Special Needs

We are currently parenting or have parented children with the following diagnoses and would be happy to talk to families that are considering the adoption of special needs children.   We aren’t experts but are learning as we go.   During our adoption processes I searched for the blogs of other families parenting children with similar diagnoses as ours.  I didn’t find many but the families I was able to talk to were such an encouragement to me.   I’d love to be a resource or encouragement to other families if I can.   Please feel free to contact me.  You can also read posts talking about the specific diagnoses by clicking on the tags to the right.

Pierre Robin Sequence
ventricular septal defect (VSD)
phocomelia
congenital quad amputee
microcephaly
craniosynostosis
global developmental delay
cleft lip/palate
microtia
tube fed NG/G-tube
cerebral palsy
MRDD
hearing loss
polydactyly

Are you interested in adopting a child with special needs?   There are literally thousands of precious children living in institutions just waiting for someone to rescue them. 

I would love to talk to you more about the realities of special needs adoption.  Some links to check out and consider:

The New Faces of International Adoption

Reece’s Rainbow

Adoption Advocates International

The blessings and joy, laughter and wild, crazy love that our “special needs” children have brought into our home far, far outweigh anything we used to call inconvenience. It may sound like a cliché, but it’s true: we can’t imagine our lives without these unique and fascinating blessings God has entrusted to us. I used to hear parents of special needs children say – “people without special needs kids don’t know what they’re missing!” I didn’t really get it until I had my own children, but it’s true. We can’t bear to think of all we would have missed – all we would never have learned about God, about ourselves, and the world, had we not said yes to our “special needs” children. 

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