14 Kids With Vision Impairments!

We’re currently advocating for FOURTEEN Waiting Children who have vision impairments. Some of these kiddos have more minor vision impairments, while others may have more moderate or severe impairments causing partial or full blindness.

Winnie

Winnie is a precious little girl from China that recently turned 7 years old.  Winnie was not abandoned until she was 5 years old, so she has only lived in the orphanage for the past two years.  It is presumed that she lived with her birth family before she came to live in the orphanage.

Winnie is described by her caregivers as timid and gentle and she gets along very well with other children in the orphanage.  She is said to have normal physical development.  Winnie has good self-care skills such as putting on her own clothes and shoes by herself.  Winnie’s language is delayed and she can only say a few words at this time, however this is a great improvement from when she came to the orphanage and would not say any words.  Winnie’s cognitive abilities are said to be delayed compared with her peers in the orphanage.

Winnie is said to have had an abnormal vision screening, but it is unclear exactly what is meant by that, so we are following up with the orphanage to get more information on her vision needs.  It is possible that she just has droopy eyelids (ptosis) and that she just needs to get surgery to lift her eyelids so she can see more clearly.  This is something that would most likely never be done in China, so she would need a family to adopt her so she could get this kind of surgery in America.

If you would like more information on Winnie you can reach out to the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch Winnie’s NEW Video!

Isaiah

More NEW videos of Winnie are available when you request to review her full file! Isaiah is a sweet little boy from China that is 5 years old. Isaiah likes to interact with other children and play games with him. He is very happy when he is playing with and interacting with other children and his caregivers. His personality is described as lively and joyful, but he tends to be shy around strangers. He can speak with others in simple sentences. He likes to listen to music and hear his caregivers read him stories.

Isaiah is blind and has no vision. He has already had a bilateral enucleation surgery. He does not have any other medical issues. He is very sensitive to sounds and he follow sounds when he hears them, such as when his caregiver’s phone rings, he will follow the sound and go pick it up for her. When his caregiver takes him to school every morning he will hold her hand and trot along side her. Because he is blind he cannot fully self-sufficient as of yet. He needs help getting dressed, although he can put on his own shoes by himself. The orphanage staff feels like he is developmentally behind some of his peers, however they feel that this is due to his vision impairment and not a lack of mental capacity to learn.

Isaiah appears to be a smart little boy overall, but he just needs the love and attention of a Forever Family to help him get to where he needs to be to live a full and productive life. If you are interested in learning more about Isaiah, please contact the GWCA Home Finding Team by requesting this child’s file to review or by calling #512.323.9595 today!

Click Here to Watch one of Isaiah’s Videos!

Leta

Leta is a lovely little girl from China that is 9 and a half years old.  Leta is described as being very cheerful!  Leta likes to be around other people, to play with children and she really likes to smile!

Leta has congenital glaucoma, so her vision is impaired, but she can still see.  She can see toys in a room and pick them up, she can hold food and eat it on her own, and she can walk by herself.  However when she does walk she will sometimes walk slowly if she is in an unfamiliar area.

Because of her vision impairment and from being in an orphanage setting her language development is delayed compared to her peers, as is her overall development.   She does understand what others are saying to her and she can follow instructions given to her by adults.  Leta doesn’t speak very much and she can only say single words, but not sentences.

Leta tends to rub her eyes sometimes, which may indicate there is some ocular pain she is experiencing.  She has not received any treatments or surgeries for her eyes and there have not been any recent tests done on her eyes.

Leta is able to go to the toilet by herself, although sometimes she needs to be reminded to go by an adult.  She can put on and take off her own clothes and shoes.  She can eat solid food like bread on her own, but sometimes she needs help to use a spoon to eat liquid foods like soup.

If you would like to learn more about Leta, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch Leta’s Video!

Brian

Brian is a sweet little boy from China that just recently turned 4 years old. Brian cannot see due to having optic atrophy of both of his eyes, but he appears to be physically healthy in all other regards. Because of his lack of eyesight, Brian is delayed verbally, so he isn’t currently speaking. However he can make many sounds and he can communicate some of his basic needs such as when he is hungry.

Brian can walk on his own and he can get up on his own from a sitting to a standing position. Brian is very curious and if he hears a sound near him he will go over to it and feel around for the object or person that made the sound. Brian can use a spoon to feed himself at mealtime, although he still needs some guidance from caregivers since he cannot see the food. He also needs help getting dressed, brushing his teeth and bathing.

Brian is very close to his caregivers.  Brian’s caregivers say that he is a lively, active, happy boy, who loves to laugh. He has good appetite and he is not picky. He likes his caregiver to give him hugs and tickle him because it will make him laugh.

If you would like to learn more about Brian, please reach out to the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch one of Brian’s NEW Videos!

Cooper

This adorable little guy is Cooper! Cooper will be turning 9 years old this June. One of Cooper’s eyes is underdeveloped and he does not have any vision from it, but his other eye is only nearsighted and he is able to see with glasses on. His host mom says that he was not restricted in any way based on this need, and that he was able to keep up with other kiddos with no problem! 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.”

Cooper recently told his caregivers that he’d always wanted a family to love and care for him. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more about Cooper!

Check out Cooper’s NEW videos!

Enzo

Enzo is a sweet little boy from China who is 4 and a half years old. Enzo is described by his caretakers as being energetic, active and having a ready smile! Enzo has congenital glaucoma of both eyes and esotropia of the right eye, so his vision is impaired. He had an operation in 2016 that did help his vision somewhat.

Because of his inability to see clearly, as it with many children with vision issues, Enzo is delayed in his language abilities. He can make sounds like “yiyi yaya” and can hum along to songs he knows. Enzo does know how to walk on his own, though he is sometimes nervous about walking too far because of his limited eyesight.

Enzo needs help to do certain tasks like using a spoon to eat or going to the toilet. Enzo did not always like to play with other children because of his inability to see clearly, but since being in the orphanage’s pre-school program, he has improved significantly in his abilities and desire to play with other children and he is now happy to play with other children. Enzo loves being cuddled by his caretakers and he has built stable emotional attachment with his teachers and caregivers. Enzo likes listening to music and playing games.

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

Click Here to Watch one of Enzo’s NEW Videos!

Gemma

Gemma is an incredible and essnetially healthy 13-year old girl who will be aging out of the system this coming Fall. She needs a loving Forever Family to adopt her before she turns 14 or she will never have a chace to know the love and acceptance of a family.

Gemma is a smart, bright, and active girl who would thrive with consistent care and a forever home. She has refractive error in both her eyes, but it is likely she will only need glasses in order to correct her vision.She has been in a foster family since 2006 and has been described by them as being very sensible and obedient.

Gemma likes to do housework and is always available to help her foster family! She is currently in school and is excelling in her studies. She can write over 100 Chinese characters and is able to perform addition and subtraction. She is a great listener and always finishes her homework right after school! Gemma gets along great with her classmates and is well-liked by everyone she meets.

The orphanage and foster family care very much for Gemma and hope that she will have a forever family soon. You can contact the GWCA China Home Finding team today to learn more about how you can adopt Gemma!

January

January is a sweet little girl from China that is about to turn 6 years old. January has amblyopia and strabismus, but she can still see fairly well. She also has some developmental and intellectual delays and is currently not speaking, however she can follow instructions given to her by her caretakers and she understands what others are saying to her. She can walk, go up and down stairs by herself.

January has good self-care skills like taking a shower by herself and eating by herself. She has a outgoing personality and likes playing with blocks. January is also fond of playing on the swing on the playground. January also loves puppies.

If you would like to learn more about January, please contact the China Home Finding Team today!

Johnny

This sweet little guy’s name is Johnny! Johnny is 5 years old. He has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, but he received a shunt shortly after arriving to the orphanage and has been doing great since that time. Johnny was also diagnosed with purulent meningitis and a brain hernia, but after treatment he appears to be doing well. He also has oculomotor palsy, meaning that he has difficulty controlling his eye movements. Johnny has some language and mobility delays, but he has made amazing progress! He is able to walk with assistance, and is able to speak in two to three word sentences. He is also able to follow directions and has excellent fine motor skills! He is a shy, sweet little boy who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Liv

Meet Liv! Liv is a precious 7-year old girl in need of a home to call her own. Liv has hypoplasia in both eyes, meaning they did not develop fully. She also has cerebral dysplasia, but appears to be doing well in regards to her overall development! Liv was living with a foster family at the time her file was prepared, and her foster parents love her very much. They describe her as mischievous, clever, and cute! Liv is a sweet kiddo who would thrive with the love of a family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Marina

Marina is an amazing 11-year old girl who is blind in both eyes. Marina is a smart, bright girl who would thrive in a forever family. She is an outgoing kiddo who loves to play with other children and sing songs with her caregivers. She follows her caregivers instructions well and appears to be doing well in school overall. She is always quick to compromise with other children and is great with sharing so that everyone gets a chance with a toy. Marina loves music and has a beautiful singing voice. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!

Rebecca

Rebecca is a lovely young girl from China that turned turned 13 years old earlier this year. If Rebecca is not adopted before she turns 14, she will age out of the China Adoption System and will never get the chance to have a family.  Rebecca has expressed to her caregivers that she very much wants to be adopted by an American family and that she desires to have a home and parents of her own.

Rebecca is missing her left eye and has corneal leukoplakia in her right eye, so her right eye has some sight, and can walk around freely in a familiar environment without any assistance. She goes to a special school for children who are blind. Her cognitive abilities and language abilities are normal and she is doing very well in school. Rebecca is currently in 6th grade and she gets excellent grades. Rebecca has been awarded “Triple-A” student every year at her school. This year she won the second prize in a singing competition at her school. Rebecca can also read in braille.

Rebecca likes to sing and will often perform at different celebratory events at her school and at the orphanage. Rebecca gets along very well with her peers and with her caregivers! Her teachers describe her as being obedient, sensible and polite. Rebecca is a very outgoing and active girl and has a ready smile.

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

Click Here to Watch Rebecca’s NEW Video where she is singing beautifully!

Summer

Summer is a precious little girl from China that is 9 and a half years old!  Summer is described as being a smart, optimistic girl who is polite and likes to have conversations with other children.  Summer has said that she very much wants to be adopted by an American family!  One of our GWCA Staff Members met Summer when she was in China last year and she would love to speak to any interested families about Summer!

Summer has atrophy of both eyeballs so she cannot see at all.  Summer has good cognitive abilities and is not delayed in that regard.  She is smart and going to a special school for blind children where she is learning to read braille.  She has good language ability and can sing many children’s songs.  She has great self-care skills including dressing herself, going to the toilet by herself.  She gets along well with other children and adults.

Summer as normal gross and fine motor skills compared to other children her age.  She can walk on her own, although due to being blind she may need a walking cane to get around unfamiliar places.  Summer also loves to dance!  In regards to her fine motor skills, she can button small buttons, build towers with jigsaw blocks and can use chopsticks and a spoon to eat rice and noodles at mealtime.

Summer is doing very well for a blind child who lives in an orphanage in China.  She is clearly very smart and has a positive outlook on life.   Summer would love to be adopted and be a part of a family!

If you would like to learn more about Summer and how you can adopt her, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch one of Summer’s Videos!

Tommy

This precious kiddo’s name is Tommy! Tommy is 9 years old and was born with albinism. Tommy is a sweet, helpful child who always assists his caregivers around the orphanage. He is currently studying in the sensory integration classroom, where he works hard and does extremely well. He loves to play with the other kids and often sings children’s songs to the younger kiddos when they go to sleep. He is a sweet, smart boy who would thrive in a loving home. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more! 

 

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Welcome Home!

This week we are SO incredibly excited to announce that this beautiful girl is officially home with her forever family! It has been so incredible to follow this family’s journey both throughout their adoption process and their trip to China to bring their daughter home. Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN!

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!

– Visit the China Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact our China Matching Specialists
– Learn more about the China adoption process

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When Being a Boy is a “Special Need”

This blog was written by Michelle C., one of GWCA’s adoptive moms and an amazing orphan advocate. Click here to visit her full blog. 

We love boys.

As a family with three-going-on-four male superheroes, we have a massive soft spot for the testosterone-filled adventure of Lego-building, light-saber-fighting, poop-joke-telling humans, even the ones who hate underwear and fight hygiene like it will be the death of us all.

Boys are just a total blast.

They’re also the ones most passed over in the world of adoption.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the largest population of children available for international adoption in China was healthy girls. After Lisa Ling’s famous “China’s Lost Girls” National Geographic special, which showed the ramifications of a one-child policy on the abandonment of girls, aired, the world opened their eyes to the thousands of orphan girls waiting for families in China.

At the time, Ling reported that 95 percent of the Chinese orphanage population were girls. Now, because of a relaxed one-child policy, an increase in domestic adoption and a cultural shift in the preference for girls, healthy baby girls are being adopted domestically. But those with “special needs” that we know are just superpowers in disguise are not.

The children who remain in social welfare centers? Mostly boys with superpowers in disguise.

This year, our family has advocated for multiple Chinese superheroes with moderate to severe medical needs. But of the children who have not yet found forever families, a majority of them are boys.

Precious boys. Perfect boys. Heart-melting boys. Heart-breakingly sweet boys. Some of them with minor or already corrected needs.

One with literally NO MEDICAL NEEDS AT ALL.

Aaron is an 11-year-old boy with NO MEDICAL NEEDS. He was hosted by a family in the United States last summer with D.J., our first host child. From his host family: “A sweeter boy you will not find. We saw him interact with children of all ages very well. He has been in the orphanage for six years. Is on target cognitively and goes to public school. Until 4, he was with his birth parents. He is extremely healthy in all regards. I have the medical records. He lived with my wife and I, in our home, with our cat, in Boston… for 30 days. We know this child and are advocating for his urgent placement. China classifies him as special needs ONLY because of his age.”

Aaron is on the shared list. To find out more information, or to have your agency pull his file, email meredith@gwca.org.

But who still wait because of their greatest “special need.”

The special need of being a boy in the world of adoption.

Every adoption specialist we’ve ever spoken to, no matter whether that specialist places children domestically or abroad, has confirmed for us the preference of girls over boys when it comes to adoption.

Which means that boys, in general, wait longer.

Especially when it comes to adopting from China.

This just crushes us. Because our boys — both the one who was born in China and the two who were born in the United States — are the biggest blessing, biggest blast and greatest adventure of our lives.

And we hate that thousands of other boys, not because of their personality or their hearts or their abilities or their souls, but simply because of their gender, wait.

This week, I interviewed Meredith Chambers, international adoption specialist at our agency, Great Wall China Adoption, to better understand why boys are so much harder to place than girls.

Why there are still a handful of host children who have been advocated for since last summer, most of them boys, who still haven’t found forever homes.

This is what she shared:

What percentage of files that come to Great Wall are of boys?

Approximately 70 percent of the files we receive are boys, both in Special Focus and the LID designation.

When a file of a girl and a boy with the same condition come to Great Wall, which child is placed faster?

Girls are placed much quicker than boys are, particularly if it is a mild to moderate need. For example, a girl with a few mild needs may be placed in the LID designation, but a boy with the same conditions may be placed in Special Focus to increase his opportunity to be matched. The same goes for more severe needs, such as Down Syndrome or cerebral palsy. We often see girls placed at a much faster rate than boys overall.

Why are boys harder to place than girls?

Great question! We don’t have a concrete answer for this, but we believe that it has something to do with the idea of Chinese adoption that was perpetuated about 10 to 15 years ago when there were so many healthy girls available. In China, the one-child policy inadvertently created a gender imbalance in their population — so many families wanted to keep their boys in order to further their lineage and support the parents financially in old age, leading them to abandon their infants that were girls. Due to this imbalance, China first modified the act so that parents who could pay higher taxes could have more than one child, then they abolished it completely in 2015. This has changed the dynamic of China adoption in that many birth families are now able to parent their girl infants instead of seeking adoption as an option. In addition, domestic adoption has become much more commonplace in China, and many families are adopting healthy girls. These are some of the many cultural reasons why there are now so many more boys available than girls. Because families were accustomed to girls being available for so many years, we believe this may impact their expectations somewhat in regards to China adoption.

How do you explain to people who still buy the stereotype that China’s orphanages are filled with GIRLS that the biggest need is really to adopt BOYS with special needs?

This is something we are still trying to figure out! 🙂 We find that it’s helpful to get families’ information out there who have adopted boys — for example, when people see your blog, they start to realize that adopting a boy is not only a possibility in China adoption, but actually the biggest need that we have. I think seeing family stories really helps to dispel the idea that families have in their mind of a sweet little Chinese girl specifically — it helps them to see how amazing boys are!

What information or statistics do you have just within Great Wall that could help us tell these older boys’ stories well?

In 2016, GWCA matched about 60 percent boys specifically, and so far in 2017, we have matched about 42 percent boys of our total matches.

I have recently seen two older boys with almost NO medical needs still waiting for families — Colt, who had his heart repaired years ago, and Aaron, who has NO needs. Do you have any idea why these kiddos are still waiting? Is it age? Is it age and being a boy?

Yes, definitely. It shocks us that these sweet kiddos with no needs have not found their families yet. One aspect about this in particular is the age that the kiddo was when their file was prepared. If it wasn’t prepared until later due to lack of resources, then the child is already at a disadvantage, even if they are physically healthy. A lot of kiddos this age have developmental delays as a result of growing up in an orphanage environment as well, so even if they have no physical need, their delays may hinder their opportunity as well.

Years ago, when we discovered the number of girls abandoned in China, we were shocked and appalled when GENDER was the biggest obstacle to a child having a forever family. And we MOVED! WE RESPONDED! We pursued this population who needed an advocate and a voice!

Will we do the same thing NOW?

Boys like Leo, Aaron, Ben and Colt — who ages out of the Chinese adoption system in September and will remain an orphan FOREVER if he doesn’t find a family IMMEDIATELY — depend on it.

** URGENT: AGING OUT IN SEPTEMBER ** Colt was born with tetralogy of fallot, but he had surgery in April of 2005 and has thrived since that time, Colt is an incredibly smart, social child who would thrive in a forever family. Colt is bright, independent and mischievous! He loves his teachers and classmates, and he is currently in school. He also loves his brothers and sisters in the orphanage and hopes to one day be adopted and come back to visit them to tell them about the United Stated. Colt has wanted to be adopted for a long time and told his caregivers to tell prospective parents, “Dear Father and Mother, I am waiting for you in China.” His caregivers say that he is cheerful, helpful and has a warm heart. If he sees a caregiver working hard, he will say, “Let me help you, you look so tired.” He is a sweet, charismatic little boy who needs to have the love of a family. His caregivers love him very much and hope that he is adopted soon.

Check out this video of this deserving superhero, who cleans and makes his bed FAR BETTER than the ones in my house who still pretend like we haven’t given them 75 lessons on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UUzwQV93v0&t=1s.

Although he was listed with Great Wall China Adoption for a period of time, he is now on the shared list. But Great Wall can provide detailed information and more videos on this sweet boy that everyone has fallen in love with and can’t stand to watch live out the rest of his life without the love of family.

For more information on Colt, who ages out in September, please contact Meredith at meredith@gwca.org ASAP. Families best able to reach him will have dossiers logged in China or are eligible for dossier copies.

Check out photos and videos of these boys and others by scrolling our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ofcapesandcombatboots. And then join the Operation Orphan Warrior team to advocate for them on social media.

Sharing the orphan story can change it.

Let’s be the voices to change these superheroes’ stories.

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7 New Kids Added Today!

Jackson

Jackson is an awesome little boy from China that is 8 and a half years old!  Jackson appears to be an essentially healthy boy who loves to play outside on the playground with friends, go to school and draw.  Jackson has a little bit of muscular tension in his lower calves, but it doesn’t affect his ability to walk, run, jump and climb.  Jackson is a generally happy, outgoing kiddo who loves being around other people.  Jackson has told his caregivers that he very much wants to be adopted by an American family.

If you would like to learn more about how you might be able to adopt Jackson, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch one of Jackson’s NEW Videos!

There are several more NEW videos of Jackson and if you request to review his file you can see them all!

Finn

Finn is a darling 7-year old boy with a history of inflammation in his lungs and pharynx. Finn also may have cerebral palsy, but Great Wall is working now to learn more from his orphanage. Finn loves to draw, count, and do arts and crafts with his caregivers! He loves to ride the bike and seems to have excellent mobility. Finn is described as being very independent and a fast learner. He loves to watch television, and his favorite character is Superman. He pretends to be Superman and loves to protect the other kiddos in the orphanage! He is described as being a sweet, polite, and social kiddo.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Leta

Leta is a lovely little girl from China that is 9 and a half years old.  Leta is described as being very cheerful!  Leta likes to be around other people, to play with children and she really likes to smile!

Leta has congenital glaucoma, so her vision is impaired, but she can still see.  She can see toys in a room and pick them up, she can hold food and eat it on her own, and she can walk by herself.  However when she does walk she will sometimes walk slowly if she is in an unfamiliar area.

Because of her vision impairment and from being in an orphanage setting her language development is delayed compared to her peers, as is her overall development.   She does understand what others are saying to her and she can follow instructions given to her by adults.  Leta doesn’t speak very much and she can only say single words, but not sentences.

Leta tends to rub her eyes sometimes, which may indicate there is some ocular pain she is experiencing.  She has not received any treatments or surgeries for her eyes and there have not been any recent tests done on her eyes.

Leta is able to go to the toilet by herself, although sometimes she needs to be reminded to go by an adult.  She can put on and take off her own clothes and shoes.  She can eat solid food like bread on her own, but sometimes she needs help to use a spoon to eat liquid foods like soup.

If you would like to learn more about Leta, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch Leta’s Video!

Selena

This beautiful girl’s name is Selena! Selena is 11-years old and was born with some of her fingers and toes fused together. She has had a surgery to separate her digits and she has been doing great since that time. Selena is very loved by the caregivers in her orphanage and loves talking and playing with them and the other kiddos. She is a smiley, polite, and outgoing child who loves singing and dancing. She is very independent and helpful within the orphanage.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this amazing girl!

Liv

Liv is a precious 7-year old girl in need of a home to call her own. Liv has hypoplasia in both eyes, meaning they did not develop fully. She also has cerebral dysplasia, but appears to be doing well in regards to her overall development! Liv was living with a foster family at the time her file was prepared, and her foster parents love her very much. They describe her as mischievous, clever, and cute! Liv is a sweet kiddo who would thrive with the love of a family.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Tommy

This precious kiddo’s name is Tommy! Tommy is 9 years old and was born with albinism. Tommy is a sweet, helpful child who always assists his caregivers around the orphanage. He is currently studying in the sensory integration classroom, where he works hard and does extremely well. He loves to play with the other kids and often sings children’s songs to the younger kiddos when they go to sleep. He is a sweet, smart boy who would thrive in a loving home.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Summer

Summer is a precious little girl from China that is 9 and a half years old!  Summer is described as being a smart, optimistic girl who is polite and likes to have conversations with other children.  Summer has said that she very much wants to be adopted by an American family!  One of our GWCA Staff Members met Summer when she was in China last year and she would love to speak to any interested family about Summer!

Summer has atrophy of both eyeballs so she cannot see at all.  Summer has good cognitive abilities and is not delayed in that regard.  She is smart and going to a special school for blind children where she is learning to read braille.  She has good language ability and can sing many children’s songs.  She has great self-care skills including dressing herself, going to the toilet by herself.  She gets along well with other children and adults.

Summer as normal gross and fine motor skills compared to other children her age.  She can walk on her own, although due to being blind she may need a walking cane to get around unfamiliar places.  Summer also loves to dance!  In regards to her fine motor skills, she can button small buttons, build towers with jigsaw blocks and can use chopsticks and a spoon to eat rice and noodles at mealtime.

Summer is doing very well for a blind child who lives in an orphanage in China.  She is clearly very smart and has a positive outlook on life.   Summer would love to be adopted and be a part of a family!

If you would like to learn more about Summer and how you can adopt her, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

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I Found My Family!

This week we are SO incredibly excited to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this beautiful girl home FOREVER! We are so happy for her and her new family, and we can’t wait for them to 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!

– Visit the China Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact our China Matching Specialists
– Learn more about the China adoption process

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Urgent – Families Needed!

Every child needs a loving and permanent family, yet there are countless children around the world living in orphanages and foster homes who are still waiting. We strive each and every day to help these children find families, but for some the need becomes more and more urgent with each passing day. Whether it’s a medical condition which requires urgent care, or the fact that they’re nearing the age at which they will age out, many children are faced with an unknown fate. These are the kids who need your help NOW. You have the ability to make a difference by simply sharing their story to help their Forever Families find them.

Kids with Urgent Medical Needs

Meet Lincoln

We’re currently advocating for one boy in particular who has medical needs which require urgent attention, Lincoln.

Lincoln is a sweet 4 and a half year old boy who is described by his caretakers as being very cute, cooperative and smart. He gets along well with other children and enjoys playing games and participating in group activities. Lincoln is good at following directions and will often help his caretakers with their chores.  Sometimes when he sees that his caretakers are tired he will give them little back massages to help make them feel better.

Lincoln has a very serious congenital heart defect (CHD) and he needs medical attention. Because of the complexity of his heart condition, he is no longer able to receive the care he needs in China. Most likely the only chance this child has to survive and have a healthy, happy life, is if he is adopted by a family in the United States who can give him the medical care, love and attention he needs.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about sweet Lincoln or reviewing his medical file, our China adoption specialists would be happy to speak to you and provide you with more information on his heart condition. We’re so hopeful that we will be able to help Lincoln find his family so that he can come home as quickly as possible. For more information contact GWCA today!

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Kids in Danger of Aging Out

Of the 70+ kids that GWCA and CAN’s adoption specialists are currently advocating for, there are 7 kids in our China program alone who are currently in danger of aging out within the next year. When a child ages out of an adoption care system, they are no longer able to be adopted by a family, even if there is a family that’s interested in bringing them home. For orphans in China, this happens at the young age of 14. It is crucial that we find families for these kids as soon as possible so that their families will have enough time to complete their adoption before they turn 14 years old.

For more information on adopting a child who is aging out, please contact GWCA’s China adoption team today!

Meet Colt!

This amazing kiddo’s name is Colt! Colt will be turning 14 this September, meaning he will lose his chance at finding a family. Colt was born with tetralogy of fallot, but he had surgery in April of 2005 and has thrived since that time! Colt is an incredibly smart, social child who would thrive in a forever family. Colt is bright, independent, and mischievous! He loves his teachers and classmates, and he is currently in school! He also loves his brothers and sisters in the orphanage and hopes to one day be adopted and come back to visit them to tell them about the United Stated. Colt has wanted to be adopted for a long time, and told his caregivers to tell prospective parents, “Dear Father and Mother, I am waiting for you in China.” His caregivers say that he is cheerful, helpful, and has a warm heart. If he sees a caregiver working hard, he will say “Let me help you, you look so tired.” He is a sweet, charismatic little boy who needs to have the love of a family. His caregivers love him very much and hope that he is adopted soon. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this incredible kiddo!

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Meet Gemma!

Gemma is an incredible and essentially healthy 13-year old girl who will be aging out of the system this coming Fall. She needs a loving Forever Family to adopt her before she turns 14 or she will never have a chance to know the love and acceptance of a family.

Gemma is a smart, bright, and active girl who would thrive with consistent care and a forever home. She has refractive error in both her eyes, but it is likely she will only need glasses in order to correct her vision.She has been in a foster family since 2006 and has been described by them as being very sensible and obedient.

Gemma likes to do housework and is always available to help her foster family! She is currently in school and is excelling in her studies. She can write over 100 Chinese characters and is able to perform addition and subtraction. She is a great listener and always finishes her homework right after school! Gemma gets along great with her classmates and is well-liked by everyone she meets.

The orphanage and foster family care very much for Gemma and hope that she will have a forever family soon. You can contact the GWCA China Home Finding team today to learn more about how you can adopt Gemma!

Meet Rebecca!

Rebecca is a lovely young girl from China that turned turned 13 years old earlier this year. If Rebecca is not adopted before she turns 14, she will age out of the China Adoption System and will never get the chance to have a family.  Rebecca has expressed to her caregivers that she very much wants to be adopted by an American family and that she desires to have a home and parents of her own.

Rebecca is missing her left eye and has corneal leukoplakia in her right eye, so her right eye has some sight, and can walk around freely in a familiar environment without any assistance. She goes to a special school for children who are blind. Her cognitive abilities and language abilities are normal and she is doing very well in school. Rebecca is currently in 6th grade and she gets excellent grades. Rebecca has been awarded “Triple-A” student every year at her school. This year she won the second prize in a singing competition at her school. Rebecca can also read in braille.

Rebecca likes to sing and will often perform at different celebratory events at her school and at the orphanage. Rebecca gets along very well with her peers and with her caregivers! Her teachers describe her as being obedient, sensible and polite. Rebecca is a very outgoing and active girl and has a ready smile.

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

Visit GWCA’s Waiting Child photo listing to request these kiddos’ files or to learn more about our other aging out kids! 

Resources: 

– Aging Out Adoption Resources
– Learn More About Adopting from China
– Visit GWCA’s Waiting Child photo listing

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5 New Kids Added Today!

Tulip is a precious little girl from China that is 3 years old.  Tulip is a happy girl that loves to play with other children and cuddle with her caretakers.  She will often follow her caretakers around and then when they look down at her she will smile.  When she sees younger children she will go over and hold their hands and will sometimes help them stand up.  One of Tulip’s favorite toys is a little piano that she will play music on.  She loves listening to her caregivers read her stories and looking at the bright, colorful pictures in the books she being read from.  Tulip is good at imitating the words of her caregivers and appears to be babbling and speaking some words now.

Tulip was born with a cleft palate and hydrocephalus and it appears that she might also have a PFO in her heart.  Her file does not indicate if she has received any surgeries or treatments for any of these conditions.  We are working hard to get some more updated information on this child’s medical conditions.

If you would like to learn more about Tulip, you can contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Meet Lucas! Lucas is a darling kiddo who will be turning 3 this August. Lucas has delayed development, particularly in regards to the motor function of his lower limbs. He also has hearing impairment in his right ear. Lucas has excellent fine motor skill abilities and is able to roll over without assistance. He is a sweet kiddo who is attached to his caregivers. He loves to swing outside, touch flowers and plants, and lay in the sun. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more! This sweet kiddo’s name is Theo! Theo is turning 5 this July. He was born with a congenital heart defect, but he appears to have had surgery prior to arriving to the orphanage when he was about a year and a half old. Theo also has a hernia near his groin and has a slightly smaller penis. He does have some developmental delays, but he has made incredible progress with the assistance of his caregivers. Theo imitates adults well, loves to greet and say goodbye, and is great at feeding and caring for himself. He loves to play with other kiddos and loves to hold toys to his ears to pretend to make calls! He is an active, precious little guy who would thrive with consistent caregiving. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!This sweet little guy’s name is Johnny! Johnny is 5 years old. He has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, but he received a shunt shortly after arriving to the orphanage and has been doing great since that time. Johnny was also diagnosed with purulent meningitis and a brain hernia, but after treatment he appears to be doing well. He also has oculomotor palsy, meaning that he has difficulty controlling his eye movements. Johnny has some language and mobility delays, but he has made amazing progress! He is able to walk with assistance, and is able to speak in two to three word sentences. He is also able to follow directions and has excellent fine motor skills! He is a shy, sweet little boy who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!Cassie is a sweet little girl from China who is 11 and a half years old. Cassie has great self-care skills, like bathing, getting dressed and eating on her own. She is very active and enjoys playing with other children in the orphanage. One of Cassie’s favorite things to do is to play pretend where she is the doctor and the other kids are her patients. Cassie’s caregivers say she is easygoing and helpful. Cassie often helps her caregivers with their chores. Cassie likes music and singing.

Cassie was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, but it doesn’t seem to affect much physically. Cassie does appear to have some language delays and her cognitive abilities are somewhat delayed compared to her peers. Cassie can communicate well using a local dialect that people in the area the orphanage is located in can speak.

If you would like to learn more about Cassie, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

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5 More Kids Home!

We would like to congratulate these five incredible kiddos who have recently come home with their new Forever Families! Every family’s adoption journey is unique, but at the end they all have the same result – one more smiling face and one less orphan. Congratulations to each of these kids and their new families, and welcome home!

China Waiting Child Adoption

GWCA’s China adoption program is a Waiting Child program, meaning all of the children either have some sort of medical need (some of which have already been treated), or they are an older child who has not yet found their family. In order to help these kiddos find loving and permanent families as quickly as possible, families in this program can request to be matched with a specific Special Focus child as soon as they begin their adoption paperwork rather than having to wait until later in the process.

GWCA’s China adoption specialists are currently advocating for over 50 Special Focus children who are in need of families. If you’re interested in learning how your family can be matched through GWCA’s China adoption program, contact our matching specialists or visit our photo listing today!

Resources

– Learn more about adopting a child from China
– Visit GWCA’s Waiting Child photo listing
– Contact a China matching specialist today

 

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Leo Has $18,000+ in Grants!

Last summer Leo came to the United States for one month with GWCA’s China Orphan Hosting program. This program is designed to give children like Leo the opportunity to be seen as more than just a medical file. It gives children the chance to know the love of a family, to experience life outside of the orphanage and to meet advocates within the community who can help them find a loving and permanent family. For Leo, this opportunity was incredibly important as he is currently 13 years old and will “Age Out” in April of 2018.

During his time in the US last summer, Leo stayed with a “Host-to-Advocate” family. This family fell in love with Leo and cherished every moment that they had with him, however, they knew going into the program that they were unable to proceed with adoption. Knowing that Leo is so deserving of the love and stability of a Forever Family, his host family has been working with countless other orphan warriors to advocate on his behalf and raise money to put towards an adoption grant in his name.

At this point, Leo now has a significant adoption grant, totaling $18,000+! A large portion of this grant ($12,000) was raised through a private grant and the fundraising efforts of one of our advocate families. The additional $6,000+ that Leo is eligible to receive is through Reece’s Rainbow’s Older Child grant fund.

What Leo’s Host Family Has to Say About Him:

Leo is a 13 year old orphan from China who stayed in our home with us last summer. It is our family’s intention to connect this sweet boy with his forever family so that he can return to the US as quickly as possible. Leo is full of joy and smiles, and loves music. He has taken a liking to American music and sings along often and also has been singing in Chinese. He also played the piano in our home nearly every day. Though he doesn’t play a familiar tune, he plays it appropriately and even looks at the song books as he is playing. He also likes to push buttons and play with toys that make noise or move. He didn’t know any English when he arrived, but he has quickly learned some words and is very good at mimicking words and phrases that are spoken to him. We have also developed some hand motions to communicate. He can let us know when he is hungry, thirsty, finished, or needs to use the restroom. He also understands some of our hand motions which has helped with our communication. He is a very affectionate boy that loves to hug, hold hands, and snuggle on your lap. He is also very silly. He often does things to make the family laugh like wearing silly hats, and dancing around and laughing. Leo also loves to be in motion. He really enjoys riding in a car and giggles as we go up and down hills every single time. Swinging is his favorite activity at the park and he screamed and laughed with amazement as we went down waterslides. Leo has a diagnosis of PKU (Phenylketonuria) which is a genetic metabolic disorder that means he does not digest protein like most people. Leo will need to be on a special diet to address his PKU diagnosis. While here he has been an incredible eater! He is open to almost all foods including fruits and vegetables and he ate all of the special low protein foods that are manufactured for those with PKU that we offered him.

Leo will be aging out this coming April, meaning he only has 10 months to find his family! If you’re interested in learning more about Leo, please reach out to GWCA’s China adoption specialists or contact meredith@gwca.org today. You can also visit Leo’s Facebook advocacy page and the blog that his host family wrote while he was hosted.

Resources:

– Learn More About Adopting from China
– Visit GWCA’s Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China Adoption Specialist

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5 New Kids Are Waiting!

Lincoln is a sweet little boy that is 4 and a half years old.  Lincoln is described by his caretakers as being very cooperative and playful.  He likes to play with other children and doing group activities.  He can walk well on his own.  Lincoln is good at imitating the words of adults. He can hold a pen and scribble with it on paper.

Lincoln has a congenital heart defect (CHD).  His file says that his CHD presents as a single cardiac ventricle, ASD, PTA, mitral atresia.

We are currently working on getting an update from Lincoln’s orphanage to give us even more information on how he is currently doing.

If you would like to learn more about Lincoln, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

**URGENT: AGING OUT** This amazing kiddo’s name is Colt! Colt will be turning 14 this September, meaning he will lose his chance at finding a family. Colt was born with tetralogy of fallot, but he had surgery in April of 2005 and has thrived since that time! Colt is an incredibly smart, social child who would thrive in a forever family. Colt is bright, independent, and mischievous! He loves his teachers and classmates, and he is currently in school! He also loves his brothers and sisters in the orphanage and hopes to one day be adopted and come back to visit them to tell them about the United Stated. Colt has wanted to be adopted for a long time, and told his caregivers to tell prospective parents, “Dear Father and Mother, I am waiting for you in China.” He is a sweet, charismatic little boy who needs to have the love of a family. His caregivers love him very much and hope that he is adopted soon. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this incredible kiddo!Castle is a precious little boy who just turned 4 years old!  Castle can walk by himself and eat by himself.  He is described as being a more timid boy.  Castle really likes listening to music and eating sweet foods.

Castle has been diagnosed with hypospadis and cerebral dysplasia.  His CT report says that he has unsymmetrical of bilateral hemisphere, symmetrical of bilateral lateral ventricle.

Castle’s file is a little out of date so we are working hard to learn more about him.  We are hoping to have an update on how he is doing from his orphanage very soon.

If you would like to learn more about Castle, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch a recent Video of Castle!

Meet Abby! Abby is a darling 4-year old girl in need of a home to call her own. Abby was born with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. She had surgery for her heart in September of 2014 and appears to be doing great! She also had a tracheotomy in November of 2014 due to subglottic stenosis and acute laryngitis. Abby’s caregivers say that she is a bright, clever child who follows instructions well and can easily identify objects when asked. She is very independent and does not require much additional daily care from the orphanage caregivers. Abby is described as being outgoing, smiley, and curious. She loves to dance and is described as “having a desire to perform!”. She is very cuddly and loves to show affection to others. She is also great at imitating words that her caretakers say and responding to questions. She is an incredible kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!Leo is an incredible and bright 13-year old boy who was hosted in the United States last summer! He will be aging out in April and is in desperate need of a family to call his own. Leo’s file is currently on the shared listing, meaning that it is available for all agency’s to access! Leo’s host mom and advocates have already raised $12,000 for his adoption, and he is also eligible for a $6,000 grant through Reece’s Rainbow! There are many advocates that know Leo well and are hoping to help him find his forever family. Here’s what Leo’s host mom has said about this amazing boy:

“Leo is a 13 year old orphan from China who stayed in our home with us last summer. It is our family’s intention to connect this sweet boy with his forever family so that he can return to the US as quickly as possible. Leo is full of joy and smiles, and loves music. He has taken a liking to American music and sings along often and also has been singing in Chinese. He also plays the piano in our home nearly every day. Though he doesn’t play a familiar tune, he plays it appropriately and even looks at the song books as he is playing. He also likes to push buttons and play with toys that make noise or move. Therefore, he has been drawn to toys that typically get played with by toddlers. He didn’t know any English when he arrived, but he has quickly learned some words and is very good at mimicking words and phrases that are spoken to him. We have also developed some hand motions to communicate. He can let us know when he is hungry, thirsty, finished, or needs to use the restroom. He also understands some of our hand motions which has helped with our communication. He is a very affectionate boy that loves to hug, hold hands, and snuggle on your lap. He is also very silly. He often does things to make the family laugh like wearing silly hats, and dancing around and laughing. Leo also loves to be in motion. He really enjoys riding in a car and giggles as we go up and down hills every single time. Swinging is his favorite activity at the park and he screamed and laughed with amazement as we went down waterslides. Leo has a diagnosis of PKU (Phenylketonuria) which is a genetic metabolic disorder that means he does not digest protein like most people. Leo will need to be on a special diet to address his PKU diagnosis. While here he has been an incredible eater! He is open to almost all foods including fruits and vegetables and he ate all of the special low protein foods that are manufactured for those with PKU that we offered him.”

Please reach out to Great Wall to talk more about this amazing kiddo!

Check out Leo’s advocacy page on Facebook!

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