I think like an American because...well, I am an American. I believe that every problem has a solution if we just plan things right. I am known in my family for saying "Be a problem solver" and I am not always very kind or patient when I say it.
People from other countries know that while every problem may have a solution, not every problem get solved. The road to solution may be long and circuitous. It may lead to a dead end or have several cul-de-sacs. Such is the case with international adoption. The road is circuitous. It is very, very long. Special needs adoption is very, very complicated. Along every turn, we are reminded that our little guy does not belong to us...except for in our hearts.
Sometimes I look at our little guy and I wonder what his future will hold. Will a family come forward? Will the complicated procedure of getting him officially "adoptable" ever happen? Will his future be with a family? A foster family? A foster home? or a an institution? I know what we hope for him.
Life here for special needs kids is complex. Please read the links below of another child with Down Syndrome and his night spent with a very special foster mom and her attempts to get him medical care. She is also our doctor for our little guy and just an outstanding physician and and advocate.
Because it is Sunday, it's time for Ni Hao Y'Alls Sunday Snapshot.
The following three pictures are of our little guy, his general disdain for socks and pride in being able to take them off.