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Brain Scan Difference Diagnosis And The Waiting Child

Many countries pre-screen adoptable children with a CT scan or ultrasound of the head.  These children are often labeled with a variety of “brain scan differences” while presenting as a child with normal and appropriate development for their age.  What is a “brain scan difference” and what does it mean in the future development and Read more…

Parents for Peppy!

Meet Peppy.  Peppy is an adorable 20 month old boy waiting for a family in Eastern Europe.  He was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.  He has been diagnosed with Hypotonia, or low muscle tone. Meet Zoe.  She was born to a family in the USA.  She was born with the umbilical Read more…

October…Down Syndrome Awareness Month

As October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month we are taking a look at different people’s thoughts in regards to children with Down Syndrome.  Around the world we see different perspectives on children with special needs.  “Unfortunately, for many people with Down syndrome, the biggest obstacle that they face growing up today is the society in which Read more…

A Chance to DREAM

For many of us, we hear the concept of “dreaming” from a young age.  If we are lucky, we hear from our parents, from our siblings or from other adults in our lives, that we should dream big.  We are encouraged to set goals for ourselves and not doubt that we can reach them.  We Read more…

Children with FASD and their potential

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Meet Paige, she is 3, she is cheerful and easily establishes relationships with adults and children.  Paige has signs of FAS, however despite Paige’s challenges she continues to learn and grow. 1.  To learn more about our precious children amanda.m@chiadopt.org and jill.d@chiadopt.org  2. Texas Christian Institute; The Institute of Child Development Read more…

Looking Through the Lens of Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a “general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.”  The “spectrum” has come to include all the varying sub-types that use to be individually characterized.  “Autism appears to have Read more…

Down Syndrome does not Define ME!!!!

“I Won’t Let My Daughter With Down Syndrome Be Defined By A ‘List’” “When my daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, I was given a list. A list of potential features and problems to expect. This list is cold, emotionless and almost comes across as grotesque if you are reading it with fear already in Read more…

A Split Spine Doesn’t Stop Me

Kelsey smiles and reaches for a toy block.  She stacks them high and knocks them over as she giggles to herself.  With a look of pure joy on her face she isn’t thinking about what she can’t do.  She isn’t sitting there complaining that she can’t just stand up and walk across the room.  She Read more…

Determination Over CAH (Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia)

Jaden is ready to take on the world!  His big brown eyes show that immediately.   He was diagnosed with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) – classical salt-wasting form.  He is also undergoing therapy for the secondary arterial hypertension – Captopril, Furanthril.  He has delayed neuropsychological development and would benefit from individual work with a psychologist.  He has Read more…

Not Too Old To Be Loved

Youth Are Never Too Old to Be Adopted By Cynthia Flynn and Wendy Welch “You are never too old to be adopted,” said one young woman during an interview for a recently completed study on successful adolescent adoptions. “It’s the most important thing that happened to me,” said another adoptee. “I got a family and Read more…

The Complexity of Asher’s Brain

Asher is a very cute and lovely almost 2 year old little boy. He has a complex anomaly of the brain – agenesis of the corpus callosum, cyst in frontal/anterior interhemispheric fissure, ventriculomegaly, hydrocephalus. Due to these complex brain anomalies he has a ventricle-peritoneal shunt (VPS). Even though he has trials in his early life Read more…

Epilepsy in children

About 2.5 million people in the United States have epilepsy.  The incidence of epilepsy is higher in young children and older adults. About 300,000 American children under the age of 14 have epilepsy. It affects children at different ages, and in different ways. For some, it will be a temporary problem, easily controlled with medication, 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…

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…

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…