The Adoption Process: Patience. Not.
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There really is nothing quite like summer camp. Although fresh lake swimming and archery and long hikes through cathedrals of trees strike vivid memories, you can ask almost anyone who has attended a summer camp what their number one memory was and more likely than not they will talk about the people...the connections built around the laughter at a campfire or the whispered chatter of bedtime. For children with special needs, summer camps are the perfect time to make connections with peers who share the same highs and lows of their everyday walk. Summer camps specific to a special need can also provide much needed respite for care givers.
The following is a list of summer camps available around the country for children with special needs. Please note, camp schedules may vary from year to year. Your best bet it to contact the organization directly for specific questions regarding locations and dates for the current year.
Albinism: NOAH Family Camp
Autism: Autism Speaks
Blind or Visually Impaired: Christian Record-Services for the Blind
Cerebral Palsy: Easter Seals
Craniofacial Conditions: Cleft Palate Foundation
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH): CARES Foundation
Congenital Heart Defect (CHD): Summer Camps
Crohn's and Colitis: Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Down Syndrome: Down Syndrome Foundation
Dwarfism: Camp Little People
Epilepsy: Epilepsy Foundation
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Hearing Loss: Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center
Hemophilia: National Helophilia Foundation
HIV/AIDS: Summer Camps
Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus Association
Limb Difference: Summer Camps
Spina Bifida: Spina Bifida Association
Skin Conditions: American Academy of Dermatology
Thalassemia: Painted Turtle Camp
Turner Syndrome: Turner Syndrome Foundation
Doing everything in our power to make the process go quickly still feels like an eternity.
In the trenches advice fro a dad who's been there and done that!
Are you considering an orphanage visit during your child's birth country tour?
Thousands of children wait, their only special need being their age
Virtual twins are more than twice as hard as children that are nice and spaced out but sometimes you just have to take a leap and go for it
As pricy as adoption can be, it's not impossible.
There are a lot of hurry up and wait moments in the journey but it is worth it in the end
Once you commit, the waiting is the hardest part