Last August our family traveled to China to adopt a little two-year-old girl we called, "Maile." As many of you know, we were not permitted to bring Maile home, because it was discovered while we were there that she suffers from DiGeorge syndrome, a severe genetic disorder caused by a deletion in chromosome 22.
None-the-less, we are still committed to both Maile and adopting from China. To that end, we are doing two things. The first is that we are facilitating Maile's transfer to an orphanage for special needs children in Beijing called, Shepherd's Field (http://www.chinaorphans.org), where she will receive the medical, emotional, and spiritual attention she needs. The second is that we are returning to China this Spring to bring home a little one-year-old girl named, Song Ying Hao, who has a very small cleft lip.
We are fundraising to help cover our trip back to China. Our last trip cost approximately $15,000 (our adoption cost to date are close to $50K), but we are not planning to take the entire family back this time. Most importantly, all money we raise over our travel expenses will go directly to Maile's new orphanage , and our hope is that we can make a generous donation on your behalf to Shepherd's Field and The Philip Hayden Foundation.