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(Spina Bifida) (Cleft Lip and Palate)

(Spina Bifida) (Cleft Lip and Palate)
My husband and I decided very soon after we were married that adoption would be part of our family plan. We felt it was the perfect opportunity to join a couple or family longing for a child with a little one who needed a family... Opening our hearts and minds to special needs adoption was an evolutionary process. It didn't happen over night. As we began seriously researching adoption programs, we became aware of the many children waiting for families. So many kids were STILL waiting... Read More

(Spina Bifida, Meningocele)

(Spina Bifida, Meningocele)
Our son is a smart, silly ball of energy whose favorite subjects at school are library, computers, and recess, and who was born with a meningocele (a type of spina bifida). He had surgery to repair it in China when he was just a few months old. The effects of his spina bifida are negligible - he runs, jumps, swims, and climbs on the furniture like any other 7 year-old boy. Spina bifida was not one of the medical conditions we initially felt confident parenting, but when we saw our son's photo... Read More

Hayden's Story (Linear Nevus Sebaceous Syndrome, Facial Difference)

Hayden's Story (Linear Nevus Sebaceous Syndrome, Facial Difference)
Hayden was our tenth child and our third adopted child. She has facial deformities that were undiagnosed at the time of her adoption; the diagnosis in her file was Neurofibromatosis, although there was some question about that. She had what looked like tumors on her face, as well as some nevi. I have always been interested in adoption and probably having watched the movie about the DeBolts played into that. Our sixth child was our first adoption, and we knew we wanted a large family... Read More

(Club Feet, Hip Dysplasia, Failure to Thrive)

(Club Feet, Hip Dysplasia, Failure to Thrive)
We adopted our daughter in January 2014 at two years old. She had bilateral club feet, hip dysplasia, and was described as being extremely "undergrown" (in American terms, failure to thrive). She has been home now for six months and has thrived; she has gained weight, grown taller, and has a smile that will light up your world. It was a love for children, and a firm belief on both my husbands part and mine that all children should have a loving family that led us to adopt. Read More

Oliver's Story (Dwarfism)

Oliver's Story (Dwarfism)
Our son Oliver's file stated that his special need was dwarfism and pigeon chest. From the dwarfism we knew that Oliver would be small, but he is small for the dwarfism charts too. He has been home now six months. He has gone from a weak little baby weighing 13 pounds, who could barely hold his head up, to a mischievous smart toddler. Oliver runs around our house and town spreading joy and melting hearts wherever he goes. He loves to make people laugh, and he loves to snuggle. Read More