do for myself. My husband took care of both me and my daughter and my mom flew up from out of state at a moment's notice to help me through the surgery. It's so humbling to be so helpless and yet have so many caring people wishing me well and willing to help if I need anything. That made me think of George and Gregory who may never have that feeling. They may never know what it's like to have family come to your aid whenever you need it, no matter what. It saddens me to think of any child that will not know that kind of love or security. How scary would it be to step out into the world without a safety net to fall back on? There are so many older children in China that are so close to losing that opportunity to experience unconditional love. I've said this many times and I'll say it again, older child adoption is not for everyone, but if you think you may be a family who could open their hearts and home to an older child, or you know a family with that capacity, please have them contact me to find out more. We have several older children on our current waiting child lists, including sweet twin 12 year old boys. At least they will always have each other, but George and Gregory may not have anyone. Please become a follower of our blog and encourage anyone you know who is interested in waiting children to do so as well to help find these children forever families. You can find the follower gadget on the lower left hand side of our blog. Thank you for caring about the waiting children of the world. It is people like you who make the difference for these children. Above is a reminder of who still needs a family in the Hope Journey program:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Penelope and Nate

Penelope has a family! Congratulations to Penelope's family for finding their child!
We hope now someone will come forward for Nate, who is a sweet, almost six-year-old boy with hip displacia, which doesn't seem to affect his daily life. He is in a foster home with other children and gets along well with other kids. Please email me for more information on Nate: we have lots of pictures and videos to share!