Sunday, August 4, 2013

Introducing George Again!

 Look at this smile!
This young man is still looking for his family.  I visited him at his orphanage, which is the orphanage that 2 of my daughters are from. 
If you would like to see another video of him dancing with his friends, see this link:

Brett Still needs a family!! We can change that!

I want to introduce you to Brett.  I have included him on this blog before.  But, he is still waiting for his family to find him.  I know an agency had his file in the past.  He has heart disease.  But, he is so cute!  I got to meet him earlier this week and take these photos and also some video of him.

For another one of him with his friends dancing, see this link:

Curtis' Smile: Saying HI!!

 Last week I met this very cute boy, Curtis.  He is at Lishui Orphanage in Zhejiang Province.  I have 2 daughters from this orphanage and I went back to visit the orphanage that I had visited once before three and a half years ago.  Though he looks younger, to me, he is 13 and will be aging out at the beginning of April, in 8 months.   His special need is hemophilia.
I also got some video of him.  Please contact me.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Shane Danced for me!

This little boy is Shane!  He is 6 years old and he is still waiting for his family to find him.  He has a special need of a deformed hand and ear, but apparently, he does love to dance!

For another fun video of him with his friends dancing, see this link:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tender Story of Adoption: RED THREAD SISTERS

A few years ago, I heard of a survey regarding older child adoption that an author by the name of Carol Peacock was doing.  She was looking for information about these topics because she was embarking on a new book project and was doing her research to prepare for writing it.  We began corresponding by e-mail, and later once by phone, as she continued to ask questions regarding my experiences of adopting 2 older children.  I knew that I will probably never write a book on this topic myself, so it was interesting to help to promote adoption in this way, by helping an author.  After Carol finished her manuscript of this book Red Thread Sisters, I had the great honor of being allowed to read and edit her manuscript.

The time has finally come when the book is finished and for sale.  I wanted to write this blog today to tell you all about this book.  This book will be especially interesting to children adopted from China and their parents as it talks about a young girl who was adopted at an older age and her desire to see her friend from her orphanage have the same opportunity before aging out. (The ironic thing was that after I helped Carol with her research adopting an older child, my husband and I ended up adopting again...this time a child who would soon age out!)  Red Thread Sisters is a chapter book for kids, but would still be enjoyed if the child in elementary school doesn't read yet and could listen to it being read out loud.  Please check it out and feel free to let me know what you think of it once you have read the book...please also forward this blog to anyone who you know who might be interested in this!  Carol wrote in the acknowledgements that a portion of the proceeds will be given to Love Without Boundaries.

Below is the information on Carol's website where you can access more information on the book itself and how to obtain it.  It would be the perfect gift for Christmas for people you may know that have an interest in adoption or just for older kids who love to read!  (By the way her book :  Mommy Near, Mommy Far  is also a wonderful book, exploring for a younger child with pictures and story, the concept of having two who currently cares for him or her, and one in China. )

Red Thread Sisters (Viking/Penguin)

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Author: Carol Antoinette Peacock

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“…provides a moving and engaging experience for readers.  A fine addition to both the coming-of-age genre and books sensitively dealing with cross-cultural adoption. (Fiction. 9-14)” Kirkus Reviews
….perfectly paced…heartwarming and joyous.”-School Library Journal

“This…intimate novel focuses on Wen’s difficult emotional journey…Wen’s selflessness and determination are poignant but not overly sentimental and the story’s truths about children in need are sensitively expressed…..” Publishers Weekly

Thursday, November 1, 2012


It is with profound exultation and yes, outright relief, that we announce that HENRY has a family. His PA was issued last night. This gentle, capable, kind, determined, and hopeful young man touched so many hearts and he finally is officially on his way HOME. He and his buddy Zane will be leaving the SWI about the same time, which will be IN TIME for Henry to be adopted before he turns 14 on June 13, 2013.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Posted by Stefani today about HENRY!!!!

OH HENRY!! You really need to meet ever grinning Henry. The China Waiting Child Advocate for Children's House International recently adopted two daughters from his SWI and would love to share all she can to help him home. HENRY MUST BE ADOPTED BY JUNE 13, 2013 or he ages out of the adoption system.

To help Henry see his dream of becoming part of a permanent family, an extremely generous gift has been committed to cover his SWI donation. This is HUGE! This is over $5,000.

HENRY, male, DOB 6/1999 SN Hepatitis B carrier, some stiffness if his foot, lazy eye. PLEASE VIEW HIS CURRENT VIDEOS WHERE HE IS TRYING SO HARD TO SHOW HE IS AMAZING (he truly, truly, is!)

To view his complete file please email Heidi Hawkins at with HENRY in the subject heading.

The following is a description of him by the director of his orphanage who knows him very well.

"He is a boy who likes to help others. He is a hard-working boy and he helps the nurse to take care of other disabled children, feed them, wash dishes, wash the diapers, and clean up the public places.
Henry also has a great respect for the elder and a good caring for young children. When he sees the elders, he would say hello to them, and come to assist them to lift anything. He also takes care of the younger ones like a big brother and takes them to play a game. Henry has a good heart, who has never bullied anyone.

Henry is quite interested in English. He always finished his English assignment in time. He likes to listen to the English audio tapes over and over and follow the tape to practice speaking.

Henry also calls me Mom. He is like a loyal guard, who always waits for me to come to work every day, and holds my hand, helping me to carry my handbag, and accompanying me to the office. He also helps me to clean, and boil water. After work, he will see me off at the gate and say goodbye to me. Sometimes he can be stubborn. To teach him, sometimes you need to use both tough and soft measures. Henry is a good and kind child. After you know him, you will sure like him.

Q: Does he want to be adopted?
A: Yes, definitely, he wants the opportunity also.

Q: Was he ever in foster care?
A: No

Q: Does he like school?
A: Yes, but he is behind. It is difficult to catch up.

Q: What is his favorite food?
A: McDonald's food!

Q: What is his favorite thing to do?
A: Play with other kids. He is a good kid. He has a little limp on his left leg when he runs, but it is not a big problem.

Q: What are his favorite classes?
A: Art, drawing, singing (out of tune, but he likes singing.)

Q: How does he get along with other children?
A: Very well.

Q: Does he have a temper? How are his emotions? Sometimes a little bit, but not very much. Sometimes he is a little bit stubborn, but he is mostly very kind. He is usually happy."

Do you know Henry's family? Are you his family? Please choose to join us to rally around Henry and his chance to become part of a family. Share his information, talk about him, think about him, send out prayers or positive energy for him. HELP HENRY.

Stefani Ellison
China Waiting Child Advocate
Children's House International