I Found My Family!

Congratulations!

Hooray! We are beyond excited to share that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this INCREDIBLE girl home forever!

As an older girl, she was nearing the age at which she would age out of the China adoption system. Now, with a family working towards bringing her home, her life and her future have been changed forever. Congratulations to her and her new Forever Family from all of us at Great Wall China Adoption and Children of All Nations! We can’t wait to continue following your journey home!

 Special Focus Adoption

As an older child, this beautiful girl’s file was considered Special Focus rather than LID. This made it possible for her family to begin submitting their paperwork to adopt her right away rather than waiting until they had completed their dossier. GWCA is currently advocating for over 60 Special Focus children from China who are waiting for their families to find them. If you’re interested in learning more about them, contact our adoption specialists or visit our Waiting Child photo listing today!

Resources

– Learn more about adopting from China
– What it means to “Age Out”
– Learn about the Waiting Children that we’re currently advocating for
– Contact an adoption specialist

 

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4 More Kids Have Updates!

Issac

Issac is a cute little boy from China that is 5 and a half years old. Issac is a smart kiddo who likes to listen to music, sing and dance. He has normal intelligence and is developing well cognitively. He has normal language development and can have regular conversations with friends and adults. Issac asks how and why questions such as “What is for breakfast?” Issac is a helpful boy that will assist his caretakers with daily tasks. Issac will sometimes ask his caretakers, “Are you tired?” which shows what an empathetic and sweet boy he is.

Issac was born with a spinal meningocele which was removed during surgery when he was very young. He has clubbed feet, so he cannot walk, but he can hold himself up enough to stand and he can go up and down stairs by himself. He can crawl to get where he needs to go.

It is unclear if this child could walk in the future with the right surgery and rehabilitation services that he could receive in America. Hopefully with the love, care and support of a loving Forever Family, Issac could thrive in the United States!

If you would like to learn more about how you could adopt Issac, please contact the China Home Finding Team at GWCA today!

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

Johnny

Johnny is a sweet little boy from China that just recently turned 5 years old!  Johnny has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, but he received a shunt shortly after arriving to the orphanage and has been doing great since that time! 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 about Johnny today!

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

Summer

As our Sponsored Star, Summer currently has a $2,000 grant available towards her adoption!  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!

Jacob

Jacob is an awesome little boy from China that is 4 and a half years old.  Jacob is described as being an active, cheerful boy with a ready smile.  He likes to play games with his friends and spend time outside.  Jacob is currently in a regular kindergarten class outside of the orphanage and is doing well there.  Jacob gets along very well with other children and enjoys playing with his peers.

Jacob is very close with his caregivers. Sometimes when his nanny is doing laundry he will sit next to her and try to help her fold clothes.  He is a very helpful little boy who is empathetic and aware when other people need help.  Jacob’s physical abilities appear to be normal compared with his peers, such as his ability to walk, jump up and down, and go up and down stairs.

Jacob was born without any ears but he can still hear, but he can still hear quite well! Jacob can hear what others are saying to him and can follow instructions given by his caregivers.  Jacob can say 5-10 word sentences and express his wants and needs.

The right side of Jacob’s face also droops somewhat, but it has improved with acupuncture.  Jacob was very brave and behaved well when he was receiving acupuncture, even though it was painful.

If you would like to learn more about Jacob, please contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall today!

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

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Update: Part II

Dear Families,

This morning we received another notice from the CCCWA (China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption) regarding additional new updates which will impact both agencies’ Orphanage Partnerships and Orphan Hosting programs. While these changes have been anticipated for some time, it is difficult to see the potential impact that they will have on Waiting Children and adoptive families alike.

As we mentioned with the release of the last updates, our top priorities remain the children that we advocate for and the incredible adoptive families that we work with.

Please read the below statement from the CCCWA:

Announcement

Relevant government departments and adoption agencies in receiving countries,
Following the enactment of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Administration of Activities of Overseas Non-Governmental Organizations within the Territory of China (hereinafter referred to as Administration Law) since January 1, we would like to notify as follows on relevant issues about the programs carried out by adoption agencies such as the One-to-One Assistance Program, Journey of Hope Program, and Summer/Winter Hosting Program based on the regulations of the Administrative law and conclusions of competent authorities:

I. All activities concerning the One-to-One program, Journey of Hope Program, and Summer/Winter Hosting Program will be terminated. For children who have been assessed by adoption agencies through the One-to-One program before the enactment of the Administrative Law and whose reports have not been submitted to CCCWA, if their reports are submitted through the provincial department of civil affairs to CCCWA before December 31, 2017 (subjected to the approval date of the provincial department), CCCWA will post these files to the specific list of the original adoption agency. Agencies are requested to look for children within required deadline, otherwise the files will be withdrawn by CCCWA when the deadline is closing.

II. Foreign adoption agencies should abide by the business scope specified in the registration when working in China. No activities with inter-country adoption as the purpose are allowed when agencies work in welfare and charity related activities.

III. Adoption agencies should look for adoptive families according to the requirements outlined in the Review Points for Decision on the Eligibility of Foreigners Adopting from China and avoid hasty placements without discretion within the deadline.

– China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption

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I’m Coming Home!

There’s nothing like being able to hold your family in your arms even when they’re thousands of miles away. Lucky for this little guy, this pillow from his care package is about to be replaced by the real deal–this week, his family is heading to China to bring him home forever! While the pillow that his family sent him was a great way for him to familiar himself with their faces throughout their adoption journey, he will finally have them right by his side. This is a moment that both he and his new forever family have been waiting for for quite some time and we’re so happy that it has finally arrived!

Congratulations to this little guy and his new family, and safe travels as you make your way home!

China Waiting Child Adoption

This little guy, who we advocated for with the nickname “Matthew,” was matched with his family through China’s Special Focus adoption track. In this track, families can be matched with a child at any point in the process – even if they haven’t completed all of their adoption paperwork. As such, when his family found him they were able to request to be matched with him right away!

GWCA is currently advocating for over 60 Waiting Children who are in need of families. These kiddos’ limited profiles can be found on our China Waiting Child photo listing. and their full files can be requested by contacting our adoption specialists. For more information on how you can adopt a child from China, visit GWCA’s website or contact us today!

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5 New Kids Are Waiting!

Bryce

Bryce is an awesome little boy from China that is 3 and a half years old.  Bryce was born with abnormal development of all four of his limbs and the dislocation of his hip joints.  Bryce can get around by rolling on the floor and also by scooting on the floor.  He has flexible feet and can play ball games with other children by kicking the ball.  Bryce receives water therapy and he loves it!  He will kick his legs in the water and splash around and laugh.

Bryce is an extroverted little boy that loves to be around people.  He is described as being active and very adorable.  He will giggle when being tickled, which he loves!    Bryce can imitate the words of others.

We are working on getting more updated information on Bryce from his orphanage and we will update his profile when we receive it.

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

Zaden

Zaden is a wonderful child from China that is 8 and a half years old.  Zaden was born with clubbed feet, but he received surgery in 2014 and now it appears that he can stand and walk on his own.  He is described as having normal intelligence development and that he communicate verbally very well with others.  His caretakers say he is a smart boy and he likes to learn.  Even though Zaden has faced many changes in his life due to his special need, he is very optimistic and has great character.  His caretakers say he is a generally happy boy that smiles a lot.

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

Beckett

Beckett is a sweet little boy from China that is 2 and a half years old. Beckett’s left ear formed a little bit differently but other than that he seems like a generally healthy kiddo. Beckett has normal mobility for a child his age as he can walk, trot and go up and down stairs by himself. He has good holding abilities and he likes to play with various toys in the activity room. He can understand the directors he receives from his caretakers and can follow simple instructions.

Beckett’s language is delayed compared to some of his peers, but that makes sense given his left ear deformity. He can make sounds such as “aaa” and “yiyi yaya.” Beckett is happy boy that is very active and loves to play. His favorite toys are cars and a wooden rocking horse.

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

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

Trey

Trey is a healthy 13-year old boy who will be aging out next summer. He is in urgent need of a family to call his own! Trey was hosted here in the United States in the summer of 2016. Here is what his host family had to say about him:

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

Trey also participated in Bring Me Hope’s summer camp! His advocates say he is a smart, ambitious boy who hopes to have the chance to go to college some day. He makes friends easily and is a sociable, sweet kiddo.

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

Wesley

Meet Wesley! Wesley is an incredible 12-year old kiddo in need of a forever home. He was born with difference of sex development, but his file indicates that he identifies as male. Wesley is a smart, active kiddo who is very attached to his caregivers in his orphanage. He can be very mischievous, and loves to play with the younger kiddos in the orphanage. He is described as being joyful and outgoing. He loves to sing on stage and participate in different activities that the orphanage organizes! He is a clever child who would thrive with a family.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Resources

– Visit the China Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China Adoption Specialist
– Learn More About China Adoption

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Look What Love Can Do!

It is always so incredible for us to watch families’ adoption journeys, from the moment they fall in love with a child’s photo and decide to pursue the match, to the moment they bring their child home forever. There are some adoption journeys, however, that really hit home–particularly those that we get to watch come full circle. Last Thursday we were lucky enough to have a family visit our office, giving us the opportunity to witness a piece of their journey in person. They brought in two absolutely amazing kids that we advocated for who have been home now for some time. There are few words that can describe how meaningful this visit was, especially for our staff members who initially met these kids in China on an Orphan Hosting interview trip. Here is what our interview team had to share about the experience:

You never forget that first trip to China. The smells, the emotions, the nerves and the kids. I walked into my first orphanage January 2015 not sure what to expect. It was the heart of winter and it was freezing. The orphanage was in Changsha – open air – middle of January. We walked into the room where we would meet the kids, it was so cold–not temperature cold, the walls were white, bars on the windows and the toys were worn. We interviewed 30 kids that first day. To say that it was overwhelming is an understatement. That day I met many kids that will forever have a place in my heart.

I keep every Orphan Hosting program list on my office desk I see the names of all of the kids who have come for hosting. I have my crazy color coding systems that tell me who has come home, and who hasn’t. I see the kids who we have advocated for over the years and still wait. But those kids that come home – the pictures, the updates, the growth it’s insane. On numerous occasions, photos have brought tears to my eyes… but last Thursday was so much more.

Last Thursday two of the most precious children walked through the front doors of GWCA in Austin, TX, just days shy of 11 months being home. Two and half years since I saw them in China. Two and half a year since my heart fell deeper in love with the children in China. The children who were so wonderfully made to be a part of a family. There is nothing like coming face to face with something you poured everything into. We don’t often get the chance to meet the children we work so hard for day in and day out, but Thursday I got to embrace TWO of those kids. Two kids who are loved unconditionally and encouraged infinitely. I listened to the accomplishments of these two and tears fell as I heard every single one. How about a boy who has had six surgeries in 11 months and sweet girl that is blind that both play baseball and LOVE it! Or a little boy who plays the piano for his sister as she belts our her favorite Disney songs (which we were so lucky to hear). Or two kids just 10 days in the US enrolled in school eager to learn and ready to do great things with their lives.

All of this began with the belief that someone could be their mom and dad. There were so many inter-working hands that lead us to that fateful day in Changsha, to the one family that chose to host, and the countless voices that advocated on behalf of both that led them to their mom and dad. A saying we hear often is that “It takes a village.” It does – with everything that has gone on in China adoption in the last 2 weeks it would be really easy to stop fighting the fight, but now more than ever we need voices for the kids that wait – we need you – we need the village to make forever happen for the rest of the children waiting. Don’t stop now – take a look at what a little love can do! – Shannon Phillips, Orphan Hosting Director

 Resources

– Learn more about China adoption
– Visit GWCA’s Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China adoption specialist

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How the New Eligibility Updates Could Help Singles

In international adoption, every country’s program has a unique set of eligibility regulations put in place by in-country authorities. These eligibility regulations determine everything from annual income requirements to acceptable health conditions that potential adoptive parents can or can’t have. For single applicants, these eligibility requirements also determine whether or not they are permitted to pursue a child’s adoption based on their single status.

Over the course of time, some countries have gone back and forth on whether or not to allow single applicants. China, however, has always been very welcoming of single women who are looking to grow their family through adoption as long as they meet the specific eligibility requirements set in place for single families.

Last week, China released updates for their adoption eligibility regulations, many of which are now more stringent than they were before. One area where the new updates allow for more flexibility than previously, however, is with single applicants!

The two most notable changes that have been made to the eligibility requirements for singles are the minimum age of the youngest child in the home, and the maximum age difference between the parent and the child being adopted.

Old Requirements for Singles: 

  • The youngest child in the home must be at least 6 years old prior to adopting
  • There can be no more than a 45 year age difference between the parent and the child being adopted

New Requirements for Singles: 

  • The youngest child in the home must be at least 3 years old prior to adopting
  • There can be no more than a 50 year age difference between the parent and the child being adopted

 

While many of the other updated regulations have made it more difficult for countless families to pursue their dream of adoption, we’re so hopeful that this new flexibility for single applicants will open a window of possibility. If are considering beginning your adoption journey and you would like to speak to one of our adoption specialists to review all eligibility information, please contact GWCA today!

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I Found My Family!

Last year this sweet boy came to the United States with our Orphan Hosting program. While he was here, he spent four weeks living with an incredible family who advocated to help him find his forever family. Now we are DELIGHTED to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring him home FOREVER!

It is so amazing to see another Orphan Hosting story turn into an adoption journey. Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN, we’re so excited to follow the rest of your journey home!

Orphan Hosting Advocate Kids

There are still a few kids from our winter Orphan Hosting program who are in need of families. These kids have all spent time with families here in the United States, so we have much more information about the personalities and needs than would typically be available in our China Waiting Child adoption program.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of these kids, visit our China Waiting Child photo listing and select the option to show children who have “Participated in Winter Hosting.”

Resources

– Visit the Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Learn more about China Adoption
– Contact a China Adoption Specialist

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Meet Victor

Victor is an amazing 9-year old boy who has continued to persevere despite all odds that he has faced. In the fall of 2016 Victor arrived at Bethel, an incredible foundation which specializes in the care of children with vision impairments. Upon his arrival, they gave him the name “Victor” to symbolize his victories over the challenges he has faced so far in his young life.

The caretakers at Bethel describe this amazing boy as an overcomer who is loving and joyful with everyone he meets. He has a curious spirit and always seeks to explore new places and new things. Victor loves his main caregiver very much, showing an incredible ability to attach and love others. He has been through a lot, but he continues to rise above those experiences and thrive with the love and care of the staff at Bethel.

Victor loves to play, dance, and laugh with with his friends and teachers. He has significant vision impairment in both eyes, but he is able to see light and loves to play with toys that light up. Despite his vision impairment, Victor loves exploring and seeking new experiences. He has learned to trust others and feels safer and more secure with each day that he is at Bethel.

Victor has made phenomenal progress since arriving at Bethel last fall, and we can only imagine what he will accomplish when he receives the unconditional love of a family.

Bethel recently teamed up with The Archibald Project to share the stories of the amazing children in their care. Visit their website here or contact GWCA’s China adoption specialists to see what they had to say about Victor. We’re so hopeful that Victor will find his family soon. If you’re interested in learning more about this incredible boy or reviewing his medical file, please visit our Waiting Child photo listing or contact GWCA today!

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I Found My Family!

 We are thrilled to announce that one of the families in our China adoption program has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this beautiful girl home FOREVER! We are so excited for her and her new family, and we can’t wait to see them come home!

Although this sweet girl is only 4 years old, her file was considered Special Focus, meaning her family was able to review her 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!

Visit the Waiting Child Photo Listing to learn about kids in need of Forever Families!
Contact our China Matching Specialists to learn how you can start your adoption journey!

Resources:

– Contact an adoption specialist
– Visit the Waiting Child photo listing
– Learn more about China adoption

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