Camden is an adorable little guy who is one year old! He was born with two heart defects known as a PDA and an ASD. His file indicates that he might have some issues with hearing out of his left ear. His file was prepared when he was 10 months old and he is currently living in a foster home. He is described as being cheerful and giggly! Camden is babbling and will make eye contact while engaging with you. He knows familiar people and can understand adult’s facial expressions. He can understand the meaning of simple words like “hi” and “bye-bye”. He can sit up on his own, grasp objects and can transfer toys from one hand to the other. He can hold his own milk bottle to drink on his own.Meet Kellen! Kellen is a darling 9-year old boy with hemophilia looking for a family to call his own. He has some cognitive development compared to his peers, but he is currently taking classes on language, math, art, music, and physical education. He has to be more cautious when being physical active given his need, but overall he is an active kiddo. His favorite activities including singing, drawing, and playing games with his friends.
Check out my video!Shiloh is a precious little girl from China that is 6 and a half years old. Shiloh was abandoned when she was 3 years old and came into care at that time. It is presumed that Shiloh lived with her family before that time. Shiloh now lives in a foster family and goes to school in the local orphanage. Shiloh’s file indicates that she has some cognitive delays and that she may need extra help catching up. Shiloh’s langue comprehension ability is good and she can speak 2-3 sentences at a time to express her needs. She has some trouble with pronunciation of some words and has a smaller vocabulary than some of her peers of the same age, and she sometimes uses signs to express herself.
Shiloh enjoys group activities and likes playing with other children. Shiloh likes to be praised when she does a good job and so she will actively demonstrate her work to her teachers. She enjoys living in her foster family, where she has a younger foster sister that she enjoys very much. She likes to protect and care for her younger foster sister and she likes to give her hugs.
Shiloh has good motor skills; she can walk, run, jump and go up and down stairs. Shiloh also has good fine motor skills such as using a pen to color, eating with chopsticks, and picking out specific small objects from among other different small objects.
You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Shiloh. We hope we are able to find Shiloh her Forever Family soon!Clark is a happy kiddo who is 7 years old! He was recently apart of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Clark and learned all about him! Clark is fairly delayed on his language development but we believe that with the proper care and attention he would be able to catch up! He is described as being shy but his teachers and classmates love him. He likes to share his toys and things and is said to be modest! Clark does not have any physical limitations and is able to be active! He is receiving education in the orphanage and is being taught basic life skills.
Click Here to Watch Clark’s Video!This amazing kiddo’s name is Jonathan, and he is 13 years old! Jonathan is completely deaf in both ears, but his cognitive and mobility development are on-target. He can communicate well using writing and hand gestures and is able to write about 40 simple English words. He is very helpful to his teachers and does well very well in school! He also love sports, and is great at jump rope, ping-pong, and badminton!
heck out my NEW video!Spencer is a cheerful kiddo who is 11 years old! He was recently apart of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Spencer and learned all about him! He has congenital esotropia of both eyes. Spencer lives in a foster family and has for quite some time. His foster parents describe him as very active, positive and happy! He loves to communicate with others and is constantly sharing what he observes and feels with his classmates and friends. He is currently in the 3rd grade! His file indicates that his vision needs present some challenges for him in regards to reading and writing. Spencer enjoys extracurricular activities and playing outside.
Click Here to Watch Spencer’s Video!Tristan is a smiley kiddo who is 7 years old! He was recently apart of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Tristan and learned all about him! He was born with Hydrocephalus but it doesn’t seem to affect his daily life at all. The advocates that met him mentioned that his understanding ability is great and that he doesn’t have any issues communicating. He has excellent pronunciation and can speak in full sentences. Tristan is described as being extroverted and friendly.Read More
We are so happy to announce that one of the families in our China adoption program was recently matched with TWO kiddos from the same orphanage!
Due to country policies in China, we generally don’t see sibling groups that are in need of families. As such, many families choose to adopt two unrelated children at the same time so that they can bring them home together. This is such an incredible way to bring two children from a similar past into a shared future.
Congratulations to both of these kiddos and their new Forever Family from all of us at GWCA – we can’t wait to see you come home!
If your family is interested in learning how you can be matched with a child through GWCA’s China Waiting Child adoption program, visit our Waiting Child photo listing or contact our matching specialists today!
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June is a sweet little girl from China that is going to turn 5 years old in early 2017. June’s file has just been prepared and is brand new! June has CHD (congenital heart disease) and she has not yet received any surgery for her heart condition. She also has mild anemia. June is speaking 5-10 word sentences, she knows how to count numbers 1-10, she knows how to differentiate colors and she knows the difference between big and small. She can draw a person on a paper with three different body parts (i.e. face, ears, nose, hands, lets, etc.). June can also write her own name. She can walk and go up and down stairs without help, and she can jump off the ground with both feet. June likes playing outside and her favorite toys are dolls and balls. She is found of listening to music and reading picture books.
You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting June. We hope we are able to find June her Forever Family soon!
Chelsea is an adorable little girl who is 3 years old! She was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Chelsea and learned all about her! Chelsea lives in a foster family and has done very well with them! Before moving out of the institution, she preferred to play alone and was quite shy but since moving into the foster family she has flourished! She is very active and personable and loves to play with other children. Our advocate noted that she is extremely cute and always smiling! She can imitate adult’s language and is always babbling. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review her file!
Cedric is an adorable kiddo who is 9 years old! He was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Cedric and learned all about him! He was born with an arachnoid cyst and hydrocephalus. The advocate that spent time with Cedric let us know that he is smart, extroverted, and he gets along very well with others! His communication abilities are strong and he can describe his needs very well to his caretakers. Cedric is living in a foster family and has done extremely well there! He loves to sing and has quite the knack for painting! If you are interested in reviewing Cedric’s medical file, contact a GWCA matching specialist!
Owen is a healthy older boy who is 12 years old! He was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Owen and learned all about him! He had a cleft lip when he was younger but it was repaired in 2005. Owen has lived in a foster family environment since he was a child and has done very well. He has been receiving education since he was 4 years old and can introduce himself in English. Owen has always done well in school and in 2014 he got 2nd place in the art competition! He enjoys running and riding his bike. He gets along with everyone around him and is described as being active, bright, kind and grateful. Contact one of our matching specialists if you would like to review Owen’s file!
Meet Piper! Piper is an adorable kiddo who will be turning two this December. She was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, as well as aural atresia and microtia. She currently hears with the assistance of a hearing aid. She is a very bright child and is described by her caregivers as active, restless, and social. She is currently staying with a foster family and has thrived with their consistent care. She is able to use simple words like “Mama” and can clearly express her needs. She is able to distinguish between strangers and her caregivers and has attached well with her foster family. She loves music, and loves to sing and dance along with the melody! She also loves to play outside and prefers to hold hands and walk with her caregivers. She also loves to swim and play on the beach, and she’s even gotten the chance to go to Disneyland! She’s a bright and happy kiddo who would thrive with a family to call her own. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!Kendall is a sweet 11 year old girl! She has epilepsy and hemiplegia of the right side. Kendall is slightly delayed compared to her peers but we believe that is due to the combination of her hemiplegia and institutionalization. Her muscle strength on her left side is weaker than her right side. She can go up and down stairs on her own and take care of herself in daily life. Her file indicates that her language development has improved greatly and that she has clear pronunciation. She can sing children’s songs and clap along to the rhythm of the music! She is in the special school at the orphanage and is currently in the second grade. Contact GWCA today if you’d like to review her file! Read More
We are DELIGHTED to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this beautiful girl home forever! Congratulations to her and her new family from all of us at GWCA and CAN – we can’t wait to see you come home!
China Waiting Child Adoption
Our China adoption program allows families to be matched with Special Focus children at any point in the process, making the adoption journey as a whole relatively quick! We receive new children’s files each week, both from our orphanage partnerships and from the Shared List, which provides our families with the opportunity to review multiple files until they find a child that they feel would be a good fit. Contact our China matching specialists or visit our photo listing to learn more about the kids that we’re currently advocating for!Read More
Some people know at a very young age that they want to grow their family through adoption; others may not realize it until a specific child touches their heart. However the feeling comes, it’s one that will change your life forever.
Here is a story that one of our adoptive moms shared with us about when she first realized that she wanted to adopt. This family participated in GWCA’s Orphan Hosting program this past summer, and they are currently working their way through the adoption process. We are eager to continue following their journey as they work towards bringing sweet Jett into their family forever.
God connected me with Amanda via the internet and a mutual love of dog rescue. Well, Amanda’s family hosted a precious little boy from China last Christmas. I followed as she helped him get medical evaluations and gave him a loving break from his orphanage. God spoke directly to my heart through that precious little boy. I talked to my wonderful hubby again. A short term host program seemed more manageable for us. We would advocate for an orphan from China.
The first child mentioned to me by the agency was our sweet Jett. He was described as painfully shy. He had mobility issues. I worried that my boisterous family and playful dogs would terrify him. I said “no” to Jett and kept looking. God brought my heart back to Jett over and over again. Finally, we committed to hosting Jett. There is so much more to this story, but in the process of advocating, God showed each of us very clearly that this little boy belongs in our family. It is hard to explain the feeling when you look into the face of a child, not born from your body, but know without a doubt that God has made him your son. God loves you so much, Sweet Jett. He began preparing me for you when I was a young girl. He knew you then, even when you were not yet here on earth. He knew you would be our son. I can’t wait to bring you home! Your Baba, Brian Whitten, and I are working hard to make that happen as soon as possible.
Contact our international matching specialists today to learn how you can begin your adoption journey!
Asher is an adorable little guy who is 5 years old! He was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Asher and learned all about him! It is our understanding that Asher has a combination of heart needs. He has not yet received surgery for his special need. Our advocate noted that he cannot over-exert himself at this time but his information should be reviewed by a cardiologist to determine what type of treatment is needed. He is described as being introverted, sweet, polite and he gets along very well with others! He can speak in short sentences but his pronunciation is not very clear. Contact GWCA if you’d like to review Asher’s medical file!**FINANCIAL GRANT AVAILABLE** Kramer is a cute kiddo who is 9 years old! He has post-operative CHD and limb differences of his left arm. Kramer has a fantastic personality and his caretakers note that he’s quite the popular kiddo among his peers because of how kind and thoughtful he is! He is in the second grade and and makes excellent grades. Kramer has been in a foster family since 2010 and has adjusted very well to living in a family environment! He is described as being helpful, talkative, easy-going and well-behaved. Kramer is very independent and likes to complete tasks on his own. He enjoys playing with other children and being active! Contact GWCA today if you’d like to review Kramer’s file!**MATCHED** Clarissa is a sweet little girl from China that just turned 1 year old. Clarissa has CHD but it appears to be an issue that can be corrected with surgery once Clarissa is adopted. Clarissa is crawling, walking while holding on to the wall, and she is babbling a lot. Clarissa is a generally happy baby that enjoys spending time with other children and her caretakers. Clarissa has already been matched with a family, however, if you are interested in learning about kiddos with similar needs, contact GWCA today!Mason is a precious little boy from China that just turned 2 years old. Mason has undescended testicles, but this is often something that corrects itself as the child gets older, or a minor procedure can be done to correct it. His file also says that part of his brain is a little wide in one area, but it doesn’t appear to be an issue in terms of his development at this time. Mason is an active, energetic little boy who can crawl and walk while holding on to something.
Mason has been living with a foster family since he was 2 months old, so he has been receiving much better one-on-one care than he would have living in the orphanage. He is very attached to his foster parents. He likes to listen to music and clap his hands with the rhythm. He like to play hide-and-seek and play with toy bicycles. He likes bath time so much that he doesn’t want to get out of the bath, so sometimes he gets upset when bath time is over. Mason has good imitating behavior and will copy the words he hears his foster parents saying. He knows the difference between big and small, he can build towers out of blocks, and when asked he can point to his nose, mouth, ears, eyes, etc.This sweet 8-year old boy’s name is Brandon! Brandon has an extra finger on his right hand and his left ear is slightly deformed, but there doesn’t appear to be any hearing impairment. He also has severe scoliosis, but he is able to walk without assistance! Brandon is a kind, shy kiddo who is hoping to have a forever family soon. He was hosted by a family in the United States and had a amazing time! Brandon transitioned incredibly well with his host family and brought them a lot of joy and happiness. He has a hearty, infectious laugh that his host family loved! They describe him as a sweet, inquisitive, and helpful, saying that he has a very gentle spirit. Please reach out to Great Wall if you’d like to learn more!
Check out my NEW video! Meet Peter! Peter is an 11-year old boy who was born with a cleft lip. Peter had surgery to repair his lip in April of 2008 and has been doing great since then! His caregivers say that he is a great learner, and that he has a very active and sunny disposition. His file states that he had some difficulties with language delays, but it is unclear if that was a result of his unrepaired cleft lip. Since his surgery, it sounds like his language development has become stronger. His caregivers love him very much and are eager for him to have a family to call his own. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!Meet Alec! Alec is an adorable 1 1/2 year old boy in need of a forever home! He has Down Syndrome and an atrial septal defect. He is currently living with a foster family and is described by his foster parents as being very affectionate and cuddly. He is not able to stand yet, but he is able to prop himself up and sit without assistance for short periods. He is also not speaking yet, but he is very expressive and is making babbling sounds. He loves to listen to music and will kick his feet along with the rhythm! He’s a sweet kiddo who would thrive with the consistent care of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more! Read More
Kramer is a sweet 9-year-old boy from China who has truly touched the lives of all those who surround him. GWCA’s matching specialists have heard from other advocates, families, and caretakers alike that he is an incredible kiddo, a great student, and a wonderful friend to other children. Recently, one of the families that feels a strong connection to Kramer provided him with a substantial financial grant. This grant is available to any family that would like to welcome Kramer into their home, and will be applied directly towards his adoption fees!
Kramer’s caretakers say that he has a fantastic personality, and that he’s quite popular among his peers because he is very kind and thoughtful. He is described as being a helpful kiddo who is talkative, easy-going and well behaved. He loves spending his time playing with other children and being active.
Kramer has post-operative CHD and limb difference of his left arm, but he doesn’t let that hold him back. He’s a very independent boy who likes to complete tasks on his own. He is in the second grade and and makes excellent grades.
Kramer has been in a foster family since 2010 and has adjusted very well to living in a family environment. November is National Adoption Month, and we are so hopeful that before the month is over Kramer will find a Forever Family of his own. Please help us advocate for him by sharing his story.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Kramer or if you would like more information about his grant, contact our China matching specialists today!Read More
In the midst of National Adoption Month, we are so excited to announce the launch of our NEW website design! This change has been underway for the past few months, and we are so happy to share that each site (GWCA, CAN, Orphan Hosting and Student Ambassador Exchange) has now made the transition.
The site has a new clean cut appearance, but don’t worry, the content is all still there! So whether you’re looking for information on one of our programs, reading our latest blog posts, or visiting our photo listing to request a child’s file, love the speed and convenience of the new layout!
It’s now easier than ever to browse our websites on your cell phone or tablet! The new layout adjusts to the size of your screen so you don’t have to worry about zooming in or out to find the right tab.
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If you’re interested in receiving emails from GWCA, CAN, Orphan Hosting and SAE, you can now sign up by simply scrolling to the bottom of one of our home pages and entering your email address!
While our newsletters are a great way to stay in the loop with our adoption programs, we encourage any families that are ready to begin their journey to contact our matching specialists directly. You can do this by filling out a contact form, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling us at (512)323-9595.
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Hooray! We’re so delighted to announce that one of the families in our China adoption program has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this little guy home FOREVER! We are so excited for him and his new family, and we can’t wait to see them come home!
Despite the fact that he is only one year old, this little guy’s file was considered Special Focus, meaning his family was able to review his information prior to logging their dossier in.
All of the kiddos that are on our photo listing are in need of loving Forever Families, and you can be matched with them right away! If your family is interested in learning more about any of the Waiting Children in our China adoption program, contact one of our China matching specialists or visit our photo listing today!Read More
Ford is a precious little boy from China that just turned 1 year old. Ford has mild CHD (ASD) and was born with syphilis and Hep C, which are both generally treatable. One of our GWCA staff members met Ford when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Ford!
Ford can crawl, stand up by himself and is learning to walk. He can grasp toys near him, can take blocks and put them in and out of cups, and he can go look for toys when he drops them. He knows his name and turns to look when called, he responds to his caretakers asking him for objects, he babbles and imitates words, and he can take his socks on and off by himself. He is fond of listening to music and likes to laugh when teased by his caregivers.
You can see more videos of Ford when You Request to Review His File!Dakota is a cute little girl from China that 2 and a half years old. Dakota was diagnosed with rickets when she was younger but has been receiving treatment since she was little and it has gotten much better now. She has hearing loss in both ears, but she is not completely deaf. She communicates with a combination of signs and words. Dakota has been living with a foster family since September 2015 and so she has been receiving much better one-on-one care than she would if she lived in an orphanage. One of our GWCA staff members met Dakota when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Dakota!
Dakota can be a bit shy around strangers but she interacts well with familiar people. She likes to watch TV, play with colorful toys and outdoor activities. Dakota has good fine motor skills, such as using a pen to scribble on paper. Dakota can walk on her own steadily. Dakota understands the meaning of “no” when directed to do something by her foster family. Dakota likes listening to music and tends to be energetic.Glenda is a precious little girl from China that is 1 and a half years old. Glenda was born low birth weight and she has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She is so young though that it is unclear if her CP is more minor, moderate or more significant. Glenda receives regular rehabilitation and she has gotten much strong over the last several months. She enjoys listening to music and receiving cuddles from her caregivers.
Glenda’s file is a little out of date, so we are working hard to get more updated information on Glenda.Han is a sweet little boy from China that just recently turned 1 year old. Han was born premature and has a little bit of a cerebral gap, but other than that he seems to be a normal little baby boy. Han is an extroverted little boy that has a lot of curiosity! He loves to explore outside and try new things. He plays outside almost every day which he enjoys very much! He likes to have attention from his caregivers, and when he doesn’t get enough attention he gets upset. Han is described as being a very smart child and when you hold him and talk to him, he will listen very intently. Han likes to be held and cuddled. He enjoys “chatting” with you by babbling different sounds that he imitates from others. He knows his name when called and he will turn toward the person who calls him.
Han can sit up by himself and can crawl on his own. He is learning to walk by using a baby walker which he pushes around when he plays. He likes listening to music, playing with toys and swimming in the pool whenever he has the opportunity. Han has a very big appetite and he enjoys eating rice, fruit puree, meat and steamed eggs. Han really likes drinking milk and he is not at all a picky eater.Abe is an adorable little boy from China that is one and a half years old. Abe was born with CHD, specifically an ASD, but he seems to be doing well now. He has slight hip dysplasia of one side of his hip. Abe’s file indicates that otherwise he has normal physical development at this point.
Abe can crawl, stand steadily by himself and can walk by holding on to something. Abe can take off his own socks and shoes. He understands the meaning of the word “no” and he is babbling and imitating the words of adults. Abe likes to play with other children and will not fight over toys with his peers. He likes to go outside to play and his enjoys playing hide-and-seek.This cutie’s name is Benjamin, and he is two years old! He has difficulty straightening out his wrist, elbow, and knee joints, as well as strephenopodia of his feet. Benjamin would likely do very well with physical therapy and orthopedic treatments. Benjamin also has an un-descended testicle. He’s described by his caregivers as being talkative, cute, and extroverted. He loves to smile and be cuddled by his caregivers! He would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!Meet Josie! Josie as a sweet 8-year old girl in need of a forever home. Josie is blind in both eyes, but her doctors indicate that there is the possibility of regaining some vision with proper medical treatments. Josie’s caregivers describe her as a very beautiful and intelligent little girl, saying that she loves to play with other children! She’s a happy kiddo who loves to listen to music and play with toys. Her caregivers say that she can be timid and shy due to the fact that she cannot see others, but overall she is very sweet and affectionate. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!Reid is a cute little guy who is 5 years old! He has some motor development delays and his file indicates he has Cerebral Dysplasia. Reid has been receiving extensive rehabilitation services since arriving at the institute. These services have helped him tremendously. Reid needs the assistance of a walker to get around but he seems to do very well with it. He can understand instructions and what his caretakers ask of him. Reid can express his needs to his caretakers and interact with his peers! He loves to listen to music and watch television! GWCA is asking for more updated information on Reid. Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to review his file!Renee is a sweet little girl from China that is almost 1 year old. Renee was born with CHD but it appears to be very minor and she has not needed surgery for it yet. Renee has some auditory issues but she currently is able to hear with a hearing aid. Renee appears to be doing very well and is living with a Foster Family. Renee is from one of GWCA’s new Orphanage Partnerships. Meet Robbie! Robbie is a 7-year old kiddo with Down syndrome. Robbie is described as by a very sweet, shy kiddo who is loved by his teachers and the other students. He loves puzzles and helps out his caregivers by doing housework. He is a happy child who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more! Read More