Friday, January 29, 2010

Advocating for a precious little girl from China

This adorable, precious little girl is on FTIA's (Families Thru International Adoption) designated list of children.  She has been waiting since March 2009 and her file will be returned in February.  I was told she may get placed on the shared list or another agency-specific list, but she may not either.  Many children are not made available for adoption.  Everything in her file says that she is a bright, happy, on track child.  In one photo, she is standing with a little lego stuck on her finger!  They say her favorite thing to play with is a toy telephone :)

Her name is Dang Hong and she has had an operation every year since she was born.  One in 2007, one in 2008, and one in 2009.  She was born with bladder exstrophy.  A doctor described it best as a hernia of the bladder.  Here in the states, such a condition would usually only require 2 or 3 surgeries - but hers was not done correctly and the doctors tried to fix the first surgery at least one time - but that repair did not work.  Basically, her bladder isn't in the right position so she will need a surgery to correct this and then another surgery when she is 5 or 6 years old with the goal of having her develop continence.  Our surgeons here are very successful with this type of surgery!

She looks like a happy, confident child.  Her little arms look like they were made for hugging!

If you would like, you can email me at and I can pass on the contact information at FTIA or you can contact them directly.  She is on their FTIA only list of children - group 2.  The rest of the children in group 2 will have their files returned as well so please take a look at them as well.  There are 14 of them!

We are praying that a family is found for this precious girl.  Please, pass this information on to any group or blog you are a part of.  Feel free to give out my name and email address as well.

Thank you everyone,


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Searching and searching....

Searching and searching and searching and... that is what we have been doing - searching for our next little girl - and waiting. There is A LOT of waiting (and did I mention searching?) during an adoption. For weeks now we have been waiting for China to release a new list of children to the shared list so that either our agency could refer us a little girl or so we could find one ourselves. Nothing. Nilch. In the past we had asked about many little girls, but they had already been put on hold with another family - that's good though because I know that even though I don't know who our daughter will be yet - God does - and He will have the perfect one for us... at the perfect time!

It's hard looking at all of the children. Really hard. At the age of 14 children in China are no longer able to be adopted into a family. When I look at the children on the lists, it's really hard not to let myself think about those boys and girls who won't have a mom or dad to call their own. And then there are the children with the medical issues. Money and some good doctors could help so many of them physically. A mom and dad to call their own could help even more. We'll take one!

We never did send in our dossier - even though it is finished. We decided to hold onto it for a little bit so we could look at the children on other agency websites. The dossier is burning a hole in my pocket :) I want to be able to send it in so much! China allows certain agencies to advocate for children who, for a short time, are only assigned to their agency, so we may actually find our next daughter through another agency other than the one we are working with now. There is also a great website at where agencies post children who are available for adoption from all over the world. It's a great site - and I'm on there often :)

We made great strides in the puzzle piece fundraiser. If you look at the picture here and at the Christmas-framed one you can see that a lot of pieces were added to it. Yeah! I love the panda bears in the picture and how it looks like they are climbing out of the frame. You will be able to see it more clearly once we get it all put together. If you would like to help with that (putting it together) we would love a donation :0 Every $5.00 that is donated gets one puzzle piece added to the puzzle. We are going to write the names of those who donated on the back of the puzzle, glue it all together, and hang it in our daughter's bedroom. It takes a lot of people to make an adoption come together. All the pieces have to fit together exactly in order to make it work. I know that years from now, when I look at the puzzle hanging on the wall, I will remember all of the people (friends and strangers) who helped to put it all together. Thanks everyone!

In His name,

The Burgess Family

P.S. One of the gifts given to me for Christmas was new photography software - and I love it! It is Adobe Photoshop, and I was able to figure out how to do the picture above with it. Thanks Kevin! (He bought me the software).