Adopting A Child with Special Needs from China

An insider look at special needs adoption in China.

Jessalynn Speight August 10, 2014

85% of waiting children in China are labeled as “special needs.”

Most of the children included in the 85% are hardly special needs. It can be something like a cleft lip, a missing hand, epilepsy, heart defect, bad vision, or a club foot. All of those things are easily treatable or simply require minor adaptions. But because of the “special needs” label, many of these children stay on waiting lists for years.

These children all have the possibility of living a happy life with a family if adopted. It makes me sad to think that a “special needs” label, when none is warranted, could stop a sweet child from getting adopted.

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Jessalynn Speight

Jessalynn Bills Speight placed for adoption 5.5 years ago. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She placed her in the arms of an incredible family and share a wonderful open adoption. When her birth daughter was 6 months old she started a blog called, 2 years later she got married to a stud muffin. She now has two kids and 2 fur babies. She resides in good ol' Utah. She started hosting retreats for adoptive couples and has now moved on to hosting birth mother retreats as well. She has presented at conferences and taught classes at women's retreats. She recently had an article in Cosmopolitan, was featured on Fox National News, The Kelly File, and several local news channels. She's helped film a documentary about adoption, a video called the Agape Project, and has blogged for many other websites and online magazines. She is an avid foodie and enjoys cooking, traveling, rescuing animals, learning about holistic healing, history, and photography.

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