A Family for Eva!

EvaLast month I wrote a blog post for our Great Wall China Adoption website detailing a little bit about what my journey to China was like. I went to China this past February/March for two weeks to visit some of GWCA’s 14 Orphanage Partnerships. My main goal while being there was to meet the kiddos whose files we have already received or will be receiving in the not to distant future, and to get as much additional information on those children as possible. It really helps potential adoptive families move forward with a child when they have newer information on them, including good photos and videos. Everything I did on my trip was in an effort to get more orphaned children from China adopted.

The short blog post I wrote wasn’t long enough to write about my entire experience in China (you’ll have to read my blog for that), so I instead focused on one girl I met while I was in China named Eva. This is the part I wrote about Eva in last month’s blog:

There was one girl, who I’ll call “Eva,” that I met while I was in China who is 13 years old and will be aging out of the Chinese Orphanage system next February. Aging out means that a child will not be able to be adopted after their 14th birthday, so kids like Eva will never get a chance to have a family after they turn 14 years old. Out of all 99 kids I met over the two week period I was in China, Eva was one that really stood out to me. Eva walked up to me as soon as I entered the orphanage and with a big smile and lots of confidence she said, “Hello! I’m Eva. Good Morning!” Eva was such a happy kiddo, telling me somethings in English, some through a translator, what her favorite games to play were, that she is in school and what grade she is in, what her favorite sports are and who her best friends are. As you can imagine, after years of not being adopted, Eva really wants to be adopted and have parents and a family. She only has about 10 months left before that will no longer be a possibility.

Every day since I’ve been back from China I have thought about Eva and what a special little girl she is. Eva is so very deserving of the love and attention of a forever family, as are all of the wonderful kiddos I met in China. I have been hoping that there is a family out there who will want to adopt Eva and give her the family that she has always dreamed of! Could you be that family?

Well, I have some very good news! Eva has been matched! A family that has a lot of great personal experience with Eva’s special need is moving forward with adopting her! I am so beyond excited! When my teammate told me that the family she was talking with was definitely moving forward with adopting Eva, I literally jumped out of my chair and started jumping up and down, with tears of joy streaming down my face!

Eva is the first child from the group of children that I met while I was in China that our China Home Finding Team has matched. I can’t tell you what an amazing feeling it is to know that a child you met in real life, half way across the world, is getting a Forever Family! I am so hopeful that there will be dozens more over the next several months! But for now, I will bask in the joy of knowing that this amazing girl is not going to be aging out of the China adoption system, but instead will be brought into the loving embrace of her Forever Family very soon!

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7 New Kids on the Block

MakennaMakenna is an adorable 13 year old girl who will be aging out next January. Makenna is delayed on her mental development compared to her peers but her caretakers say that she works very hard in school. She is described as being tender and gentle and always a huge help with taking care of the younger kiddos in the orphanage. Makenna doesn’t have any physical delays; she can walk, run, jump and go up and downstairs on her own. She is an active kiddo who loves to dance, play sports and be outside! Makenna has made secure bonds with her caretakers and teachers and has close relationships with her peers.

One of our China Matching Specialists met Makenna in China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any families that are interested in learning more about Makenna!  You can contact one of our China Matching Specialists if you would like to review Makenna’s file!

FlorenceFlorence is a precious little girl who is 6 and a half years old. Florence has esotropia of her right eye and she has some muscle weakness in her lower limbs. Florence has been living with a foster family since May 2010, so she has been receiving more individualized one-on-one care than she might if she lived in an orphanage. Florence’s file was prepared back in December 2013, so some of her information is a little out of date. We will be seeking to get some more updated information on Florence soon.

As of the time Florence’s file was prepared, she was not yet walking without assistance, but her photos show that she can stand with support of the wall, and she can sit up by herself. She was not speaking at the time her file was prepared, but her file indicates that she understood what adults were saying to her and that when her name was called that she would respond to it. She could wave hello and goodbye to people as they came and went, and that she could identify parts of her body and can point to them when asked. When she would hear the phone ring she would pretend to be holding a phone up to her ear using her hand. Florence would tend to be more timid, shy and introverted. Florence would like playing with other children, coloring and watching television. Florence could feed herself but still needed help putting on her clothes, but she could button up her shirt by herself.

You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Florence. We hope we are able to find Florence her Forever Family soon!

DannyDanny is an adorable kiddo who just turned 12 years old! He was born with cerebral palsy and a cleft lip and palate. He is described as being gentle, optimistic and smiley. He loves playing games with other children, especially riding bicycles! Due to his cerebral palsy, Danny is delayed on his cognitive and physical development compared to his peers. He has lived in a foster family for some time where he has learned some self-care skills. Danny can walk, run, jump and go up and downstairs without any help. He has strong imitating ability and can follow instructions very well. He also has strong interpersonal skills as indicated by his foster family. One of my friend’s at GWCA visited me in China earlier this year and would love to talk to prospective families about me!Philomena Philomena is a lovely little girl that is 6 year old. Philomena has cerebral palsy and it causes her to have muscle stiffness in her arms and legs. Because of the limited resources at her orphanage Philomena did not start receiving rehabilitation services for her cerebral palsy until she was 4 years old, so her mobility abilities are delayed. She currently cannot walk but she is working very hard to learn how to walk. Her teachers say that she is tough and strong when she is in rehabilitation class. Her arm stiffness has gotten significantly better and now she can hold toys and other objects.

Philomena is doing very well cognitively. Philomena started going to school at 5 years old and she loves it! She follows her teachers directions and her teachers really enjoy having such an obedient student in their classes. Philomena has a very strong desire to learn and she has excellent memory and comprehension abilities. Her teachers say she is the best in her class for singing and remembering the lyrics to songs. Philomena received a prize last year for her singing performance. She is a girl who often has a smile on her face and gets along well with everyone around her.

You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting little Philomena. We hope we are able to find Philomena her Forever Family soon!

AdaAda is a sweet little girl that is 3 and a half years old. Ada has post-operative spina bifida and post-operative hydrocephalus. It appears that Ada may not be able to walk at this time, but she can sit up by herself. Ada is receiving rehabilitation for increasing her leg strength and she really enjoys going to rehab. She can understand the instructions her teachers are giving her and can follow those instructions. She is very good at imitating adult’s words and actions. Ada can speak 3-5 word sentences and she is good at communicating with her caretakers. Ada can hold toys and other items by herself. Ada likes to sing and dance when she hears music. She can count numbers and her caretakers say she is very clever.

You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting little Ada We hope we are able to find Ada her Forever Family soon!

HonorHonor is a precious little girl that is 8 years old. Honor has mild cerebral palsy so she doesn’t always walk stably and she has strabismus so she is a little cross-eyed. Honor can go up and down stairs without help. Honor’s file indicates that she has good development and can express herself well. Honor studies hard in school and has learned to speak well and to sing songs.  She can eat and drink along and can put on her clothes and shoes by herself. Honor gets along well with other children and adults. She is described as being gentle, introverted and energetic. Honor likes playing outside, playing with toys and watching television. She enjoys it when new people visit the orphanage and she will go and talk to them excitedly. Honor knows how to identify colors and shapes and asks “what is that” questions on her own initiative.

You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting little Honor. We hope we are able to find Honor her Forever Family soon!

1461984686Jessica is a lovely little girl who is 6 and a half years old. Jessica was found when she was two months old at the gate of the orphanage, wrapped in a coat and left in a paper box. Jessica was born blind and cannot see out of either of her eyes. Jessica now appears to be physically healthy in all other regards. She can stand and walk, but she needs help getting around since she is blind. She is sensitive to sound and she quickly reacts when she hears certain sounds. She will respond when you call her name and she will have a big smile on her face. Because she is blind she is delayed compared with her peers, but there is nothing in her file to indicate that she has any cognitive issues. Her caretakers say that she is found of listening to the television when it is on. Jessica likes to sing and to dance when she hears music. She likes to play with toys and her friends. Jessica is a brave and active girl and is not afraid of strangers.

You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Jessica. We hope we are able to find Jessica her Forever Family soon!

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Our Sponsored Star for May is Here!

Liam - Sponsored Star

Meet Liam, GWCA’s Sponsored Star for May!

Liam is a happy little guy who is just 2 and a half years old! He was born with a cleft lip and palate, however, we recently found out that he’s scheduled to receive surgery to repair it in April! Liam’s caretakers describe him as an introverted kiddo who loves to be cuddled, and play with his friends and his toy blocks! Liam can imitate some words, and walk short distances all by himself. For Longer distances, however, he still needs a little bit of help.If you think this little guy could be a good fit for your family, contact our China Matching Specialists or visit our Photo Listing to learn more about him today!

Watch Liam’s videos: Video #1! | Video #2!

As our Sponsored Star, Liam has a $2,000 grant available towards his adoption fees! If you are interested in seeing Liam’s file or learning how you can be matched with him, visit our China Waiting Child Photo Listing or contact our China Matching Team today! 

What is a Sponsored Star?

On the 1st of each month, Great Wall China Adoption will feature one of the kiddos from our Orphanage Partnerships as our monthly “Sponsored Star!” As our Sponsored Star, that child will be provided a $2,000 grant towards their adoption fees! Each of the kiddos selected will be a Special Focus child,  meaning they have not found their Forever Family yet due to their age, or the degree of their needs. Together, we can find loving homes for these amazing kids!

We encourage any families interested in learning more about our Sponsored Star of the Month to visit our China Waiting Child Photo Listing, or contact our China Matching Specialists to learn how you can be matched today! Check back on the first of each month to meet the newest featured child!

 

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