Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I'm sure everyone understands the importance of spreading the word about these very special children. The more followers we have...the more people we have spreading the word...the greater the chance that these orphans will find their forever families!

With that being said, I am SO very excited to announce that I'm holding a giveaway to help get the word out about my blog!! Kay Bratt, author of many wonderful books, has donated an AUTOGRAPHED copy of her book Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage for us to give away to one lucky winner. This book is very moving, and happened to carry me through our adoption paper-chasing process when we adopted our daughter. It is such an honor to me that Kay would donate this book to help spread the word!
Cover design may vary. Photo taken from Amazon.com
To read an exerpt from this book visit www.kaybratt.com/books
Check out all of Kay Bratt's books on the Recommended Purchases section of this blog.

Entering is SUPER easy! Just follow these directions:
  1. Sign up to be a follower of my blog (to the right under "Followers") - receive ONE entry
  2. Click on the Facebook icon below and share on your page this week - receive ONE entry
  3. Share on your Facebook page again next week for an additional ONE entry (we have another very special child lined up for next weeks featured child)
Anyone interested can earn up to three entries in this giveaway. Please be sure to comment below this post with the number of entries you've earned and how you earned them. A random winner will be drawn from all eligible entries submitted by midnight, March 9th.

Thank you all for spreading the word! By doing so YOU are already helping the Fatherless!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Focus Child of the Week: LAUREN

Lauren is a beautiful young lady who will be 13 years old this June. She is considered a Special Focus child through FTIA - Families Thru International Adoption. She came to the orphanage when she was 8 years old. She has atrophy of both legs and is in a wheelchair, but she can take care of herself.  Sadly, orphans in China "age out" when they turn 14 and are no longer allowed to be adopted into a loving family. This means Lauren has a limited time to find her forever family.
Lauren loves to learn, is very bright and recently a tutor was hired to come into the orphanage to teach her as she wasn't able to travel to school in her wheelchair. Lauren can read Chinese sentences fluently and her tutor has been working to expand her language and recognition of Chinese characters. She studies math where she has mastered addition and subtraction.
She also studies music, art, and does craft activities to strenghten her hands and finger skills. Her teacher has seen her make great progress both mentally and physically in the first 6 months of working with her.
Lauren is described as having a strong self-esteem in spite of her disability, and is kindhearted, enjoys learning, loves to sing, and likes Barbie dolls.
Lauren's file is designated as Special Focus, so interested families do not have to have a dossier already in China and singles can also adopt her.
FTIA WILL WAIVE THEIR AGENCY FEE FOR THE FAMILY WHO ADOPTS LAUREN! If you would like more information about Lauren please message me OR contact FTIA Agency Coordinator Betty Betz at 1-888-797-9900.