Adoption Advocacy


In honor of our daughter, known as Dolly on this blog, who was born in China with an uncorrected Congenital Heart Defect that nearly took her life, we are advocating for kids like her, with broken hearts, who need a chance.  As an adoptive mom of ten, I have seen agencies come, and agencies go.  I’ve seen the good, and I’ve seen some very bad.  After several excellent, and more importantly, ethical, adoption experiences, we choose WACAP as our home study agency and adoption service provider.  Through their agency, these children also have grant funding attached to their adoption to help offset the cost of their adoptions.  

Come and take a peek at these waiting kids!! And, as always, if you have questions about adoption, please email me at

August 30, 2015.  Ally for Anthony!!!  

Anthony has a broken heart, but has captured Ally’s heart completely.  You can read about Ally running for Anthony right here.  

Anthony Watermark

May 10, 2015 A Mother’s Day Plea for Anna!  1241071910609Anna’s time is running out!  Please read all about her in THIS POST!  

October 23, 2014  Sweet Shiloh


He has a heart like Dolly’s, which means he needs a family FAST! Please read all about Shiloh in THIS POST.  

FAMILY FOUND!!! October 18, 2014–The Boy in the Little Yellow Coat, aka Louie.  


My little man Louie is available for adoption!  You can read all about him on THIS POST! 

FAMILY FOUND!!! May 19, 2014 … Lovely Lena

You can read all about Lena RIGHT HERE!!!  Lena’s family will need to understand that there are quite a few unknowns with her heart.  They should prepare themselves by speaking to their local pediatric heart team, educating themselves on outcomes of children with pulmonary hypertension and then…get ready to be VERY blessed!  Lena is AMAZING!!!



Do you recognize this girl?  Sometimes advocacy turns into action.  This is our Poppy!  Here she is today!! See what love can do?  

Fall Photo Shoot-1

FAMILY FOUND!!!  March 19, 2014



Meet Haddie!  Haddie currently lives in China and is waiting for a family.  Haddie’s file is currently with Across the World Adoptions.  The FullPlateFamily can help find references for this agency upon request, but we have no personal experience with them.  We’ve merely fallen a little in love with Haddie, and we know that no one is currently reviewing her file.  Here is Haddie’s information from Reece’s Rainbow.  As you can probably see from her picture, Haddie has a problem with her left eye.  Haddie’s file describes this as Glaucoma.  There is suspicion that this might actually be cancer.  Haddie’s Reece’s Rainbow bio mentions Neuroblastoma.  As a former Pediatric Heme/Onc Nurse, I think it is more likely that this is Retinoblastoma.  In the U.S., this cancer has a 95% cure rate.

If this is cancer, it is likely that Haddie will need her eye enucleated.  Yes, she will need her eye removed.  I have personal experience working with children with one eye.  Plastic surgeries for prostheses of the eye are amazing.  Haddie’s prosthesis may even be able to be connected to the muscles in her eye in a way that they both move together.

Sadly, this won’t happen in China.  In China, it’s a possibility that she won’t get treatment at all.  Even delaying treatment may mean that the cancer will spread to her other eye, or her brain.  Complete loss of Haddie’s vision would be hard enough if she had a family.  In China, it will mean the end of her chance at a future.  I’m asking for a family for her that is willing to take a leap of faith.  We currently have a daughter in our home who was a complete leap of faith.  She has blessed us in ways that words can’t do justice.  I think Haddie is just waiting to do that for a family of her own.  If you’re interested in more information about adoption from China, or Haddie, please feel free to Haddie’s Advocate at Across The World Adoptions, her email is

Thank you!!!