Recognizing the great need to place more children with special needs for adoption, in 2009 Nightlight began “Children in His Image,” a program with the following goals:
- Inform the public about the plight of orphans with special physical, mental and emotional needs.
- Share the availability of orphans with special needs with prospective families.
- Educate families how to best serve these children.
- Highlight adoption programs that place children with special needs.
The following Nightlight programs have many special needs children available for adoption:
China Adoption Program
Orphans with a variety of special needs are waiting in Chinese orphanages for adoption — some with very minor special needs. While China’s regular adoption program can now take in excess of 4 years from start to finish, the wait for a child with special needs is less than one year.
Taiwan Adoption Program
Many of the children in Taiwan are either older or have special health challenges. The time to complete an adoption is about 9 months from start to finish.
Ukraine Adoption Program
A majority of children available for adoption from Ukraine are older or have special needs.