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…

Welcome Home Lukasz!

Welcome home Lukasz!  Wonderful Baby Lukasz is now home with his loving big brothers and sister and CHI would like to say WELCOME HOME!

Brittany’s Hope

Please show your LOVE and SUPPORT for our friends at Brittany’s Hope with their latest fundraiser to help families into adopt internationally! Team Orphans endeavors to help abandoned children by competing in their honor. It can be both a single athlete seeking sponsorship for an event or a group of determined individuals fundraising and competing Read more…

SURVEY ON INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION

The survey below is intended to inform policy makers on adoptive families’ experiences when interacting with U.S. government officials during the intercountry adoption process. Data from this survey will be used to help identify areas of possible improvement within the current process. All questions should be answered based on your personal experience with U.S. government Read more…

Bulgarian Children Coming Home!

Since reopening our Bulgaria program last year we have had many families join in the process.  The Bulgarian government has vastly simplified the process and allows us to effectively advocate for the older and special needs children who are waiting.  Children as young as 1 1/2 years without special needs are being matched with waiting Read more…

Welcome Home Natalia!

With joy in my heart I am sending out a HUGE welcome home to little Natalia.  When I came to work at CHI one of the first videos of a child I saw was of Natalia.  Natalia was waiting in our Poland program for a family.  She was a spunky and joyful two year old Read more…

An IEP Can Mean Success

Last week I received this email from proud parent Stephanie Ellison!  A common question PAP’s ask is “will my child be able to catch up?”  Many of our adoptive children come home with institutional delays and this is a perfect example of how they CAN be overcome! “I am bursting my buttons. Our Taisha who Read more…

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  When children are having problems in their lives, it is often difficult for parents to know how best to help them on their own.  It is hard to watch children struggle to get along with peers, or to be overwhelmed by life.  The article linked below deals with the resource that a Child Psychiatrist Read more…

Social Worker: Post-Placement Visits

  In the following link, Leslie Zindulka, LCSW-R, writes about the purpose and goals of post-adoption visits.  Often, I have felt when conducting visits, that initially families are worried that I am there to nit-pick their parenting style.  In reality, the goal is to make sure that things are going well for the family and Read more…

Only One More Week to Enter!

We know you’ve taken some of the most amazing pictures and we hope you’ll share them with us!  You have one more week to submit your photos for the CHI photo competition.  There will be three categories of winning pictures: • Best family photo • Child photo • Holiday photo ( this could be ANY Read more…

Pressing Close and Pushing Away: The Dance of Ambivalence in Adoption Relationships

  Dee Paddock has written an excellent article describing the feelings that adoptive parents and their children experience as they navigate  balancing loyalty, love and security between themselves and the birth family.  It is easy to assume that once children get all the information about their birthparents and the reasons they were available for adoption Read more…

Single Parent Adoption: Advantages and Challenges

  Susan Ward wrote an article listing the benefits and challenges of being a single parent to a child.  Click on this link to access ~   http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/adoptive_parenting/77833   It is an quick and fun read with a little bit of tongue in cheek rationale (such as not having to share your child’s hugs and Read more…