Father Of Ten Adopted Children With Special Needs: ‘We’ve Had An Unbelievable Amount Of Support’

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In honor of Adoption Awareness Month this November, Jeremy Green joined HuffPost Live to share his story of adopting and raising six special-needs children.

Green, the father of three biological children, considered adoption after he and his wife discovered they could no longer have more kids. “We found out we could not have any more children biologically and wanted to add to our family,” he explained to host Nancy Redd. “And as we started down that road, we at first were thinking ‘healthy infant.’ But as we went through the process, we started to look at the ‘waiting children’ list. And these are kids that have special needs, that don’t match up with what anybody has checked off on their adoption paperwork saying, ‘yes, we’d accept a child with such-and-such special needs.'”

The first child they adopted, Ellie, was blind. When he first saw Ellie’s profile, Green admitted he was nervous. “I was quite overwhelmed. I said, ‘you know, blind — that’s a significant special need. We don’t know anything about that.’ But then I came to realize that nobody knows anything about raising a special-needs child, and special-needs kids are born to families all the time. And you just deal with it and you figure it out.”

“And we got Ellie, and from then on, the special need has never even really been part of the question. They’re just people.”

Green added that his children often help each other with their different needs. “Our daughter Lexi is blind, and our daughter Sophie was born without arms. Both of them were adopted at the same time, December of 2010, and they are just two peas in a pod. They go everywhere together. Lexi, again being blind, will take hold of the empty sleeve of Sophie’s shirt, and Sophie will lead her around the house, and if they need something, Lexi can reach it. So they really work together, they play together, they play make-believe together, they’re just the sweetest little couple of kids.”

As the Greens prepare to add a 10th child to their fold, the family has also received an outpouring of support from their community. “When we announced that in the spring of last year–2012, our community actually rallied around us and decided they would like to help us get into a bigger home,” he said.

“And they raised over $200,000 toward the construction of a larger home that we just moved into about two months ago. And it has made just an amazing difference for our family. So we’ve had an unbelievable amount of support.”

December 3rd is Giving Tuesday, a global initiative to inspire people to give back to the charities and causes that they celebrate.  At Spence-Chapin, we work to connect children with permanent homes, deep parental love, and a lifelong sense of security.  We can help more children find homes by alleviating all financial barriers to families looking to adopt – but we cannot do this without you!  Please participate in Giving Tuesday by making a contribution to the Spence-Chapin Annual Fund

China Program January 2012 Update

Updates From CCCWA
Presently, the CCCWA still reads:   “The CCWAA has finished the review of the adoption application documents registered with our office before November 30, 2010. The CCWAA has finished the placement of children for the families whose application documents were registered with our office before August 10, 2006.” This means that CCCWA has made referrals to 3 days’ worth of clocked-in dossiers over the past month.

Family Travel   In January, two Spence-Chapin families who applied to the Waiting Child program early last year, will be traveling to Shandong and Fujian Provinces in China to bring home two beautiful boys with medical conditions.

Waiting Child Program   A Spence-Chapin family was recently matched in December with a beautiful 18 month old girl from Henan province who is diagnosed with a history of cerebral hemorrhage. This family has been waiting approximately 10 months since their dossier was submitted for a match through this program.


Cultural Events  Chinese New Year begins on Monday, January 23rd– the Year of the Dragon! It is believed that the Year of the Dragon will be marked by excitement, unpredictability, and exhilaration, and those born in this year are said to be are blessed with good fortune.

Visit Chinatown for the Fire Cracker Ceremony and the Lunar New Year Parade.

Museum of Chinese in America:

New York Chinese Cultural Center  Come celebrate the Lunar New Year Festival January 28.

Lunar New Year Festival: Join the Flushing Library  in celebrating the Year of the Dragon, January 28. Chinese and Korean Culinary Arts and Crafts, food preparation, and traditional song and dance round out this day.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company  Year of the Dragon dance performances in Newark, Flushing and Long Island City January 15- Feb 6. See website for more details.

Asia Society Moon over Manhattan: Ring in the Lunar New Year at Asia Society! Enjoy special performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions throughout Asia.