Many people probably do not know what "waiting child" means. A waiting child is an orphan waiting for a family who has a special need or needs (mild, moderate, or severe), OR an older orphan waiting for a family. These children are truly "the least of these" and are considered by many in the Chinese culture as unlucky. The only hope and future for them is the hope of adoption - a forever family. The face of China adoption has drastically changed over the last few years. In a program typically known for healthy baby girls, now 95% of the orphans there are children with some type of special need. The wait for a "healthy" baby girl or boy is over six years!
Choosing to adopt from the Waiting Child program was
Since before we even turned in our application to adopt, I have poured over photos of waiting children on websites such as Rainbow Kids and Love Without Boundaries. The beautiful thing about our "wait" is that over time, you become able to look at these kiddos without seeing a special need, but instead seeing just a child that needs a family. I am never more proud than when Henley and Griffin look at all the babies who have a cleft lip and palate and talk about how cute and beautiful they are. They have grown to where they can see past the unclosed lip, and just see a child.
A verse that is used a lot along with adoption is this...
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.
It is so true that "God sets the lonely in families." Only God could make my arms ache to hold a child that I have never met, a daughter who is now living literally on the other side of the world. Dear Anna Li, we cannot wait to see your sweet face!