New Day Foster Home

A huge portion of our time in China will be spent volunteering at New Day Foster Home. The boys and I get lots of time with the kids, while Chris and the girls are busy in other areas.

I have so many thoughts, emotions, feelings about these kids and New Day. I’m not at a place to put words to those thoughts, especially words for others to read. I have permission to share about the kids and advocate for New Day while I am here, so you will be seeing many more posts over the next 2 months about the faces you see below.

There will be posts as I process being an adoptive mom at a foster home in my daughter’s birth country…and posts about being an adoptive mom and seeing this side of a child’s wait for a family. Definitely not at a place for those posts yet, so this is going to be more of a simple introduction.

On my first day in the backyard area of New Day I watched a little boy throw off his braces in exchange for a scooter and he sped off across the yard. In an instant, I saw a picture of what this place is for these kids as they wait for their families – a place where they are thriving, overcoming and being loved.

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I quickly learned the little boy’s name was Hudson and I introduced him to my Hudson. (I know SURPRISE I’m sharing his name now). Instantly, they were goofy together and bonding over their names. My Hudson anxiously awaits each day to find his buddy in the backyard. It is really a shame they don’t have fun together 😉
5.17NewDay1-20Corbett is volunteering in the preschool room. Honestly, I really wasn’t sure how he would do with preschoolers. He is great with his sister and friends’ kids, but a room full of preschoolers, I waited to see how it played out. Well, it turns out he can’t wait to get to New Day each day and get in with his kids. He knows all their names and laughs at night sharing with us the funny things they do. It is pretty wonderful to watch him in this new role.5.17NewDay1-21My youngest son joins us in the backyard for outdoor playtime too. He pushes little ones on strollers, chases the older ones and pretends to get kicked by those on the swings – much to their giggling delight.5.17NewDay1-04New Day Foster Home’s core mission is to provide life-saving surgeries and a loving home to orphans with special needs from around China. All of the children came to New Day with complicated medical issues and are waiting for their forever families. Many of the children have had life-saving surgeries while under the care of New Day. A few of the children have been matched with adoptive families while most are waiting.
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I am still learning about New Day and about these sweet kids. I can’t answer specific questions about the kids or adoption, but the New Day FAQ page will be helpful for those wanting to know more. Look at the Our Children page to find out more information on each child (the kids I will be working with are from the Beijing Foster Home and Beijing Foster Families).

If you are interested in supporting the work of New Day, please visit their website for information on child sponsorship, surgery sponsorship, personal donations and corporate donations.

I have SO MANY ideas for things I want to write about regarding these these kids and this place…good thing I have a couple months to process things in order to write them!

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  • Michelle - I cannot wait for these posts. I am prepared to read them with tissues, an open heart and a notebook for ideas to raise funds for this amazing organization. You have a gift with words and I know you are going to be inspiring a lot of your readers to help and give back.
    Thank you!!

  • Southern Gal - Beautiful photos. I’m waiting on your posts.

  • bethanyblntn - I was reading this when my four year old came up and saw the picture of the baby at the end. He goes “she is so happy, look how cute and happy she is”.
    It made me think, yes, these children are in need; of care and families alike. Sometimes that can make use adults get that ‘aww poor thing’ feeling. But my sons simple comment made me thing, these children do need homes, and care, and help.They do. But, they are happy, because this is all they know and surrounded by (though not family) people who love and care for them.
    Instead of thinking ‘aww poor….’ I think I will strive to think ‘what a happy baby, I hope there is someway I can help to keep her that way’.
    Just a thought.

  • Carol Van Boening - My heart is with you!! Wish I could love on these precious little people! They are blessed by your presence as you are by theirs! Enjoy!

  • Leigh Ann - What an amazing experience and opportunity for your kids– they look like they are totally in their element. <3 Your family is just plain awesome.

  • Carrie - Love this experience for your family and for the children at the home. Thank you for sharing! These kids are amazing and adorable.

  • Anna - I just love that you guys get to be there. What precious time. Mark 9:37 ?

  • Anna - That was supposed to be a heart, not a question mark 🙂

  • Jenny - I love that you guys are there! I’ve been following New Day for the last couple of years! They truly seem to care about the kids, and I’ve loved watching them grow and being able to pray over them from afar.

  • debi - what a beautiful blessing you and your family are to these precious children. you and Chris are awesome parents to be sharing these wonderful experiences and lessons with your children.

  • Mandy - Loving seeing your journey thus far! The post before wasn’t letting me comment but I loved the trailer the kids made! Fantastic job; the suspense was killing me! 🙂

    Love seeing the pics of your kids interacting with New Day kids. Awesome to see their expressions and I can imagine what is going on in those heads of theirs as they play, laugh and love on their new friends. What an impact the Campbell family is making in the kingdom!

  • Elizabeth - Can you speak a bit about the balance between providing help in foreign orphanages vs. the additional trauma it brings kids to bond with the people who are going to leave? It seems there are no easy answers, but I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

  • AshleyAnn - Great question Elizabeth! Obviously, every orphanage/foster home (in every country) is different. I cannot speak to how most handle this issue. I will tell you one aspect of New Day that impresses me the most is how gently they tread in areas like this. The children here each have a nanny that is their ‘mom’. As a volunteer I cannot pick up, feed, interact, etc. anything without the permission of the nanny. The nanny provides the constant, compassionate love and is the person that the child bonds to. Volunteers and visitors are never alone with the children. The visitors and volunteers are similar to when you have a guest visit your home. Your child has fun with the guest, but the bond is far different than the bond they have with you as the parent. If a child needs comfort or help, it is the nanny that comes to their aid – not the volunteers. It is such a hard issue with no easy answers and I wish more considered the affects of bonding/volunteering on a child waiting to be adopted. Great question – more of us should be asking those types of questions!