Waiting Children in China!

The number of waiting children in China seems to grow every day. At Great Wall China Adoption, it is our priority to help as many of these children as possible find loving homes. We see adoptive families who have been changed forever by the love of these kiddos, and want to spread that experience to many more families.

China’s international adoption program has been stable and efficient for many years, and we are privileged to work with them. If you are interested in adopting from China please email a counselor at info@gwca.org, or call 512-323-9595 to speak with us today!
We are excited to hear from you!

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Adoptee Cultural Exchange in Spain!

In our years processing adoptions and running heritage tours, we have often been asked what it is like for Chinese adoptees in other areas around the world. So we created our Adoptee Cultural Exchange Program, A.C.E.

This exchange program provides Chinese adoptees a chance to explore their heritage and meet other children who have the same life experiences as they do all within the safe confines of a host family who also adopted a child from China.

All the American girls are very well integrated in their families and they get along really well with the Spanish girls. They are becoming very good friends.

Each family is doing different things in different parts of Spain: they are going to the beach, to the swimming pool, to the mountains, doing cultural visits… They really want the girls to have fun and enjoy their stay in our country.

Our Program Coordinator in Spain

This is one of the most unique cultural exchange and heritage tour opportunities available for a Chinese adoptee, and we are the only U.S. agency currently offering this opportunity.

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Spread The Love

Did you know there are over 600,000 orphans in China?
That number is staggering. Many of these children are labeled “Special Needs”. This means they likely have a health or medical diagnosis, whether it be minor or more severe. These children are the ones who are eligible for international adoption, and they are all deserving of loving homes.
We are overjoyed about helping match so many families with these children, and now we get to see them thrive in families who give them the love and support they need. We want to see more children experience this!
If you would like more information on China adoption please contact us at info@gwca.org or call 512-323-9595 to speak with a counselor.

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3 New Kids On The Block!

We have three new children who are in need of forever families!

Meet Ben! Ben is a sweet 10-year old boy who was born with very mild clubbed feet, but he has not needed any physical therapy or surgery to walk and run without assistance. He is very sociable and loves to say hello and thank you in English. He is on target developmentally and is a bright, intelligent kiddo.   Ben is in regular school and is doing well.  He was hosted for one month in the United States and bonded well with his family!

Meet Vivienne!  Vivienne is an incredible girl from China that is 11 years old! She was born with a congenital heart defect and one clubbed foot that does not impact her mobility in any way. Vivienne is talkative, polite and loves being around other people.  She is extremely intelligent and appears to be meeting all developmental milestones! Her caregivers describe her as very active and engaged, saying that “she has the prettiest smile every day.”


Meet Cody! Cody is an adorable 5 year old boy who was born with a need related to his eyes, but it does not appear to have a huge impact on his daily life. Cody’s cognitive development is on track for his age and his caretakers say that he’s very smart! He can count, read various poems, and he quickly masters an activities. Cody has been described as a gentle boy who is open minded and super adorable!

To Learn More About Any Of The Children Above, You Can Request A File Today!

Please note you may request a file of a child even if you have not begun the adoption process, so please contact us to learn more.

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Older Child Adoption

Older children are often passed over for international adoption as many families choose younger children. We highly recommend any potential adoptive family consider adopting an older child as they are often healthy and simply languishing in a system through no fault of their own. There is a tremendous need for special families that will consider opening up their hearts and homes to an older child. Many older children in China will either be healthy or have mild needs. These kiddos WANT and NEED the love of a permanent family!

GWCA is currently advocating for two older children for adoption from China – Danielle and Kevin!

Danielle and Kevin are just two of the thousands of children in China that will age out of the system on their 14th birthday. Every Waiting Child will have a unique set of talents, and they all have so much love to give!

Danielle loves to dance and has won an “Excellence Award” for it.

Kevin loves to jump on the trampoline and play with his friends!

Older children are advocated for on photo listings, like ours! If you’re interested in learning more about Danielle, Kevin, or another Waiting Child that we’re advocating for, contact our matching specialists today!

 

Resources:

–Aging out blog post

– Learn more about China adoption

– Visit the Waiting Child Photo Listing

– Contact a China adoption specialist!

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Home for the Holidays: 6 New Kids Waiting

For the first day of Christmas, we feature our new Waiting Children! These precious kids are in need of loving forever families. Would you give them a home for the holidays?

Meet Grant

Grant is an adorable 3-year-old boy who has Down Syndrome. Grant is receiving rehabilitation and has greatly improved in his self-care ability and cognitive development. He loves to look at himself in the mirror and make silly faces. Grant is super friendly and is nicknamed “Boss” because everybody always wants to play with him! He’s an active and happy kiddo who laughs easily and will bring joy to his forever family! Visit our photo listing to learn more about Grant!

Meet Michelle

Michelle is a beautiful 12-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with a disability that affects her lower limbs. However, she is involved in daily rehabilitation therapy and is completely self-independent. She’s an intelligent girl at the top of her class in school and is an extremely hard-worker. Michelle gets along well with everyone and is a talkative, cheerful girl who is extremely helpful around the orphanage. Visit our photo listing to learn more about sweet Michelle!

Meet Tanner

Tanner is a sweet 9-year-old boy who has Hepatitis B and post-operative spina bifida. Tanner is described as talkative, clever and caring. He loves to help others, solve puzzles, and play with his friends. Sometimes he is a little trickster who plays funny tricks on kiddos! Tanner does a great job at completing some self-care tasks on his own and helping other children do so as well. Visit our photo listing to learn more about him!

Meet Simon

Simon is a precious 7-year-old boy who is deaf, but he’s great at understanding facial expressions and uses hand gestures to express his needs. His teachers and caretakers have described Simon as a lovely child. He is a self-independent boy who easily gets along with others. He loves to paint, and his favorite class is art! Request his file today to learn more about him!

Meet Matt

Matt is an precious 7-year-old boy who is slightly delayed compared to his peers, but he has made great progress and has been learning a lot! He has great attention skills in school and answers his teacher’s questions quickly. Matt is an outgoing, self-independent, and curious little boy who is very helpful. One thing to know about Matt is that he loves to sing and dance to music! Request his file today to learn more about him!

Meet Owen

Owen is an adorable 6-year-old boy who is delayed compared to his peers, but he would thrive with the love, care, and support of his forever family! Overall, he has greatly improved in every aspect. He pays great attention in class and carefully listens to the teacher. Owen is a self-independent boy who is very helpful around the orphanage and loves the attention of others. His favorite thing to do is play games outdoors with his friends! Request his file today to learn more about him!

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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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