Jett’s Journey Home

For the past year, our team here at GWCA has been working hard to bring sweet Jett back to his family here in Texas. Jett was hosted in Summer of 2016. During that time, his host mom brought him into our office so that we could all say hi!

We rarely get a chance to meet the children that we place with families, so it is always an amazing opportunity to be able to meet a kiddo and be a part of their experience here in America. Once Jett returned to China, we all knew that we would have to work as hard as possible to bring him back as soon as we could.

This week, our hard work finally paid off. Jett and his mom were finally able to come back to our office, but this time he wasn’t a host kiddo— he was a son. It was an amazing experience to see the child that has been in our hearts for the past year finally be back home with his family. This past year brought new challenges and obstacles for him, but throughout all of that he waited patiently, knowing that his family would be there soon.

Although hosting is no longer an option for the China program, our Latvia Hosting program can provide this incredible opportunity for families like Jett’s. His family calls him the missing piece to their puzzle, and we are so grateful we had the opportunity to help him find his home.

-Meredith Chambers, China Adoption Counselor

Read more about Jett’s story to find his family

Contact our adoption specialists today to learn how you can begin your adoption journey!

Resources:

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

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HURRICANE HARVEY: HELP US, HELP THEM

While Hurricane Harvey has brought devastating floods to many areas of Texas, we have been very fortunate and are happy to announce that our Austin office has not been impacted. We are safe and operating under normal business hours. Our thoughts are with our friends, families, and fellow Texans who have been impacted by the hurricane.

That being said the team at GWCA/CAN/SAE are gathering donations for Central Texas Food Bank and Austin Pets Alive to be allocated to our friends in need all over southern Texas. If you are local we encourage you to donate to the above organizations or you can bring your goods here and we’ll deliver them for you.

If you would like to participate, please bring whatever of the following:

  1. Canned Foods
  2. Anything from this list for cats/dogs (note that they do not need any dog food or dry food anymore.)

We appreciate your support and our continued thoughts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

GWCA/CAN/SAE Address:

248 Addie Roy Rd. Suite A102

Austin, TX 78746

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5 New Kids on the Block

Wayla

Wayla is a beautiful little girl from China that is 3 and a half years old! Wayla had hydrocephalus when she was younger, but she received surgery and a shunt in May 2015 and she has recovered well from this operation. She also has some speech delays. Wayla is not walking yet but is crawling very well and she can stand up when holding on to something. She can sit up by herself and play with toys.

Wayla is a shy and gentle little girl. She likes to push the ball between herself and her nanny. Wayla also enjoys threading beads. She is very attached to her nannies. Wayla will make sounds such as “ya” and “na” and can say “mama.” She likes clapping her hands when her nannies call her name.

If you would like to learn more about Wayla, please request to review her file today!

Luke

Luke is a sweet little boy from China that is 7 years old!  Luke was hosted by a family in the United States during Winter 2017 and had a great time while he was here!  Luke was going to be adopted by a family, but

becuase of the recent changes in China’s eligiblity rules, Luke was not able to be adopted by that family.  Now Luke needs a new family to bring him into their home and love him for the rest of his life.  Could you be his Forever Family?

Here is some information the host family provided about when Luke was in their home during hosting:

“Luke is a seven-year-old who radiates joy.  He loves life and has such a pleasant, fun personality. Every day he wakes up happy and ready for the events of the day.  He is very easy to deal with and transitions well from one activity to another.
It appears he is very smart. His writing in English workbooks during hosting shows he writes letters very well and can correctly copy information. The way he interacts with people and summarizes situations shows he is a thinker and processes situations well.

Playing outside or on the playground are two of his favorite activities.  He loves to run, climb and slide!  The Zoo, BounceU, Above All Trampoline and swimming are some of his other favorite activities during hosting in the US.

He has bi-lateral hand malformation with missing digits and bilateral cleft foot deformity with missing digits.  He does tedious projects with his hands such as making crafts, slotting beads, painting, writing and more.  If not looking at his hands, it is not obvious that his thumbs are not normal or that some fingers are fused. Because he has two thumbs, surgery on his hands would probably not be recommended.  His foot deformity does not affect his walking or running.  The pediatrician noted that these deformities do not require surgery, rather being aware that as he grows up, he may need wide shoes.

He is small for his age which is often typical of children who live in an orphanage.  The pediatrician thinks he may be a short stature child based on his shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle displaying some malformation.  In January 2017 he weighed 39 pounds gaining two pounds during hosting and was 3’5” tall. Oral care seems to be very good with no concerns at the dental visit.

A Chinese friend talked to him several times and says he speaks excellent Mandarin. She noted he does not speak the dialect that is heavy in the area where he lives. Google Translate works very well to translate his Mandarin into English because he speaks so clearly.  He is very conversational and speaks some English words now.

He is very obedient and rarely needs to be redirected. He has a bit of an obstinate streak that surfaces occasionally, but it allows him to express his opinion in an appropriate way.

His daily routine of hygiene, getting dressed, and chores is well-developed. Every day he sees what needs to be done to set the table for meals, get food out of the refrigerator, clear the table after meals and more and does it!  His favorite foods are bananas, oranges and rice.

Luke sees the beauty of family and expressed through translation to the host family that he wants to be adopted. He should transition well into a family.”

If you would like more information on how you can adopt Luke, please contact the GWCA Home Finding Team today!

Essie

This beautiful girl’s name is Essie! She is 5 years old and was born with esotropia of her eyes. This does not impact her vision in any way. She is also described as having cognitive developmental delays compared to the other kiddos in the orphanage. Essie does not appear to have mobility delays or any concerns with her fine motor development. She is able to understand adult’s directions and can speak using 1-2 word sentences! She loves to listen to music and dances happily when a song is playing. She loves to play outside and watch cartoons with her friends! Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Dane

This sweet kiddo’s name is Dane! Dane is 7 years old. He was born with a heart defect but appears to have had surgery prior to arriving at the orphanage at one year old. He is deaf in both ears and has needs impacting his eye development. He does not appear to have visual impairment. Dane is a bright, happy kiddo who communicates well with his teachers using simple gestures and lip reading. He has attached well to his caregivers and loves to show affection by hugging! He is extremely independent and is able to feed and dress himself without assistance. He does not appear to have any mobility or cognitive delays overall. Dane is able to write numbers from 1 to 100 and draw patterns! He loves to learn and has a natural curiosity. He also loves to play outside with other kiddos. He is a smart, sweet kiddo who would thrive with the love and care of a family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Mason

This precious boy’s name is Mason! Mason is 5 years old and was born with cleft lip and palate and congenital heart disease. He file indicates that he has had surgery to repair his cleft lip, but not to repair the cleft palate or heart defect. Mason is described by his caregivers as being a bright, smart, and polite child. He is very independent and is able to feed and dress himself without assistance. He always greets teachers when they come in and waves goodbye when they leave! He appears to be on target cognitively and is able to verbalize his name and age. He has a lot of friends and is able to tell you his best friends name if asked! Mason is very enthusiastic and loves to help his teachers. He will assist with other children and loves to push wheelchairs for his friends in need. His teachers all love him and praise him for his good memory, imitative ability, and ability to learn new things. He is speaking in full sentences and is very communicative. Mason is an incredible boy who would thrive with the treatment he needs. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Check out Mason’s video!

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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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6 New Kids Added This Week

Dillon

Dillon is a precious little boy from China who just turned 2 years old!  Dillon’s file was prepared when he was just 1 year old, so we’re working hard to learn some more updated information about him.  As of when his file was prepared it says that he was very cute and everyone likes him.  He could raise his head, roll over, sit against objects, can hold himself up with both hands when sitting, and can stand if being held under his arms.  He was babbling and laughing a lot.  He would hear a sound and turn his head to find out where it was coming from.  He could track with his eyes when someone was moving across the room.  If his caregiver walked past him without giving him a hug, he would cry so that she would pick him up and hug him.  He can hold toys and put them in his mouth.

Dillon’s file suggests that he did have some sort of cerebral injury when he was younger.  Dillon has a CT scan in his file that can be reviewed by a family when they request to review his full file.  It is suggested the CT scan results be reviewed by a doctor to get a full picture of how this injury may or may not affect his life in the future.

We hope to get updated information on Dillon soon!  If you would like to review Dillon’s file, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Colton

This darling kiddo’s name is Colton! Colton will be turning 3 years old this August. He was born with Prune Belly Syndrome, also known as Eagle-Barrett Syndrome. This means that he was born without abdominal muscles. Because of his need, he also has undescended testes, maldevelopment of his urinary system, and a spinal deformity. Despite his needs, Colton’s doing great in regards to overall fine and gross motor development. He can stand and walk without assistance, and he appears to be gaining strength overall. He is able to say “Mama” and does a great job imitating others words and sentences. He understands directions well. Colton loves to play with toys, listen to music, and spend time with other kiddos. He has normal eating habits and does not appear to have any difficulty with overall digestion. Colton is currently receiving rehabilitation training and other education focused on his overall needs. He is an extroverted, bright kiddo who would thrive with a forever family to call his own.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Goodwin

Goodwin is a sweet boy from China that has just turned 4 and a half years old!  Goodwin was not abandoned and brought to the orphanage until he was 10 months old, so it is believed that he was receiving care from his parents during that time.  It took a while for Goodwin to get used to life in the orphanage, as he was grieving a lot because of the loss of his family, but over time he adapt to his new environment.

Goodwin is described by his caregivers as being a smart boy who has outstanding language ability.  Goodwin likes the company of others and he enjoys listing to music and singing songs.  Goodwin actually performed a song in the recent New Year’s Day celebration!  He has normal cognitive and emotional development compared to other children his age. Goodwin likes learning new things and has a good memory and understanding ability.  Goodwin is a kind boy who will share his snacks with other children and teachers and will encourage others in whatever they are doing.  Goodwin likes to play outside and when he sees an animal, like a bird, he will get very excited and point and exclaim, “Mum! A bird!  A bird!”

Goodwin is said to have decreased muscular tension in his left arm and some decreased muscular tension in both of his legs, most likely because he has clubbed feet.  Goodwin received corrective surgery in March 2015 for his clubbed feet.  He would wear orthopedics every day and would receive regular rehabilitation training to strengthen his legs.  He is a strong, patient boy who cooperates well during rehabilitation training.

At this time Goodwin has good physical development, but he is not able to walk.  However, our hope is that with time and the kind of therapies he could receive in the United States, he will flourish!  Goodwin just needs an American family to adopt him so that he can get the best care possible.  Will you be that family?

If you are interested in learning more about Goodwin, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today! 

Jordan

This sweetheart’s name is Jordan! Jordan will be 10 years old this August. He was born with albinism, but that hasn’t slowed him down! He is a smart, bright kiddo who will thrive with the love of a family. He understands directions well, has excellent fine and gross motor skills, and has a curiosity to learn. He is delayed compared to his peers, but he has made amazing progress since arriving at the orphanage in 2013. Jordan is described as being smiley and full of energy!

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this incredible kiddo!

Mikey

Meet Mikey! This darling kiddo is 2-years old. Mikey was born with differences of sex development and a webbed neck. He also appears to have maldeveloped feet, which makes it difficult for him to stand. Because of his needs with his neck and feet, he is delayed overall in regards to his motor development. His fine motor skills are excellent and he is able to grasp small objects and pass them from one hand to another. He recognizes his name and is able to track movement well visually. At the time that his file was prepared in 2016 he was unable to speak, but he has been babbling and is able to understand some words. He is active, and loves to play with toys and other kiddos! He is a very smiley kiddo and will get upset when his toys are taken away from him. Mikey is very loved by his caregivers, who hope that he will have a happy family and wonderful future!

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Rosemarie

Rosemarie is a lovely little girl from China that is 10 and a half years old!  Rosemarie lives with a foster family and she really gets along well with her foster parents and foster siblings.  She is described as being kind to others, polite and sensible.  Rosemarie is extroverted and likes with play with other children and she has good self-estimate.  She is said to have normal physical development and normal cognitive abilities.

Rosemarie has a hearing impairment, but it is unclear how significant it is.  Her file says she is deaf, but it does not give any details about her hearing or speech.  We are asking for more updated information on Rosemarie and we hope to receive that soon.

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

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Summer Has a $2,000 Grant!

As our Sponsored Star, Summer now has a $2,000 grant available towards her adoption fees! If you are interested in reviewing Summer’s file or learning how you can be matched with her, visit our China Waiting Child Photo Listing or contact our China Matching Team today!

Summer is a precious little girl from China who is 9 and a half years old!  She is described as being a smart, optimistic girl who is polite and likes to spend time with other children.

One of GWCA’s Staff Members met Summer when she was in China last year and she would love to speak to any interested families about her! Summer has told her caretakers that she very much wants to be adopted by an American family, and we’re so hopeful that she will find her family very soon.

Summer has atrophy of both eyeballs so she cannot see at all. She certainly hasn’t let this hold her back, however, as her cognitive abilities are on target and she has good language ability. Summer is currently going to a special school for blind children where she’s learning to read braille. She has good self care abilities and can get dressed and use the restroom by herself.

Summer loves to dance and sing children’s songs. She is clearly very smart and has a positive outlook on life.  If you would like to learn more about Summer and how you can adopt her, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team 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 receive a $2,000 grant towards their adoption fees! Each of the kiddos selected will be a Special Focus child,  meaning they have not found their Forever Family yet due to their age or special 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!

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I Found My Family!

Last December this beautiful girl came to the United States with our Orphan Hosting program. While she was here, she spent four weeks living with an incredible family who advocated to help her find her forever family. Now, just a few months after her return to China, we are DELIGHTED to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring her 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 Orphan Hosting Advocacy page to request a child’s file or contact our matching specialists today!

– Visit the Orphan Hosting Advocacy Page

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Uber Helps GWCA Host Family

UberWhen a family is adopting, they will go above and beyond to make sure their little one gets home to them as soon as possible, and safe and sound! The Rhodes Family is the perfect example of a family that is working hard in super creative ways to bring their family together. Doug Rhodes started driving for Uber so that he could earn extra income for his family’s adoption of their 10 year old boy from China. Uber has agreed to help these orphan warriors by matching donations made to the Rhodes Family for up to $5,000! GWCA would like to thank Uber for supporting these orphan warriors and congratulate the Rhodes family on their hard work to get their little guy home! Keep it up! Read their story here!

The Rhodes Family hosted in the Summer of 2016 – we can’t wait to see them bring their little boy home forever!

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4 New Kids Recently Added

hugo

Hugo is a sweet little boy from China that recently turned 5 years old. Hugo has some muscle tension so it has taken him a while to learn how to walk, but he is now walking with the help of a walker. He works very hard when in rehabilitation training and he is getting stronger all the time. Hugo also has exotropia, which means his eyes are a little cross-eyed. He has some language delays as well and can only make sounds such as “yi” “ya” “ah” and “oh.”

Hugo is introverted and quiet and likes very much to be cuddled by his nanny. He is very attached to his nanny and he loves it when she sings him songs. Hugo will hum along to songs others sing. He likes to play with toys and watch the other children play around him. He is a very determined little boy and he will work patiently and vigorously to improve his physical development when in rehabilitation training.

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

mckrayMcKray is a precious little boy from China that just recently turned 1 year old. McKray had hydrocephalus as a baby but he received surgery to have a shunt put in when he was 6 months old. He also has cerebral dysplasia which causes McKray to have some developmental delays. At this time McKray can roll by himself over but cannot sit up or crawl. McKray cannot currently hold toys in his hands. He cannot currently speak and he does not react when someone calls his name. McKray is a quiet little boy who likes to smile and laugh.

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

roseRose is a sweet little girl from China that is 5 and a half years old. She was abandoned when she was 2 years old and taken to the orphanage at that time. Her birth date was estimated based on when she was found, so it is possible that she might be a bit younger than 5 and a half years old, but there is no way to know for sure. Rose’s left eye is somewhat malformed, and she appears to have only light sensation in her right eye, so even though her vision is poorer than other children, she can see some shapes and objects. She is delayed because of her vision issues, such as speech and some self-care skills. Although she is not completely blind, she has similar delays to a child that is fully blind, which is why she needs to be adopted soon to get the proper care and attention she needs to thrive.

Rose is able to walk on her own and get around by herself and she has good balance. She does need the help of her caretakers to go up and down stairs. She needs help to dress, undress and go to the bathroom. She isn’t very talkative but she does understand what other people are saying and she follows the instructions given to her by her caretakers. She loves being cuddled by her caretakers and she will let you hold her for as long as you want. She likes to play with toys that have sounds or have unique textures.

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

neilThis is Neil! Neil is a 9 year old boy with Hemophilia. He is described as being very clever and he picks up quickly on new things. He is very independent and is often found helping other children. Neil is extroverted, friendly and polite! He loves to sing and play outside with his peers because he excels in sports! Due to his hemophilia, Neil goes to school inside the institute. He has great cognitive abilities and is great at completing his math problems. Neil’s file indicates that he is very eager and happy at the thought of being adopted by an American family. We hope Neil can find his forever family very soon! Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to review his file!

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5 Steps to Begin Your Journey

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1. Talk to our Matching Specialists

GWCA and CAN’s matching specialists are here to help you find an adoption program that’s right for your family. Contact us today to take advantage of our free adoption consultation offer and speak directly to one of our adoption specialists!

(512)323-9595 | info@childrenofallnations.com

2. Review Your Eligibility

Each country that GWCA and CAN work with has its own set of eligibility requirements. These eligibility requirements are put in place by the countries themselves, and not by GWCA or CAN. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for a specific country or you would like to speak to a matching specialist about your eligibility, contact us today!

Here are links to some of the eligibility requirements for GWCA and CAN’s top programs:

3. Consider Your Adoption Parameters

One of the most important steps to beginning your adoption journey is figuring out what your open to in terms of your adopted child’s age range, gender, and possible special needs. Often, the more open a family is in their adoption parameters, the quicker they’ll receive a match!

4. Learn more about GWCA and CAN’s Waiting Children

If your family is open to adopting an older child, a child with needs, or a sibling group of two or more, our Waiting Child adoption programs might be right for you! Many of our Waiting Child adoption programs provide families the chance to play a role in the matching process, and often you can be matched right away!

Visit GWCA and CAN’s Waiting Child photo listings!

5. Apply Today!

Once you’ve found the program that ‘s right for you, the first step is go submit your application!

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