Top Questions About Adoption

For National Adoption Month, our adoption counselors share answers to the top questions they receive about the China adoption process. If you would like more information, please contact our adoption counselors today!

What kinds of special needs do we see most often in the China Program?

“Special needs that are seen in the China program range from mild to more moderate and severe needs. The minor needs that are seen can either be surgically correctable, medically managed, or remedied with therapies. The minor needs are typically classified as needs that wouldn’t prohibit a child from living a healthy life. Examples of these needs include cleft lip and palate, clubbed hand, clubbed foot, and minor heart defects.

Most of the children you might see on our Waiting Child photo listing will have more moderate to severe special needs or a combination of special needs. Examples of these needs might include cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, congenital heart defects, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, hearing loss, and vision issues.”

How long is the process?

“The timeline is different for every family. The length of a family’s process is dependent on the family’s adoption parameters (i.e. special needs being considered, gender, age range, etc.). A family who is open to more minor needs typically has about a two year process overall, whereas a family who is open to more special needs might have a process that lasts about a year.”

How much does a typical adoption cost from China?

“The average cost for an adoption is about $35,000. That estimate includes fees for the program through GWCA, fees from the U.S. government, fees from the Chinese government, and travel costs.”

Check out more FAQs here!

Learn about our China Program

Visit our photo listing to meet the available kids!

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The Adoption Tax Credit Is Preserved!

We have fantastic news to share about the Adoption Tax Credit! On November 9th, 2017, both the House and Senate agreed to preserve the tax credit in their tax reform proposals. The Adoption Tax Credit has helped thousands of families afford the cost of adoption. Because of that, we believe that the continuation of the tax credit is vital to ensure as many children as possible find loving families.

Big thanks to everyone who took action to support the tax credit! However, the fight is not over. Beyond maintaining the current credit, improvements can be made. This includes expanding availability, increasing the credit amount, and making the credit refundable. That way, more families can benefit from the credit and welcome a child into their home.

How You Can Help!

You can make a difference by sharing this blog on social media (using the hashtag #SaveTheATC) and sending a message to Members of Congress about improving the tax credit. Visit the “Save the Adoption Tax Credit” website for more ideas about how to take action!

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Halloween Photo Contest 2017 Winners

We are so thankful for all of the families who submitted photos for our Halloween Photo Contest! If you missed the deadline, you can still email your pictures to kim@saeglobal.org to land a spot in the album.

Our staff at GWCA and CAN voted on the winners, and it was a tough decision to make! We loved all of the amazing and adorable costumes. Without further ado, here are the 2017 Halloween Photo Contest Winners!

Honorable Mentions

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National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month! Did you know that 140 million children worldwide are estimated to be orphans? This month, our focus is to spread awareness for the children who are waiting to be adopted. Every child deserves a loving family to call their own and to feel wanted and needed. Together with your help, we can raise awareness about adoption and ensure these kids find their forever families.

Here is a sneak peek of what’s coming this month:

  • Featured Waiting Children
  • Answers to the top questions about adoption
  • Information about the most common special needs in adoption
  • Reasons to adopt an older child
  • Family adoption stories
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • And more!

Stay tuned on our Facebook pageChina adoption blog, and Children of All Nations blog for the latest adoption information!

Resources

– Learn more about our adoption programs
– Visit the China Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Visit the CAN Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact an adoption specialist

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Halloween Photo Contest 2017

Fall is in the air, pumpkins are everywhere, and it’s almost time for Halloween! We would love to see how your family celebrates the spookiest time of the year. Our annual GWCA/CAN Halloween Photo Contest starts today and ends Thursday November 2nd. Send photos of your little witches and ghosts to kim@saeglobal.org to participate in our contest! Here are the categories for this year:

Most creative

Spookiest

Cutest

Coolest

Silliest

Best group costume

We’ll share all submissions and announce the winners on November 3rd. Click here to check out previous contest winners. We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween weekend, and we can’t wait to see all of the adorable costumes!

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Fiona Is GWCA’s Sponsored Star For October!

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, GWCA’s Sponsored Star for October is Fiona, a precious 3-year-old girl who absolutely rocks her extra chromosome!

Fiona seems to be doing well overall! She knows how to walk and is saying some words. Although her speech is slightly delayed, communication does not seem to be an obstacle for her. She understands instructions from her caregivers such as “sit down, stand up,” and she can point the position of “nose, eyes, and ears” on someone’s face. Fiona is described as being cute and affectionate. She will kiss her caretaker’s face when she is happy.

As our Sponsored Star for October, Fiona as a $2,000 grant available towards her adoption fees! If you’re interested in learning more about Fiona, visit our photo listing or contact our matching specialists today!

What is a Sponsored Star?

On the 1st of each month, Great Wall China Adoption will feature one of the kiddos from our Orphanage Partnerships as our monthly “Sponsored Star!” As our Sponsored Star, that child will be provided a $2,000 grant towards their adoption fees. Each of the kiddos selected is a Special Focus child, meaning they have not found their Forever Family yet due to their age or the degree of their needs. Together, we can find loving homes for these amazing kids!

We encourage any families interested in learning more about our Sponsored Star of the Month to visit our China Waiting Child Photo Listing, or contact our China Matching Specialists to learn how you can be matched today! Check back on the first of each month to meet the newest featured child!

Resources

– Learn more about China adoption
– Visit the Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China adoption specialist

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October Is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time when we come together to spread awareness of Down syndrome, to show support for those with the condition, and to celebrate their abilities and accomplishments. Down Syndrome Awareness Month is particularly significant to us in the adoption community because many Waiting Children around the world in need of families have Down syndrome.

What is Down Syndrome?

According to the National Down Syndrome Society, Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition. It occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes physical characteristics associated with Down syndrome, including small stature and low muscle tone. Each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees, or not at all.

Most people with Down syndrome have cognitive delays that are mild to moderate. However, this is not indicative of their many strengths and talents. Although people with Down syndrome are at an increased risk for certain medical conditions, healthcare and treatment of these conditions allow for most people with Down syndrome to lead healthy lives.

To learn more about Down syndrome, visit the National Down Syndrome Society.

GWCA and CAN’s Waiting Children

Our China and CAN matching specialists are currently advocating for several kids with Down Syndrome. These wonderful children deserve the opportunity to grow up in a loving family. If your family is interested in learning how you can be matched with one of these incredible kiddos, visit our Waiting Child photo listings or contact our matching specialists today!

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URGENT: Only Four Months Until Rebecca Ages Out

Every child needs a loving and permanent family. However, when an orphan “ages out” in China, they lose their chance to be part of a family, where they can feel safe and be loved. At the young age of 14, these children are deemed ineligible for adoption, and their hope for a bright future all but vanishes. This is the situation Rebecca would face, unless she’s able to find a family who can bring her home by her 14th birthday this January.

Rebecca is a lovely and smart young girl, who is outgoing, active, and gets along well with others. Her caregivers describe her as being obedient, sensible, and polite. She enjoys singing and will often perform at school events and at the orphanage. This year she won the second prize in a singing competition!

Click here to watch a video of the talented Rebecca singing beautifully!

Rebecca is missing her left eye and has corneal leukoplakia in her right eye. However, her right eye has some sight, and she’s able to walk around freely in familiar environments without assistance. Currently, she attends a school for children who are blind, where she’s performing very well. Her cognitive and language abilities are normal, and she can read in braille. Rebecca earns excellent grades and has been awarded “Triple-A” student every year.

She has expressed to caregivers that she wants to be adopted by an American family and desires to have a home and parents of her own. Would you consider giving Rebecca a 14th birthday that she will never forget? If you would like to learn more about adopting this sweet kid, please contact China Adoption Specialist Heidi at heidi@gwca.org today. We hope that Rebecca can find her Forever Family soon and experience the love and care that she deserves.

Visit our Waiting Child photo listing to request Rebecca’s file!

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7 More Kids Home Forever!

After two weeks of bonding with their new families and finalizing their adoptions in China, we are so excited to share that these SEVEN kids have all recently come home! This is the moment that these kids have been waiting for for such a long time. It’s the moment when they are no longer identified as an “orphan” and they come to know the love of a family. Congratulations to all of these incredible kiddos form all of us at GWCA and CAN, and welcome home!

Just as no two adoption journeys are the same, each of these kids came to be matched with their Forever Families in their own way. While some of these kids’ files were considered Special Focus, meaning their families were able to be matched with them right away, other kids’ files were LID, meaning their families had to have their dossiers logged in before they could learn more about them.

If you’re interested in learning how your family can be matched with a child through our China Waiting Child adoption program, visit our photo listing or contact a China matching specialist today!

Resources:

– Visit the GWCA Waiting Child photo listing
– Contact a China matching specialist
– Learn more about China adoption

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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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