Congratulations to this sweet 2-year-old boy – a family recently started submitting their paperwork to bring him home FOREVER! We are so incredibly excited for him and his new family as they take one step closer to being united. Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN, we can’t wait to see you come home!
Since this kiddo’s file was considered Special Focus, our China matching specialists were able to advocate for him on our Waiting Child photo listing. Once his family had reviewed his file, they were able to submit their paperwork to be matched with him right away rather than having to wait until after their dossier had been submitted. All of the kids whose profiles are currently on our photo listing have the same designation of “Special Focus,” meaning families can be matched with them even if they’re just beginning the adoption process.
Meet Violet! Violet is a darling 7-year old girl in need of a family to call her own. She was born with ocular dysplasia, meaning that she has no vision in either of her eyes. She is a bright, active kiddo who can clearly express herself to her caretakers. She is on target in regards to her mobility development and she loves to play games with the other kiddos. She has a very curious mind and appears to be thriving in regards to her cognitive development. Overall, she is a sweet, talkative girl who is energetic and extroverted. If you’d like to learn more about Violet, please reach out to Great Wall!Willow is a precious 3-year old girl in need of a forever family! She has been diagnosed with a patent foramen ovale in her heart, but overall she seems to be thriving! She also arrived to the orphanage with a surgical scar on her abdomen, but it is unclear at this time what the surgery was performed for. Willow is a bright, smart kiddo who appears to be reaching cognitive milestones. She can follow simple instructions, recognizes her name and can say the names of each of her classmates, and can easily differentiate between strangers and caregivers. She’s a sweet kiddo who waves goodbye to her nannies each night when they say goodbye! She can climb stairs by holding on to the rails and loves to dance with her nannies. Willow is also able to feed herself with a spoon, take her clothes on and off, and clearly express her needs to her caregivers. She is a bright, happy child who would thrive with the care of a forever family! Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!Shea is a lovely girl from China that is 13 years old. Shea will be aging out of the China Adoption System in July of this year, so she needs to be adopted very soon or else she’ll never have the chance at having a Forever Family.
Shea has some cognitive and developmental delays, but physically she appears to be healthy. Shea started off at an orphanage when she was little, but she has been living in a foster family since she was 4 years old. After living with the foster family she greatly improved on her cognitive and development abilities. Shea can speak and read, she can name festivals and their dates, and she can fill in the blanks of sentences for where certain words go. She can express herself in full sentences and she can explain the meaning of things that are happening in pictures. She has learned how to read, write and do math. She enjoys playing with others and will initiate games on her own. Shea still has some delays, but she is improving all the time.
You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Shea. We hope we are able to find Shea her Forever Family soon!
Click Here to Watch Shea’s NEW Video!Carrie is a sweet little girl from China that is 3 and a half years old. Carrie has CHD (Congenital Heart Disease), specifically coarctation of the aortic arch and PDA and some developmental delays. Carrie is described by her caretakers as a smart and cute girl. When she sees other children coming into the room she will smile and say “welcome” and will clap her hands. She likes play with other children and she is good about sharing her toys with others. She likes to hold her care takers hands when they walk together.
You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Carrie. We hope we are able to find Carrie her Forever Family soon!Boyd is a darling 11-year old boy in need of a forever family! He was born with cognitive heart disease and Down Syndrome. He also has cryptorchidism, which is a condition in which his testicles have not descended. At five years old, Boyd starting going to classes within the institute! He is a bright, active little guy who loves to engage with his teachers and caregivers. He follows instructions well and is always quick to do his homework! His caretakers describe him as active, restless, and mischievous. He’s an amazing kiddo that would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more! Read More
Spring is here, and that means NEW kiddos’ files!
Every year during spring time, GWCA’s Orphanage Partnerships summit NEW files of younger kiddos with more minor needs to our agency, and we are so excited to announce that we are expecting around 25 NEW files within the next month or so! While the majority of the needs that these children have are more minor, we typically see a variety of both Special Focus and LID files. Families that are interested in being matched with one of these younger kiddos with more minor needs should go ahead and contact our China Home Finding Team to find out how they can start the China adoption process.
If your family has already applied and started the adoption process with GWCA, you may be able to be matched even faster! These kiddos usually get matched very fast, so the sooner you get started with the adoption process, the sooner you can get matched with an adorable child who needs a loving Forever Family!
For more information on how you can be matched with one of the kiddos from our Orphanage Partnerships when we receive their files, contact our matching specialists today!Read More
After two weeks of bonding with their new families and finalizing their adoptions in China, we are so excited to share that these five kids are coming home TODAY! This is the moment that these kids have been waiting for for as long as they can remember. It’s the moment when they are no longer identified as an “orphan” and they come to know the love of a family. Today these kids will step off of the airplane and start the next leg of their journey through life with their Forever Families.
Congratulations to all of these incredible kiddos form all of us at GWCA and CAN, and welcome home!
Every family’s adoption journey is unique, and our China matching specialists love being a part of each one. GWCA’s China adoption program gives families the opportunity to play a role in their matching process, so from the moment a family begins their journey, they work with our adoption specialists to figure out what age range, needs, and gender they might be looking for in a kiddo.
Due to the policies in place by the Chinese government limiting the number of children that each family can have, it is very rare that we see sibling groups available for adoption in China. As such, many families choose to adopt two unrelated children simultaneously so that they can travel to China and welcome both of them into their family at the same time. While the two children being adopted may not be related biologically, simultaneous adoption is a fantastic way to bring two different children from a shared past into a shared future!
The story below is from one of our China adoption specialists, Mallory, who had the pleasure of working with a family that began their adoption journey with the idea of siblings in mind. Now, just one year after beginning their paperwork, they’ve been matched with two incredible kiddos from the same orphanage and they’re preparing to bring them home forever!
Since this family was looking for children with more minor medical needs, we initially held off on looking at special focus children during their dossier phase so the family could have the option to be locked with an LID child.
Three weeks before the family was about to submit their dossier we received two special focus kiddos from one of our newest orphanage partnerships. The girl was 4 years old and the boy was 3 years old; both with heart conditions.
It’s not often that we receive files for children from the same orphanage with the same need who are so close in age. I immediately thought of this particular family knowing that this might be the closest to adopting siblings as they were going to get.
The family had both files reviewed by a physician who had nothing but amazing things to say about the prognosis for both children. These two kiddos wound up being the perfect matches for this family and our partnership with their orphanage made this possible. This family had a very unique process and their children will have a very unique and special story to tell someday. I couldn’t be happier for them!
If your family is interested in learning how you can be matched with a child or two unrelated children through our China Waiting Child adoption program, visit GWCA’s photo listing or contact an adoption specialist today!
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Meet Emma! Emma is an adorable little girl who is 1 1/2 years old! She was born with Down’s Syndrome and anal atresia. She has received 3 surgeries for her anal atresia and is doing very well now! Emma is developing extremely well for her age and for her special need. She is able to sit and crawl independently and can stand holding the handrail. She babbles all day long and loves to giggle at her caretakers. She is described as being quiet, cute and well behaved. She loves to smile when someone calls her name and she can say hello and goodbye by waving and blowing kisses! Emma loves to clap her hands to the rhythm of music and play seesaw with her friends. Emma is from one of our orphanage partnerships but has also spent some time at an American run foster home in China where she has been exposed to English! Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to review her medical file.
Mina has a hearing impairment and she started to wear a hearing aid as of May 2016. Because of this, Mina is delayed on her language development. However she can understand the instructions of her caretakers, partially by observing the mouth shapes that her caregivers make, and she can use signs to convey what she wants and needs. She is making sounds and she picking up more and more all the time.
Mina is described by her caretakers as being adorable, having a ready smile and being very kind. She likes to play outside and with other children. She is also said to be a great helper to her caregivers and will do things like throwing trans into the trash can and cleaning up water that has spilled on the floor.
You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Mina. We hope we are able to find Mina her Forever Family soon!This adorable kiddo’s name is Cora, and she just turned 7 this past January! Cora has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a malformed right hand, and a malformed left food. She is able to understand most language, but has trouble expressing language herself. That being said, she has a wide range of expressive ability and is able to express her needs clearly to her caregivers. She is currently receiving physical rehabilitation services, music education, and acupuncture to help with her mobility delays. She is thriving with the assistance of her caregivers and will likely do even better with the consistent care of a forever family. She loves to listen to music, watch cartoons, build blocks, and play with her friends. She loves puzzles and is able to finish them quickly! Cora has incredible self care ability, and is able to put on clothes and take off shoes without assistance. She does still need assistance to use the bathroom, but she is making great progress. She is a bright, smart kiddo who would thrive with the love of a family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this special girl!Meet Seth! Seth is a cute little guy who will be turning 2 years old in April. He was born with cerebral palsy and CHD. He received surgery for his heart condition and is doing much better now! He was 1 year old when his file was prepared and at that time he was described as active, obedient and giggly! His motor skills were developing typically and he was able to sit up on his own and hold his toys. He could understand the facial expressions of adults, respond when his name is called and eat treats independently. If you are interested in learning more about Seth, contact one of our matching specialists today!Jason is a sweet boy from China that recently turned 11 years old. Jason was born deaf but has since received a Cochlear Implant and so he has quite a bit of hearing ability now. Since he received his Cochlear Implant 4 years ago, has attended a special boarding school to help him learn language and speech.
Jason has great self-care skills and he is a very easy person to live with. He has an easy-going personality and gets along well with others. He likes to draw and make models with his hands. Jason is good at math and he likes to play basketball with other children at school.
You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Jason. We hope we are able to find Jason his Forever Family soon!
You can watch more NEW videos of Jason when you request to review his file!Meet Cody! Cody is an adorable little guy who is 4 years old. One of his testicles has not yet descended but he seems to be developing typically in all other areas! Cody can effectively understand and follow directions from his caretakers and independently manage some self care tasks. He can get dressed on his own, feed himself, help his foster mom in the kitchen and express his daily needs! Cody’s fine and gross motor skills have developed typically for a child his age and he doesn’t seem to have any delays in these areas. Contact one of our matching specialists today if you are interested in reviewing Cody’s file!Meet Marshall! Marshall is a precious kiddo who just turned 3 in February. He is diagnosed with encephalopathy and a possible chromosomal abnormality. He also has cryptorchidism, meaning that his right testicle has not descended. Overall, he is a sweet kiddo who would thrive with the love and care of a forever family! He does have overall mobility delays, but he is able to turn, crawl, raise his head, and hold on to his favorite toys. He is babbling to express his needs and loves to hold hands with this other kiddos. He is described as being a cheery little guy! If you’d like to learn more about Marshall, please reach out to Great Wall China Adoption! Read More
Hooray! We are so happy to share that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this sweet boy home FOREVER! Congratulations to him and his 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
This month we are so excited to give all of our families the chance to learn a little bit more about Heidi, one of GWCA’s China adoption specialists!
1. What is your job title and description here at GWCA/CAN?
International Adoption Counselor – China Home Finding Team
2. What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love my job! I love getting to help children who don’t have parents find their forever families and I love helping families find their future child in China! My favorite thing is when I can help get an aging out child matched with a family. Recently I helped two children (April & Jonathan) who are aging out this coming Fall get matched with their future Forever Families and it was the highlight of my year thus far! Older children, especially boys, are the hardest to get placed and once they turn 14 they no longer can be adopted according to China’s laws, so they desperately need to be adopted by families.
3. What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
The most difficult part about my job is not being able to help all the children I advocate for get adopted. You can try and try to get a child placed, but at the end of the day it just might not happen. It’s especially hard to see the huge amount of children with down syndrome not get matched, as there are hundreds, if not thousands of these precious little ones who have active adoption files and are just sitting in their orphanages, waiting for their forever families to find them.
4. How have you grown personally from working at GWCA/CAN and with their families?
I got to travel to China last year and met over 100 children at 6 of GWCA’s Orphanage Partnerships. This changed everything for me as an adoption counselor because I really got to see first hand how amazing and resilient these kids are. It made me realize more than ever that these children are not their special needs, but that their special needs are just a small part of who they are. These kids are so funny, kind and full of life and love. They want to be adopted and have parents so badly! They yearn for the love of a family! I became an infinitely better Adoption Counselor after my trip to China because I actually understood the true nature of who these kiddos are and how important helping them find families really is. You can read more about my life-changing trip to China here: https://chinaadoptionlife.
There are so many incredible families I have gotten to know over the years of working at Great Wall and I am so privileged to have helped them find their child in China. Nothing brings me more joy than getting to call a family up and tell them that they have officially been matched with their child. I also love getting to follow family’s on Facebook and on their blogs because then I get to see their entire adoption journey unfold. I love getting to see when the families post about picking up their children on “gotcha day” and bringing them home! There is nothing more rewarding for me as an Adoption Councilor than seeing a child come home with their forever family and experiencing what it is like to receive that unconditional love they have been waiting for their entire lives.
5. Why do you love adoption?
I love adoption because you are taking a child who was abandoned and left behind and saying “I choose you” and bringing them into your family. It is the most beautiful picture to me of what love can look like. There are so many children already born into this world that need families and even though they are not your biological family, you choose to make them your family. Family is more than DNA. Family is about choosing to love someone and accepting them no matter what for the rest of their lives. Adoption to me is what family is all about.
“On my way from the hotel to meet DJ at his hotel!!…” This proud mom wrote only moments before meeting the first of her two boys in China. “…A whole range of emotions right now. I can’t imagine what he is going through since he will be leaving everything he knows to come to America as our son. Praying that his precious heart is protected during this time of excitement, but also grief. It’s crazy that after all these months of paperwork and prayers, that I am finally picking up our son!!”
After participating in our Orphan hosting program and saying a difficult goodbye to one of her soon-to-be sons (“SC”), this amazing mom and her family have been hard at work to complete their adoption process and bring him home forever. During their adoption process, they fell in love with another amazing boy who was hosted by an advocate family, and their family grew by one more! Now, they’ve finally reached the part of their journey that they’ve been longing for – the trip to China to bring their boys home.
Below are the stories from both of the boys’ Gotcha Days, as well as an emotional visit to SC’s finding place. Check back soon for an update on this incredible family’s journey!
DJ’s Gotcha Day
God is so good and has answered so many specific prayer requests. The transition has been amazing so far with DJ. When we arrived at the hotel, both of us were a little unsure of what was going on. The orphanage staff told me that he had been asking every few minutes when I was arriving because he was ready to go. So much for less luggage, he came home with 2 backpacks and another bag full of toys! I need to buy another suitcase already. He had a whole backpack of just snacks for me. He told the staff all morning that no one else could eat the snacks but his mom! When we first started talking between us and the translators, he started to cry. He quickly told my guide that they were happy tears because he was so glad to finally have a family. He said that he has wanted a mom and dad of his own, forever. He has totally won my heart and already has me wrapped around his finger.
Showing me a book full of pictures from his childhood. What a HUGE blessing this is. They also gave me the outfit he came to the orphanage in as a baby. Both of these are invaluable gifts!!
After leaving the hotel meeting where we signed paperwork for guardianship for the night (our adoption will be official tomorrow), we headed to get our family photo. As we walked, I held DJ’s hand. At one point I had to let go, he quickly grabbed my hand again as we started walking. When we got back to the hotel, I gave him his Lego set and that kept him busy for over an hour. He is very inquisitive and asks a lot of questions, which has been difficult with the language barrier. We are slowly figuring things out though as we go. He is already working on English words and I’m learning more Chinese.
SC’s Gotcha Day
After months of work and prayers, I was reunited today with SC. before SC went back to China, Wayne and I told him that every time he saw the moon, he was to remember that we were in America praying for him. We were not able to tell DJ that (as we were not his host family), but we were praying for him as well. God has continually been gracious and merciful to us throughout this entire process. Today was no exception. I was blown away once again by God’s grace and compassion. He truly loves these children.
I had so much trouble sleeping last night. I was so excited for today that I felt like a kid going to Disneyland. Even DJ woke up and the first thing he asked was, “SC?” We ate an amazing breakfast and then piled into the van to drive to SC’s orphanage. Originally we were going to have the family day at the Civil Affairs Office, but it got moved to the orphanage. What a blessing that was! It was amazing to see where SC has lived the last 10 years. The orphanage was beautiful and colorful. You could tell that the workers genuinely love the children.
We were ushered into an office after meeting one of the chaperones from the summer hosting. DJ loved seeing her again. We did some paperwork for temporary guardianship (adoption is finalized tomorrow). I was blessed with another photo album book with baby pictures and pictures of SC’s childhood. We even have a note from his birth parents that they left with him and he was abandoned! After a few minutes, SC finally arrived.
It was so wonderful to see his sweet smile and to hug him again. We were able to catch up and talk a little with all the workers. We then all proceeded to walk through the orphanage to SC’s foster parents’ home, which was on the same property.
SC got to show me his bedroom, his awards from school, introduced me to his foster parents, and even played the piano for us. It was such an amazing opportunity. I feel so blessed to have seen and experienced this part of his life. At one point his foster mom started crying. She has cared for SC for 6 years and helped him when he had surgery on his foot. She also just said goodbye to another foster daughter last week. She was adopted as well. I was able to hug his foster mom and tell her how much we appreciate all that she has done for SC. It was beautiful, heart breaking, and surreal all at the same time. So many emotions in the room.
SC has been non-stop smiles. DJ and him are getting along as though they are long lost brothers and best friends. We spent the afternoon playing Legos, transformers, and we also took a little walk. One cannot forget food. Both of these boys can eat!! SC shared his snacks from his foster parents with DJ in the car. It was so sweet. He also brought out a bag of cookies and said it was for Baba and his sisters. He is so thoughtful!!
This evening we went to a Chengdu Opera where they have the famous mask changing show. Both of the boys had a blast.
SC’s Finding Place
Seeing SC’s finding place was special, but it also stirred up a ton of emotions. I happened to see a mom feeding her small baby and I wondered what went through SC’s parent’s minds when they sat him in an area they knew he would be found and could receive help. They had cared for their sweet baby boy for three months. They left a note on him. I still have to have someone translate it for me all the way, but they explained that he needed help with his foot. I cannot imagine the anguish they experienced leaving behind this baby they loved in order for him to get the medical help he needed.
Visiting this spot not only stirred up emotions for me, but it must have stirred up emotions for SC as well. It is one thing to read about and take training on trauma and loss, it is another thing to experience it first hand. About five minutes after we got into the van, I looked back to talk to the boys and I saw that SC didn’t look well. He looked distressed. When I asked him what was wrong via the guide, he told her that he was experiencing car sickness. This surprised me because he never once was car sick over the last two days or over the month he was with us this summer. Emily (our guide) quickly surmised the situation and said that he was probably experiencing a lot of emotions that were making him sick, and he didn’t want to admit it but say it was just car sickness. SC told me he felt nauseous and very dizzy. I looked it up and emotional distress can make people feel physically ill, including feeling nauseous and dizziness. It broke my heart to see my son hurting so deeply that he felt sick. I encouraged him to always feel free to express his feelings to us and I also told him how much we all love him. I told him that we would always be there for him and he can tell us anything and we will listen. It took him about 20 minutes to feel better.
It breaks my heart to know that our boys will probably always have questions, experience hurt and pain from their past, and feel lost at times. This is one reason I have tried to hard to document everything I can about this trip through pictures, saving memorabilia like newspapers, taking pictures of foster family members, and even taking pictures of finding places. All of these pieces will help me answer future questions, to the best of my ability, to help them through their struggle. This is why I also feel so blessed to have important things like DJ’s outfit when he was found, a copy of SC’s finding letter, baby pictures of the boys, etc.
We are now in Guangzhou, where we will finish the last of the paperwork for the US side. In the end, we will have the boys’ visas so that we can travel to the United States. When the plane lands, they will be US citizens. We have really enjoyed being adventurous this trip. Our guide told us where McDonalds, KFC, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut was located. I avoid those places in the states and I don’t plan on eating Western food while in CHINA!! We ventured out tonight and found a Japanese restaurant that had amazing ramen. SC took charge and placed the order for us in Chinese. He ordered the noodle dishes and coke for me, DJ and himself. I had to fake liking the coke because I really don’t like it. SC caught me making a face when I drank it. Oops! The boys LOVE their noodles and are so fun to watch. While we were waiting for the bill, the boys entertained themselves – SC found creative ways to use his wipe and DJ figured out if he put coke in his soup spoon, he could drink it backwards.
Some pictures from the journey:
GWCA’s China adoption specialists recently started advocating for FOUR new kids! If you’re interested in learning more about these kiddos or viewing their files, visit our Waiting Child photo listing or contact GWCA today.
Bodhi is an amazing 12-year old boy in need of a family to call his own! He is a healthy kiddo who seems to be reaching each developmental milestone. He is a helpful, polite child who likes to go to school and loves his teachers and classmates. He loves to play games with other children and explore. He’s a smart kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family!Meet Rhett! Rhett is a smiley boy who is 8 years old! He was born with cerebral palsy and since starting rehabilitation services, has improved greatly on all of his motor skills! Based on his medical file, he lives in a foster family environment and gets along very well with his foster siblings. He is described as being active, optimistic and warm-hearted towards other children! Since beginning rehabilitation services, his language abilities have vastly improved. His file mentions that he does not have any difficulties in daily conversation and has great self-care abilities. He can put away his toys, take trash to the trashcan, and help his foster mom set the table! Rhett’s file mentions that he is very strong-willed when it comes to studying and learning new concepts. He is always very eager to share what he has learned with his foster family! Rhett is friendly, smiley and loves to play with his peers. Meet this 2 year old cutie from China named Nash! This sweet boy’s favorite type of food is just like him: sweets! Nash is not only known to have a sweet tooth, but he is known to be a sweetheart among his peers. Nash does have exceptionally thin, long fingers and toes, and he has a speech delay, but that does not slow him down! Nash is able to craw and even can walk when he assisted! His fine motor skills are on par with his peers. Nash is able to tear paper, use his thumbs, etc. Nash is on the shyer side, but is definitely an active two year old. He loves playing with toys and jamming out to some awesome music!
Nash is looking for his forever home! Help make that happen by visiting the Great Wall of China Adoption today!
**Click Here to Watch one of Nash’s NEW Videos!**Ian is a spunky 5 year old boy from China who loves music more than anything! Ian suffers from abnormal optic nerve developments so he can’t see as well as some of his peers, and he has a speech delay, most likely because he can’t clearly see when others are talking. Although it is difficult for Ian to communicate with others verbally, he understands his teachers are saying and can follow their directions. This little man has a very healthy appetite and is does not shy away from any food! At his time at the orphanage, Ian as learned to eat independently, but still needs help when it comes to restroom duties. Ian is so loved and brings much joy to the orphanage and his caretakers!
Let Ian bring joy to your life too! Learn more about Ian by contacting the Great Wall of China Adoption today!Meet Jace! Jace is a precious kiddo who just turned 5 in February. Jace was born without his right hand and with slightly lower eyelids. Jace continues to hit developmental milestones in regards to his mobility, developing strong fine motor skills even with the absence of his right hand. He can clearly differentiate between caregivers and strangers and likes to imitate adults. Great Wall is currently working to obtain more updated information on his current development. Brent is a cute little guy who is about to turn 3 years old! He was born with intestinal atresia and Microcephaly. Brent is slightly delayed on his language and mobility development when compared to his peers. He can stand alone steadily and walk independently. His fine motor skills have developed typically and he is considered to be very active! His file indicates that he has strong imitation ability and can interact with others very well. Brent enjoys playing games with other children and especially loves to roll the ball back and forth with his friends! Read More