News (blog)

Topics of interest to our members may be posted here. These may include reviews of recent adoption-related movies or books, photos from recent FCC events, and links to upcoming events not directly sponsored by FCC but of interest to our members.
<< First  < Prev   1   2   Next >  Last >> 
  • 05 Dec 2014 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    FCC – N. Calif. provides ongoing support to orphans in China. We hope you enjoy reading the highlight of our sponsored children and programs.

    Linda the Graduate (17 month old with heart defect)

    After nearly nine months in the loving arms of her nannies, dressed in warm clothes, with a full belly, and sleeping in a warm bed, Linda has graduated the Anhui Healing Home run by Love Without Boundaries.  She was welcomed into the arms of her loving foster family in her hometown.  There she will continue her journey and learn how family relationships work until she is chosen to be adopted by her forever family.  They are already missing her beautiful face and her silly antics. They are hopeful that her strong personality will help her live her life to the full.

    New Sponsorship – Cohen (4 month old preemie with heart defect)

    Tiny baby Cohen just completed his first month at Anhui Healing Home.  During his time in the hospital, he was found to have a heart defect, as well as retinopathy, which will both require follow up care in the coming months.  He has made huge progress.  His nannies have fed him on a strict schedule, whether he is fussing for a bottle or not.  This has taught him that he can depend on his loving nannies to provide for his needs, as well as ensure that he had the proper calorie intake.  They have been impressed with his drastic weight gain!

    New Sponsorship – Vivienne (3 month old preemie)

    Vivienne entered Anhui Healing Home at the end of September and spent her first month of October eating and growing under the love and care of the nannies. It has made such a difference for her and she is putting on weight and becoming more responsive to her caregivers. Vivienne spends much of her time sleeping these days, but that is so important for her growth. As a preemie, one of her biggest tasks right now is putting on weight so she can develop the skills of other babies her own age.  Although she spends much time in bed, Vivienne has been known to open her eyes and peek at the camera when she wants to!

    Child sponsorship from Cleft Lip & Palate Medical Exchange - Freddie (4 years old/repaired cleft lip & palate)

    Freddie is a part of Love Without Boundaries foster care and school program in his home city.  Every morning he participates in exercises and running.  He doesn’t love song time at school, but will sing along when he’s in a good mood.  Some days he prefers to just sit and listen. Freddie tends to be quiet and does not speak up in class.  His favorite part of the school day is recess. Freddie is described as shy and mischievous.  He is also athletic and playful.  Freddie likes to go out with his foster mother to run errands or take a walk.  His favorite thing though is to play outside with his neighborhood friends and kick balls around.

    Hugging Grannies

    We also sponsor Hugging Grannies Program through Altrusa International. The grannies give loving attention to the children in the orphanages and do rehab exercises with the kids and teach them basic life skills. Most of the children are older and disabled. The grannies are volunteers and receive a stipend to help with travel costs and meals.

  • 31 Jul 2014 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    FCC – N. Calif. provides sponsorship of various organizations helping orphans in China. We have provided you an update on some of our recent orphan assistance programs.

    Love Without Boundaries Cleft Medical Exchange

    FCC – N. Calif. funds raised from the Sacramento Chinese New Year party helped three year old Freddie to receive an important cleft palate surgery. As a newborn, he was a resident at the Anhui Healing Home and had his cleft lip surgery there before he entered LWB’s foster care program. Because an issue was found with this paperwork in order to make it possible for him to be adopted, LWB went ahead with a cleft palate surgery now.

    Freddie is a child described as energetic, athletic and curious. He enjoys playing with friends. Currently, he is speaking in short sentences, but is hard to understand because of his open palate. Having his cleft palate repaired gives him the hope of being able to speak correctly and to do well in school.

    Many other children received important cleft surgeries as well. Click here to see the link to view the updates of other children positively impacted during LWB’s Cleft Medical Exchange 2014. Hats off to Maureen Brogan Gealey R.N. of Ft. Bragg who organized and led this wonderful cleft exchange, and to Chris Ingoldsby of Marin who went along as a volunteer aide and baby holder.

    Anhui Healing Home – sponsored by Love Without Boundaries

    FCC – N. Calif. is a monthly sponsor of two beds in the Anhui Healing Home. The home currently has 10 beds in a comfortable home-like environment. They accept babies who have intensive care needs from orphanages throughout Anhui province. The two children we recently sponsored were Linda and Maureen.

    Linda is an eleven month old shy little girl with heart disease. She is very attached to her nannies, yet she knows how to make her needs known through her screams of displeasure. She enjoys using her walker to get around. We will continue to sponsor Linda till she is well enough to move onto a foster family.

    Maureen is ten months old and has a cleft lip with tongue deformity. The staff describe her as a sweet and easy going little girl who loves to sing, yet she can also be somewhat timid. As of the May report, she had been working on strengthening her neck and trunk muscles as well as her legs. In fact, Maureen has progressed so much that she has graduated from the Anhui Healing Home and is now being cared for in a foster family of her own.

    Because Maureen has graduated, our sponsorship will now be transferred to Stacy who is an extremely tiny preemie in need of lots of sleep and help in gaining strength. She is noted as starting to smile and interact with her nannies. More updates to come.

    To learn more and read a cute article about recent home improvements at the Anhui Healing Home, click here

  • 14 Jan 2013 5:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The students of the Circle K Club at UC Berkeley, who have helped us with our Autumn Moon Festival and previous Between Two New Years parties, are hosting an event for FCC kids on the Berkeley Campus, Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 12:00-4:30pm. This FREE event will feature healthy snacks, games, activities and performances.
  • 19 Aug 2012 8:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    FCC - N. Calif. will be hosting a large picnic at the Castle Rock Recreation Area in the sunny East Bay. On September 22, 2012 from 11am - 3pm, we will enjoy games, swimming, BBQ and shared side dishes and desserts. In the absence of a chapter-wide Between Two New Years Party for the Year of the Snake, this will be our biggest event of the year. Don't miss it! Go to the Events page, or click on "Picnic" above, for more information and to register.
  • 17 Jun 2012 6:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The new location, Casini Ranch Family Campground in Duncans Mills, graced us with perfect weather this weekend. Despite the arduous check-in process, the report from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. In addition to river activities such as kayaking and swimming, the kids enjoyed riding around on pedal-ATVs, getting henna tattoos, and just hanging out. The huge beach bonfire on Saturday night was a big hit as well. We will look forward to next year's event, hopefully with some improvements to make it even better.
  • 07 Jan 2012 8:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Our 17th annual Between Two New Years Party will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 1-5pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. Guests will include authors Shirin Bridges (author of Ruby's Wish and publisher of The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses) and Natasha Yim (author of Cixi: The Dragon Empress) and Amy Eldridge, founder of Love Without Boundaries. Visit the EVENTS page or the BTNY page (links above) for more details and to register!
  • 26 Jun 2011 6:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The weather could not have been better for our 13th annual FCC N. Calif. Campout in Olema. In spite of the very late rains and the loss of many trees at the campground, the 45 families in attendance enjoyed spectacular weather during Father's Day weekend. The warm, sunny days were filled with bike riding, badminton, kite flying, rock skipping, and many other activities, while the cooler evenings were spent fireside, making S'mores, listening to stories and reconnecting with old friends. Photos are visible on our flickr site; the password was included in a recent e-mail to all Campout attendees as well as posted on the Yahoo! newsgroup for members.
  • 18 Mar 2011 10:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Northern California chapters of Families with Children from China (FCC) & Families with Children from Vietnam (FCV) have teamed up to offer this Heritage Trip Workshop. Sponsored by Lotus Travel, this educational seminar focuses on empowering families as they prepare for the journey.  Also hear from families who have recently returned, and learn of their experiences. With this seminar you can approach this key developmental experience with more knowledge and confidence!

    There are many factors to take into consideration prior to planning a return trip. This workshop is educational and focuses on helping families consider if, when and how to plan a birth country visit.

    View more details and print/mail a registration form here:  FCV-FCC Heritage Trip Workshop.pdf

  • 10 Jan 2011 10:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Katie Cramer, born in Guangxi Province, China almost 17 years ago, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2011.

    If you or your child would like to send a card, letter, drawing, photograph, or other remembrance to the Cramer family, including parents Michael and Sherrie, sister Anna (12) and brother David (11), also from China, you can find their mailing address in the column on the right at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/katiecramer.
  • 14 Nov 2010 6:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Please see this flier for more information: Sacramento Long Wait for Home 11-18-10.pdf
<< First  < Prev   1   2   Next >  Last >> 
Families with Children from China - Northern California

P.O. Box 6208

Albany, CA 94706

Powered by Wild Apricot. Try our all-in-one platform for easy membership management