If you are considering adoption, I encourage you to check out the Waiting Child program from China. We've been blessed to adopt our youngest daughter through this program, and know many others who have done the same. Also, check out the video below that features the McMillan family, members of our adoption community at Willow Creek.
Consider AdoptionHas someone in your life recently considered adoption? If so, you should know more about the "China Waiting Child Adoption Program" at Sunny Ridge Family Center. Sunny Ridge has the privilege of finding families for children with special medical needs. See more in this video.
The Term "Special Needs"Most people believe that when they adopt a child with "special needs" they will have no control over the types of medical issues a child may have. The truth is, families decide the types of "special needs" they are comfortable in handling. Also, in the case of this program, the term "special needs" is used to define a wide variety of of medical needs, including very minor, correctable medical needs to more involved needs. Some children are available for adoption through the program simply because of their age! Children range in age from one year of age to 13 years old, with healthy children over the age of eight also available. Both boys and girls are in need of a family.
Why Are Children Available?Children are in need of a family for a variety of reasons. Some are available because of the social stigma of having a physical disability and the lack of affordable health care treatments. Often more boys are available in the China Waiting Child Adoption Program due to China’s belief that more families would want to adopt boys, leading to more boys being made available. However, adoptive families in the United States tend to have a preference for girls. This means that little boys in this program can often wait twice as long for a family.
Want To Learn More?Just starting out? Or do you need to forward this to a friend who may be considering adoption? Many questions can be answered immediately on the Sunny Ridge website. You can also learn more about our China Waiting Child Adoption Program at one of their free Adoption Information Meetings held at Sunny Ridge Family Center in Bolingbrook. If you have questions or would like more information about this program, contact:
Jessica Augsburger, MSW/LCSW
China Waiting Child Program Coordinator
270 Remington Boulevard, Suite C
Bolingbrook, Illinois USA 60440
Direct: (630) 754-4532