Our summer host program has come to a close. Now comes the big task, bringing all of these kiddos home for good! Several of these kiddos are being adopted by their host families or have found a family because of this program, however there are a few kiddos that still NEED families. Their host families have been advocating for them since day one and brought them here to the U.S. to try and help them find a family. The files for these kiddos are far more extensive then a normal file. Their host families are more than excited to talk to prospective families and share all of their experiences. If you can’t bring one of these kiddos home, at least share this blog so we can bring these little ones home for good!
My name is Tanner and I am 7 years old. I have swollen glands under my tongue and some hearing loss in my right ear. I am lively kid and just returned to China from a hosting trip in the United States. I am hoping to be able to return one day with my forever family.
Hi, my name is Gwen and I am 8 years old. Some of my muscles are weak and I need some help but other than that I am a lot like my peers. I was just hosted by a family in the United States and had so much fun. They are helping me find a forever family, and I hope to one day return to the U.S. forever!
Meet Gavin! – GWCA has $3000 grant available for my forever family!
Hi! I’m Gavin! I just started school at home last September and am learning a lot! I know my numbers and can count different objects I see. I am still working on learning my colors. I like to charm others and I love getting to play with my friends. My doctors helped me correct my cleft in my palate and lip and they also tell me that I am a Hep B carrier. I can hear well but I do have to eat softer foods. My favorite things are watching little bear cartoons and playing with cars and legos.
There is nothing negative to say about him. He is just a wonderful little boy who would fit in any family. -Gavin’s Host Mom
Meet Bo! – GWCA has $3000 grant available for my forever family!
My name is Bo and I am 10 years old. My doctors say that I have Spina Bifida and I need help getting around. I am very friendly and love being active. I just visited the United States for the first time and really enjoyed my stay with my host family. I would love to be able to return someday with a family of my own.
HI, I’m Jim and I will be 11 years old soon. I am currently being hosted by a family in the United States and want more than anything to return with a forever family. My doctors say that I have good health. I am a smart boy and I get a long well with my caregivers. I love watching cartoons and playing outside with my friends.
Meet Hope! – GWCA has $3000 grant available for my forever family!
Hi, I am Hope and I am 9 years old. I am currently enjoying my time in the U.S. with my host family. My host Mom shared a lot about me in hopes to help me find a forever family.
“Hope is a fun loving 9 year old. She smiles and laughs alot. She has cerebral palsy but can walk using a walker and can transfer to low lying chairs as well as use the restroom and dress herself with some assistance. She tries hard but needs encouragement to keep pushing herself to do new things. She responds well to praise. She loves music and after three weeks with our family picked up many songs and even began using phrases in English. Hope enjoys crafts and will spend hours using markers, making things with foam stickers and always has a pen and paper near by to draw with. While she was part of the hosting program she received glasses which helped her enjoy things like TV shows and movies since she could finally interact with them and know what parts were funny. She likes the Disney movie Frozen and can sing part of the song “Do you want to build a snowman?” She also received AFOs (leg braces) and is learning to walk using those and her walker. We are a large family and she was able to learn our names and get along with each member well. Hope is strong willed and also a perfectionist. While her initial adjustment to our family was difficult and she had trouble adjusting to schedules, foods and boundaries, she learned to like all American foods and eat well (except pizza!). She benefits from love and a good schedule with consistent boundaries as she learns what it means to be part of a family. Her response to disappointments resembles a much younger child (meltdowns and tantrums). As she made daily progress in our home, these became less frequent. She has learned what it means to have a “mommy”, “daddy” and lots of brothers and sisters but might thrive in a smaller family than ours. We believe she would do well in a family that understands the complex needs of cerebral palsy, who have the physical strength to attend to daily needs and also possibly older siblings that could praise her often. She will need help learning to manage emotions and behaviors in positive ways and how to be part of a family and accept love but not demand constant attention or help with the things she can do for herself. ” – Hope’s Host Mom
Dean is a very sweet boy 11 year old boy. He is very active and likes to try new things. He is considerate of others and helpful around the house when asked. He loves to do anything that is active, but doesn’t like to read. He is a very good athlete and can do flips, and other tumbling activities. He also can ride a bike and rip-stick well. My husband played baseball with him and said he had very good hand-eye coordination. He didn’t know how to swim when we met him, but when we took him to the local pool, he watched others and worked at it independently and after 4 weeks of swimming almost every day is a very good swimmer now. He loves to dive and would watch the dives other people did, then work on them until he could do them. He is very mechanical and likes to figure out how everything works. He is a good eater. He was willing to try most any food, and enjoyed most of them, especially if they were spicy. Particular favorites were pizza, cheeseburger, Spanish rice, chips and salsa, French fries, and noodles. His very favorite thing to eat is Pineapple and he taught me how to cut it like they do in China. He enjoyed all fruits, and vegetables. Like any other 11 year old boy, he enjoyed electronics. But always asked before using the Kindle or DS, and when I told him no, or he had enough time on them, he was always very obedient and put them back on the charger. He does not particularly like movies on DVD. He would rather be doing something more active…whether that was video games or outside activities, or puzzles. He loved to watch videos of himself and other family members on my phone. When he first arrived he did not know much English. But he is very good at reading gestures and body language and figuring out what you are trying to tell him. After the first time communicating something with gestures, if you made that gesture again, he immediately knew what you meant. After one month in the U.S., he spoke some basic English phrases and would use them readily. He bonded well with both host mom and dad. He particularly liked his older brothers. He had one younger host brother who was 4. He generally was very kind to him, but was a bit impatient with his annoying 4 year old behaviors. We believe he could thrive in a family here in America. He also loved both our cat and dog. He loved the song Gangnum Style and would dance to it and always say it to make our 4 year old smile! He has no known special needs. While he was in America, his teeth were checked and determined to be very good. He has very good personal hygiene. Bathing regularly and brushing his teeth every morning and evening. He also had his eyes checked and has good vision. -Dean’s Host Mom
Meet Elliott! – I HAVE FOUND MY FOREVER FAMILY!
Hi, I’m Minnie and I recently turned 5 years old! I love to play music and especially love to sing with my friends. I have been diagnosed as being an HIV carrier. I came into the orphanage in 2011 when I was 2 years old. When I came into care, I was behind my friends developmentally. Since I have been living with my foster family, I have been learning and growing. I am still a little small for my age, but I can take care of my own needs. I take my medication daily and I seldom get sick anymore. My favorite things to do are sing and dance. Sometimes I have been a little b it shy but I warm up once I get to know strangers. I love going to school and I recently won 1st place in an event in my school!
Hi, I’m Kolby and I am 3 years old. I love to blow kisses and wave good-bye to my caregivers!! I have hydrocephalus but my caregivers say that I am doing well developmentally. I am able to say words, follow commands, and respond to questions when asked. I also have a deformed femur that has caused me not to be able to stand or walk around. When I was younger I had a minor heart condition, ASD, but I had surgery for this and I am doing really great! I am super friendly and my caregivers love to make me laugh. I always have the attention of my caregivers, and I love to play with my toys.
Hi, my name is Allie, and I’m 3 years old. My legs don’t seem to work as well as they should, and I need help from my caregivers to walk around. But, I am able to stand up all on my own and walk around my crib if I’m holding on to the railing! I’m a little behind my friends and I still need help eating. I am able to say a few words and I love to babble! I am super happy all the team, and I love watching the other kids at the orphanage play. I also love pretty clothes! When my caregivers accidentally put me in pants I can’t help but sit sadly in the corner. But, as soon as they realize their mistake and put me in a pretty skirt I am all smiles and giggles! My favorite toy is anything that makes noise, and my favorite part of the day is when my caregivers take me outside to play!
Hi, my name is Sydney, and I’m 2 years old. I have something that called epilepsy which causes me to have seizures about every 15 days. When I had a CT scan done it looked like I might have hydrocephalus, and I am not able to walk but I do babble! But this doesn’t keep me from smiling all the time! I really like getting to spend time with my caregivers, but right now what I really want is a family all to myself!
Hi, my name is Romeo, and I’m 2 years old. The doctors tell me I have postoperative lumbosacral meningomyelocele, hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, left limb deformity with paralysis, and Neurogenic Cystitis. I healed really well after my surgery and I am able to crawl, sit, and can stand while holding on to something for support all on my own! I am a super happy boy and when my caregivers put on music I like to wave my hands and feet. I really like listening to music, playing with toys, and giving my caregivers happy smiles. I am able to imitate speech, and I can follow the instructions my caregivers give me!Read More
Hi, my name is Huck, and I’m 11 years old. I’m a healthy and happy boy looking for my forever family! I am very clever, outgoing, energetic and my caregivers say I adapt very well to knew environments. I get along really well with my peers and they tell me I am great at telling stories! I know some English, and my teachers tell me I am very expressive and have great language and communication abilities. As soon as I get home from school I start working on my homework right away (I’m a straight A student by the way), and then I like to help my friends if they are having trouble with their work. I also love sports! I’ve received multiple prizes in my P.E. class. Before coming to the orphanage I used to live with Tom, and he is available for adoption too! I would love to be able to stay in touch with him after I find my forever family!
Hello, my name is Tom, and I’m 12 years old. I am a super healthy boy! When you first start to talk to me you might think I’m a little shy, but once you get to know me you’ll see I’m actually really talkative! My teachers tell me I am very smart and independent. I take care of all my tasks and work without having to be reminded! I also love to read and play chess. I’m also ranked 36th out of the 300 students in my school! I am really good at focusing on my work, and I really enjoy learning new things. I get along really well with the other kids at the orphanage and am always up for a good game of basketball! I came to the orphanage with my brother named Huck, and he is available for adoption with Great Wall too!
Hi! My name is Audrina and I am 8 years old. I currently live with a foster family but I sometimes go back to the orphanage to visit my friends. My foster family says that I keep a good mood and am an extroverted girl. My favorite things to do are to go shopping in the super markets and play outside. My caregivers say that I am a bit behind my friends in my language and motor skills and my doctors say that I have epilepsy. I go to school and have improved a lot. I am a good girl in school and always show respect to my teachers and classmates. I hope that my forever family will bring me home soon!
Hi, I’m Miller! I am 11 years old and I love to dance and sing. I came to the orphanage when I was 5 years old. I have a blood condition called thalassemia. When I came into care I was diagnosed, and I have been getting transfusion about every 1-1.5 months since then. I am going to school and I keep up with my friends in all aspects of school. I am able to do all my chores independently. I enjoy doing new things and meeting new people. I love to read books and tell stories. My favorite thing to do is draw dragons!
Hi I’m Paul and I am 7 years old. I have a complex heart condition that includes acyanotic congenital heart disease, single ventricle, patent foramen ovale, severe pulmonary hypertension, cardiac function III degree. I had surgery to increase the blood flow in my pulmonary artery and this has helped; my cardio pulmonary function is normal! I am going to school and doing well. I am keeping up with my friends cognitively, but I am a little behind physically because of my heart condition. I love to draw and play with robots! My favorite things to do are play games, watch TV, and play on my computer!Read More
Whew! The kids finally made it. Last week all 26 host kiddos made it safely to their destinations. The chaperones may need a week to recover, but everyone made it in one piece. Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page as our families share this wonderful experience with us.Read More
The 2014 Family Reunion was a success! A big thank you to everyone that came out to support us. It was so wonderful meeting families and seeing all of the beautiful children thriving.
Stay tuned as the planning has begun for the 2015 Family Reunion.Read More