Archive for the ‘special needs adoption’ Category

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…

Adopting a Child with a Cleft Lip and Palate

There currently 3 boys born with cleft lip/palate waiting to find famileis through one of our popular programs in Asia.  My own brother was born with this need and in my personal experience, this need has not impacted my family or my brothers life in a negative way.  Purusing the web for information to share Read more…

The Children Still Waiting

Over Thanksgiving week 12 advocates travelled to spend a week with 12 children from one of our partnership orphanages. The trip was an amazing journey for all of us! We have successfully found families for 7 of the 12 children and hope we can find the remaining 5 children loving homes.  Hallin, Joplin, Adeline, Lindberg 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…

Join Us For Winter Camp in China!

Children’s House International is searching for a few more families to join us on our upcoming family trip to Linyi, China. Linyi CWI is one of our partnership orphanages housing over 250 children ages birth to 18 years in age. This is a great opportunity for families wishing to learn more about the current state 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…