Posts Tagged ‘adoption advocacy’

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Both Ends Burning Campaign

The mission “A family is a child’s most basic human right. Both Ends Burning is a broad-based campaign to create a new system of international adoption so that the world’s orphaned and abandoned children can benefit from the support of a permanent family. Children who have families thrive and lead healthy, meaningful lives. Children who Read more…