ADOPTION-Every Child Has a Purpose

The Red Thread

“An invisible red thread connects those that are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break. Almost everyone who adopts a child from China hears the legend of the invisible red thread that connects them to their children. As parents travel to China and fall in love with their new son or daughter, they slowly begin to realize that there is not just one thread but many that guide them through the amazing journey of becoming a family. These threads connect them not only to their children, but also to the new friends they meet along the way, to the birth families and caregivers, to all the orphaned children who still remain, and of course to the beautiful country of China herself. All of these threads are woven together to create the most beautiful heirloom of all – an intricate tapestry of family, friendship, honor and love.”
From the Book: Love’s Journey 2, The Red Thread, LWB Foundation 2007, www.lovewithoutboundaries.com

Every child has a purpose. There are millions of children in the world that are waiting to be adopted. Our world today needs more conscientious thinking towards adoption. The children are born into poverty or to families who neglect them. They need a home and a family who will embrace them and love them as their own. The orphan or foster care children need to feel loved and wanted. They need to believe in their future. We should all work towards a common goal: help these kids to find a loving family. Each child deserves a home.

The nonprofit organization Love Without Boundaries specializing in medical care, education, foster care, and nutrition for orphaned children in China, is not an Adoption agency. However, they advocate for the adoptions and work with the adoption agencies. They make sure as many children as possible in Chinese orphanages are given the chance for adoption.

Families who adopted children from China describe their experience as an incredible journey. They don’t see a complex picture. They see a magnificent tapestry that reflects unconditional love and commitment.

Amy Eldridge and Karen Maunu are Executive Director and Associate Executive Director of “Love Without Boundaries” respectively. Both adopted children from China.

In Amy Eldridge’s own words:
“We are definitely all about adoption. I tell our volunteers that no humanitarian aid program in the world can do as much for an orphaned child as simply having them find a family to CHERISH them. A family changes everything for an orphan. That child then has someone to encourage them, to believe in them, and of course to love them. That child then has an unlimited future. So all of our program areas work to get as many children ready for adoption as possible, and we work with orphanages to advocate for these children to have that chance. The way the adoption program works is that an orphanage will prepare a child’s adoption file, and then they send that file to the national government office for adoption in Beijing. They then place the child’s file with adoption agencies, such as those in the US, and then families who wish to adopt from China can be matched with a child.

I know it can seem like an overwhelming task to adopt internationally, but if you take it just one step at a time, before you know it you can be home with a wonderful, beautiful baby or older child.

Adoption is such a blessing. If anyone is interested in more information, they can contact us at any time. I am blessed to have seven children, two from China, and I cannot imagine our lives without them!”

One of these many kids who are waiting for adoption, is Timothy. A brilliant boy who loves to explore!

Timothy

Timothy, is from Henan Province. He has a grant for $3000.

Lillie is a ten year old little girl from Hunan Province. She is ready to be adopted!. She has been given a $3000 grant as well.

Lillie

After reading “The Ten Best Things about Lillie” , you’ll see she is ready to meet her forever loving family.

Ruby and Brent have also received grants and are waiting for a family to adopt them.

The grants would be provided to the family who bring them home.

I can’t conclude this article without mentioning a special little girl Iris . It’s an amazing story. So many loving people, so many branches of LWB have worked together to change this beautiful child’s life. She will soon be in the U.S. to get the surgery she needs. I am hoping a loving family will adopt this little girl. I know the family will have a glorious journey with Iris.

iris

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” ~Henry Ward

For information, please visit Adoption and watch the Video on “Waiting Child Adoption”.

Adoption Assistance Grants

Frequently Asked Questions

Current recipients of grants

Past recipients & LWB Success stories

E-Mail: adoptionassistance@lwbmail.com

Amy Eldridge and Karen Maunu: LWB

This is about two women I greatly admire. Two women whose boundless love for children would bring them together. Two most gracious and selfless women. This is about Amy Eldridge and Karen Maunu.

Karen & Amy

Karen & Amy

I am reminded of the inspiring words of Khalil Gibran. “When we give ourselves unconditionally, we truly give. When we give without expecting anything back, we are an unconditional giver.”

Amy and Karen are two unconditional givers.
I find their positive spirit to be contagious.

Not long ago, I had an online interview with Amy Eldridge, the founder of a nonprofit organization “Love Without Boundaries.“ I was already fascinated by her BIO on Twitter. She started with “I hope that people can see that anyone truly can make a difference in this world, if they just step out in faith to help those in need.”
My interview with Amy opened my eyes and my heart.

Amy -Unconditional Love

Amy -Unconditional Love

Amy’s world changed six years ago when she visited her first orphanage in China. Walking past metal baby cribs filled with abandoned children, she met a fragile, very sick little baby with heart disease. A baby named Kang. How devastating it must be to see a baby fighting for their life! Amy asked when the baby’s surgery would be, the response was: “no funds were available” to save this poor baby’s life.

Amy returned to the U.S. but couldn’t forget the images at the orphanage. She couldn’t get that baby’s face out of her mind. She knew she had to help that beautiful baby. While this little boy was facing an unknown future, Amy wrote to family and friends to help her with funding to save his life. She was blessed to have many wonderful family and friends that supported her. Those friends and family members passed her original letter on to others asking for support. The outpouring of support was simply amazing. Amy along with family members, friends, and friends of friends managed to raise sufficient funds to heal baby Kang.

There were other children with heart defects. Amy says thus the idea of establishing a foundation called “Love Without Boundaries“, dedicated to changing the lives of orphaned children in China, was formed.

Amy emphasizes adoption is such a blessing. She adopted two children from China. She says she cannot imagine her live without them.

When I met Karen Maunu on Twitter, I could feel her love and passion for children. I could sense her deep love and respect for her husband, who must be a wonderful man. You can ask anyone who knows Karen and you’ll hear the same. Karen was not always a stay at home mom. She was a successful career woman. After a while, she realized she didn’t find much meaning in pursuing a career in computer sciences. She wanted to dedicate herself to her family. She quit her job after her second child, to be a stay at home mom. She only wanted to be a loving wife and caring mom. She found meaning in life giving unconditionally to her family. I can feel her passion when Karen speaks about her children and her family.

Karen-Unconditional Love

Karen-Unconditional Love

Karen wanted to adopt and started researching many countries. This brought her and her husband to China where they adopted their daughter. Two years later, they were back in China to adopt one more child. During this trip, Karen and her husband visited the orphanage where their second adopted daughter was raised. The orphanage was full of beautiful children, all wanting to be hugged and loved. When they returned to the U.S., Karen was still thinking of the children she left behind.

Karen started doing research on the Internet. It didn’t take long before she found Amy Eldridge’s blog and later that year learned Amy had formed the non profit foundation: “Love Without Boundaries.” It didn’t take a long time before Karen was involved with LWB. They traveled to China together where Amy asked her to become the Medical Director of LWB. Karen and Amy found absolutely the best hospitals in China to make sure special needs children and children with heart defects get the best care. In spring 2009, Karen was promoted to Associate Executive Director.

Amy, Karen and dedicated LWB volunteers in many countries, have been working for the past six years, to provide the most loving and compassionate care to children whom otherwise would be waiting in their metal cribs, facing an uncertain future. LWB is a virtual foundation with over 150 volunteers. They have daily communication with LWB staff in China, through email and Skype. They also make trips to China to check on the children’s progress. They both say they have been blessed on those trips to meet so many incredible children who inspire them.

They have a good relationship with officials in China. They are grateful for those loving and compassionate people working at the orphanages.

LWB has 5 main program areas in China. The programs are run with the very best teachers, aunties and program managers.

The Medical Program provides heart surgeries, abdominal surgeries, and other life changing operations. LWB has several specific medical funds that people can donate to, such as heart surgery fund. This enables a child who needs an urgent surgery to be fully funded.

The Foster Care Program places children in a loving home.

The Education Program builds schools inside of orphanages, as well as providing funds for both high school and college.

The Healing Homes Program builds special facilities where most needy and vulnerable babies can receive care. The Cleft Healing Home Project is dear to their heart. In 2008, LWB opened the first Cleft Healing Home in China.

The Orphanage Assistance Program provides high quality formula, safe cribs, and warm clothes to those in need.

About 1500 children a year receive help and assistance from LWB.

Amy and Karen have much in common. Both adopted children from China. Both are passionate about the work they do for LWB. Both give unconditionally.

Amy and Karen work together to raise funds for LWB. Their goal is the same as when Amy started LWB to save more children’s lives. In Amy’s own words: “We want to change the lives of as many orphaned children as possible, in order to help as many of them find permanent homes through adoption as possible. Some of the new projects we are working on include a possible sixth orphanage school inside a large orphanage that has a lot of kids who can’t attend public school, a new Foster Care Program in rural southwestern China, another Cleft Healing Home so even more lives can be saved, and of course to continue healing as many children as possible through our medical program.”
And she adds: “We have a saying at LWB that “every time you save a child’ life…the world changes for the good.”

LWB is not an adoption agency but they work closely with adoption agencies because they believe each child deserves a home and a loving family.

Amy Eldridge and Karen Maunu remind us that it is only through giving that we are saving our own lives.

“Together, we really can change the world….one child at a time.” ~Amy Eldridge

Will you help these amazing kids to receive much needed medical care?

“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.”~John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Love Without Boundaries(LWB) is touching the lives of thousands of children in China. LWB cannot do this without your help.

LWB is listed as a Four Star Charity at Charity Navigator – Your Guide to Intelligent Giving.

By helping these amazing kids to get much needed urgent medical care, you are helping them to have a healthy life and increase their chances to be adopted. Every child deserves a home and a loving family.

Hi, my name is Erin

Hi, my name is Erin

Erin in Anhui was a very malnourished little girl when LWB first met her. Since then she has been receiving special care at the LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Unit. She is one of the many adorable kids waiting on medical funding. Will you help Erin?

Hi, my name is Jin

Hi, my name is Jin


Jin in Anhui is a sweetheart (just look at her picture). She needs funding for the final stage of her hip surgery. Will you please help this sweet girl receive the urgent treatment she needs?

Hi, my name is Kirk

Hi, my name is Kirk


Kirk in Gansu makes you believe in miracles. He was born with a complex heart defect and seeing his smiling picture is a true miracle. Since 2008 he has been staying at LWB’s Heartbridge Unit. This amazing child needs one more surgery. Please consider helping this miracle child. He deserves to live!

These are only some of the many incredible children who need urgent medical help. Will you consider helping them?