About three months ago we turned in our Medical Conditions Checklist to CCAI. We've requested that they match us with a Waiting Child. We were able to check specific conditions that we’ve researched and feel capable of dealing with. We have been encouraged by the experiences of our friends, CJ and Donna, Ron and Julie and Kim and Michael. We've been specifically insipred by Analiese, featured here, and feel strongly led by God in this direction.
Children in China who have something out of the ordinary are usually treated harshly. For instance, a child with a cleft lip and palate is seen as defective or bad luck. They are teased (or worse) by even adults. An abandoned special needs child in China, who does not get adopted, faces a very uncertain future.
Children with extensive needs, like those requiring surgery, are often unable to receive the kind of care and treatment that they need because of the cost involved. Families usually just can’t afford these expenses. This is the main reason why so many children with special needs are abandoned in China.
Our agency receives lists of Waiting Children every 2-3 months, and they received their latest one about a month ago. There are as many boys as girls available on the lists, so we are preparing ourselves for snips and snails and puppy dog tails as well as sugar and spice. They have told us the average time to being matched is 8-10 months.