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China anounces former shared list program changes for waiting children

News Brief: CCCWA Announces New Program for China’s Former Shared List

News Brief: CCCWA Announces New Program for China’s Former Shared List

China’s central adoption authority, CCCWA, has announced a new program to advocate for waiting children on the country’s former “Shared List.”

special needs adoption

Learning to Be Mother and Son

"A lot of people didn't believe," Ms. Horton said. "But I believe in my child. And his therapist believed."

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One mother shares her experience after deciding to adopt internationally.

“We Wanted to Adopt White Children”

I chose our route because I didn't feel comfortable adopting outside our race. Six bittersweet years of motherhood have taught me to look beyond appearances.

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Jillian Lauren with her son, Tariku.

[BOOK EXCERPT] Everything You Ever Wanted

In this excerpt from her candid, hilarious, inspiring adoption memoir, Jillian Lauren explains how she and her husband addressed their son's trauma and special needs and turned things around for him at home and at school. Accompanying the excerpt is a Q&A with the author.

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A nature scene in China, representing the mixed emotions of declining a referral in adoption

“Lost Daughter”

When we got our referral, we accepted it with joy. Soon after, however, we realized something wasn't right.

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An adoptee and her family, wondering if she should play the adoption card in a college essay

“Should I Play the ‘Adoption Card’?”

I began to have second thoughts about sharing my story in application essays — just as it’s no one else’s business, it shouldn’t factor into a college’s decision to accept me.

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Should I Adopt a Child with “Special Needs”?

Peg Studaker, supervisor of the Waiting International Child Program at Children’s Home Society and Family Services, in Minnesota, says: “Parenting children with special needs should be a family’s first choice. Adopting a special-needs child should never be a second choice because the family could not get the child they really wanted to parent.”

How one family decided to adopt older siblings from foster care

“Deciding to Adopt Older Siblings from Foster Care”

At first, we envisioned welcoming a baby into our home. But we soon discovered that adopting older children was right for us.

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Anastasia, after her surgery to repair her facial burns, with her mother

“I Am Not My Face”

We'd been prepared to help our new daughter deal with stares and questions about her disfigurement. Instead, she taught us a powerful lesson in courage.

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The story of adopting a deaf child

“Finding Her Voice After Eight Years Without a First Language”

Since adopting a deaf older child from China, it's been my privilege to become her interpreter, her voice, her audience, and her mom.

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Our son through special needs adoption became his sister's guiding light.

“Becoming His Sister’s Guiding Light”

One year after adopting an infant girl, we adopted a "special needs" child with a cleft lip and palate. Ever since his sister was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, he's become her guiding light.

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One mom describes her experience adopting a child with spina bifida.

“My Son Who Refused to Give Up”

A doctor predicted our son, who has spina bifida, would never walk. But Mark has shown us what perseverance — and a keen passion — can do.

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The transition to school is exciting for children

The Kindergarten Transition

Starting school is exciting for kids, but it can also be a little scary. A mother of two shares her experiences and some tips on how to cope.

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Two loving sisters, one with special needs

“Raising Our Daughters, Special Needs and All”

They'll each face different issues in their lives. But my daughters will get through them together, as real sisters.

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