Our Mission

SHH is a non-profit foster home assisting the local Chinese Children‘s Welfare Institutes by providing pre and post-surgical care to abandoned Chinese orphan babies born with surgically correctable deformities. SHH provides a home-like environment that meets our babies’ physical, emotional and developmental needs.

我们致力于协助中国当地的福利机构发展, 为需要进行手术矫正畸形的弃婴提供术前及术后看护。新生命之家不断努力为宝宝们营造家一般的成长环境, 在满足他们的物质需求的同时, 也尽力满足他们的情感需求和社会 需求。

Our Home

The healing home is a loving, safe place where the most vulnerable special needs babies are cared for by trained caregivers and medical staff. These women devote their time to the careful feeding and nurturing of the children, ensuring that they gain the weight needed for their surgeries. We provide care during and after the surgery until each baby is fully recovered. 新生命之家是一家友善的、安全的、为唇腭裂宝宝提供专业看护的机构。我们的 看护人员专业喂养患儿, 确保术前体质达标, 并在每个宝宝康复前提供全方位地看护服务。


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our story

Shanghai Healing home was first birthed in the heart of Jamie and Christina Weidner in 2002 while living in Manila, Philippines. Shanghai Healing Home was a dream of helping Chinese abandoned babies. James and Christina Weidner moved to Shanghai, China in 2008 along with their 3 children and 1 on the way. Jamie and Christina Weidner were able to meet a lovely, dedicated couple, Robin and Joyce Hill who oversee Hope Foster Home near Beijing. This couple was able to guide Jamie and Christina on how to support the orphans in China by caring for special needs orphans in need of surgery or specialized care. Freida Zhong joining the team as a local founding partner and was able to offer support in finding local and international partners such as Operation Smile providing free surgeries for cleft lip and palate babies. The initial home costs needing to be raised would go primarily towards baby care. The initial mission of the home was to offering pre and post surgical care to cleft lip and palate orphans. 


It was when our first apartment was offered to us free of rental charge for 2 years that we were able to launch The Shanghai Healing Home in September of 2009. This was done with the support of local supporters such as individuals,  Woman of Joy,  Cub Scouts of Shanghai and B.E.A.N. These volunteers helped to paint the new home, purchase the needed furniture and help with fundraising. The first baby arrived to the home in October 2009. She was 14 days and had severe cleft lip and palate. It was after this we were able to receive more babies from surrounding provinces and hire more full time caregiver to provide 24 hour care for our babies. 


After 9 months in that location in JingAn district we outgrew the 2 bedroom apartment and relocated our 9 babies and team to the Pudong area. In our second year we grew to house 20 babies. Our volunteer program was developed and launched by one of our first volunteers, Jessica Thompson Giddens. She was able to put in place a program that would be inviting for volunteers to love the babies as well as safe for the babies. Other notable volunteers developed our SMART language classes teaching the babies baby signing and language skills both in Chinese and English. 


In our 3rd year we moved to our 3rd location where in we continued to grow in our ability to house more and more babies. We expanded the mission of our organization to accept not only cleft lip and palate babies but a variety of correctible deformities besides cleft lip and palate. This also expanded the orphanages we were able to collaborate with and support. 


In 2015 we were able to move to our current facility having the capacity to house up to 60 babies. We now have a Director, full time Assistant Director overseeing the full operations of the home, a full time nurse offering on sight medical care and several local admin team members ensuring all the surgeries and outside medical care are arranged. Our home continues to develop and strive to offer the best pre and post surgical care possible. 

New Arrivals

  Liang XQ   Medical condition: premature 

Liang XQ

Medical condition: premature 

  Gao FT   Medical condition: cleft lip and palate 

Gao FT

Medical condition: cleft lip and palate 

  Gao FJ   Medical condition: cleft lip and palate 

Gao FJ

Medical condition: cleft lip and palate 

  Gao FH   Medical condition: cleft lip and palate 

Gao FH

Medical condition: cleft lip and palate 

a baby's journey


A healing home baby’s journey: New arrivals range from 5 days old to 6 months old. Each special needs case is unique and provides a wide time frame of when each baby is ready for surgery.


Follow the form link if you are interested in sponsoring one of these precious babies. You can specify the baby and the name you would like to give them on the sponsorship form here. Babies partially sponsored have already been named.


Meet Our Babies (click here)

The Healing Home has an active volunteer program...


Baby development classes, music classes, sign language classes and more. Simply sign up to attend one of our weekly orientations and then jump into the schedule. Our hope is that you come and fall in love with one of our babies. They will impact you more than you will you know.
上海新生命之家现在运作的志愿者项目适合各年龄的志愿者,项目包括:儿童成长课堂、音乐课堂、语言课堂等。简单的网上注册后,您可以参加每周的志愿者培 训,然后可以安排您的时间来志愿服务。我们希望您能够来到新生命之家,喜欢上在那里的宝宝。他们会对您的生命带来意想不到的影响。

Learn more about becoming a volunteer!



Sponsorship opportunities & partnerships


The Shanghai Healing Home is funded 100% by the generous donations of our sponsors and one-time donors. We are very grateful to accept donations of any amount and form. Below are suggested sponsorship plans if you or a group of your friends would like to fully sponsor the cost of one baby’s daily expenses. Name a baby by being the first sponsor of one of our new babies. 上海医治之家完全依靠我们的资助者,合作伙伴和其他捐助者的资助而运行。无论资助金额多少,我们都非常感激。如果你或者你的朋友团体希望资助我们的宝宝的 日常花费,以下是一些资助计划。 通过成为我们新宝贝中的第一位宝贝资助者可以为孩子取名字

Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities!



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Thank you so much for your financial support of the SHH Learning and Physical Therapy Center! We are excited to tell you that we have met our 250,000 RMB goal!!! We finished renovations and started using the facility in October 2017. This facility provides us with a way to help strengthen our children's minds and bodies. Thank you again for partnering with us to give our children the love and care that they need!






2009 年来重要数据


148 babies cared for / 照顾148位宝宝
276surgeries performed / 实施276例手术
87 babies adopted / 87位宝宝得到领养
26 babies in our home today / 今天有26位宝宝
20 full time care givers / 20 名全职看护者

16 full sponsorship /16位全额资助 
6 Needing sponsorship/6位需要资助

5,000RMB (750 USD) monthly avg. cost to care for each baby / 每个宝宝的月护理费用为5000元 (750 USD)
10,000RMB (1500 USD) avg. cost of each cleft lip or palate surgery / 每例唇腭裂手术的平均费用为10000元 (1500 USD)
100% funded by donations of private donors / 完全由个体自助者捐助


Updated as of June 2018 / 2018年6月的更新:

Total medical expenses in June: 12,029.17 RMB  (approximately $1,796 USD)。

本月的医疗费用共计支出人民币 12,029.17 RMB  (approximately $1,796 USD)。



"Our babies that are ready and waiting to be matched to a Forever Family"

  Shang XR   Medical Condition: syndrome and hearing impaired

Shang XR

Medical Condition: syndrome and hearing impaired

   Zhao YW   Medical Condition: Down syndrome

 Zhao YW

Medical Condition: Down syndrome

  Zhao YB   Medical Condition: Cataracts

Zhao YB

Medical Condition: Cataracts

  Dang TY    Medical Condition: Hydrocephalus

Dang TY

Medical Condition: Hydrocephalus

  Dang TL   Medical Condition: Down syndrome and Heart problem

Dang TL

Medical Condition: Down syndrome and Heart problem

  GONG ZQ   Medical Condition:  Multiple joint deformities 


Medical Condition:

Multiple joint deformities 

For more information about one of these children, please email jgfeller@charitydreamshanghai.cn