One Very Little Boy With Huge Determination!

Childhood Cancers

      About 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015. While Cancer rates have not risen much in recent years, it remains the second leading cause of death among children.  The good news is that 80% of children with cancer will survive more than Read more…

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Innovative Tool for Understanding Learning and Attention Issues

  Many adopted children have learning and attention issues caused by neglect and institutionalization.  New adoptive parents struggle with deciding how best to approach learning and behavioral issues that most often are rooted in processing differences.  This website is an invaluable tool to be used when your child is struggling.  Knowing that your child “can’t” Read more…

AMC- Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita

{abstracted from AMCSUPPORT.org} Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita is a condition that causes many joints to be stiff and crooked at birth. A newborn with Arthrogryposis lacks the normal range of motion in one or more joints. A joint that lacks normal range of motion is called a joint contracture. These joint contractures develop before birth (prenatally) Read more…

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Lower GI Malformations

Close to 4 million children are born each year in the US.  One in 5,000 will be born with an anorectal malformation.  Imperforate anus and anal atresia are two common types of lower GI malformations.  These conditions have no known genetic component.  Like cleft lip and palate, anorectal malformations are birth defects potentially caused in some Read more…

Fragile Babies

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is commonly known as “brittle bone disease”. OI does not effect intelligence, and while there is no “cure” for OI, many children live wonderful lives with treatment. Most adults and children with OI lead productive and successful lives. They attend school, develop friendships and other relationships, have careers, raise families, participate in Read more…

Making an Impact and Working Together

A historic event took place last week.  Both End’s Burning brought together delegates from 20 countries.  Experts, facilitators and country hosts to discuss how we all can better serve vulnerable children with Family care as the core value of the child welfare systems.  We hope this will spark awareness and  change so more children will Read more…

See Me!

“When you drop a glass or a plate to the ground it makes a loud crashing sound.  When a window shatters a table leg breaks or when a picture falls off the wall it makes a noise. But as for your heart when that breaks it’s completely silent. You would think as it’s so important Read more…

Adopting an Older Child

When the waiting child files come in to the office we excitedly peruse the medical information and photos and scurry to get the word out so that we can find a family! The toddlers are all adorable and the children with more severe medical needs can be heartbreaking. But the older kids, the older kids Read more…

Apert Syndrome-Not Quite Siblings

  Little Milo is just two years old and lives in foster care along with his foster sister Mikayla.  They are both waiting to be adopted and their foster family would love to see them be placed together in the same home as they are very attached to eachother.  Both children were born with Apert Read more…

The Saddest Child

Sometimes we are asked to find homes for children who have no real underlying reasons for the lack of developmental milestones they are meeting. These children are often looked over by families because of the fear there is an intellectual disability or mental disorder causing these delays. Committing to parent these children is nothing short Read more…

Brain Matters…But How Much?

  We see lots of children worldwide being assigned diagnosis of “Brain issues” that seem incredibly scary to adoptive parents at first glance. In Asia we see children given the designation Post-Traumatic Brain Injury Syndrome.  PTBIS is a set of symptoms that a person may experience for weeks, months, years or life after a traumatic brain Read more…

ECHO

Echo is unbelievable. She is a gentle and smart 4 year old who had a bit of a rough start in life.  Like so many children in her birth country she was abandoned as an infant.  She was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and received surgery to provide her with the normal potential for development that she is Read more…

Look at What We Can Do!

In all of our programs worldwide we have children with down syndrome waiting to be adopted. These children range in age from about one year on up. Many of these children have been placed in institutions because of their extra chromosome. They have no real future without a family. October is Down Syndrome awareness month Read more…

Shannon is Still Waiting!

Shannon is a quiet and shy three year old girl waiting for her family to find her.  She it was originally assumed she had delayed development and only strabismus but it was recently found that she has low vision and her delays could be caused by her inability to see clearly.  She is able to Read more…

Fabulous Kids Under Four!

We have some fabulous children waiting to find their families in our programs right now.  If you are searching for a child under the age of four with minor/correctable needs please consider them! Alexanie is a sweet and shy near two year old.  She has been diagnosed with high tone but is crawling well! ALEXANIE HAS Read more…

CHI China Family Camp-Out 2014

Countries with Waiting Siblings

In many countries, local families can generally only afford to adopt one child at a time.  As a result, there are many wonderful sibling groups waiting for families in countries like Colombia, Poland and Ethiopia.  These children generally range in age from 3 to 13 years in age.   Siblings who have experienced the trauma Read more…

Gotcha Days Galore for Bulgaria Families!

What a busy and wonderful time to give thanks for our families who are bringing home their new children.  Welcome home Max Yulian.  Your big sister has been waiting for you for far too long and your parents are so happy to have your own active brand of sweetness added to the family! Welcome home Read more…