Philip Hayden Foundation

From the Founder

The Philip Hayden Foundation Board of Directors is made up of 12 members from many different walks of life, who have a common compassion for vulnerable orphaned children from around the world. Our board members together have adopted 15 children – they’re dedicated to our mission of providing love, medical care, therapy and education with compassion to at-risk orphans and children with disabilities.

Meet the 2021 Board of Directors

Baker Family

Tim & Pam Baker are our founders and have served on the PHF Board since 1996. They have seven children, four of whom were adopted from China. The Bakers have lived in China since 1988, helping orphaned children with disabilities for nearly 30 years. They volunteered in China’s state-run orphanages in the early 1990s and established Philip Hayden Foundation (PHF) in 1995. Their foster home for orphans with disabilities – called Langfang Children’s Village (LCV) – operated from 1999-2008. Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village (SFCV) started in 2006. Their family has grown to include three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law and four beautiful grandchildren.

Bronough Family

Charlie Bronaugh is Executive Vice President of California Bank & Trust in Los Angeles, and has more than 30 years of experience in banking and finance. He currently holds the position of Commercial Banking Manager. He earned a degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Tyler. Charlie is married to his childhood sweetheart, Vickie who also serves on the Board.

Vickie Bronaugh is an award-winning producer, director and writer. She’s worked extensively in the television and film industry, and has written and directed two award-winning short films. Vickie also has more than 30 commercials to her credit.

The Bronaughs have two beautiful daughters, both adopted from China. They met the Bakers in 1998 after their first adoption, and there was an instant connection between the families, who shared a common passion for the orphaned children of China. Since that first meeting, Charlie and Vickie have supported PHF through prayer, giving and trips to Langfang Children’s Village and Shepherd’s Field.

Padden Family

Daniel Padden is the Senior Partner at the CPA firm, Padden Cooper CPAs in Medford, N.J. He has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, and earned a degree in Accounting from Grove City College in Grove City, Penn. Part of his practice is dedicated to helping nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad with their accounting and tax needs. Dan and his wife Deb have seven children, three of whom were adopted from China – in fact, their youngest son, Eli was adopted from Shepherd’s Field. Deb has been a volunteer as well, helping to guide interested families across the sometimes-complicated process of adoption. Through the Padden’s past work of hosting needy orphans from the Tianjin orphanage who needed medical care, Dan and Deb were introduced to Shepherd’s Field.

Hill Family

Charles Hill was born and raised in Southern California.  He has 30 years of experience working with young people both professionally and personally. As a youth pastor he has taken several teams on short-term humanitarian service trips abroad.  In the summer of 2011, he took a team to Shepherd’s Field to volunteer and fell in love with the children as well as the organization because of the selfless work.  During this trip he and his wife Gretchen also met Henry at Shepherd’s Field whom they adopted two years later.  Charles and Gretchen also have two biological children.  Passionate about advocating for orphans, Charles is excited to personally be a part of that awareness.

Kim Kramer and Family

Kim Kramer is a native of San Diego, Calif., and has degrees from Cal State Fullerton and Talbot Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Chrissy have made Austin, Texas, their home since 1991 where they raised two children. Kim is an ordained pastor and has served churches for more than 30 years in California, Minnesota and Texas. He first met Tim Baker one Sunday morning at his church in Austin, and they became fast friends. He paid a visit to Shepherd’s Field shortly thereafter. Kim returned to China three more times over the years, and continues to be an enthusiastic supporter. In his spare time, he plays guitar, enjoys the outdoors and roots for the Boston Red Sox.

Watson Family

Randy & Julie Watson have two now teenage sons adopted from China. They started volunteering at PHF when they lived in China in the early 2000’s. After their return to the US, they sponsored and led several volunteer trips to PHF from their home church in Cincinnati, OH. They continue to raise up prayer and financial supporters for PHF. Randy is a PhD chemist who recently retired after a 30-year R&D career with an international consumer goods company. He is now part-time pastor at Branches Church in Loveland, OH, Market Development Director with a healthcare startup, and consults with non-profit leaders. Julie works with Coalition of Care, a local non-profit that raises up and enables local churches to care for at risk children and families.

Tommy and Laura Thompson and family

Tommy Thompson is an entrepreneur who runs his own heating and cooling business. Laura Thompson, also serving on the board, is an elementary school teacher. After getting married in 2009, Laura and Tommy moved to China to teach English. While there, they met Tim Baker and instantly connected with him and the work at Shepherd’s Field. Having fallen in love with the Chinese people, their culture, and PHF’s vision to help orphans, the Thompsons dreamed of returning after their move home in 2010. In 2016, the door opened and they moved to Shepherd’s Field to do child advocacy work, education, maintenance and campus oversight work. The Thompsons have three young daughters, one of which is adopted from Shepherd’s Field. They now call Denver home, but have a heart for the Chinese people and hope they can return someday. 

Andy Ackermann and family

Andy Ackermann is a tax partner with a CPA firm in Indianapolis, IN.  Andy began working with PHF in 2005 after hearing Tim Baker tell the story of PHF.  After hearing about Levi and all the other children in China, he felt led by God to offer his accounting talents to PHF.  Andy and his wife, Rebecca, traveled to China to volunteer at SFCV.  While there, they met a little boy, Chi, that they adopted in 2007.  Andy truly believes it has been a great honor to be a part of such a wonderful organization that has impacted so many lives around the world.  In addition to their son Chi, Andy and Rebecca have a son, Noah, who was adopted from Cambodia, and two daughters, Malia and Saige.

Katy’s Occupation? Therapy!

Katy teaching Maggie to peel vegetables

In honor of Occupational Therapist Month, we’d like to highlight our very own Katy Everhart, MOT. Katy joined our Shepherd’s Field family when she and her husband Dustin moved to our campus in 2018. Katy served as the Occupational Therapist (OT) for our Bright Stars Therapy Program, and was an amazing addition.

What is an Occupation?

An occupation is what you spend time doing, either for pleasure or because it needs to be done. In many respects, the primary occupation of a child is play! The focus of a pediatric OT is to help a child learn or develop skills needed for everyday living – from eating and moving safely, to self-care, to regulating emotions, to social skills. OTs really work hard to make learning fun, though!

Through her time with us, Katy changed many lives for the better. She trained orphanage staff not only here, but across China in other orphanages, and we’re very grateful to her. Thank you, Katy, for your amazing work as an Occupational Therapist and as a part of our family.

April is Autism Acceptance Month

Over the past ten years there has been increased awareness about Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes ASD this way. “ASD is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.” The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has even more information here.

Acceptance = love and value

So why acceptance and not awareness? Do you know someone who is autistic? Most people do, and also have an idea about what it is – but their idea can be wrong. Often, awareness emphasizes our differences while acceptance emphasizes our commonalities. Sometimes awareness makes it harder for those who are autistic. Acceptance is more about seeing the whole person and embracing who they are. This concept of acceptance – not tolerance – is part of our human connection, a piece of our value to others. At Philip Hayden Foundation, we want every orphan to be loved and valued. 
 
Many orphans on the China Waiting Child list are listed as autistic. But that can mean many different things, from non-verbal to gifted. Learn about autism by asking questions, particularly of those with first-hand experience. Maybe your family will be a forever family for a waiting child! Check out our Facebook and Instagram posts in April for other great resources!

Adoption Creates a Beautiful Family

Cody grins while in a boat

As a family, we knew early on that we were being called to adopt, and began that process in the U.S. Through that journey, God led us to adopt a baby boy with Down syndrome, who opened our hearts and minds to the needs of little ones with special needs. Then God widened the door to include China, where we knew there were many more babies with Down syndrome who needed Forever Families. As we began praying through the decision to begin an international adoption, a friend we’d met through the adoption community created an advocacy post on social media with the picture of Jordy Song Yinglin, the cutest little fella. We knew then that he was our son and that we would be heading to China to bring Cody home.

During the months we were completing paperwork, we found out that he was living at Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village (SFCV). We were relieved and excited to find out that he was there, especially as we learned more about the programs and therapies they were providing to the orphans in their care. And eagerly followed their Facebook page to catch glimpses of our Cody participating in the various activities they held for the kids. We loved seeing the monthly birthday parties and Children’s Day celebrations, and we also saw pictures of him working with the therapists who taught him to walk. Seeing so many smiles helped ease the heartache of waiting on the stacks of paperwork to be approved.

Bright Stars Therapy gives Cody a Head Start

When we finished all of our adoption paperwork and completed that last step of getting travel approval, we were excited that it worked out to visit SFCV and meet so many of the caregivers who loved Cody so thoroughly. Seeing them in person felt a lot like meeting celebrities after having followed them online for months. We saw firsthand how well the children were taken care of and loved on through daily care and games and activities. We know that because Cody was cared for at SFCV, he had a head start in learning to adapt to a family and communicate his needs with us. Because he had loving nannies and caregivers, he was better able to connect with us.

Cody has been home for six years, and has made many gains, including an increased vocabulary and knowing when to ask for things he needs. He’s the big brother to our son who we adopted as a baby, and we also traveled back to China a couple of years later to bring his other little brother home. The boys share a room and have a blast playing together. Cody has learned to initiate new games with his brothers, and they’re all learning more about using their imaginations as they play. He also has five older sisters wrapped around his little finger. He enjoys cuddling with them and talking them into getting him snacks. They adore him.

Adoption is a Journey

Cody is an amazing boy, and we’ve loved watching him grow and learn new things. While he’s changed in many ways over the past six years, he’s also found his voice and gained confidence in his own skills. It’s amazing how well he fit into our family from the day we met him – he just somehow knew we were meant to be together. While we understand that there was great loss in his past, we’re thankful for Cody’s time at Shepherd’s Field and for the journey that led us to China and to him. Adoption has taught us many things, but the most important one is how to create a beautiful family.

~ Julie Jarrard

Cody and his beautiful family

Anthony May Just Steal Your Heart

Anthony happily swings

This sweet boy with the mischievous smile was born in August 2014. You may remember him from being part of our Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village (SFCV) family! He was born with myelomeningocele/hydrocephalus, and underwent a mass reduction operation in March 2015. He had a VP shunt placement in April 2015 and a hernia repair in May of the same year – 2015 was a very busy year for him!

Anthony is unable to walk, but scoots around quite speedily in his wheelchair. He has a very bubbly personality and can sometimes be a ‘troublemaker’ in the funniest ways. But really he just wants to play and be your friend. He receives special education onsite in the orphanage school, including art, music and dancing, which he enjoys. On our staff’s last visit to his orphanage, Anthony was amazing, flying around in his wheelchair with a huge smile on his face – he even busted a few moves on the dance floor with his wheels. Will you help us find a loving family for Anthony? He’d love to run rings around you!

Contact Madison Adoption Associates for more information on adopting Anthony!

MAA Introduces Zoey

Zoey with MAA

Madison Adoption Associates (MAA) wants you to meet Zoey, a beautiful four-year-old who is blind in both eyes, and was listed as having some motor delays. Zoey is quiet, but is always smiling and loves being hugged – especially by her main caretaker and teacher. At the time Zoey’s file was prepared (March of 2018), she could sit alone and was almost crawling. She could grab toys and food with her hands without a problem, and slept well after a few nighttime cuddles!

As an infant Zoey was making “yiyiyaya” sounds, then failed a hearing screening in her right ear. A majority of her motor delays were typical delays found in blind children who have grown up in orphanages or institutions. We’re hoping to have new information soon. In the meantime, will you help us find sweet Zoey a Forever Family? She needs someone who can provide the love and resources needed for her to thrive.

If you or someone you know wants to adopt a child mentioned in this newsletter, please contact us at info@chinaorphans.org. Contact Madison Adoption Associates for more information on adopting Zoey!

From the Founder

Stormy Weather Hits Texas

tim baker, founder

Tim and Pam Baker live in Austin, Texas where they’ve recently experienced severe weather conditions and a loss of power for several days. Tim has asked Lori Baxter to contribute the lead column this month.

“Lori has faithfully volunteered and worked for the Philip Hayden Foundation for more than 10 years. She and her husband Scott have five daughters – four adults and one teen – including four adoption stories. Her two youngest girls arrived from China as toddlers, and have beautifully blossomed while growing up in this loving Forever Family. Lori believes that while not everyone is called to adopt, we can all do something to improve the lives of hopeless orphans and vulnerable children, wherever they live. If you call or email PHF, you’ll most likely be talking with Lori!”  – Tim Baker

Orphans Need Safe Spaces

My very first visit to Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village (SFCV) was with a team of excited volunteers in 2008, and I was very eager to learn about China, its customs and how I could help. My husband, Scott and I had already adopted two girls with special needs from that ancient land, which capped our family at five daughters. However, I still felt called to improve the lives of orphans with disabilities in China – and God wonderfully provided that opportunity for me through Shepherd’s Field and the Philip Hayden Foundation (PHF).

Two decades ago…

It was 2002 – 18 years ago – when our family adopted our first daughter from China. The child welfare landscape there at the time was distinctly different from today – no shared lists to reveal who we were looking at, and no waiting lists for specific children. We had deliberately chosen to adopt a girl with correctable special needs, and only when we received our official referral did we find out that our daughter was 20 months old, and that she had a bilateral cleft lip and palate.

I remember those first moments with her, when she acted so unsure of the world, and was terrified of everything. She clung to me, even needing to hold tightly to my hand as she fell asleep. This profound longing for a safe place – for security – is common among the orphans I’ve met.

Adoption by US families

In 2002, more than 6,000 Chinese orphans – most of them girls less than a year old – were adopted by families in the U.S. By 2005, when we adopted a second special-needs toddler from China, U.S. annual adoptions from there had reached their peak at 8,000 children – and even then most adoptions involved infant girls. Incredibly, only 1,500 Chinese orphans were adopted by U.S. families in 2018 – and most of those were between five and 12 years old.

I’ve learned a lot about the changes in orphan care in China during the past two decades, through considerable reading as well as my own personal work with PHF. First, Chinese parents love their kids, but sometimes life forces really hard choices upon some of them. In 2002, a baby with a cleft lip and palate in China had only a 10% chance of survival beyond the age of five. If a family couldn’t afford life-saving surgery, they were often forced to give up their child in order to receive the medical care they needed.

Child welfare improves

Second, China has worked hard to improve child welfare and protection, and in 2019 created a Child Welfare Bureau under the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Orphanages have been updated, medical care has improved and the One-Child policy has been eliminated. Significantly, barriers to adoption within China have been removed, and more families in China than ever before are fostering and adopting orphans.

This may be the most significant cultural change regarding China’s child welfare system I’ve witnessed since my first visit. And the facts prove it – the number of children in state-level care has dropped dramatically in recent years. However, those kids who remain and wait for families are often older or have more significant physical, mental or other special needs that most people just can’t cope with or afford.

Most Chinese orphans have disabilities

In spite of these changes, more than 200,000 kids remain in institutional care in China – and 98% of them have disabilities. While in care, these children need medical care and therapy, and a chance to find their own families. After 25 years, PHF is still addressing those needs. Our Medical Fund is used to provide medical care for those whose needs are beyond the resources of an orphanage. We’ve also established a network of doctors and hospitals across China who willingly take on the most challenging cases – like Luke and Maggie.

Hope

Our Bright Stars Therapy Team has partnered with LIH Olivia’s Place to provide a wide range of training to orphanage therapists across China – including Therapy Training in Behavior (ABA), physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy – improving the lives of countless unreached orphans. We continue to advocate for mainland, as well as international adoption, and maintain the vision that every orphan in China will be seen, known and loved. With your partnership, we’ve improved the lives of orphans in China by providing medical care, therapy, education and, most of all – hope.

– Lori Baxter

introducing Lori Baxter and family

Learn More about Cerebral Palsy in March

March is Cerebral Palsy (CP) Awareness Month – but what is CP? How does it affect the quality of life and one’s lifespan? Cerebral palsy is a neurological (brain) condition that affects body movement or muscle control. CP occurs when the brain develops abnormally, or there’s damage to the brain before, during or after birth. The disorder is not considered hereditary, and there’s a wide range of severity – from mild to severe. It’s not progressive, but symptoms can differ over time, especially as a child grows.

CP can cause weakness and a lack of coordination, or cause muscle tone to be stiff and contracted, or too relaxed. It can affect any combination of arms, legs, head or body. If the facial muscles are affected, it can make it hard to speak or eat. People with CP can have a hard time with balance and coordination, which makes it hard to complete daily tasks independently.

CP affects developmental milestones

graphic CP is most common childhood disability

Kids with CP are often slow at reaching developmental milestones like rolling, sitting, crawling and walking. They respond well to treatments like physical, occupational or speech therapy, and sometimes even surgery. These treatments are focused on improving one’s daily function and quality of life. Depending on the cause and severity of symptoms, many children with cerebral palsy are able to adapt and live full lives.

To read more about CP or the experiences of families who have adopted a child with cerebral palsy, check out Rainbow Kids !

Even better, visit our friends at Madison Adoption Associates to find out more about Maryanne and other CP kids on their waiting list! Just a reminder, you will need to request permission to view the children on the list. This extra step for you helps protects the privacy of every child.

Dustin Sends Goodnight Kisses

Dustin needs forever family

Dustin is hard to forget. Born in 2011, he’s easily remembered as part of the Shepherd’s Field family – but he can be a bit of a busybody at times! However, his caretakers enjoy his company, especially when he wraps his arms around their necks and kisses their faces when they put him to bed.

Dustin will express himself when he gets upset, but it takes only a short time to calm down. He loves watching TV and listening to music, but he really likes to dance around whenever he can, even though he’s listed as having post-op clubbed right foot, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. His right hand doesn’t work well, but his left hand is very fast.

At the time his adoption file was prepared, Dustin wasn’t speaking much, and would say only one or two words at a time – and not very clearly. He had club-foot surgery in December of 2016, and since then walks quickly, and always likes to be the first one to get home after school. He’d been taking medication for his epilepsy, but his file doesn’t mention anything about this need. Madison Adoption Associates is currently working on getting an update.

Simeon Brings Laughter

Simeon shares a big smile

Meet Simeon – a child you’ll fall in love with instantly. He was born in September of 2012 with hydrocephalus as well as Myelomeningocele. Doctors placed a shunt in October of 2012, with a revision in April of 2013.

Simeon will make you laugh, smile and melt all at the same time. Once he knows you, you’ll have a buddy for life! Simeon loves snacks and has a way of getting people to give him his favorite ones. His sassy and silly personality can make anyone’s day, and he has one of the best laughs around. He was in our Bright Stars Therapy Program and always made it fun. We hope Simeon carries that same sense of humor into his search to find a Forever Family to share his joy.

Contact Madison Adoption Associates for more information on adopting Simeon!

Future Chef Maryanne

Maryanne holding picture she drew

Maryanne is filled with warm, genuine light, as well as an inner and outer beauty that makes her simply radiant. She was born in 2007 and came into care as an infant, but finally had the chance to find a permanent family when her file was made ready in 2015 after several surgeries. In March of 2013, she had been sent to a special-care center to be fostered, where she underwent tendon release surgery, as well as surgery to repair her club foot. A couple of months later, she received successful surgery for a fracture, and recovered well.

CP doesn’t stop dreams

Maryanne has Cerebral Palsy and is post-op club foot. She’s a hard-working young girl, who doesn’t shy away from pushing herself at therapy – even when she feels a little pain. She can communicate well and do some writing, which she loves. Her real dream, though, is to become a chef, so she can make yummy treats anytime. Will you help us find Maryanne a Forever Family who will support those dreams?

Contact Madison Adoption Associates for more information on adopting Maryanne!