When 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!Read More
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.McKray 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. Rose 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.This 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! Read More
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!
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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!
5. Apply Today!
Once you’ve found the program that ‘s right for you, the first step is go submit your application!Read More
Meet Brady! Brady is an adorable little guy who is 3 years old. Brady was born with additional limbs which were removed shortly after birth. As a result, he has urogenital needs and a wider gait. Since the surgeries and treatments, Brady has made incredible progress! He is now able to stand without assistance, walk, and hop on his legs. He is currently living with a foster family and is doing well in regards to his cognitive development. Brady is very close with his caregivers and plays well with the other children in the orphanage and foster home. He loves to sing and dance to music and often is seen imitating adults. He is a bright, happy kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!
Check out Brady’s video!Bryson is a sweet little boy from China that just turned 1 year old in October 2016. He lives with a foster family, so he is receiving much more one-on-one attention than he would be in an orphanage. He is cheerful and will smile when seeing familiar people. He is very interested in toys that can move and make sounds. Bryson turns his head when someone is calling his name. He likes to babble to express his needs and to draw people’s attention. He like to be held and cuddled. He is very close with his foster parents. If someone shows that they want to give Bryson a high five, he will give them a high five.
Bryson can push himself up on his stomach and reach for toys. He can raise one hand up to a shelf to try and get a toy down. Bryson can sit up by himself. Bryson can crawl on his hands and his knees. Bryson loves playing with others and he will laugh when being teased. Bryson has something called cerebral agenesis, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting him much because he appears to be developing normally according to his brand new file.Calvin! Calvin is a sweet 6-year old kiddo born with differences of sex development. Calvin can be very shy around strangers and new people, but after he gets to know someone he becomes very loving and friendly. He loves to play with other kiddos! If you’d like to learn more about Calvin, please reach out to Great Wall!Ada is a sweet little girl that just recently turned 4 years old. Ada has post-operative spina bifida and post-operative hydrocephalus. It appears that Ada may not be able to walk at this time, but she can sit up by herself. Ada is receiving rehabilitation for increasing her leg strength and she really enjoys going to rehab.
Ada can understand the instructions her teachers are giving her and can follow those instructions. She is very good at imitating adult’s words and actions. Ada can speak sentences and she is good at communicating with her caretakers. Ada can hold toys and other items by herself. Ada likes to sing and dance when she hears music. She can count numbers and her caretakers say she is very clever.
Click Here to Watch Ada’s NEW Video!**MATCHED** Maddie is a cute little girl from China that is about to turn 1 year old in January 2017. Maddie has some minor genitalia malformations, but they do not affect her health in any way and can easily be corrected with surgery. Maddie is otherwise healthy and developing normally. Maddie is babbling, scooting on her stomach and learning to crawl, and is learning to sit up by herself. She loves to listen to music and to be cuddled by her caregivers. Maddie is living in a very good foster care facility in China.
Maddie has found her family, however, if you would like to learn more about how you can get matched with a little girl with similar needs, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team.Read More
Hooray, this beautiful girl from one of our new orphanage partnerships has a family that is working towards bringing her home Forever! We are so happy for her and her new Forever Family, and we can’t wait to see them come home!
As a younger child with very minor needs her file was considered LID, meaning her family had to have their paperwork logged in before they could be matched with her. Our China LID track is a great program for families that are drawn towards adopting from China, yet feel that a Special Focus child may not be the best fit. Since we receive most of our LID files from our orphanage partnerships, we are looking forward to seeing this program continue to grow as we partner with more and more orphanages across China. If your family is interested in learning how you can begin your journey towards being matched with a child through the LID track, contact our China matching specialists today!
Camden is an adorable little guy who is one year old! He was born with two heart defects known as a PDA and an ASD. His file indicates that he might have some issues with hearing out of his left ear. His file was prepared when he was 10 months old and he is currently living in a foster home. He is described as being cheerful and giggly! Camden is babbling and will make eye contact while engaging with you. He knows familiar people and can understand adult’s facial expressions. He can understand the meaning of simple words like “hi” and “bye-bye”. He can sit up on his own, grasp objects and can transfer toys from one hand to the other. He can hold his own milk bottle to drink on his own.Meet Kellen! Kellen is a darling 9-year old boy with hemophilia looking for a family to call his own. He has some cognitive development compared to his peers, but he is currently taking classes on language, math, art, music, and physical education. He has to be more cautious when being physical active given his need, but overall he is an active kiddo. His favorite activities including singing, drawing, and playing games with his friends.
Check out my video!Shiloh is a precious little girl from China that is 6 and a half years old. Shiloh was abandoned when she was 3 years old and came into care at that time. It is presumed that Shiloh lived with her family before that time. Shiloh now lives in a foster family and goes to school in the local orphanage. Shiloh’s file indicates that she has some cognitive delays and that she may need extra help catching up. Shiloh’s langue comprehension ability is good and she can speak 2-3 sentences at a time to express her needs. She has some trouble with pronunciation of some words and has a smaller vocabulary than some of her peers of the same age, and she sometimes uses signs to express herself.
Shiloh enjoys group activities and likes playing with other children. Shiloh likes to be praised when she does a good job and so she will actively demonstrate her work to her teachers. She enjoys living in her foster family, where she has a younger foster sister that she enjoys very much. She likes to protect and care for her younger foster sister and she likes to give her hugs.
Shiloh has good motor skills; she can walk, run, jump and go up and down stairs. Shiloh also has good fine motor skills such as using a pen to color, eating with chopsticks, and picking out specific small objects from among other different small objects.
You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Shiloh. We hope we are able to find Shiloh her Forever Family soon!Clark is a happy kiddo who is 7 years old! He was recently apart of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Clark and learned all about him! Clark is fairly delayed on his language development but we believe that with the proper care and attention he would be able to catch up! He is described as being shy but his teachers and classmates love him. He likes to share his toys and things and is said to be modest! Clark does not have any physical limitations and is able to be active! He is receiving education in the orphanage and is being taught basic life skills.
Click Here to Watch Clark’s Video!This amazing kiddo’s name is Jonathan, and he is 13 years old! Jonathan is completely deaf in both ears, but his cognitive and mobility development are on-target. He can communicate well using writing and hand gestures and is able to write about 40 simple English words. He is very helpful to his teachers and does well very well in school! He also love sports, and is great at jump rope, ping-pong, and badminton!
heck out my NEW video!Spencer is a cheerful kiddo who is 11 years old! He was recently apart of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Spencer and learned all about him! He has congenital esotropia of both eyes. Spencer lives in a foster family and has for quite some time. His foster parents describe him as very active, positive and happy! He loves to communicate with others and is constantly sharing what he observes and feels with his classmates and friends. He is currently in the 3rd grade! His file indicates that his vision needs present some challenges for him in regards to reading and writing. Spencer enjoys extracurricular activities and playing outside.
Click Here to Watch Spencer’s Video!Tristan is a smiley kiddo who is 7 years old! He was recently apart of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Tristan and learned all about him! He was born with Hydrocephalus but it doesn’t seem to affect his daily life at all. The advocates that met him mentioned that his understanding ability is great and that he doesn’t have any issues communicating. He has excellent pronunciation and can speak in full sentences. Tristan is described as being extroverted and friendly.Read More
In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, GWCA’s Sponsored Star for October is Parker, an adorable one year old boy who absolutely rocks his extra chromosome!
Parker can push himself up when he’s lying on his tummy, and can turn over all by himself. Like many children with Down syndrome, Parker is a little bit delayed compared to his peers, however, he is a happy boy who is progressing very well! He can grasp toys and move them from one hand to the other, he’s babbling, and he enjoys imitating the sounds that adults around him make. Parker enjoys listening to music, and often becomes calm, quiet and content when he hears it.
One of GWCA’s matching specialists met Parker when she visited China earlier this year, and would be more than happy to speak to any families that are interested in learning more about him. As our Sponsored Star for October, Parker has a $2,000 grant available towards his adoption fees! If you’re interested in learning more about Parker, 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!Read More
This week our China matching specialists have added FIVE new kids to our Waiting Child photo listing, three of which are from orphanages that GWCA is partnered with! Turner, Zoe, Fiona, Blake and Tanner are all in need of loving families, and we are so hopeful that they will be matched soon. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about them or viewing their profiles, contact our China matching specialists or visit our Waiting Child photo listing today!
Turner is a precious kiddo who just turned 3 years old! He was born with left side schizencephaly but it doesn’t seem to have a big impact on his development thus far. He has great physical development and is described as being bold, extroverted and energetic! Turner’s self-care skills are similar to those of his peers. He can feed himself, take on and off his clothing and can wash his hands and face on his own! Turner can follow simple instructions and understand what is being asked of him. He has been receiving some rehabilitation services since he was about a year old. Turner’s caretakers say that he’s a very brave boy who loves to be adventurous!Zoe is a cutie who just turned 3 years old! She was born with Down’s Syndrome and Esotropia. Zoe is delayed on her language abilities but we believe that with the proper attention and therapies, she can catch up to her peers! She doesn’t have any mobility delays and is a very active child. She does a great job at completing self-care tasks such as getting dressed on her own and eating by herself. Zoe can understand and follow simple directions and she gets along with other kiddos. She has a ready smile and is described as being a little trickster! She loves to jump and play and she especially loves to dance with her caretaker. Fiona is a precious little one who is about to turn 3 years old! She was born with Down’s Syndrome and a heart defect known as a PFO. When she was 1 years old, she would sit up on her own, crawl and babble. At the age of 18 months she could stand up with a little support and was babbling and saying simple words. Fiona has been receiving rehabilitation services and she seems to be doing great! She is walking for longer distances while holding onto some support. Fiona is described as being compliant, cute and affectionate. Although her speech is slightly delayed, communication does not seem to be an obstacle for her. Meet Blake! He is a healthy 12-year old boy who is doing great in school and in the institute. He is currently in sixth grade in school and is doing very well. He gets along great with his classmates and also helps his caregivers with the younger kiddos in his orphanage. He loves to perform, and he participated in a performance at his school that his teachers and students loved. He also loves to draw and play basketball. His caregivers describe him as being very brave, but that he sometimes lacks the confidence to try new things. He would thrive with the love and consistent care of a family. Tanner is a smiley kiddo who is 4 years old! He was born with Hypospadias which he has received surgery for. Tanner seems to be on target developmentally for his age! He can follow instructions, communicate his needs and cooperate well in school! His caretakers describe Tanner as an active child who is quick in reaction. He always has a ready smile and is always eager to learn new things. GWCA is currently trying to get some more updated information on Tanner!
We are delighted to announce that we have recently gained TWO new orphanage partnerships in Ji Lin province! We are so grateful to the CCCWA, Ji Lin Civil Affairs, and our new orphanage partnerships for giving us the opportunity to help find loving homes for their children!
Our in-country China adoption specialists had a chance to visit both of our new orphanage partnerships, where they were able to meet with the children whose files are currently being prepared. Our matching team is so excited to receive these files so that they can start advocating for each of the kiddos in the orphanage to find their Forever Family!
If your family is interested in learning more about the kiddos from our Orphanage Partnerships, contact our matching specialists today!
GWCA’s Orphanage Partnerships work directly with our agency to prepare children’s files so that we can place them with loving Forever Families as quickly as possible! Once a child’s file has been prepared by one of our partner orphanages, it is given directly to our agency rather than being placed on China’s Shared List. This means that our families have the opportunity to be among the first to see these children’s files when considering if they would be a good fit for their family. If you’re interested in learning more about the kiddos from our orphanage partnerships, contact our China Matching Specialists, or visit our China Waiting Child Photo Listing today!Read More
Our China matching specialists have recently received several updates for Waiting Children that we’re currently advocating for. These updates help provide families with information on the children’s development, needs and personalities, which can play a crucial role in helping families decide whether or not they’re ready to move forward with adoption.
If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with one of these kiddos, contact our China matching specialists or visit our China Waiting Child photo listing to see all of our other Waiting Children!
Based on what is in this child’s file, he seems to have the same basic delays as other children his age who have grown up in an orphanage. He is a bit more delayed in his social skills, including how to play with others, but again that is to be expected with a child growing up in an orphanage. Many children lack the skills to play well with other children because no one has taught them how to share or how to play constructively with other children. Often times children in orphanages have very few toys, so sharing can be hard for children in orphanages and so they can tend to play by themselves so no one takes their toys.
Bronx likes to play outdoors and is quite active. He likes to look at books and newspapers and pretends to be reading them. He speaks several words and short phrases. His caretakers say that he will say “Good Morning, teacher” when they come into a room. Bronx likes to listen to music and claps his hands when listening to children’s songs. Bronx goes to school in the orphanage and his teacher’s say that he is making progress in learning every day and that he is a happy boy.
You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Bronx. We hope we are able to find Bronx his Forever Family soon!
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Click Here to Watch My Video!Eddie is an adorable kiddo who just turned 4 years old! His medical file indicates that he has an extra digit on both of his feet. GWCA is currently trying to determine whether or not he has additional needs. Eddie can walk on his own and he doesn’t have any mobility delays. He can follow simple instructions and express himself clearly. He is cooperative with his caretakers and responds to other’s instructions well. Eddie is described as being an energetic kiddo who is always smiley! Contact GWCA if you’d like to review his file!
Click Here to Watch My Videos!Maeve is a cutie who just turned 3 years old! Her file was prepared about a year ago and it indicates she was born with a meningocele and hydrocephalus. GWCA has received an update on her file and her caregivers indicated that she has had surgery for both her meningocele and hydrocephalus! She needs assistance with her mobility but her cognitive skills are on target for children her age. Maeve can speak clearly and express her needs! She can imitate what adults are saying and can understand what is being said to her. She loves reading books and turning the pages to show her caretakers all of the pictures! Maeve can crawl and walk with her hands holding onto handrails. She is described as being a talkative and active kiddo! If you’d like more information on Maeve, please contact one of our matching specialists!This adorable kiddo’s name is Max! He will be turning 2 years old this November. He has been diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. He also has a hemangioma on his upper lip. He is a sweet kiddo who is extremely affectionate towards his caregivers! He seems to be doing well with his mobility development and is able to lift himself up, stand without assistance, and grasp small toys. He loves to listen to dance along to music and loves to play games with his caregivers. If you’d like to learn more about Max, please reach out to Great Wall!
Click Here to Watch My Video!Milo is an great kiddo who is 5 and a half years old! He is considered to have some hearing loss, but he can hear enough to where if you call his name he will turn toward you. Milo is described as being very active and playful! He loves to play hide-and-seek with his caretaker and playing on the swings. His file indicates that he has normal physical development and his language delays are largely due to his hearing loss. Milo seems to be a pretty happy kiddo who is developing well!
You can contact the China Home Finding Team to learn more about Milo!