Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Waiting Child Program

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.


CJ and Donna said...

Welcome to the Waiting Child World! Hoping you get sent straight to the front to find your little one soon. Oh and those CL/CP kids are the cutest ;)

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that our Analiese has inspired you! She is a very special little girl that we have been so blessed to have as part of our family!
I hope that you will find your daughter, or son, on a list soon! We never thought that one of our children would be one of those labeled special needs but we've come to realize that ALL of us, in one or another, has a "special" need. Some needs are just more visible than others!

Tammy said...

That is awesome! We look forward to seeing what God does through your obedience!

Mark and Rebecca said...

We are excited for you, and can't wait to see where the journey takes you. We'll pray that you see the little face of your daughter or son very soon!

Eric & Heather said...

How exciting! We felt the same way! We were listening as God was revealing his plan to us. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

I hope the right kid finds her way to you.