6 New Kids are Waiting

Six new kiddos have been added to our China Waiting Child photo listing this week! If you’re interested in learning more about Cooper, Macy, David, Logan, Bella or Laney, contact our China matching specialists today to request their files. Each of these kiddos is in need of a Forever Family, and we’re determined to help them find a loving and permanent home. Click the link below to see all of the children that we’re currently advocating for on our Waiting Child photo listing.

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CooperCooper

This adorable little guy is Cooper! He just turned 8 years old this past June. Cooper’s eyes appear to be underdeveloped, but he does have some vision in both eyes. Cooper was hosted in the hosting program this past summer and had an amazing time with his host family! Here’s something that his host family wrote about him:

“He is independent, unbelievably well behaved, follows direction and likes to help.  Shy at first he quickly opens up to everyone. Very inquisitive, he is constantly asking questions.  Wakes up in the morning and greets us with a cheery “Hello!”, one of the several English words he learned while with us.  He has been as low maintenance as any child I have ever met.  They way he adjusted to the drastic changes of hosting was unbelieveable, he is so ‘go with the flow’.  He doesn’t need to be constantly entertained, he will go up to the toy room and just grab whatever he is interested and plays by himself if we are busy.  He has a good sense of humor and really understood and got a kick out of his host dads gentle sarcasm.  While he was here being hosted it was clear that he knew this was only a short vacation to America but still he bonded with his host dad.  As we did the countdown to departure day he was excited to go back to China saying he liked China and America equally.  But speaking to the chaperone the night before he told heels he was not willing to go back to China.  Once we arrived at the airport it all seemed to settle in and he was clearly devastated to be leaving America and said he wanted to stay.  I think a family with a brother for him would be great but he did enjoy playing with the girls.  Sounds too good to be true but he didn’t misbehave for a second while he was here.  I really don’t have any negatives to say about him.

His special need is blindness in one eye and nearsightedness in the other, which glasses helped immensely.  Also his eyes wiggle a bit (nystagmus) as he is refocusing but that seemed to be greatly reduced with the glasses.  We honestly forgot that he had any vision issues at all. He rides a bike, power wheels, scooter, runs races, all no problem.”

Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more about Cooper!

MacyMacy

Macy is a cutie who is about to turn 6 years old! She was born with hydrocephalus and a meningocele which she received surgeries for. When Macy’s file was prepared, she needed assistance walking and standing on her own but GWCA is trying to get more details on her current condition. Her language development is described as being normal and she seems to be cognitively on target. Macy loves music and dancing along to the beat! She is described as being sweet, smiley and cute. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to learn more about Macy!

DavidDavid

David is a sweet little boy from China that is 6 and a half years old. David is deaf so he some developmental delays compared with his hearing peers. David lives in a rural area of China, so his ability to learn sign language currently is very limited, so he isn’t really able to communicate well with others. One of our GWCA staff members met David when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about David.

Even though David can’t communicate all of his thoughts and feelings with others, David has a good attitude and a happy nature. David is shy but he does get along well with others. David’s caretakers say that he has good self-care abilities like being able to go to the bathroom by himself and putting on his clothes by himself. David does not currently go to school, but when he is older they hope they will able to get him some schooling to learn sign language. What David really needs though is the love and care of a Forever Family and the educational resources to thrive as a deaf individual. David will most likely never receive what he needs to grow up and become an independent person without being adopted by a family in the United States.

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

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LoganLogan

Logan is a cute kiddo who is 6 years old! He has esotropia of both eyes and polydactylism of his right thumb. He is a very active child that gets along well with his peers! He loves playing outside and jumping on the trampoline. Logan is described as being inquisitive and a great listener. His file indicates that his special needs don’t have an impact on his daily life. Logan has great self-care abilities such as getting dressed on his own, using the bathroom and taking care of his plate after meals. GWCA is currently asking for some updated information on Logan! Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to learn more about him!

BellaBella

Bella is a wonderful young girl from China that just turned 11 years old. Bella is essentially a healthy child, she just has a scar across her face and part of an ear missing, and she has three fingers that are shorter than the others. Bella was found as a baby lying in a field where she had been abandoned, and the people that found her said that bugs were eating away at her face, so that is why she has her large facial scar. One of our GWCA staff members met Bella when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Bella.

Bella is described by her teachers as being a very smart little girl. She is in a regular school and is in 5th grade. She has very good communication skills, excellent grades and she is even learning a little English.  She is does quite well in math specifically.  Even though the outside of her right ear is scarred, she can hear clearly out of both of her ears.

Bella has been made fun of by other children in the past because of her facial scar, so sometimes she can be a bit shy and she can sometimes find it hard to get along with others. She can also be a little stubborn at times. However Bella gets along well with others once she gets to know them. Bella has a fun, outgoing, creative personality and she seems like she enjoys telling jokes and entertaining others. Our GWCA staff member said that when she met Bella that she seemed like a little girl who might love to do theater and dance in school because she has such a precocious and invigorating spirit.

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

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LaneyLaney

This adorable kiddo’s name is Laney, and she is about a year and a half old! Her file states that she has Turner’s Syndrome, but at this time that diagnosis is unclear. She also has and a congenital heart defect and limb differences of her hands and feet, but that doesn’t slow her down! Her caregivers describe her as a lively, restless, and lovely girl. She is extremely affectionate and loves to be held and hugged by her caregivers. She loves to play with toys and is able to grab on to the toys despite her limb differences. She has developmental delays, but will likely thrive with the affection and care of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!

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New Orphanage Partnership

New OP1We are honored to announce that the CCCWA and Sichuan Civil Affairs have approved a new orphanage partnership between GWCA and Luzhou Orphanage! Our GWCA Orphan Care team recently had a chance to visit this orphanage, where they were able to meet with children and conduct an initial interview. The information that is gathered in these interviews is incredibly helpful to our China matching specialists, as it allows us to provide potential families with the most up-to-date information on their development and needs. Luzhou Orphanage is currently preparing these children’s files for international adoption so that our matching specialists can begin advocating for them.

If your family is interested in learning how you can be matched with a child from one of our orphanage partnerships, contact our China matching specialists today!

What are orphanage partnerships?

With thousands of Waiting Children in China, agencies have begun to partner with specific orphanages. These partnerships allow adoption agencies to give back to Chinese orphanages by providing them with the resources to help prepare children’s files for international adoption, and improving programs within the orphanage, giving each orphan the opportunity to thrive. This also means the orphanage provides any new files that are prepared exclusively to their partner agencies rather than releasing them to China’s shared list. This gives each child a greater chance of being placed, as the agency begins advocating for their adoption immediately. Some orphanages partner with multiple agencies in order to best advocate for their waiting children. It is not uncommon that we will learn of certain children before their files become available. This allows and even greater chance for child advocacy.

Why are they important?

Orphanage partnerships are an important part of the China Waiting Child adoption process, as they benefit all parties that are involved. Not only do they contribute to the well being of each orphan within the institute, they help in the process of finding them a forever family by ensuring that their files are prepared and provided to an agency. This benefits the agency as they receive both files for Special Focus and Non Special Focus children. These files can then be reviewed by any families that are in process with the agency, as they have exclusive access to the file for a period of time. Partnership with an orphanage also allows for better and quicker updates, more photos, and more videos that aid in the placing of children with their forever families.

If you’re interested in learning more about the orphanages that GWCA is currently partnered with, visit our website or contact our matching specialists today!

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I Found My Family!

FamilyHooray, this beautiful girl from one of our new orphanage partnerships has a family that is working towards bringing her home Forever! We are so happy for her and her new Forever Family, and we can’t wait to see them come home!

As a younger child with very minor needs her file was considered LID, meaning her family had to have their paperwork logged in before they could be matched with her. Our China LID track is a great program for families that are drawn towards adopting from China, yet feel that a Special Focus child may not be the best fit. Since we receive most of our LID files from our orphanage partnerships, we are looking forward to seeing this program continue to grow as we partner with more and more orphanages across China. If your family is interested in learning how you can begin your journey towards being matched with a child through the LID track, contact our China matching specialists today!

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7 New Kids on the Block

This week there are 7 New Kids on the Block that are all in need of families. If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with one of these kiddos or viewing their files, contact our China matching specialists or visit our photo listing today!

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JoelleJoelle!

Joelle is an adorable kiddo who is about to turn 4 years old! She was born with limb differences of her hands and feet. Her file was prepared in 2013 but it states that she was able to walk with corrective shoes. She was able to babble and imitate adult’s actions and words. She could listen to simple instructions and recognize familiar faces. At the time that her file was prepared she was able to grasp toys and handles with ease. Joelle loves to play with other kiddos and likes watching cartoons! Since her file was prepared a few years ago, GWCA is currently trying to learn more about her. Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to learn more about Joelle!

DavisDavis

**GRANTS AVAILABLE** Meet Davis! He is an adorable 13-year old boy who is brave, resilient, and kind in the face of terrible tragedy. He has touched the heart of his caregivers, teachers, and advocates so much so that they have raised money for his adoption costs! Currently, Davis has about $7,000 raised towards his adoption fees, and he is eligible for an additional $10,000 through the advocacy site Reece’s Rainbow!  Davis was discovered in 2006 after surviving a terrible flood in his home town. Sadly, authorities in the area where not able to find Davis’ family, and he was taken to live in the orphanage. His medical file states that he has hydrocephalus, but advocates at his orphanage believe he instead suffered from a brain injury as a result of surviving the natural disaster. Thankfully Davis has had an incredible rehabilitation center that provided him with the support and treatment he needed in order to thrive. Thanks to the organization, Davis went from being completely dependent on his caregivers to becoming fully independent. He began to truly thrive and started to excel in both his studies and his hobbies. In February of 2015, it was discovered that Davis had a benign brain tumor on his cerebellum. The doctors performed an emergency surgery that thankfully went extremely well, and Davis once again began the long road of recovery and rehabilitation. Two months after the emergency surgery, Davis started to become independent once again. He could feed and clothe himself and began speaking again. Although his speech was slurred, he was doing better each day and was becoming more and more understandable. Doctors have stated that there is always the possibility of the tumor re-occurring, but they have continued to do follow-up scans and have stated that Davis is doing incredibly well! Davis is a resilient and brave boy who is incredibly sweet and loving despite the tragedies he has had to endure. He is learning English and is very hopeful that he can still find his forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!

Here is a blog feature about Davis (also advocated for with the name Timmy)!

Check out this video that his advocates have sent us!

Fitz

Fitz

Fitz is an adorable little guy who just turned 4 years old! He was born with limb differences of his arms and legs but he doesn’t let this stop him from being an active kiddo. He is described as being very cute and sensible and loves interacting with his peers! Fitz’s caretakers and our staff that met him this summer note that he is extremely smart, quick in reaction and has strong self-esteem. He is very good at expressing himself and his needs and has strong imitation skills. Although he has some limb differences, his caretakers note that he has strong self-management skills and always tries to complete things on his own! If you are interested in learning more about Fitz, contact one of our matching specialists!

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Ezra

Ezra

Ezra is a sweet little boy from China that is almost a year and a half old. Ezra has congenital cataracts of both eyes, but other than that he is in good physical condition. Ezra cannot see clearly, but his caretakers say that he can detect light and he will follow the light with his eyes when it changes. He has very good hearing and if someone is talking in the room or he hears a noise, he will quickly turn his head toward the sound. He likes listening to music and enjoys whenever he can play with toys that make noise. He is a well behaved child and rarely cries except when his diaper needs to be changed. His caretakers descry him as a handsome, lovely little boy and they are very hopeful he will find his Forever Family soon!

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

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KatieKatie

Meet Katie! Katie is an amazing 11-year old girl who is looking for a forever family! Katie’s leg grows at a faster rate than the rest of her body, but overall she is doing great. She has been taking a medication since October of 2015 that helps to slow the rate of growth in her leg. She is cognitively on-target compared to her peers and is currently learning math and English in her school! She is a quick learner and is a very curious kiddo. She loves to laugh and is always happy to help the younger kiddos in her orphanage. She is extremely extroverted and loves to talk with her caregivers as well as the other kids! She loves to run and play outside and also loves to make crafts. She is a very bright, sweet girl who would thrive with the love of a family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!

Check out Katie’s videos!

Here’s a video from one of Katie’s advocates! 

MiloMilo

Milo is an active kiddo who is 5 years old! He is considered to have severe hearing loss but he can turn when his name is called. Milo is described as being very active and playful! He loves to play hide-and-seek with his caretaker and playing on the swings. His file indicates that he has normal physical development and his language delays are largely due to his hearing loss. Milo’s file is fairly outdated so we are trying to learn more about him. Contact GWCA if you’d like to learn more about him!

MirandaMiranda

Miranda is an adorable kiddo who is 12 years old! A GWCA staff member met Miranda back in February and would be happy to speak with you about her! Her file indicates that she has a movement disorder of her legs. She walks with a walker which has helped her tremendously. She has good coordination of her hands – she can draw and write on her own. Miranda has good self-care ability and has been able to attach well to her caretakers and teachers. She gets along great with her peers and is very well liked! Miranda is quick in reaction, has a ready smile and loves to help others. She is described as being active and energetic!

Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to learn more about Miranda!

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Meant to Be

Every family’s matching experience is unique, we say it every day. Whether you’re matched with a child that you’ve hosted or a child that you find on our Waiting Child photo listing. The one thing that all families have in common, however, is that moment when all of the pieces fall into place and you know it’s meant to be. For this family, that moment of clarity came when their local medical specialists confirmed that they would be able to provide their child with the care they needed once they got home. If your family is interested in being matched through our China Waiting Child adoption program, visit our China Waiting Child photo listing today!

MitchellWe had been in the US process for a year, so we had already met with a social worker and answered some questions about age of child, etc. My husband travels 3-4 weeks per month for his job and I work fairly long hours–occasionally needing to take calls into the evening–so we were advised that an older child that might need therapy or with severe health issues might not be best for us as we are unavailable during the day. This led us to believe that a child under 3 years of age would be best. So as we evaluated the ‘special focus’ needs that we could handle, we knew we needed to look at things that could be corrected with surgery or which would not require a great deal of therapy. This meant needs such as cleft palate were okay but cerebral palsy was not something we felt we could handle. Heart issues and other needs that are more severe were considered on a case by case and would have to be evaluated by a physician before we could make a decision.Based on the age range that we were open to, and knowing that it might take 6-12 months to bring the child home, we looked at children 2 years old or younger so that the child would be less than 3 when we got home.

Generally, I did the first review through the GWCA website looking at the pictures and brief profile. The first review was for the children’s age and basic “correctable condition” analysis. Based on that, I would ask for more information from GWCA. If review of the additional information, photos and videos was positive, I would then ask my husband to review it as well. He usually had more questions. His initial pass on our son was negative based on our need to return the file in 24 hours so that we could look at another file too – the file indicated a possible developmental delay. I had seen a video of our son, however, and did not think he behaved like a child with developmental delays. So I asked a friend with experience in this area to look at the video. The friend agreed with my thoughts, so we decided to have a doctor review his file.

IMG_0238The medical review came back very positive — with a potential diagnosis of a primarily cosmetic birth defect and a recommendation to talk to a specialist in our city. The specialist reviewed our son’s files and concurred with the GWCA doctor’s diagnosis and said that if we brought him to our city he could perform surgery.At this point it seemed that this child met the profile of what we could handle and indeed that with a specialist for his condition in our city that it was “meant to be”! We immediately sent in our LOI and began the paper chase to bring him home.

Since then other families have asked us how to decide which special needs are “OK”. The best advice we can give is that there is no right answer. Each family’s answer is different based on resources (time, money and access to health care specialists in your area and people to assist the parents or give respite care when the parents need a break). If we had lived 10+ hours away from a craniofacial surgical center then we might not have been the best match for our son. I also think it’s a good idea for the parents to agree up front on the criteria and then let one of them do the initial searching/sorting and have the other be a check and balance (i.e. Not look at all the pictures on the website). It’s easy to get caught up in the sad stories of the children and to forget that as a family you’ll have limitations that might not fit their situation. By having my husband as the check/balance man he could reel me back in when my heart overstepped our agreed upon criteria because he had not spent the heart wrenching hours looking at all the children’s profiles. That may sound harsh, but it’s important for one parent to remain a little above the process or detached while you are going through it.

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8 Older Children Home From China!

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We are THRILLED to announce that in the past two weeks, eight kids form our China adoption program have come home! Ranging in age from six to twelve years old, it is amazing to see that over half of this group of older children came to the US previously with our Orphan Hosting program. We are so happy for each of these kiddos and their new Forever Families, as they begin the next leg of their journey together. Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN, and welcome home!

Orphan Hosting

Twice a year, our Orphan Hosting programs bring older children to America so that they can stay with a family for 4-5 weeks. While older children are often considered more difficult to place, this program gives them the opportunity spend time with a family that can get to know more about their personality and needs so that they can help them find the perfect Forever Family. Whether the host family decides to move forward with adoption themselves, or whether they advocate on behalf of their host child to help them find the perfect Forever Family, we have seen our hosting programs help to bring countless children home.

If your family is interested in participating in our upcoming Orphan Hosting programs, visit our hosting website or contact shannon@gwca.org. We are currently matching children in our Philippines hosting program with families living in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Georgia and Florida. If you are currently living in one of these states and would like to learn more about the kiddos in our Philippines program, visit our Orphan Hosting photo listing today!

Our hosting coordinators are finishing up their interview trips for our China and Latvia winter hosting programs, and we are anxious to get our photo listings up and begin matching kids. Contact us today to find out how you can sign up for VIP registration.

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10 New Kids Recently Added

We’ve recently added 10 NEW KIDS to our China Waiting Child photo listing who are all in need of Forever Families! As these kiddos are considered “Special Focus,” families can be matched with them right away rather than having to wait until their paperwork is submitted. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these kids, contact our matching specialists, or visit the photo listing to request their files!

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Meet Lottie!New Kids 1 She is a darling 7-year old girl with Down Syndrome. Lottie was in the United States for a month this summer and had a wonderful time with her host family! She loves to laugh and loved to spend time with her host siblings! If your family is interested in learning more about this sweet girl, please contact us today at meredith@gwca.org or visit our China Waiting Child photo listing to request her file!

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TreyNew Kids 2 is an older healthy boy that was hosted in the United States this summer! Here is what his host family had to say about him: “Trey was truly an awesome boy and would fit in to anyone’s family. He tried ALL foods, joined in all activities, and LOVED to help do everything…especially make (and drink) kool-aid. Even when we were doing summer schoolwork (math problems), Trey wanted to join in and indeed, worked out problems in my son’s math book! He tried hard to communicate with us, and used google translate well to ask questions and to tell us what he would like to do. He learned many English words while he was here, and taught us quite a few Chinese phrases. Trey is pretty athletic and loved to play baseball! He also loved board games and readily joined in. He got along very well with all members in our family, extended family, and church family.”

Contact our China matching specialists to learn more about Trey or visit our photo listing to request his file today! 

Ming New Kids 3is an incredible 13 year old boy who is currently being hosted in the US. Here is what his host mom has to say about him: “Thirteen year old Ming has just blown us away with his pleasant personality, his helpful spirit, his determination, his courage, his intelligence and his obvious hopefulness in finding his forever family. This 13 year old boy continues to impress us day after day with the COURAGEOUS way that he faces life. Having spent all of his life in an orphanage, and dealing with medical issues and a prosthetic leg, Ming’s life experiences have been very limited. But he does NOT let fear prevent him from trying new things. Even when he initially is afraid, you can talk him through it, and he WILL give new things a try. Ming’s intelligence makes itself evident in everything that he does. From how quickly he learns a new game, to his creativity, to how he solves problems, and how well he listens, follows directions, and applies prior learning to new situations, Ming is one very sharp young man.

Contact our China matching specialists to learn more about Ming, or visit our China Waiting Child photo listing to request his file today!

Gregory New Kids 4is an adorable 4 year old who will be turning 5 in September! He has cerebral palsy which he receives rehabilitation care for. He has been in therapy for the last 2 years which has helped him tremendously. Around his 4th birthday he was able to support himself with his hands, crawl, and walk with some assistance. Gregory could understand simple sentences from adults and could understand what was being asked of him. He likes interacting with children in his class and is described as being very social! Great Wall is requesting an update on him to see how his rehabilitation has progressed since his file was prepared. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review his file!Trent New Kids 5is an amazing 12-year old boy in need of a forever family! Trent has been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome, but overall he seems to be doing great. He was hosted by a family for a month this summer and had an incredible time in the United States! He has an amazing sense of humor and an infectious laugh. He loved spending time with his host siblings and was great and playing games and sharing. He is a bright, happy kiddo who would thrive with the love of a family. Please contact Great Wall if you would like to learn more!Chase New Kids 6is an incredible 12 year old kiddo! He is currently being hosted in the United States. Here’s what his host mom has to say about him: Meet Chase! Chase is an amazing 12 year old orphan from China. He is being hosted in the USA until August 18,2016. He is looking for his forever family. In spite of being deaf from birth, Chase is very observant and a quick learner. He is able to read and write in Chinese and in his short visit is already recognizing and writing some English words. It is so impressive how quickly he learns! Chase wants to try everything. He loves sports, especially batting in baseball. He’s a great hitter! He also loves to swim. Uno Attack is one of his favorite card games. Chase will be a great blessing in a family. His determination, kindness, loving heart, and intelligence will take him far in life.

Visit the GWCA Waiting Child photo listing to request Chase’s file today!

MicahMicah is an incredible kiddo who was hosted in the United States this summer! He is 13 years old and his official diagnosis is a repaired cleft lip and palate. Micah has done wonderfully during his time with his host family in America! He is very smart and inquisitive and loves to explore new things. He has had a blast playing on the trampoline and building in the sandbox. His host family has been incorporating English into his vocabulary and he seems to be doing well with it so far. Micah enjoys playing with legos and matchbox cars. He gets along with everyone in his host family and is described as being very responsive and friendly! Contact GWCA if you’d like to learn more about Micah!EddieEddie is an adorable kiddo who just turned 4 years old! His medical file indicates that he has an extra digit on both of his feet. GWCA is currently trying to determine whether or not he has additional needs. Eddie can walk on his own and he doesn’t have any mobility delays. He can follow simple instructions and express himself clearly. He is cooperative with his caretakers and responds to other’s instructions well. Eddie is described as being an energetic kiddo who is always smiley! Contact GWCA if you’d like to review his file!JordanJordan is an adorable little guy who is about to turn 3 years old! Jordan has some urogenital needs but is developing well cognitively. His file was supplemented this March and his caretakers indicated that his needs have no impact on his daily life. He can stand for a while under the help of his caretakers and can say some simple sentences. He can understand simple instructions such as putting away toys or taking off his shoes. Jordan is very fond of listening to music and dancing! He is closest to his caretakers but gets along with other kiddos too. If you’d like to review Jordan’s file, contact one of our matching specialists today!MaiseyMaisey is an adorable kiddo who will be 5 years old in November! She was born with Down’s Syndrome. She is described as being energetic and happy! Maisey gets along well with other children and familiar caretakers. She is very curious and always wants to be apart of what others are engaging in. She loves toys with bright colors and loud noises. She has language delays but can express herself with some simple language. Maisey loves running and playing outdoors! If you are interested in reviewing her file, contact one of our matching specialists!

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Forever Family Friday!

2We’re DELIGHTED to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this adorable girl home FOREVER! Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN, we can’t wait to see you come home!

As a younger kiddo with more minor needs, this little lady’s file was considered LID, meaning her family had to have their dossier logged in before they could review her file and be matched with her. If you’re interested in being matched with a child through our LID track, visit our website for more information, or contact us today to start your journey!

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New Waiting Child Updates!

NAOMINaomi is an adorable little girl from China that is about to turn 2 years old. Naomi has spina bifida and was born with a lumbosacral meningocele that was removed when she was only 4 months old. She has healed well from her surgery and she is receiving rehabilitation services to help her with her gross motor skills. Naomi’s file was prepared when she was only 10 months old, so this information is as of that time. At that time she was still recovering from her surgery and she could not yet sit up on her own. However she was able to push herself up when she was lying on her stomach and could reach and grasp nearby toys and play with them. She could visually follow moving objects across the room with her eyes. She loved being teased by her caregivers and she will giggle a lot.

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

Watch Grace’s Video: Video 1

BRONX

Bronx is a sweet little boy from China that is about to turn 4 years old. Bronx seems to be healthy physically and is just developmentally delayed. He had an IQ test when he was younger that ranked him lower on IQ, but we have found from experience that many of those tests are inaccurate because they do not take into account that a child is going to have institutional delays from growing up in an orphanage. So whenever there is an IQ test in a child’s file, we suggest taking it with a grain of salt. However the testers did say that he might have autism, but again that is something that may or may not be completely accurate based on the testing.

Based on what is in this child’s file, he seems to have the same basic delays as other children his age who have grown up in an orphanage. He is a bit more delayed in his social skills, including how to play with others, but again that is to be expected with a child growing up in an orphanage. Many children lack the skills to play well with other children because no one has taught them how to share or how to play constructively with other children. Often times children in orphanages have very few toys, so sharing can be hard for children in orphanages and so they can tend to play by themselves so no one takes their toys.

Bronx likes to play outdoors and is quite active. He likes to look at books and newspapers and pretends to be reading them. He speaks several words and short phrases. His caretakers say that he will say “Good Morning, teacher” when they come into a room. Bronx likes to listen to music and claps his hands when listening to children’s songs. Bronx goes to school in the orphanage and his teacher’s say that he is making progress in learning every day and that he is a happy boy.

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

Watch Bronx’s Videos: Video 1Video 2

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Cade is a smiley little guy who is 2 years old! He was born with a spinal meningocele which has been repaired with surgery. Cade still has some trouble using his legs but doctors suggest intensive rehabilitation for him to gain strength. Through rehabilitaiton services, he has grown strong crawling capabilities and upper body strength. He is currently practicing standing using some support. His update indicates that he has come a very long way since he first began his rehabilitation! Cogntiviely he is on target with his peers. He can complete puzzles, understand what is being said to him and he can communicate actively and clearly.  He is described as a pleasant, bright and active boy with a ready smile! He likes playing with kids his age and older kiddos too. He loves participating in group activities and loves to observe people around him. His caretakers indicate that he learns very fast and is quite the little problem solver! He is great at imitating adult’s language and actions and can understand some simple instructions. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review his file!

Watch Cade’s Videos: Video 1Video 2Video 3

EVERETT

Everett is an adorable 3 year old! He has a urogenital need but it doesn’t seem to impact his daily life. His file was prepared in May of 2015 and at that time he could walk steadily with holding and independently for short distances. He was mimicking adult’s actions and words and could recognize familiar objects and people. He is described as being open minded and adorable! He gets along very well with other children and loves to play games. His favorite activity is being outside. Everett had some delayed physical development when he was about a year old but went through some extensive rehabilitation training which helped him overcome these obstacles. After training he could sit up alone, crawl, stand and walk for short distances. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review his file!

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GRACIE

Gracie is a cutie who is 5 years old! She had both a VSD and an ASD that have both been repaired with surgery. Gracie was also born with a chromosomal abnormality that we are currently trying to learn more about. She is described as being extroverted and cheerful! She loves being close to her caretaker but also loves to play with the other kiddos. Gracie loves to sing and dance and especially likes to listen to her caretaker play the piano. She is slightly delayed on her cognitive and physical development compared to her peers. Her language development is delayed and she is shorter than her peers. We are currently trying to learn more about Gracie! Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review her file.

Watch Gracie’s Videos: Video 1 |  Video 2

BROOKLYNBrooklyn is a cute little girl from China that just turned 3 years old. Brooklyn has Down’s Syndrome and seems to be doing very well. An update we received indicates that her cognition is higher than her peers. She has some language delays but she can say some simple words. She can feed herself, put on her shoes on her own and crawl into bed independently. Brooklyn is walking and likes to dance when music is on. She will wave “hi” and “goodbye” when people leave and enter the room. She likes looking in the mirror and kissing her reflection. She has good fine motor skills and can pick up small objects like candy, hairpins and breadcrumbs. She understands and follows simple instructions by caretakers. She likes to be around people, is described as being outgoing and is very active and cheerful. She likes to hold other children’s hands when she plays with them. She is getting some special education in an orphanage class. She likes being cuddled by her caregivers.

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

Watch Brooklyn’s Videos: Video #1!Video #2!Video #3!Video #4!Video #5!Video #6!

FinnFinn is a cutie who is 2 years old! He has a special need that affects the development of his teeth. After receiving an update on him, it seems like Finn might have a condition that affects the development of his hair, skin, teeth, nails and sweat glands. Finn is sensitive to the heat and his caretakers make sure to keep him cool. Finn is slightly delayed on his language development compared to his peers. He can understand simple language and commands and knows how to communicate simply with his caretakers.

Please contact our matching specialists if you’d like to learn more about him!

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Connor is a sweet little boy from China that recently turned 3 years old. Connor was born with deformities of both of his arms and legs, but he seems like a resilient little boy that has found ways of getting around even with his limb deformities. And Connor can walk by himeself now!  Connor is described as being strong willed and optimistic and never considers himself different from children without disabilities. Connor does not let his special need get him down and he maintains a positive attitude and problem solves ways to live his life despite his limb disabilities.

Connor can speak in short sentences and he likes to learn new words all the time.  Connor imitates the words and actions of his caregivers.  Connor can now express himself with words and tell people what he wants. Connor is described by his caretakers as being very smart.

Connor enjoys playing with other children and he enjoys kicking balls with his friends and caretakers. Connor especially enjoys playing with an older boy in his orphanage that has similar limb disabilities. Connor likes to greet his caretakers when they come into the room and say goodbye to them when they leave. He enjoys when you lift him up and cuddle him.

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

Watch Connor’s Videos: Video #1Video #2!

 

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Forever Family Friday!

ForeverHooray! This beautiful girl has been matched with a family that is working hard to bring her home Forever.  Congratulations to her and her new Forever Family from all of us at GWCA!

As her file is considered LID, the family that is matched with her had to have their dossier logged in before they could learn more about her! Our LID track provides families with the opportunity to be matched with younger kiddos with more minor or correctable needs. Learn more about the difference between LID and Special Focus below! If you’re interested in learning how you can join our LID track and start your journey towards being matched, contact our matching specialists today!

LID vs. Special Focus

When reviewing children’s files with our matching team, we encourage families to be as open as possible to children of either gender, as there are far more boys available for adoption than girls. We also encourage families to carefully consider the age range and special needs that they might feel comfortable with. This helps us determine if they would be better suited for a Special Focus child, or what we refer to as the “LID Track.”
LID

Non-Special Focus kids are often referred to as LID, meaning “Log In Date.” While families can be matched with a Special Focus child at any point in the process, they must log their dossier in prior to reviewing files for LID children. These kids are typically age 1-4, and have more minor or correctable needs. For families that are open to a Waiting Child with minor or correctable needs, the LID track is a great alternative to other international adoption programs where the referral time for a healthy child can be several years.

Contact our Matching Specialists to learn how you can get started on the LID track today! 

Special Focus

Most of the children in China’s Waiting Child program, are classified as Special Focus. This means that they are considered more difficult to place either because of their age range, or needs. While the idea of special needs can be a bit overwhelming to families, it is important to realize that many needs fall on a spectrum. This means that two children whose files indicate the same need can be affected in completely different ways. One example of this is cerebral palsy. While some of the children that we have seen with cerebral palsy are wheelchair bound, others are able to run, jump, and climb just like any other kid. As such, it is very important for families to thoroughly  research a variety of special needs before ruling anything out!

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