New Kids on the Block

Cyndi

Hi there! My name is Cyndi and I am 4 years old. My doctor tells me that my brain formed a little bit differently than some of my friends, but I don’t let that keep me down! I like getting cuddles from my caregivers and I am a very happy little girl. My caregivers say I am cute and that I like to babble a lot. My file is a little outdated so my friends at Great Wall are working hard to learn more about me! You can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!

CarterHello! My name is Carter and I am 8 years old. I was born with anal atresia and CHD but have since received surgery for both and I recovered very well! I have great physical development and am a very active kiddo. My caretakers describe me as being a bright and independent little guy. I can recite some poems and I express myself very well. My file is slightly outdated so my friends at Great Wall are working hard to learn more about me! If you think you could be my forever family, contact Great Wall today to review my file!BlakeHi! My name is Blake and I am 8 years old! My left leg developed a little differently than some of my friends but I don’t let this stop me from being a happy kiddo! I am described as being outgoing and energetic. I have great performance in school and I write very well. I am described as being a talkative little guy that loves to spend time with others. I have great self care ability and I enjoy being keeping things tidy. This isn’t all the information about me so contact my friends at Great Wall if you’d like to review my file!KendallHello! My name is Kendall and I am 7 years old! I have something that makes my eyelids a little different than some of my friends but I don’t let this keep me from being a happy kiddo! I have great self-care ability and can do many things independently. I am described as being energetic but timid and shy at the same time. I get along with other kiddos very well and my favorite thing to do is to play games with my friends! This isn’t all the information about me so contact my friends at Great Wall if you’d like to review my file!JimmyHi there! My name is Jimmy and I just turned 5 years old. My face, head and hands look a little different than some of my friends, but I don’t let that keep me down! Also some nice doctor’s gave me a surgery on my heart when I was younger, and I feel much better now! I am an active, happy boy that lives with a foster family! When I hear one of my foster parents coming home, I run to the door to greet them with big smiles and hugs! My foster mother says that I am very helpful around the house, that I help her sweep the floor and clear the dishes from the table after meals. I like playing with toys, playing with my friends and dancing. You can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!QuillHi there! My name is Quill and I am 2 years old. My doctor’s tell me that my back is a little bit different than some of my friends, and I was born with something called hypospadias, but I don’t let that keep me down! I like to play with toys, play games with my caretaker, and dance with music. I like being outside, taking walks and basking in the sunshine. I really like my caretakers, like when they tease me I’ll smile really big! I like to ride the wooden horse in our playroom and I enjoy listening to music. You can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!LiamHi there! My name is Liam and I am 6 years old. My doctor tells me I have something called cerebral palsy, but after working hard in rehabilitation class I am doing much better now! I am a talkative boy that gets along well with others. I get along with my caretakers and the other children in the orphanage. I have great self-care ability, I like to listen to music, I like readying, and playing games with others. My caretakers say that I am adorable and have a great smile! I have seen some of my friends be adopted and I would like to have my own parents and a loving home too. You can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!

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Halyn

We are DELIGHTED to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this beautiful young lady home forever! We are so excited for her and her forever family, and we can’t wait to see them come home!

To learn how you can be matched with one of the Waiting Children in our China adoption program, contact us, or visit our Waiting Child photo listing today!

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New Kids on the Block

LoganHi! My name is Logan and I am 3 years old! I have Down’s Syndrome but this doesn’t stop me from being an active and happy kiddo! I I am described as being clever, talkative and optimistic. I love listening to music and whenever I hear it I start to dance! I can help my caretakers with all sorts of things; I always want to help! This isn’t all the information about me so contact Great Wall if you’d like to review my file! 

Indy Hi there! My name is Indy and I am 3 and a half years old. My doctor’s tell me I’m developmentally delayed in some areas, but I don’t let that keep me down! My caregivers describe me as gentle, shy and happy. I like playing with toys and with my friends. My caregivers say I am a giggly little boy. My file is a little outdated so my friends at Great Wall are working hard to learn more about me! You can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!MaiseyHi there! My name is Maisey and I am 4 years old! I was born with Down’s Syndrome but this doesn’t hold me back from being a happy and active kiddo! My caretakers describe me as being clever, smart and energetic. I love running and climbing and playing with other kiddos. I enjoy dancing with my friends and being on the playground. My caretakers say I have a strong curiosity about my surroundings and I always want to do things for myself! I hope Great Wall can find me my forever family! If you are interested in reviewing my file, contact them today!PippaHi there! My name is Pippa and I am almost 4 years old. My doctor’s tell me I have something called Down’s Syndrome, but I don’t let that keep me down! My caretakers say I am an active, smiley girl that enjoys imitating others. When I see my caregivers doing chores I like to try and do them too, like sweeping the floor and helping others into their seats at meal time. I can dress myself and am very cooperative. I enjoy drawing, building towers with blocks, singing, dancing and playing outside. You can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!ShaneHi! My name is Shane and I am 5 years old! My spleen is a little enlarged but this doesn’t stop me from being happy and strong! I am going to school and doing very well. I can write some simple Chinese characters, color, and dance with my classmates! I am described as being energetic and I love to play games with other kiddos. I am great about keeping things neat and tidy and I always help my caretakers clean up after meals. I have a great appetite and I especially love eating fruits from them market. This isn’t all the information about me so contact my friends at Great Wall if you’d like to review my file! GraceHello! My name is Grace and I am 10 years old! I was born with cerebral palsy and need some assistance getting around but my rehabilitation services have been allowing me to progress very well! I am described as being strong willed, positive and easy going. I like being around other kiddos and I am always helping my caretakers around the house. I enjoy drawing, singing and listening to upbeat music! This isn’t all the information about me so contact my friends at Great Wall if you’d like to review my full file! Read More

Orphan Hosting Arrival Makes Houston News

This summer’s hosting adventure has officially begun! Kayley, Cayce, and I began the journey Sunday afternoon on the drive from Austin to Houston. We wanted to hit the road early to be ready first thing Monday morning refreshed and ready to go with plenty of time to spare. Lists in hand, families ready to go, we braced ourselves for what we knew was going to be an unforgettable day.

Bright and early, we hit the ground running, barely containing our composure as our anxiety, eagerness, and nervousness began to build. News stations had gotten word of our program and were already calling us for details about the day. That’s when the excitement really set in – this is really happening! The kids are COMING! We must have shouted it at least a dozen times in the car as we made our way to IAH that incredible day.

20150720_131003We did a quick drive through to determine what the terminal distance looked like and what we were likely facing. So many questions ran through our heads: would the kids be able to get from the international terminal to the domestic in time? What about the delay we knew about that had set the children back about an hour? Kayley and Cayce stopped off at the domestic terminals to pick up gate passes from the incredibly helpful staff at the IAH Airport, and I headed over to the International Arrivals pickup where I knew families would be arriving in just a few hours to meet hteir children. A long time family friend of mine also showed up – it’s amazing how much support these incredible children have throughout our communities.

We found the perfect area to hang the banner, moved some seating around, and made ourselves at home. United was INCREDIBLE issuing us gate passes in order to escort the little ones, and boy that was a relief! With three groups departing from Houston to continue on their last leg of their journey to their host families, we knew we needed to help get the children where they needed to go as quickly as possible. Settled in, we began reflecting: 30 kids, 4 adult chaperones, 16 families, 3-4 news crews, ok… we can do this! At one point, Cayce and I checked our heart rates (well over 100!) and took a deep breath to steady our nerves.20150720_160436

It seemed as though traffic was everywhere around Houston and two families were stuck on their way from Dallas, the entire freeway was shut down. We tried to ease their nerves, knowing that their anticipation of meeting their kiddos and the stress of being late would be so much to bear.

20150720_141313Just as families started to arrive, the media began to show up, too! News stations from different parts of Texas could not believe how many stories each one of our families had to tell about their journey. We stated over and over again, EVERY hosting program has these same types of families – ones with big hearts who are willing and ready to help the children who need it most in these orphanages.

After waiting, watching, and hoping, finally it happened! The kids landed at 4:28 pm (we know because we kept staring at the clock!), almost an hour late. Just in time, one of the families who had been stuck in the Dallas traffic arrived. We soon began lining up to wait from them to come through the door of the customs check, not one of us wanting to miss the arrival of the kiddos through the door. We waited 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes. Obviously, getting 30 orphans through customs was taking a little bit longer than we hoped. Cayce stop on her tip toes staring through the door with a few other parents, and then finally, we see the little red shirts all in a group! At about quarter to six, the children walked through those sliding doors to the cheers and tears of the families waiting there for them! Some of them waved, a few of them ran to their families waiting with posters held high. It was one of the happiest moments I’ve had the privilege to witness, and there were very few dry eyes even amongst the passerby. 20150720_142617

For Kayley, Cayce, and I, there wasn’t quite as much time to feel everything we wanted to. Looking back, the hour after the children’s arrival feels like a blur. Kayley immediately grabbed the chaperones and kids for one flight to run to meet their domestic connection; Cayce grabbed the other group and dashed to another terminal.

20150720_175704As I saw each child’s face, my heart burst as I remembered seeing their sweet faces just months ago in their orphanage. I couldn’t believe it, they were finally here! We spent some time corralling the children, making sure everyone was with their family. There were some sweet moments, some teary moments, and some unforgettable moments. I watched as parent’s embraced their soon be children for the first time, and my heart warmed for them. I watched young kids meet strangers and take them like it was nothing. I had to pinch myself to remind myself that everything around me was actually happening.

Many families were able to depart quickly and start their official hosting journey. Some of the children needing some coaxing – the reality that they were in a foreign place with strange people really setting in. We had prepared the families for these kinds of fears, and the resilience these families showed, to stand by the children and wait to be the person who was there to hug them, hold them, and love them was indescribable.

For one family, arrival day was a true testament to their commitment. They had been stuck for five hours in the traffic outside of Houston. Cayce met them downstairs to bring them up to their kiddo, and it was clear that the stress of the day had taken its toll. Despite all they had been through, both parents and all of their kiddos were THRILLED to finally be there, finally be arriving to see their child waiting at the airport. And what a cool little dude he is!

Finally, with everyone where they needed to be, we looked at each other and were able to see the exhaustion (emotional and physical) in each others’ eyes. After 10 straight hours in an airport, we decided to stay in Houston. We settled some baggage issues and then went on our way to stay at my mom’s house for the evening, who, like the amazing woman she is, had hot pizza waiting for us (THANKS MOM!). She also already had the TV up and on record – we were on the news! We sat squealing in front of the television, pizza in hand, as the amazing stories of these children and families scrolled on the screen.

Without any further hitches, we received confirmation one after another that all the rest of our 14 kiddos had made it safely to their destination. It’s been a whirlwind, and we are happy to say that we’ve received countless stories already from the families with updates. While orphan hosting is not always sunshine and rainbows, it shouldn’t be. These are children who have been through some tough experiences, and standing by them is what makes these families the true Orphan Warriors they are. We will continue to keep you posted on how the children are doing – for now, enjoy the awesome photos!

Check out KHOU Houston’s News Story

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Just Matched Monday

Joanna JMM

We are DELIGHTED to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this beautiful young lady home forever! We are so incredibly excited for her and her forever family, and we can’t wait to see them come home.

If you would like to learn more about how you can be matched with one of the Waiting Children in our China adoption program, visit our photo listing or contact our China Matching Specialists today!

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New Kids on the Block

FaithHello there! My name is Faith and I am 9 years old. My legs are a little different than some of my friends but I don’t let this keep me from smiling. I am described as being gentle, active, innocent and pleasant! I am receiving rehabilitation training and have made great improvements! I have great understanding in school, I always listen to my teacher and I have good comprehension. My caretakers say that I have some self-care abilities and that I can get dressed on my own, put my shoes on without help and I can adequately express my needs. This isn’t all the information about me so contact my friends at Great Wall if you are interested in reviewing my full file!

KyleHi!  My name is Kyle and I am 8 years old. I am deaf but I don’t let that stop me from being a curious and active kiddo! My caretakers say I am incredibly intelligent and can communicate with others through action. I get along very well with other kiddos and I am extremely extroverted. I have great self-care ability and do a lot of things without any help! I am very fond of reading and playing games with my friends. This isn’t all the information about me so contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to review my full file!

JillianHi! My name is Jillian and I am 9 years old. My outdated file indicates that I had some developmental delays in the past but my friends at Great Wall are working to learn more about me! I am described as being well liked and always smiling! I can walk stably, dress myself and have meals on my own. I am always willing to help my caretakers with whatever they need. My file is limited so my information will be updated soon! Contact Great Wall if you would like to review my full file!

Caleb

Hi! My name is Caleb and I am 4 years old. My eyes are a little different than some of my friends and my language development is delayed but I’m still a happy little kiddo! I enjoy listening to music and I have learned to use my hearing very well. I am described as being introverted and having a gentle personality. My file is very outdated so my friends at Great Wall are working hard to learn more about me!

JaiHi there! My name is Jai and I am 9 years old! I have a condition called Dwarfism, which means I am smaller than some of my friends, but other than that I don’t seem to have any other health issues! I am an outgoing little guy that gets along with my friends and teachers. I like to go to school and learn new things and I have a good memory. I am confident and often raise my hand to answer questions in class. I like to perform in front of my class as well. I like to do crafts, draw and complete jigsaw puzzles. You can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!

SaffronHi there! My name is Saffron and I am 11 years old. My bones aren’t as strong as some of my friends, and I do need to use a wheelchair sometimes, but I don’t let that keep me down! My caregivers say I am a good communicator, that I get along well with others, that I learn quickly and that I have a positive attitude! I am an active girl that likes playing with my friends, listening to music and loves to sing! You can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!

KikiHi there! My name is Kiki and I am 11 years old. My doctor tells me that I have something called cerebral palsy, but I seem to be doing quite well! I live with my foster family and I really enjoy coming home from school everyday and telling my foster parents and foster siblings about what I learned at school that day. I help my foster mother with chores around the house after dinner each night. My school teachers say I am respectful, polite and happy. I love to study, recite poems, and I know most of the English alphabet! I have told my caretakers that I want to be adopted by an American family. You can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!

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Krista (2)

We are so incredibly excited to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this beautiful young lady home forever! It has truly been amazing to see families throughout the adoption community come together to help advocate for her, and we are so pleased for her and her forever family. We can’t wait to see them come home!

To learn more about China’s Waiting Child adoption program, visit our photo listing today!

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New Kids on the Block

LylaHi! My name is Lyla and I will be 3 years old this September! I am a little bit behind my peers developmentally but I don’t let this keep me from smiling! I enjoy being held by the people that I am closest to. I am able to sit up on my own but I need some assistance walking and standing on my own. My file is very limited so my friends at Great Wall are working hard to learn more about me! If you think you could be my forever family, contact Great Wall to review my file!

WilliamHi! My name is William and I am 8 years old. I was born with albinism but I don’t let that stop me from being a joyful kiddo! My caretakers say I am developmentally on target physically and I am a little bit behind some of my friends cognitively. I am extremely active and I am always helping my caretakers with some of the other children. I can write numbers from 1-100 and I even know how to do addition and subtraction! I am described as being obedient, kind and always willing to help others. My absolute favorite activity is drawing and my caretakers say I can draw for hours! This isn’t all the information about me so contact my friends at Great Wall to review my file!

CollinHello! My name is Collin and I am 2 years old. My doctor’s tell me I have something that makes my eyes a little different than some of my friends but I don’t let this stop me from being a happy kiddo! I am able to sit up on my own and walk with a little bit of assistance. I am described as being incredibly happy all of the time and I am always laughing when people hold me! My caretakers say I am an incredibly active child. If you think you could be my forever family, contact my friends at Great Wall to review my file!

KieferHi there! My name is Kiefer and I just turned 13 years old. Some nice doctors repaired my cleft lip and palate when I was younger, and now I’m doing quite well. My caretakers say I am polite, curious, active, obedient and optimistic. I like going to school and helping my teacher. I enjoy sharing my food with the younger children and I get along well with others. When volunteers who come into the orphanage I like to tell them what I learned at school that day. I really like making crafts! There is even more information about me in my full file, so you can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!

DakotaHi there! My name is Dakota and I am almost 3 years old. I had something called CHD when I was younger, but some nice doctor’s gave me a surgery and I’m doing much better now! I also have something called Down’s Syndrome, but I don’t let that keep me down! I like to play with all kinds of toys. I’m a quiet little girl, but I have a big personality! My file is a little outdated so my friends at Great Wall are working hard to learn more about me! You can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!

CosimaHi there! My name is Cosima and I am 12 years old. Some nice doctors repaired my cleft lip and palate when I was younger, so now I can eat and drink normally. It’s a little hard to understand what I am saying at first, but once you get to know me you can understand what I’m saying just fine. I am also mildly cognitively delayed and, like many children who live in orphanages, I am a Hep B carrier, but I don’t let that keep me down! I am in a public school and learn subjects like Chinese, math, art, music and PE. I love to sing and have lots of good friends. Sometimes I stay after school for tutoring so that I can be the best student I can be! I have told my caretakers that I would like to be adopted by an American family. There is even more information about me in my full file, so you can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!

OttoHi there! My name is Otto and I am 9 years old. I was born with something that makes my eyes a little different than some of my friends and I also have mild hydrocephalus but I don’t let either of these things keep me down! I am described as being active and lovely. My caretakers say I am always very eager to explore new things. I am also fond of watching TV and taking walks! My file is pretty outdated so my friends are working hard to learn more about me!

 

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Tyler 1

We are DELIGHTED to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this handsome young man home forever! We are so happy for him and his forever family, and we can’t wait to see them come home!

If you are interested in learning how you can be matched with one of our Waiting Children, visit our China photo listing, or contact us today!

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New Kids on the Block

JakobeHi there! My name is Jakobe and I am 11 months old. My doctors tell me that my spleen and liver are a little different than some of my friends, but I don’t let that keep me down! My caretakers say I am a lively, cute little boy who loves getting hugs and laughing a lot! I am learning how to talk now and soon I hope to be saying “hello” to my new Forever Family! There is even more information about me in my full file, so you can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!

IslaHi there! My name is Isla and I am 12 years old. My left eye seems to have a slight vision issue, but other than that I seem to be doing very well! My caregivers and teachers say I am pretty, active, clever and quick-thinking. I am a good student and my favorite subjects are Chinese and sports. I regularly sing and dance in my orphanage’s celebrations, like performing at the New Year’s party and the Children’s Day party. I have already told my caretakers that I do want to be adopted by an American family. There is even more information about me in my full file, so you can contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting me! I hope my friends at Great Wall find my Forever Family soon!

IanHi! My name is Ian and I am 1 years old. My doctor’s tell me my brain developed a little differently than some of my friends but I don’t let that get me down! I know my own name when people call me and I have a great appetite. When someone plays with me I am happy and smiley! It is difficult for me to sit up and crawl on my own but I can do these things with a little support. This isn’t all the information about me so please contact my friends at Great Wall if you want to review my file!

MaxHi! My name is Max and I am 11 years old! I was born with a congenital cleft lip and palate but some nice doctors performed surgery for me and I recovered extremely well! I am now in the 5th grade and excel in school. I can even introduce myself in English! I love taking part in extracurricular activities and last year I earned 2nd place in the art competition! My caretakers describe me as being active, bright, kind and grateful. I hope my friends at Great Wall can help me find my forever family! Please contact them if you wish to review my file!

GavinHi there! My name is Gavin and I am 11 years old. I am deaf but I don’t let that stop me from being a happy kiddo! I am very helpful around the house and I love paying close attention to doing well in school. I am described as being obedient with great initiative. I get along very well with my caretakers and peers. My absolute favorite thing is martial arts class and I also frequently play basketball and badminton. This isn’t all the information about me so contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to review my full file!

AvaHello! My name is Ava and I am 12 years old. My doctor’s tell me I have mild Cerebral Palsy but I seem to be doing extremely well! I have received some rehabilitation training and am thriving in my environment. I get along great with other kiddos and my caretakers describe me as being gentle. I love participating in group activities and I love being outdoors. My caretakers say I have great self-care ability and am able to do a lot of things on my own. This isn’t all the information about me so contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to review my full file!

SophiaHi! My name is Sophia and I am 12 years old. My doctor’s tell me I have epilepsy but I don’t let this stop me from being a happy little kiddo! My caretakers describe me as being shy but I also take the initiative to greet people and help around the house. I’m often helping the younger children with their chores and homework! My caretakers say that I have great language ability and that I am very fond of singing and reciting poems! This isn’t all the information about me so please contact my friends at Great Wall if you would like to see my file! I hope I can find my forever family soon!

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