Monday, June 22, 2015

Waiting Child Spotlight! China Boy 510D

Today's Waiting Child Spotlight is on a little boy waiting in China who likely would make a great big brother! 

Boy 510D –DOB 8/19/2007 PHOTO and INFO UPDATED JUNE 2015
This little boy is full of personality. He is described as happy and fun. He shows concern for other children when they are hurt and enjoys making his caregivers laugh. He is diagnosed with postoperative repair of congenital bilateral complete cleft lip and palate. His report is dated (2011) but his photo is a bit newer (2013). We would love to see this sweet little guy with a family of his own.

Report dated September 2011

Update (June 2015):
The newest update on this darling little guy describes him as very gentle and well behaved. He has excellent self-care ability. He can speak very well but is less clear when he speaks very long sentences. His mental development is a little bit delayed. He gets along very well with others. He is helpful and takes good care of younger kids. He teaches them to sing, dance and draw. He loves playing games with them. He can draw and write numbers. He likes picture book and knows many kinds of animals, characters and plants. The update states, “He is very healthy and strong just like normal kid.”


For more information, contact Vickie at Indiana@hihiadopt.org.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Aid for Nepal and USCIS notice regarding adoptions

 FUNDRAISING FOR THE CHILDREN AFFECTED BY THE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL

Hand In Hand is praying for the people of Nepal!  A deadly earthquake of the magnitude of 7.8 struck central Nepal on April 25, causing a major devastation in the country with more than 4,300 fatalities to date. 

It is estimated that the earthquake affected 8 million people spread in 39 different districts in the country. According to the organization Save the Children, there are approximately 320,000 children that have lost everything in the earthquake and are currently homeless.

In an effort to alleviate the suffering of the children affected by the earthquake, Hand In Hand is gathering donations to forward to international organization that are working with the children of Nepal. These organizations are Save the Children and Plan International.

You can help by donating directly to the website of the mentioned organizations, or through our PayPal account by clicking HERE

Let’s gather in our efforts to help Nepal! 

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USCIS NOTICE REGARDING ADOPTION FROM NEPAL

Hand In Hand sometimes receives inquiries from families about adopting from countries in which there was recently a natural disaster, recently Nepal. We wish to pass along the following information from USCIS, which handles U.S. immigration processing for adoptive children, so families understand that it takes much time to determine which children are candidates for international adoption. If you wish to donate, that is the best way currently to help the children there. 

"USCIS recognizes that many U.S. citizens wish to help and adopt Nepali children affected by the recent earthquake.

"USCIS cautions that adoption by a U.S. citizen, by itself, does not make the child a U.S. citizen or immediately eligible to immigrate to the United States.

"Before a child may immigrate to the United States immediately as a result of an intercountry adoption or proposed intercountry adoption, USCIS must determine that the child qualifies as an “orphan” under the immigration laws of the United States, and that the adoptive parents are capable of providing proper care. The proper authorities in the child’s country of origin must also determine whether the child can be legally adopted under the country’s laws. USCIS considers specific facts in each case to make a determination.

"It is not uncommon in an emergency for children to be temporarily separated from their parents, other family members or legal guardians. Efforts to reunite such children with family or legal guardians must be given priority.

"For more information about adoptions in Nepal visit our Adoption Information: Nepal Web page. You can also visit the Department of State’s Intercountry Adoption Web page on Nepal for information on how to provide support to Nepali children in this time of crisis.

"For more information please visit Children Affected by the Earthquake in Nepal on www.uscis.gov"

Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 Philippines Summer Hosting Children

Hand In Hand's waiting child list for 2015 summer hosting is available below, and another child has been added to the list. Other children on the shared list could also potentially be added to this list. See Hand In Hand's Waiting Child Adoption page for the shared list. 

Contact Hand In Hand at Indiana@hihiadopt.org or 260-636-3566 for more information about the 2015 Philippines Summer Hosting Program, or to see the full files and pictures for the children below. 

See further information about the hosting program on the Hand In Hand website as well: Summer Hosting




Children Currently Waiting for Hosting

Sibling Group A 
JG, Male, July 21, 1999
GG, Female, April 25, 2002
JG, Male, January 4, 2004
JRG, Male, July 25, 2005
JRG, Male, June 10, 2008
The children came into care in 2011; they are half-orphans, and remaining relatives are unable to care for them. They are currently in a Catholic institution run by religious sisters.

A: Male, DOB July 21, 1999: Child A stays in the same dormitory as his two younger brothers. He is responsible and caring for his younger siblings. He adjusted easily to life at the institution, and performs his duties at the dormitory. He has completed grade 3 and regularly attends school, and is diligent, attentive and participative in class. He has not complained about being the oldest child in the class even though he had started school at a later age. He is generally happy, healthy and active, playful and friendly. He performs his duties with less supervision, but sometimes shows stubbornness. He likes to play basketball and football, and he is interested in art, music, reading books, and storytelling. He joins in sports and dance presentations. He has a stutter that has improved with speech therapy.

B: Female DOB April 25, 2002: Child B is healthy, active and bright. She is friendly, outgoing and playful, and does her duties with less supervision. She is good at dancing and participates in various activities at the institution. She is in Grade 4 at a private school, and has good marks, and is noted to tell the truth and act simply and honestly. She is very anxious to have a family and often asks if a family is coming for her and her siblings.

C: Male, DOB January 4, 2004: Child C is in Grade 3. He is noted to be diligent and participative in class, but did not accomplish homework and projects on time, so his marks are fair. He is a healthy and active child with a small build. He is well-adjusted to life in the dormitory, and does his tasks with less supervision. He is independent in self-care, even doing his own laundry without supervision. He enjoys outdoor games. He answers back or reasons out when reprimanded. He is a sensitive child and does not like to be teased by his peers.

D: Male, DOB July 25, 2005: Child D has finished Grade 1 with good marks, and was enrolled in Grade 2. In Grade 2, he manifested disruptive behaviors, and was sent for home study. When he realized that he was left out of school, he promised to behave better, went back to school for the final two quarters and finished with fair grades. He will be promoted to Grade 3. He is healthy and active, not picky about foods, and sleeps well. He does simple tasks around the dormitory, and enjoys participating in activities. He loves to dance and participate in games. He is an active altar server.

E: Male, DOB June 10, 2008: Child E is healthy and energetic. He can follow simple dance steps, pedal a tricycle and copy numbers and letters. He can take care of most of his self-care without assistance. His language development and social skills are properly developed. He is friendly and outgoing, but timid and quiet during activities. He likes to play with his peers, and he can sing nursery rhymes.

See this KidsWait blog post for more about this sibling group: Sibling Group of Five.  A Hand In Hand family who adopted two friends of these children met this sibling group last year. They are willing to share their experiences with interested families.


Sibling Group B

AC, Female October 6, 2000
AC, Female, November 4, 2001
MC, Male, November 23, 2002

Child A is a Grade 6 pupil in the center’s home-school program. She can read and comprehend Filipino and English words. She is able to accomplish her school works and assignments on time. She can study independently but needs assistance in Math, Filipino and Social studies. She loves colorful clothes and likes to look pretty. She is friendly and can communicate her feelings clearly. She loves to play the drums and plays regularly during the Church service. She also performs in different occasions in the center.

Child B is described as patient, loving and kind. She appreciates simple things and is always thankful of the blessing she receives. She can attend to her personal needs and maintains her hygiene. She is a Grade 5 pupil in the center’s home-school program and is reported to be improving in her academics. She can read and comprehend Filipino and English words and has a legible handwriting.
Child C is a Grade IV pupil in a public school. His caregivers observed that the pressure of home school triggered him to act defiantly and throw tantrums. His enrollment in the public school aims to help him become sociable and lessen his high expectation of himself. He has learned to control his emotions, has become more confident. He enjoys playing basketball, soccer, biking and jumping in the trampoline.

Sibling Group C

EP, Male, September 3, 2001
EJP, Male, February 23, 2003
JP, Male, October 13, 2004
Child A: He is now 14 years old. He is a healthy child. He is currently enrolled as Grade 5 level. He has difficulty in Mathematics subject but shows improvement in his studies. He has good relationship with other children. He is responsible with his belongings. He understands instruction but sometimes doesn’t want to follow instructions.

Child B: He is now 11 years old. He is a healthy child. He displays positive attitude towards his studies. He can work independently and receives honor in school. He is responsible to his assigned tasks at the center. He can express himself and shares his feelings to the caregivers and staff. He is respectful.
Child C: He is now 10 years old. He is a healthy child. He is described as sweet and friendly in school and even at the center. He has good relationship with the other children. He is responsible to his assigned tasks and enjoy spending time with his brothers.

Sibling Group E

ML, Male, May 15, 2000
JL, Male, August 13, 2002
Child A is a grade 5 pupil in a public school. According to his teacher, child is diligent and responsible. He behaves in the class and regularly attends his class. He is one of the top 10 in their class. He is also part of the soccer trainings that is being provided by the center. Child has a good sibling relationship with his brother. 
Child B is a grade 4 pupil in a public school. According to teacher, that the child is starting to give importance to his lesson. Though he sometimes does not finish his seatwork on time, but he makes sure he submits. 

Child F
JRD, Male, January 19, 2000
This child has been in care since infancy. He likes to be hugged by his caregivers. He frequently asks about his adoption and is longing to have a family of his own. He has difficulty in coping with his studies, thus the nuns who are his caregivers are providing him with tutorials. He is observed to be friendly but sensitive to teasing.

Child G
JBP, Male, April 28, 2001
J is a playful, caring, and talkative child. He generally gets along will the other children, and enjoys playing ball games and sharing jokes. He is talented, and likes to point, draw and dance. He has a good relationship with his caretakers, and seldom gets in conflicts. When he has not followed the rules, he apologizes and complies with consequences when he is corrected. He does his chores without supervision. He is in the sixth grade, and actively participates in class, but he needs tutoring for math.  He is eager to have a family, especially since attending a winter hosting program in the USA in 2013.


Sibling Group I
MCP,  August 11, 2003   
JP, April April 27 2005 
JmP, September 27, 2006   
JcP, November 10, 2009

Child A is healthy and cheerful child. She loves singing, dancing, reading books and drawing. At school, she copes well with the lessons. She adores and has good relationship with her younger siblings. She helps with the household chores in the center.

Child B is competitive and determined to have high grades in school. He gets frustrated when he has low scores in tests but tries harder to catch up. In the center, he has close relationship with his two brothers and oldest sister. He loves riding a bike and flying a kite. His psychological report indicated that his mental ability is within the average range.

Child C is obedient, fun, helpful, and loving. He loves receiving compliments from others with regards to his accomplishments. He liked riding a bike, playing ball games, and running. He loves picking fruit with his brothers. He has high expectations in school and easily gets frustrated when getting low scores. Thus, he is guided by the teachers and caregivers about this matter. Based from the psychological report, he was assessed to have average mental ability.

Child D is sociable, alert, and spontaneous child. He was assessed to have Communication Disorder and recommended to undergo speech therapy. Child can now follow simple instructions and daily routines in the center. He is attending a Kindergarten class. He knows how to count and sing the alphabet.


Child L:
KF, Female, DOB September 28, 2001

The child is happy to go to school, and enjoys science, math, and English. She has earned many awards at school, including Most Polite and “Most Diligent.” She would like to play the guitar and drums someday, and she loves to sing. She has a history of physical abuse, but has recovered well, and shows empathy and concern for others. She gets along well with other children, and takes on the big sister role with the other children. She is looking forward to having a family through adoption.

Children Matched Already


Sibling Group D
JY, Male, September 13, 1999
DY, Female, March 26, 2003
This sibling group is MATCHED!

Sibling Group H
ET, Male, September 12, 2002 
RT, Female, August 17, 2004
This sibling group is MATCHED!

Sibling Group J

JP, March 10, 2003                  
GL, October 11, 2005
This sibling group is MATCHED!


Sibling Group K
Female, DOB February 23, 2004
Female, DOB 
September 3, 2008
This sibling group is MATCHED!



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hosting Scholarship Spotlight! Child Three of Sibling Group C

Today's Hosting Scholarship Spotlight 
is on the THIRD child in Sibling Group C

This child wants to be adopted with his two big brothers:

JP, Male, October 13, 2004: JP is now 10 years old. He is a healthy child. He is described as sweet and friendly in school and even at the center. He has good relationship with the other children. He is responsible to his assigned tasks and enjoy spending time with his brothers.


Seven months after hosting... It's good to be home! 




A total of $3400 in donations will cover MC's airfare and his portion of the split escort costs!




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hosting Scholarship Spotlight! Child THREE of Sibling Group B

Today's Hosting Scholarship Spotlight 
is on the THIRD child in Sibling Group B

This child wants to be adopted with his two big sisters:

MC, Male, November 23, 2002: MC is a Grade IV pupil in a public school. His enrollment in the public school aims to help him become sociable and lessen his high expectation of himself. He has learned to control his emotions, has become more confident. He enjoys playing basketball, soccer, biking and jumping in the trampoline.


A, age 14: Hosted in 2013, home in March 2014.
Like MC, he is a high-energy child who loves sports, activity,
and the outdoors...and building his own huge teepee!


A total of $3400 in donations will cover MC's airfare and his portion of the split escort costs!




Monday, April 6, 2015

Hosting Scholarship Spotlight! Child THREE of Sibling Group A

Today's Hosting Scholarship Spotlight 
is on the THIRD child in Sibling Group A

This child wants to be adopted with his big brother and sister and his two little brothers. We want to make that happen despite the costs of airfare!

JSG: Male, DOB January 4, 2004: JSG is in Grade 3. He is noted to be diligent and participative in class, but did not accomplish homework and projects on time, so his marks are fair. He is a healthy and active child with a small build. He is well-adjusted to life in the dormitory, and does his tasks with less supervision. He is independent in self-care, even doing his own laundry without supervision. He enjoys outdoor games. 

A total of $3400 in donations will cover JSG's airfare and his portion of the split escort costs!



Why a Hosting Program?

Hand In Hand would like to see this child have an opportunity to be hosted, but the airfare costs for so many children are prohibitive for many families. The hosting program has a 98% success rate, so we know that jumping the hurdle of airfare could potentially change JRG's life. 

Are you able to help this sibling group find a home together? Please consider donating to the fundraiser Hand In Hand has set up for the third, fourth and fifth siblings in the larger waiting sibling groups. 


A Special Note about this Sibling Set!

This particular sibling group has a good friend who was adopted last year who is anxiously awaiting news of whether his buddies will get to have a family, too.
A. with his new baby sister. 
He was hosted in 2013 and came home 
in March 2014. This young man is best friends 
with the oldest three boys in Sibling Group A
and wants to see them come home to a family, too.
 Philippine adoption laws prohibit us from posting pictures of waiting children, but we can post pictures of their good friend, who came home last year! For the actual pictures and full files of this sibling group, contact Hand In Hand at Indiana@hihiadopt.org or 260-636-3566.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hosting Scholarship Spotlight! Child THREE of Sibling Group I

Today's Hosting Scholarship Spotlight is on the THIRD child in Sibling Group I




This child is the big brother of the little boy in our last Hosting Scholarship Spotlight. We would like to see these children be able to stay together!


JmP, Male, DOB, September 27, 2006: JMP is obedient, fun, helpful, and loving. He loves receiving compliments from others with regards to his accomplishments. He liked riding a bike, playing ball games, and running. He loves picking fruit with his brothers. He has high expectations in school and easily gets frustrated when getting low scores. Thus, he is guided by the teachers and caregivers about this matter. 

A total of $3400 in donations will cover JMP's airfare and his portion of the split escort costs!


A Hand In Hand hosting family in the Philippines.