Bringing Children and Families Together
Right now around the world, there are hundreds of children living with Down syndrome who are without a loving and caring family. Often stigmatized and deemed “unadoptable” because of their extra chromosome, children with Down syndrome have few options, and many will spend their entire life in institutional care. But Bethany is working to change that.
About the Project
The Bamboo Project, unique to Bethany Christian Services, began in the summer of 2013 when we received 14 files of children with Down syndrome living in China. Within the first two years, 10 of the original Bamboo children were matched with Bethany families, and in 2017, we celebrated our 30th match! Today, the Bamboo Project is a unique and focused effort to find families for children with Down syndrome across all our country programs.
Since the project’s inception, Bethany has advocated for more than 80 specific children, and new child files are received regularly. The resources available to families have also expanded to include a strong mentoring and support network. While the project has experienced incredible success, there are many children still waiting for their own loving family.
If you’ve been considering adoption and would like to explore adopting a child with Down syndrome, our experienced team would love to speak with you! If you’d like to be involved in the Bamboo Project, but aren’t sure if you are ready to make the commitment to adoption, we are always seeking advocates and financial supporters. For more information on the Bamboo Project, please contact our Global team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Children
The following profiles represent a few of the children who are part of the Bamboo Project and are currently waiting for families.
Julie is described by her caregivers as 'lovely'. She is a happy child with 'beautiful eyes and smile'. She loves to explore her environment and interacts with those around her. Like most children she cries when upset but is soothed when caregivers hold her. Her favorite foods include small steamed buns and small cookies. She enjoys rocking in a rocking chair and kicking her legs to keep the chair moving. Julie enjoys toys that make sounds.
Casey loves to dance her heart out whenever music comes on! She is very musically motivated and loves to sing, dance and play with instruments. She is a happy and sweet young girl who gets along well with others. She is known to crawl on the laps of her favorite caretakers and volunteers or to take their hands in hers and clap! She loves to snuggle and be held and is very affectionate. She continues to make developmental strides, but we know would flourish in the care of an adoptive family.
Samuel is a shy child with a quick smile who gets along well with the other children. He enjoys playing with balls and swinging, and he likes to play hide and seek. Samuel may be a budding musician; he’s shown a keen interest in the electric piano and laughs aloud at the sound when he plays the keys!
To view more profiles, please click HERE. If you are interested in learning more about adoption of one of these precious children, we invite you to submit a free preliminary application or contact email@example.com.
Our Global Team is committed to walking beside adoptive families and recognize that the cost of the adoption of a child with special placement needs can be a barrier. We have made every effort to identify and secure special grants exclusively available to families pursuing a child who is part of the Bamboo Project. Families are eligible for Caring Connection grants. We also provide external grant opportunities and we are constantly seeking additional opportunities to secure financial support for adoptive families.
Bamboo Cousins Support and Mentor Group
Through our many years of experience, we have learned that social support plays an important role in the success of each adoption, which is why family-to-family mentoring and emotional support are key components of the Bamboo Project. Bamboo families are connected through a Facebook page run by an experienced adoptive mom of a child from China with Down syndrome and who has established very strong relationships with other families through the page.
Our Bamboo families, who have dubbed their group the “Bamboo Cousins”, hold annual reunions in cities around the nation that grow in numbers each year. The group’s amazing weekends involve water parks and playing at a nearby Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down syndrome achievement center. These families are passionate about their children and committed to helping find families for children who are still waiting. They are eager to share their experiences and to support adoptive families both before and after their child is home and no matter the country program they are adopting through.