Family Stories

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(Imperforate Anus/Anal Atresia)

(Imperforate Anus/Anal Atresia)
Imperforate anus, also known as anal atresia, is a birth defect in which the lower bowel does not reach the outside of the body; there is no anal opening allowing the bowel to empty waste. An infant born with this condition requires prompt surgery to install a colostomy or the child will die. Later reconstructive surgery, sometimes called pull-through surgery, is conducted to thread the bowel through the appropriate muscle structures to a surgically created anus. Read More

(Club Foot)

(Club Foot)
We adopted our son in January 2013. He was 2 years old. He had a left clubbed foot. He could walk. We had previously adopted our daughter in 2008 and always felt very comfortable and confident with adoption. We were open to our son's special need because we felt like we could handle the treatment process. It was not scary to us at all. Overall it has not been a very difficult process but has required patience with the delay in gross motor skills and then during the casting and surgeries. Read More

(Cleft Lip and Palate)

(Cleft Lip and Palate)
I have adopted two children with cleft lip and palate. My son who is now 5 has unilateral cleft lip and palate. My daughter who is two has bilateral cleft lip and palate. I was drawn to adoption after becoming very exhausted with infertility. I wanted a larger family. I will be very honest. I wanted children no matter what. The first time around I was very picky with the special needs I selected. I thought cleft lip and palate seemed easy enough one surgery and done. Read More

(Hepatitis B)

(Hepatitis B)
In 2009 our amazing daughter joined our family. She is a star athlete and a great student ... and she has Hepatitis B. In no way does this diagnosis define her or slow her down. It really helped me to know that most children with Hepatitis B grow up to lead normal, healthy, active adult lives. In addition, the availability of a vaccine gave me peace of mind. Our family was vaccinated and had our titers checked to ensure we were immune. Truly our experience . . . has been so easy. Read More

Lia's Story (Congenital Heart Disease - Tetralogy of Fallot)

Lia's Story (Congenital Heart Disease - Tetralogy of Fallot)
Both my husband and I work in the medical field, have traveled extensively, and had long wanted to adopt internationally and provide a home for a child who needed one. In 2011 we decided that the China Special needs program was a good fit for our family, and we were able to bring home Lia from China in 2012 at the age of 3 1/2.  She had been diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot when she was an infant. This typically involves four defects of the heart... Read More