Merry is an adorable little girl from China that is 4 and a half years old. Merry has down syndrome is doing quite well! Merry is extroverted and active and loves playing with other children in a group. Merry also likes to interact with adults and can follow simple instructions well. Merry also likes cartoon and she will laugh at the funny parts. Merry’s favorite snacks are small buns and chips. Merry is described as being adorable and sweet.
Merry has good gross and fine motor skills. She is can walk and go up and down stairs by herself. She can throw and pick up a ball when playing catch with someone. She can eat snacks and by herself. She can tear paper with two hands and she can squat to pick up dropped toys. Like many other children with down syndrome, Merry has delayed language abilities compared with children who do not have down syndrome. However she is able to speak simple words like “mom” and “dad” and say “bye bye.” She can also express many of her needs and wants by using simple sign language gestures, such as expressing when she wants to eat.
Merry did have CHD when she was younger, but she has received surgery and now appears to have no issues with her heart.
This precious girl’s name is Arabella! She is ten years old. She was born with spina bifida, but after receiving surgery she does not appear to have any mobility limitation. At the time her file was prepared in 2014 she was incontinent, but Great Wall is working to learn more updated information. She is described by her caregivers as being a sweet, gentle kiddo who gets along very well with other kiddos and her caregivers. Her language development is a little delayed for her age, but she is able to speak full sentences and communicate her needs well. She is is a curious child who loves to learn and is able to read and write numbers. Overall it sounds as though she does have some cognitive delays compared to her peers, but her file indicates that she has made amazing progress with the love and care of her teachers. She would thrive with the love of a family.
Birdie is a cute little girl from China that is about to turn 3 years old. Birdie was not abandoned until she was 1 year old, so most likely she was able to attach to her birth mother for a longer amount of time than many children in the orphanage typically do. When she arrived at the orphanage she was already able to sit, stand, crawl and walk with hands supported. After she came into the orphanage she learned how to walk, wave hello and goodbye, blow kisses and clap her hands. She was saying simple words like “mama” and “sister.”
However, on April 24, 2016, Birdie had a very bad seizure and had to go tot the hospital. After this time Birdie’s limbs got very stiff and she couldn’t walk or sit. She started doing rehabilitation training, acupuncture and massage therapy to help loosen up her muscles.
She has made many improvements over time and can now make sounds and say some simple words. She can hold her head up and look toward someone when they say her name. She needs help to eat and will often be fed things like porridge by her nannies.
Birdie loves to go outside and she enjoys being around other children. She is described as a lovely child who loves getting cuddles from her nannies.
This amazing kiddo’s name is Asher! Asher is 13 years old and will be aging out next June. He is in desperate need of a family to give him the love he deserves. Asher was born with impairment of his right eye, but it has not slowed him down! He is bright, inquisitive, and curious. He is very attached with his caregivers and loves to help care for the younger kiddos in the orphanage. He is a talkative little guy who loves to have conversations with his caretakers! He is currently in school and is seems to be doing great overall. He always completes his homework after school and helps out other children when they need assistance. He is very independent and is able to wash his clothes, clean his room, and help others. He loves to read, jump rope, and ride his bike! He is an amazing boy who needs a family to call his own. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!
Jody is a precious little girl from China that is 3 and a half years old. Jody was born with a facial cleft, but it has recently been repaired and has healed very well. This photo does not show the repaired facial cleft, but there are more photos in the child’s full file showing the results of the successful surgery and her repaired facial cleft that has been closed. Jody also has some pretty significant hearing loss in both ears, possibly close to deafness, so she is going to be quite delayed on speech. Jody’s left ear hearing is 70DBNHL and and her right ear hearing is 60DBNHL.
Jody is described as being happy and brave. Jody gets along well with others and likes to play with her friends. Jody’s favorite toys to play with are dolls.
Heath is 10 years old and in need of a family to call his own. He was born with a malformed right ear and limb differences of his right arm, but that hasn’t slowed him down! Heath is incredibly bright, talkative, and intelligent. He is described by his caregivers as being very polite and kind towards others. When he encounters challenges, he is able to easily analyze the problem and find ways to solve it. He is a hard worker and maintains an average school score next to his peers. He loves class and has a natural curiosity for learning! Heath also loves art, and loves to paint. One of his favorite things to do is rhythmic gymnastics, and he has amazing overall mobility. He is a bright, intelligent boy who has not been hindered in any way by his needs.
**TWINS** ETHAN (wearing the blue shirt in the photo) is a sweet little boy in China who is about to turn 11 years old. Ethan and his twin brother Evan were abandoned when they were approximately 3 and a half years old and were taken to the orphanage at that time. Because Ethan and Evan are twins, a family can adopt both of these children at the same time, which is an exception to the new CCCWA adoption rules.
Ethan is described as extroverted and brave. He likes to play sports and play on the playground outside. Ethan gets along well with other children and enjoys going to school. Ethan also has very good self-care skills.
Ethan was diagnosed when he came into the orphanage with gastrocnemius pseudohypertrophy, also known as muscular dystrophy. However, as the years have passed, he does not appear to show any symptoms of having this disorder. His file indicates that he is basically a healthy child and has normal physical, cognitive and language development just like any other child. It is possible that this child was misdiagnosed when he was younger or that his condition is not as significant as was previously thought.
EVAN (wearing the green shirt in the photo) is a sweet little boy in China who is about to turn 11 years old. Evan and his twin brother Ethan were abandoned when they were approximately 3 and a half years old and were taken to the orphanage at that time. Because Evan and Ethan are twins, a family can adopt both of these children at the same time, which is an exception to the new CCCWA adoption rules.
Evan is described as being more introverted and quiet, although he is more lively and jovial around familiar people. Evan is described as being intelligent and helpful to his teachers. He has very good self-care skills. He enjoys playing with building blocks and he also likes playing outside.
Evan was diagnosed with muscle malnutrition and a right groin hernia, however over the years it appears that he is physically growing normally and that his needs don’t really affect him. It is possible that he was misdiagnosed as a child or that his muscular issues were not very significant. His hernia also does not seem to affect him. Evan appears to have normal physical, cognitive and language abilities.
David is a sweet little boy from China that is 6 and a half years old. David is deaf so he some developmental delays compared with his hearing peers. David lives in a rural area of China, so his ability to learn sign language currently is very limited, so he isn’t really able to communicate well with others. One of our GWCA staff members met David when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about David.
Even though David can’t communicate all of his thoughts and feelings with others, David has a good attitude and a happy nature. David is shy but he does get along well with others. David’s caretakers say that he has good self-care abilities like being able to go to the bathroom by himself and putting on his clothes by himself. David does not currently go to school, but when he is older they hope they will able to get him some schooling to learn sign language. What David really needs though is the love and care of a Forever Family and the educational resources to thrive as a deaf individual. David will most likely never receive what he needs to grow up and become an independent person without being adopted by a family in the United States.