We were excited to have a surprise visit from an occupational therapist the week before last.
On very short notice we were able to pull together a two-day schedule that involved getting all of our currently fostered children seen and evaluated in several homes around the city, as well as providing valuable training for a number of Chinese nannys who work with the foreign families, and especially for several other Chinese people who have an emerging interest in orphan and foster care.
The therapist was the perfect resource for these families, as she has experience with special needs, autism, sensory integration, and US foster children who also may have a variety of concerns.
She talked with the caregivers and families about feeding, posture and core strength, sensory stimulation, and more.
Part of the vision we have with the budding foster care program is for Chinese folks to capture the vision of caring for “the least of these” on a grassroots level in our city.
Adoption of or even taking in a child from outside one’s own bloodline is not considered appropriate or culturally acceptable, and is largely frowned upon.
But there are glimpses of hope, still.
A few weeks ago a Chinese woman who has been involved as a nanny for several years with several special needs children told my colleague, “I want to help this baby (who needed a temporary home for about 2 weeks) because I’ve seen how much you foreigners care about these children. You make me want to do more to help.”
She is very involved in a church group, and very passionate and outspoken about the needs of these kids.
Another foreign foster mom just told me about a Chinese woman at the local government church has been watching her family take care of their foster child, bringing him on Sundays along with their 3 biological children.
The woman wants to buy health insurance for the orphan, and another person donated diapers and other baby supplies to them.
We are encouraged by other similar stories, and believe that a revolution can happen in the hearts of the local people with regards to these children.
Our desire is to come alongside them and provide creative bandwidth and support as the Chinese team explores culturally appropriate ways to introduce these ideas and more.