AN ORPHANS WISH
Rating: 5 stars 13 reviews
Location: PO Box 2150 Seffner FL 33583-2150 USA
Target demographics: Orphaned Children in China
Programs: Clubfoot Casting Unit The Clubfoot Casting Unit at An Orphan’s Wish was created to treat and care for orphans born with clubfoot, who otherwise would not have an opportunity to have their feet corrected. The Ponseti Method of serial casting is used to gently manipulate the affected foot with a series of casts, changed weekly. Once the desired position is achieved, braces are worn to keep the correction, on a gradually reduced schedule, until the child is 4-5 years old. The children treated at An Orphan’s Wish live in our residential facility until correction is achieved. Once the bracing protocol is well underway, the children are placed with a foster family. Most clubfoot patients stay in our facility between 6 and 9 months before moving to foster care. Special Care Unit Our Special Care Unit (SCU) cares for orphaned children born with medical conditions, prematurely or those who are in need of specialized care. Children come into our unit from local orphanages and remain in our care until they are healthy enough to be placed into loving foster homes. Upon entering our unit, the children are bathed, fed, evaluated to determine their medical needs, and placed into the arms of one of our wonderful caretakers. With the help of medical professionals we begin to develop a medical and specialized care plan, specific to each child. If needed, we arrange for the child’s surgery and medical care by partnering with other charitable groups working in China. Our caretakers accompany the child during any surgery to ensure they are receiving the best care possible. Quality care post surgery is provided as well, so the child has the best opportunity for successful healing. Some children’s needs are too severe and the only care we can provide for them is palliative care. Other times the child only requires individualized care as well as lots of love and attention, and they begin to thrive. Residential and Cerebral Palsy Unit: The House of Love is a residential unit, opened in 2005, that provides full-time care for orphans with cerebral palsy and other special needs that require long term care. These children have a more difficult time finding adoptive families, and so this unit was created to provide a loving home environment. The children receive individualized physical therapy, quality education, and specialized care to help them achieve their highest potential.
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An Orphans Wish supports a foster home in China for medically-challenged orphans, some of whom are adoptable, most of whom are not. The directors and caregivers in that home provide the things that these orphans would absolutely not receive elsewhere -- the notion that each of these precious lives has VALUE, love, and care on a level that we'd expect for our OWN children.
My child lived at that foster home before he became my son. After bracing myself for the effects of institutionalization, imagine my unspeakable joy at - instead - finding that my son did indeed have (what he considered) "parents" and "siblings" at that home, and a well-developed innate sense of belonging and trust. The people who run the foster home supported by An Orphans Wish are true servants and have devoted their lives to creating hope and a future for "the least of these" in China.
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On the Board, seeing 98% of all funds go directly toward caring for the orphans. As a mother of a adopted child who was cared for at House of Love, witnessing the profound effects that love and care and attention have on an institutionalized child - by supporting that foster home for medically challenged orphans, An Orphans Wish literally changed my child's future, molded his own abilities to love and to trust and to understand the concept of 'family'.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
This isn't a true change, but rather a continuation of the vision that An Orphans Wish already has... that is, continue to increase awareness so that funds are available to put programs in place for the older, unadopted children in foster care who 'age out' in their early teens... ie, life skills training, job creation, etc.
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