China sees spike in special-needs adoptions

This article focuses on how three out of  five adoptions in China are of children with special needs.

Recent Towson grad, Christina Dubell, is spending a year in China at an orphanage for children with special needs, teaching English and helping care for the kids. Look for an upcoming interview with her.

But for now, here’s a quick excerpt:

“Kennedy is four-years-old born with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition where water is on the brain, and can be treated with a shunt to help drain the fluid. Kennedy has already had surgery; however, the surgery does not correct the abnormal size of the skull.

In therapy, he is learning to pull himself up, and our therapists hope to see him walk. When I look at him, I see a boy who longs to run and play like the other children, but instead is constantly being told to get back onto the mat. His nannies are fearful he will hit his head and suffer from brain damage. One of our visitors fell in love with him, tears streamed down her face. She told him that he is a handsome boy. Now, whenever I see Kennedy, he says to me in Chinese ‘I am big and handsome.'”


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