Saturday, February 26, 2011

Children's House: POPPY

This post comes from Stefani Ellison of Children's House International.  We used Children's House to adopt our daughter Brinley in 2005.  
Children's House ROCKS!!  
Seriously.....we would not hesitate to use CHI again for another adoption.

On August 4th 2004 I met a group of little girls in the courtyard of their SWI. I was in China to adopt my daughter Shaolan and went to visit her orphanage and thank them for their care of her. This SWI is huge, with nearly 1,000 children living there. It was overwhelming. The older children were in school except for a group who were being isolated due to their Hep B positive status. They weren't allowed to attend public school. I asked how many of them were registered for adoption. The answer was a bewildering look of shock and then the words, "None of them are registered. Who would want them?"

My heart sank into my ankles and then I got plucky. I assured them that there were many people who would want them!! Let them have a chance to have a family. I plead with them to consider this for these girls. The vice director looked and them and queried, "Would you like to have Mamas and Baba's and go to America?" They all cheered and affirmed that they did. I gave my word to them and to their vice director that if these girls were registered I would help find them a family and others would too. The vice director then clapped her hands and decreed the children dance in celebration. They lined up and for the next 20 minutes graced us with their giggly, wiggly, dancing bodies.

During the next two years I searched for them and began to see these children being assigned to Waiting Child lists and finally matched with families! What a joy it was to see! They have GONE HOME. But imagine my heartache when we received "Poppy's" file on February 10th 2011 and I saw this spritely girl has grown up and she was STILL WAITING. She has seen all her friends leave her behind as they go on to their futures. My friends, I gave a promise to this child over 7 years ago. I must keep that promise.

Poppy's SWI has so many children and yet they chose her for registration. They continue to advocate for her and in December 2010 they sent a "live girl video" of her to go in her file to help others see what they saw. I opened the video and there she stood...and then she started to dance. She danced. I cried.

Please help us help Poppy.

Poppy entered the SWI as a newborn and is currently living with a foster family. The following is from her reports from May 2009:

"Poppy is a lovely girl with good intellectual development. Now she is in 1st grade. Although she has not that strong ability of acceptance of knowledge and she has average scores, she is diligent and has a desire of learning. She takes her initiative to finish her homework and preview new things everyday. In her spare time, she actively participates in all kinds of culture and entertainment events that are organized by the school.

On Nov. 23 2007, she was sent to a foster family and she adjusted the new environment soon and integrated herself in the family. Now she has been living in the foster family for about 1.5 years. She is timid, outgoing, although quiet in front of strangers. She has a ready smile, and often plays rope-skipping and pretend play with other children."

Children and HBV

Hepatitis B does not usually affect a child's normal growth and development. Most children with chronic hepatitis B infections will enjoy long and healthy lives. Unlike other chronic medical conditions, there are generally no physical disabilities associated with hepatitis B, nor are there usually any physical restrictions for these children.

As a parent, you can take comfort from the fact that every child presents unique challenges. Therefore, your child with hepatitis B is just like any other child. The challenges of raising a child with hepatitis B are manageable if you are well informed and use common sense.

Stefani Ellison
China Waiting Child Advocate/Resource Coordinator
Children's House International

A COA, Hague Accredited Agency

360 380-5370
fax: 360 383-0640

Less than a year old and needs a mama!

I don't have permission to share his photos but there is the cutest baby boy available through Hand In Hand.  If you go on the Rainbow Kids site and search for him he is listed as "Child K" with Hand In Hand.  He is less than a year old.......and CUTE!!!  Check him out!  You'll see!!!  :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011


This post is a little different.  This handsome adorable positively CUTE little one's file was returned a few weeks ago.  A family wants soooooo very much to make him their son.  We have not been able to find him on any other agency lists or the SF list. 
If you see him on an agency's list please let me know!
 If you know a family is adopting him please let me know!
His DOB is 02/08.  
2-10-2008 Jayden 3 - repaired Spna Bfda

Boys On The Shared List

There is minimal info available about these precious boys. They are on the shared list as far as I know.  Any agency should be able to pull their file for an interested family. I have given them each a name here on my blog.  If you would like more information on any of these boys please email me at

Gentle boy 12/10/2005

3/5/2004 Half the sky


urogenital disease


ages out in May




a dear son

TOF repaired




mild palsy right limbs

congenital deafness

med anemia



December 30, 1998....his life began

DOB: 6/1/2002



3/29/2006, such a sweet boy




post op club foot 8/27/2003

Jay Jay










Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Meet Emily :)

This beautiful little girl lives at Eagle's Wings foster home in China.  I can't find her on their site so I don't know what name she goes by there but to me she looks like an Emily so that is what I will call her here.
Emily's special need is G cleft spine and Chiari Malformation of the brain.
Now I know that sounds pretty scary but it doesn't have to be!  You see, my brother is 40 years old and he was born with Chiari.  We didn't even know he had it until just after he graduated from high school!  He had surgery and after his recovery he has done great!  He is married, has 4 kids, worked as a civilian in Iraq and now he works for a company that keeps all of us in the US and our military safe.

My brother with Kid Rock. 

Emily is on the shared list as far as I know.  Someone who has seen her file had this to say about her,
"I have read of her file and from what I can understand she can go up and down stairs by herself and is the same as other children her age; exceptshe can not roll over freely (I am not sure what that means)."

If you would like more info about Emily please email me at and I can put  you in contact with someone who works at Eagle's Wings and knows this little girl.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Meet Trevor

I have to admit that posting this sweet little boy's info is a difficult task.  You see, our family had Trevor's file on hold. He is a wonderful, wonderful little guy and any family will be blessed to have him as their son. The only reason we are not adopting Trevor is because after talking about and praying about this little boy (and lots of tears on my part) we realize that it would be a rough fit for our family dynamic. We would basically have triplets. Trevor and our daughter Brinley share the same birthday....just a year apart.  He is 4 months younger than our daughter Bailey. So, we are still searching for our child and are praying that through this post we will help someone find their child.

And so it is with mixed emotions that I tell you about my sweet Trevor.  He is 6 years old and will be 7 in August.  He lives with his foster family and attends school.  He takes Tae Kwon Do classes and there are many, many photos and videos of him in the Madison group. He has scoliosis and is missing some ribs. He can do perfect one hand cartwheels.  He is an amazing little boy!!!

I first really took notice of Trevor when I was copying some of the photos from the Madison site for our friends who are adopting an older girl through Madison. He is in many photos with her and her friend.  If you go to the Madison Yahoo group there is a photo on the homepage of several little boys.  Trevor is right in the middle of this handsome little group.
(2-26-11: Our friends are in China right now to adopt the young girl wearing glasses in this photo with Trevor.  They will be meeting their beautiful daughter Kelly tonight while we are sleeping. So happy for our wonderful friends and Kelly!)

If you are interested in learning more about Trevor, you can view his file by joining the Madison Yahoo Group. To see more photos and videos of him go to the Madison Yahoo Group, click on "links" on the left side of the page. Scroll down to "Videos of Camp Tiger".  Log in with the provided password. Click on "Tiger 2 Videos" in the black bar at the top of the page.  There are grants available for Trevor!  :)

Please take a look at this amazing little boy.  :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Meet Milly! Healthy 13 yr old

From ASIA's blog.
"Meet Milly. CCAA has asked us to advocate for her because she will turn 14 in the fall and no longer be eligible for adoption.Milly is healthy and sweet. The Director of her orphanage regards her as his own always asks how she is doing and teaches her things. Milly is a very polite and honest young lady. When she found 50 Yuan on the ground, she immediately gave it to her teacher to try to find the person who lost it. Her teacher was so impressed that she continued to praise and encourage Milly. Milly struggles a little academically but has remained at grade level with a little extra help and encouragement. She likes studying English more than Chinese and Math. She reports that she does want to be adopted and have a family of her own. Milly needs a family to come forward for her right away! Please contact me if you would be interested in Milly. If you are already in process for another child, it may be possible to adopt Milly as well: