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.
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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 6 years from start to finish, the wait for a child with special needs is between 6 and 15 months.
Ukraine Adoption Program
A majority of children available for adoption from Ukraine are older or have special needs.