I recently came across a recommendation for Outstretched Arms, an adoption blog that tries to advocate for children who are “aging out” of various adoption systems around the world. These children still need homes, still need to know the love of a parent’s hug, still have the chance at a bright future. Please take two minutes out of your day to cross-post Outstretched Arms onto your blog, place it your Facebook Wall, e-mail to friends and family, et cetera; you never know who might stumble across it and be able to welcome one of these children into their home.
Aside from posting photos and information on waiting children that they are advocating for, they also list resources for potential adoptive families, such as an Expedited Chinese Adoption Timeline, Discussions to Have with Your Social Worker, and Families Who Adopted Aging Out Kids.
SN: Repaired CL/CP, pigeon
chest (now it is age)DOB: 07/1998SWI Jingyang DistrictJonathon was born in 1998 in southwest China. After being abandoned by his parents at birth, he went straight to the hospital. The doctor said this boy doesn’t have long for life. He not only survived but he is
now a thriving young boy with amazing potential. He is in 7th grade and is a hard worker. His passions are studying, sports and people. This guy is a thinker. The orphanage director says he thinks even more than many adults. The director also says he is a perfectionist.Each time my friend goes to the orphanage he is welcoming, friendly and quite helpful. He has stated repeatedly that he wants to be adopted! He wants a family!
His special need was cleft lip and palate. He has had 3 surgeries to repair his
mouth. The 3rd surgery was plastic surgery. His file states: He is liked by teachers. He likes to answer the questions. He is always the first one to finish the homework. He has no special needs. He is considerate and self-esteemed. He is the cleverest one in his roommates. He always helps caretakers to feed younger children. He also helps caretakers with cleaning. He is a considerate child. Caretakers in SWI all like
DOB: June 1998SN: Repaired CL/CP (and now his age)SWI Jingyang District“David” has been waiting his entire life for a family. He was born in 1998 in southwest China. This boy is enjoyable and energetic. When my friend visits the orphanage, he is always eager to get out and play soccer, volleyball or whatever sport anyone will play with him. David is quiet and enjoys drawing. The orphanage director says he is quite mature and very smart. David has amazing potential to be a strong leader.
His special need is cleft lip and palate.He has stated repeatedly that he wants to be adopted! He wants a family! He only has about 10 months to be adopted. In China, children are not allowed to be adopted when they turn 14 years old.His care takers say he is very clean, he helps the teachers clean up after school ends, he loves school, loves doing his homework. He loves little kids and will help feed the younger children.