Cerebral Palsy -- An Adoption Story

“I hope to adopt someday."

The sentiment was real, yet my idea of adoption was romanticized and I lacked a real understanding of adoption.  I pictured bringing a shy, malnourished, lonely child to my home who would transform into a healthy and happy little person because of the love of our family.

Adopting the Special Needs Child

On an unusually cold day in Hong Kong, China my husband and I walked into an orphanage to meet a four year old child who would soon become our son.  Hours later we walked out of the orphanage not only with a new family member in our presence, but with a new title as well--special needs family.

Adopting a Child with Special Needs

Whether single or married, raising biological children or other adopted children, potential adoptive families are guided by their desire to make a difference in a child’s life, which is a wonderful starting point. Successfully parenting a child with special issues requires the attributes that all parents need: love, patience, a commitment to nurture your child, and a stable home, among others.

More Couples Look to Special Needs Adoption

Couples who plan to adopt often look to other countries with cultures similar to their own. That is why Megan and Keith Nakamoto began the China adoption process in 2005. "My husband is Japanese, so we are familiar with the Asian culture. We thought it would be a smoother culture for [adopted daughter Tessa]," Megan Nakamoto tells the Chicago Tribune.