New Kids on the Block

Pax is a sweet little boy from China who recently turned 6 years old. Pax is an optimistic little boy that enjoys the company of others. He is very attached to his caregivers and loves receiving cuddles from them. Pax needed some rehabilitation when he was younger to help him learn to stand and walk, but with hard work and dedication Pax was able to learn how to do this. Pax was born with hydrocephalus, but it is not clear from his file if has received a surgery for a shunt or not. Since Pax’s file is a little out of date, our Great Wall staff is working hard to learn more about him.

If you are interested in reviewing Pax’s full file, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

This precious boy’s name is Elijah! Elijah is 8-years old and in need of a home to call his own. He has been diagnosed with thalassemia and siderosis, which refers to a excess of iron that may be effecting his lungs. He was also diagnosed with hydrocephalus, but he received a shunt and has not appeared to need any follow-up treatment. Elijah’s file also indicates that he had a arachnoid cyst, but it appears that he has received surgery for that as well. Elijah is an active, energetic boy who loves to run, jump, ride bicycles, and jump rope. He has a clear language ability and is able to imitate adults and have conversations. He is in school now and is taking courses in Chinese, English, and Mathematics! He can follow instructions well and is even able to sing the Happy Birthday Song in English! He doesn’t always like to do his homework and likes to try to convince his caretakers to get out of it. He is a clever, mischievous little boy who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!Ivette is a lovely little girl from China who just recently turned 4 years old.  Ivette lives with a foster family and is very close to her foster mother.  She gets very happy when she hears music and will get a big smile on her face.  She likes to talk a walk with her foster mother every evening after dinner.  Ivette tends to be more extroverted and outgoing, but she does get a bit shy around strangers.

Ivette was born with cerebral palsy but it doesn’t appear to affect her mobility much.  Ivette can walk on her own, can pick up toys off of the floor and can turn the pages in the book.  Her muscle tension appears to be the same as other children without cerebral palsy.

Ivette cannot speak words currently and only makes sounds.  Ivette does have some cognitive delays and does not appear to understand simple instructions given to her by adults.  She cannot feed herself and she needs an adult to feed her.  Ivette is not potty trained at this time and need an adults help when changing her diapers and getting dressed.

Ivette needs to be adopted by a Forever Family that will help her get the rehabilitation services she needs to learn how to communicate her wants and needs.  Ivette needs a family who will be patient with her as she continues to develop her communication and cognitive abilities.  If you would like to learn more about Ivette, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!  

**AGING OUT SOON**  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!

This precious kiddo’s name is Gia! Gia is 4-years old and has been diagnosed with Apert Syndrome. Gia also has syndactyly of her hands and feet. She is a precious kiddo who is described by her caregivers as being very active and a lovely little girl. She has attached well to her caretakers and can be shy when meeting strangers. Gia would thrive with the love and affection of a forever family! Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more! Meet Paul! Paul is an amazing 6-year old boy in need of a home to call his own. Paul is fully deaf in his left ear and has moderate hearing impairment in his right. He is an active, extroverted, and intelligent boy. His file indicates that he is not very verbal, but he does a phenomenal job expressing his needs through writing or gestures. He is in school currently and is described as having a very curious mind. He does not have any mobility delays and is very active with his friends at the orphanage. He loves to play on the slide, ride on the rocking horse, and play with puzzles! He’s an incredible child who would thrive with consistent care. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

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I Found My Family!

This week we are thrilled to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to welcome this beautiful girl into their family FOREVER! Our China matching specialists have been advocating for this sweet girl for quite some time, and her radiant smile never fails to brighten our days. We are so incredibly happy that she is now one step closer to coming 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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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!

Despite the fact that this little lady is just 3 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!


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

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Family Changes Everything!

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

GWCA’s matching specialists worked with countless advocates over the past several months to spread the word about this kiddo that we lovingly nicknamed “Jonathan.” As an older boy with a medical need, Jonathan had been waiting for years. His 14th birthday was getting closer with each passing day, and with it the possibility of aging out of the China adoption system. Now, with a mother, father, and siblings working towards welcoming him into their family, Jonathan’s life has been changed forever.

It is so amazing to see what can come about when a community comes together to support something they believe in. Congratulations to Jonathan and his 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!


– 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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I Found My Family!

Congratulations to this sweet 2-year-old boy – a family recently started submitting their paperwork to bring him home FOREVER! We are so incredibly excited for him and his new family as they take one step closer to being united. Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN, we can’t wait to see you come home!

Since this kiddo’s file was considered Special Focus, our China matching specialists were able to advocate for him on our Waiting Child photo listing. Once his family had reviewed his file, they were able to submit their paperwork to be matched with him right away rather than having to wait until after their dossier had been submitted. All of the kids whose profiles are currently on our photo listing have the same designation of “Special Focus,” meaning families can be matched with them even if they’re just beginning the adoption process.

If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with one of our Waiting Children, contact our matching specialists or visit our China adoption photo listing today!


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

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5 Kids Home Today!

After two weeks of bonding with their new families and finalizing their adoptions in China, we are so excited to share that these five kids are coming home TODAY! This is the moment that these kids have been waiting for for as long as they can remember. It’s the moment when they are no longer identified as an “orphan” and they come to know the love of a family. Today these kids will step off of the airplane and start the next leg of their journey through life with their Forever Families.

Congratulations to all of these incredible kiddos form all of us at GWCA and CAN, and welcome home!

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!


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

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From a Shared Past to a Shared Future

Every family’s adoption journey is unique, and our China matching specialists love being a part of each one. GWCA’s China adoption program gives families the opportunity to play a role in their matching process, so from the moment a family begins their journey, they work with our adoption specialists to figure out what age range, needs, and gender they might be looking for in a kiddo.

Due to the policies in place by the Chinese government limiting the number of children that each family can have, it is very rare that we see sibling groups available for adoption in China. As such, many families choose to adopt two unrelated children simultaneously so that they can travel to China and welcome both of them into their family at the same time. While the two children being adopted may not be related biologically, simultaneous adoption is a fantastic way to bring two different children from a shared past into a shared future!

The story below is from one of our China adoption specialists, Mallory, who had the pleasure of working with a family that began their adoption journey with the idea of siblings in mind. Now, just one year after beginning their paperwork, they’ve been matched with two incredible kiddos from the same orphanage and they’re preparing to bring them home forever!

Last year, I was able to match a family that I have always enjoyed working with. When they first came into the office, they were seriously considering moving forward with on of our CAN international adoption programs in hopes of being matched with a sibling group. However, the consistent and predictable nature of the China program ultimately led to their decision to move forward with a China adoption.

Since this family was looking for children with more minor medical needs, we initially held off on looking at special focus children during their dossier phase so the family could have the option to be locked with an LID child.

Three weeks before the family was about to submit their dossier we received two special focus kiddos from one of our newest orphanage partnerships. The girl was 4 years old and the boy was 3 years old; both with heart conditions.

It’s not often that we receive files for children from the same orphanage with the same need who are so close in age.  I immediately thought of this particular family knowing that this might be the closest to adopting siblings as they were going to get.

The family had both files reviewed by a physician who had nothing but amazing things to say about the prognosis for both children. These two kiddos wound up being the perfect matches for this family and our partnership with their orphanage made this possible. This family had a very unique process and their children will have a very unique and special story to tell someday. I couldn’t be happier for them!

If your family is interested in learning how you can be matched with a child or two unrelated children through our China Waiting Child adoption program, visit GWCA’s photo listing or contact an adoption specialist today!


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I Found My Forever Family!

Hooray! We are so happy to share that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this sweet boy home FOREVER! Congratulations to him and his new family from all of us at GWCA and CAN – we can’t wait to see you come home!

China Waiting Child Adoption

Our China adoption program allows families to be matched with Special Focus children at any point in the process, making the adoption journey as a whole relatively quick! We receive new children’s files each week, both from our orphanage partnerships and from the Shared List, which provides our families with the opportunity to review multiple files until they find a child that they feel would be a good fit. Contact our China matching specialists or visit our photo listing to learn more about the kids that we’re currently advocating for!

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

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From Found to Forever: A Life Changing Trip to China

“On my way from the hotel to meet DJ at his hotel!!…”  This proud mom wrote only moments before meeting the first of her two boys in China. “…A whole range of emotions right now. I can’t imagine what he is going through since he will be leaving everything he knows to come to America as our son. Praying that his precious heart is protected during this time of excitement, but also grief. It’s crazy that after all these months of paperwork and prayers, that I am finally picking up our son!!”

After participating in our Orphan hosting program and saying a difficult goodbye to one of her soon-to-be sons (“SC”), this amazing mom and her family have been hard at work to complete their adoption process and bring him home forever. During their adoption process, they fell in love with another amazing boy who was hosted by an advocate family, and their family grew by one more! Now, they’ve finally reached the part of their journey that they’ve been longing for – the trip to China to bring their boys home.

Below are the stories from both of the boys’ Gotcha Days, as well as an emotional visit to SC’s finding place. Check back soon for an update on this incredible family’s journey!

DJ’s Gotcha Day

God is so good and has answered so many specific prayer requests. The transition has been amazing so far with DJ. When we arrived at the hotel, both of us were a little unsure of what was going on. The orphanage staff told me that he had been asking every few minutes when I was arriving because he was ready to go. So much for less luggage, he came home with 2 backpacks and another bag full of toys! I need to buy another suitcase already. He had a whole backpack of just snacks for me. He told the staff all morning that no one else could eat the snacks but his mom! When we first started talking between us and the translators, he started to cry. He quickly told my guide that they were happy tears because he was so glad to finally have a family. He said that he has wanted a mom and dad of his own, forever. He has totally won my heart and already has me wrapped around his finger.

Showing me a book full of pictures from his childhood. What a HUGE blessing this is. They also gave me the outfit he came to the orphanage in as a baby. Both of these are invaluable gifts!!

After leaving the hotel meeting where we signed paperwork for guardianship for the night (our adoption will be official tomorrow), we headed to get our family photo. As we walked, I held DJ’s hand. At one point I had to let go, he quickly grabbed my hand again as we started walking. When we got back to the hotel, I gave him his Lego set and that kept him busy for over an hour. He is very inquisitive and asks a lot of questions, which has been difficult with the language barrier. We are slowly figuring things out though as we go. He is already working on English words and I’m learning more Chinese.

SC’s Gotcha Day

After months of work and prayers, I was reunited today with SC. before SC went back to China, Wayne and I told him that every time he saw the moon, he was to remember that we were in America praying for him. We were not able to tell DJ that (as we were not his host family), but we were praying for him as well. God has continually been gracious and merciful to us throughout this entire process. Today was no exception. I was blown away once again by God’s grace and compassion. He truly loves these children.

I had so much trouble sleeping last night. I was so excited for today that I felt like a kid going to Disneyland. Even DJ woke up and the first thing he asked was, “SC?” We ate an amazing breakfast and then piled into the van to drive to SC’s orphanage. Originally we were going to have the family day at the Civil Affairs Office, but it got moved to the orphanage. What a blessing that was! It was amazing to see where SC has lived the last 10 years. The orphanage was beautiful and colorful. You could tell that the workers genuinely love the children.

We were ushered into an office after meeting one of the chaperones from the summer hosting. DJ loved seeing her again. We did some paperwork for temporary guardianship (adoption is finalized tomorrow). I was blessed with another photo album book with baby pictures and pictures of SC’s childhood. We even have a note from his birth parents that they left with him and he was abandoned! After a few minutes, SC finally arrived.

It was so wonderful to see his sweet smile and to hug him again. We were able to catch up and talk a little with all the workers. We then all proceeded to walk through the orphanage to SC’s foster parents’ home, which was on the same property.

SC got to show me his bedroom, his awards from school, introduced me to his foster parents, and even played the piano for us. It was such an amazing opportunity. I feel so blessed to have seen and experienced this part of his life. At one point his foster mom started crying. She has cared for SC for 6 years and helped him when he had surgery on his foot. She also just said goodbye to another foster daughter last week. She was adopted as well. I was able to hug his foster mom and tell her how much we appreciate all that she has done for SC. It was beautiful, heart breaking, and surreal all at the same time. So many emotions in the room.

SC has been non-stop smiles. DJ and him are getting along as though they are long lost brothers and best friends. We spent the afternoon playing Legos, transformers, and we also took a little walk. One cannot forget food. Both of these boys can eat!! SC shared his snacks from his foster parents with DJ in the car. It was so sweet. He also brought out a bag of cookies and said it was for Baba and his sisters. He is so thoughtful!!

This evening we went to a Chengdu Opera where they have the famous mask changing show. Both of the boys had a blast.

SC’s Finding Place

Seeing SC’s finding place was special, but it also stirred up a ton of emotions. I happened to see a mom feeding her small baby and I wondered what went through SC’s parent’s minds when they sat him in an area they knew he would be found and could receive help. They had cared for their sweet baby boy for three months. They left a note on him. I still have to have someone translate it for me all the way, but they explained that he needed help with his foot. I cannot imagine the anguish they experienced leaving behind this baby they loved in order for him to get the medical help he needed.

Visiting this spot not only stirred up emotions for me, but it must have stirred up emotions for SC as well. It is one thing to read about and take training on trauma and loss, it is another thing to experience it first hand. About five minutes after we got into the van, I looked back to talk to the boys and I saw that SC didn’t look well. He looked distressed. When I asked him what was wrong via the guide, he told her that he was experiencing car sickness. This surprised me because he never once was car sick over the last two days or over the month he was with us this summer. Emily (our guide) quickly surmised the situation and said that he was probably experiencing a lot of emotions that were making him sick, and he didn’t want to admit it but say it was just car sickness. SC told me he felt nauseous and very dizzy. I looked it up and emotional distress can make people feel physically ill, including feeling nauseous and dizziness. It broke my heart to see my son hurting so deeply that he felt sick. I encouraged him to always feel free to express his feelings to us and I also told him how much we all love him. I told him that we would always be there for him and he can tell us anything and we will listen. It took him about 20 minutes to feel better.

It breaks my heart to know that our boys will probably always have questions, experience hurt and pain from their past, and feel lost at times. This is one reason I have tried to hard to document everything I can about this trip through pictures, saving memorabilia like newspapers, taking pictures of foster family members, and even taking pictures of finding places. All of these pieces will help me answer future questions, to the best of my ability, to help them through their struggle. This is why I also feel so blessed to have important things like DJ’s outfit when he was found, a copy of SC’s finding letter, baby pictures of the boys, etc.

We are now in Guangzhou, where we will finish the last of the paperwork for the US side. In the end, we will have the boys’ visas so that we can travel to the United States. When the plane lands, they will be US citizens. We have really enjoyed being adventurous this trip. Our guide told us where McDonalds, KFC, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut was located. I avoid those places in the states and I don’t plan on eating Western food while in CHINA!! We ventured out tonight and found a Japanese restaurant that had amazing ramen. SC took charge and placed the order for us in Chinese. He ordered the noodle dishes and coke for me, DJ and himself. I had to fake liking the coke because I really don’t like it. SC caught me making a face when I drank it. Oops! The boys LOVE their noodles and are so fun to watch. While we were waiting for the bill, the boys entertained themselves – SC found creative ways to use his wipe and DJ figured out if he put coke in his soup spoon, he could drink it backwards.

Some pictures from the journey:


– Learn more about the China adoption process
– Learn about Orphan Hosting
– Contact GWCA’s China matching specialists to learn how you can be matched

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6 More Kids Home!

We are so incredibly happy to announce that over the past few weeks, SIX KIDS from our China adoption program have come home with their Forever Families! While the wait time for many international adoption programs continues to grow, China’s Waiting Child adoption program makes it possible for families to welcome a new member in less than one year. Thanks to this quick process and the hard work of each one of these families, these kiddos are now safely home in their parents’ loving arms. Congratulations to each and every one of these families from all of us at GWCA!

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 your family is interested in being matched with a child through our China Waiting Child adoption program, visit our Waiting Child photo listing or contact our China matching specialists

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