5 New Kids on the Block

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! 

turnerTurner 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!

Contact one of our matching specialists today if you are interested in learning more about Turner!

zoeZoe 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.

Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to learn more about Zoe!

fionaFiona 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.

Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to learn more about Fiona!

blakeMeet 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.

Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!

tannerTanner 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!

Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to learn more about Tanner!

 

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TWO New Partnerships in Ji Lin Province!

partnershipsWe 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!

What is an Orphanage Partnership?

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!

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New Waiting Child Updates!

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!

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matthew2Matthew is an adorable 4-year old boy looking for a forever family! He was born with anal atresia, but since having surgery he seems to be doing very well. He is currently living with a foster family and appears to be doing great developmentally. He loves to run, draw and count. Matthew is said to be sociable, considerate and well behaved. When his foster mother asks him to do something, he eagerly accepts. Matthew loves being active and assisting his caretakers. His foster mom says he gets along very well with his foster brother and is great at sharing his toys and snacks. He has quite the sense of humor and is always laughing!  His caretakers describe him as being very optimistic and active. Please reach out to Great Wall if you’d like to learn more!bronx1Bronx is a sweet little boy from China that is about to turn 4 years old. Bronx seems to be healthy physically and is just developmentally delayed. He had an IQ test when he was younger that ranked him lower on IQ, but we have found from experience that many of those tests are inaccurate because they do not take into account that a child is going to have institutional delays from growing up in an orphanage. So whenever there is an IQ test in a child’s file, we suggest taking it with a grain of salt. However the testers did say that he might have autism, but again that is something that may or may not be completely accurate based on the testing.

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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eddie2Eddie 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!jasper1Jasper is a cute little guy that is 4 years old! He has limb differences of his hands and feet but his file suggests that this doesn’t affect his mobility. Jasper is described as being a curious kiddo who always wants to learn more about his environment. He is smiley and active and loves to be teased! He can walk independently but is sometimes a little unstable. Jasper’s file is outdated so we are working on getting some updated information on him. Contact Great Wall if you are interested in learning more about him!

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maeve2Maeve 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!max1This 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!

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milo1Milo 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!

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10 New Kids Recently Added

We’ve recently added 10 NEW KIDS to our China Waiting Child photo listing who are all in need of Forever Families! As these kiddos are considered “Special Focus,” families can be matched with them right away rather than having to wait until their paperwork is submitted. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these kids, contact our matching specialists, or visit the photo listing to request their files!

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Meet Lottie!New Kids 1 She is a darling 7-year old girl with Down Syndrome. Lottie was in the United States for a month this summer and had a wonderful time with her host family! She loves to laugh and loved to spend time with her host siblings! If your family is interested in learning more about this sweet girl, please contact us today at meredith@gwca.org or visit our China Waiting Child photo listing to request her file!

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TreyNew Kids 2 is an older healthy boy that was hosted in the United States this summer! Here is what his host family had to say about him: “Trey was truly an awesome boy and would fit in to anyone’s family. He tried ALL foods, joined in all activities, and LOVED to help do everything…especially make (and drink) kool-aid. Even when we were doing summer schoolwork (math problems), Trey wanted to join in and indeed, worked out problems in my son’s math book! He tried hard to communicate with us, and used google translate well to ask questions and to tell us what he would like to do. He learned many English words while he was here, and taught us quite a few Chinese phrases. Trey is pretty athletic and loved to play baseball! He also loved board games and readily joined in. He got along very well with all members in our family, extended family, and church family.”

Contact our China matching specialists to learn more about Trey or visit our photo listing to request his file today! 

Ming New Kids 3is an incredible 13 year old boy who is currently being hosted in the US. Here is what his host mom has to say about him: “Thirteen year old Ming has just blown us away with his pleasant personality, his helpful spirit, his determination, his courage, his intelligence and his obvious hopefulness in finding his forever family. This 13 year old boy continues to impress us day after day with the COURAGEOUS way that he faces life. Having spent all of his life in an orphanage, and dealing with medical issues and a prosthetic leg, Ming’s life experiences have been very limited. But he does NOT let fear prevent him from trying new things. Even when he initially is afraid, you can talk him through it, and he WILL give new things a try. Ming’s intelligence makes itself evident in everything that he does. From how quickly he learns a new game, to his creativity, to how he solves problems, and how well he listens, follows directions, and applies prior learning to new situations, Ming is one very sharp young man.

Contact our China matching specialists to learn more about Ming, or visit our China Waiting Child photo listing to request his file today!

Gregory New Kids 4is an adorable 4 year old who will be turning 5 in September! He has cerebral palsy which he receives rehabilitation care for. He has been in therapy for the last 2 years which has helped him tremendously. Around his 4th birthday he was able to support himself with his hands, crawl, and walk with some assistance. Gregory could understand simple sentences from adults and could understand what was being asked of him. He likes interacting with children in his class and is described as being very social! Great Wall is requesting an update on him to see how his rehabilitation has progressed since his file was prepared. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review his file!Trent New Kids 5is an amazing 12-year old boy in need of a forever family! Trent has been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome, but overall he seems to be doing great. He was hosted by a family for a month this summer and had an incredible time in the United States! He has an amazing sense of humor and an infectious laugh. He loved spending time with his host siblings and was great and playing games and sharing. He is a bright, happy kiddo who would thrive with the love of a family. Please contact Great Wall if you would like to learn more!Chase New Kids 6is an incredible 12 year old kiddo! He is currently being hosted in the United States. Here’s what his host mom has to say about him: Meet Chase! Chase is an amazing 12 year old orphan from China. He is being hosted in the USA until August 18,2016. He is looking for his forever family. In spite of being deaf from birth, Chase is very observant and a quick learner. He is able to read and write in Chinese and in his short visit is already recognizing and writing some English words. It is so impressive how quickly he learns! Chase wants to try everything. He loves sports, especially batting in baseball. He’s a great hitter! He also loves to swim. Uno Attack is one of his favorite card games. Chase will be a great blessing in a family. His determination, kindness, loving heart, and intelligence will take him far in life.

Visit the GWCA Waiting Child photo listing to request Chase’s file today!

MicahMicah is an incredible kiddo who was hosted in the United States this summer! He is 13 years old and his official diagnosis is a repaired cleft lip and palate. Micah has done wonderfully during his time with his host family in America! He is very smart and inquisitive and loves to explore new things. He has had a blast playing on the trampoline and building in the sandbox. His host family has been incorporating English into his vocabulary and he seems to be doing well with it so far. Micah enjoys playing with legos and matchbox cars. He gets along with everyone in his host family and is described as being very responsive and friendly! Contact GWCA if you’d like to learn more about Micah!EddieEddie 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!JordanJordan is an adorable little guy who is about to turn 3 years old! Jordan has some urogenital needs but is developing well cognitively. His file was supplemented this March and his caretakers indicated that his needs have no impact on his daily life. He can stand for a while under the help of his caretakers and can say some simple sentences. He can understand simple instructions such as putting away toys or taking off his shoes. Jordan is very fond of listening to music and dancing! He is closest to his caretakers but gets along with other kiddos too. If you’d like to review Jordan’s file, contact one of our matching specialists today!MaiseyMaisey is an adorable kiddo who will be 5 years old in November! She was born with Down’s Syndrome. She is described as being energetic and happy! Maisey gets along well with other children and familiar caretakers. She is very curious and always wants to be apart of what others are engaging in. She loves toys with bright colors and loud noises. She has language delays but can express herself with some simple language. Maisey loves running and playing outdoors! If you are interested in reviewing her file, contact one of our matching specialists!

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Forever Family Friday!

2We’re DELIGHTED to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this adorable girl home FOREVER! Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN, we can’t wait to see you come home!

As a younger kiddo with more minor needs, this little lady’s file was considered LID, meaning her family had to have their dossier logged in before they could review her file and be matched with her. If you’re interested in being matched with a child through our LID track, visit our website for more information, or contact us today to start your journey!

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New Waiting Child Updates!

NAOMINaomi is an adorable little girl from China that is about to turn 2 years old. Naomi has spina bifida and was born with a lumbosacral meningocele that was removed when she was only 4 months old. She has healed well from her surgery and she is receiving rehabilitation services to help her with her gross motor skills. Naomi’s file was prepared when she was only 10 months old, so this information is as of that time. At that time she was still recovering from her surgery and she could not yet sit up on her own. However she was able to push herself up when she was lying on her stomach and could reach and grasp nearby toys and play with them. She could visually follow moving objects across the room with her eyes. She loved being teased by her caregivers and she will giggle a lot.

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

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BRONX

Bronx is a sweet little boy from China that is about to turn 4 years old. Bronx seems to be healthy physically and is just developmentally delayed. He had an IQ test when he was younger that ranked him lower on IQ, but we have found from experience that many of those tests are inaccurate because they do not take into account that a child is going to have institutional delays from growing up in an orphanage. So whenever there is an IQ test in a child’s file, we suggest taking it with a grain of salt. However the testers did say that he might have autism, but again that is something that may or may not be completely accurate based on the testing.

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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Cade is a smiley little guy who is 2 years old! He was born with a spinal meningocele which has been repaired with surgery. Cade still has some trouble using his legs but doctors suggest intensive rehabilitation for him to gain strength. Through rehabilitaiton services, he has grown strong crawling capabilities and upper body strength. He is currently practicing standing using some support. His update indicates that he has come a very long way since he first began his rehabilitation! Cogntiviely he is on target with his peers. He can complete puzzles, understand what is being said to him and he can communicate actively and clearly.  He is described as a pleasant, bright and active boy with a ready smile! He likes playing with kids his age and older kiddos too. He loves participating in group activities and loves to observe people around him. His caretakers indicate that he learns very fast and is quite the little problem solver! He is great at imitating adult’s language and actions and can understand some simple instructions. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review his file!

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EVERETT

Everett is an adorable 3 year old! He has a urogenital need but it doesn’t seem to impact his daily life. His file was prepared in May of 2015 and at that time he could walk steadily with holding and independently for short distances. He was mimicking adult’s actions and words and could recognize familiar objects and people. He is described as being open minded and adorable! He gets along very well with other children and loves to play games. His favorite activity is being outside. Everett had some delayed physical development when he was about a year old but went through some extensive rehabilitation training which helped him overcome these obstacles. After training he could sit up alone, crawl, stand and walk for short distances. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review his file!

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GRACIE

Gracie is a cutie who is 5 years old! She had both a VSD and an ASD that have both been repaired with surgery. Gracie was also born with a chromosomal abnormality that we are currently trying to learn more about. She is described as being extroverted and cheerful! She loves being close to her caretaker but also loves to play with the other kiddos. Gracie loves to sing and dance and especially likes to listen to her caretaker play the piano. She is slightly delayed on her cognitive and physical development compared to her peers. Her language development is delayed and she is shorter than her peers. We are currently trying to learn more about Gracie! Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review her file.

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BROOKLYNBrooklyn is a cute little girl from China that just turned 3 years old. Brooklyn has Down’s Syndrome and seems to be doing very well. An update we received indicates that her cognition is higher than her peers. She has some language delays but she can say some simple words. She can feed herself, put on her shoes on her own and crawl into bed independently. Brooklyn is walking and likes to dance when music is on. She will wave “hi” and “goodbye” when people leave and enter the room. She likes looking in the mirror and kissing her reflection. She has good fine motor skills and can pick up small objects like candy, hairpins and breadcrumbs. She understands and follows simple instructions by caretakers. She likes to be around people, is described as being outgoing and is very active and cheerful. She likes to hold other children’s hands when she plays with them. She is getting some special education in an orphanage class. She likes being cuddled by her caregivers.

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

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FinnFinn is a cutie who is 2 years old! He has a special need that affects the development of his teeth. After receiving an update on him, it seems like Finn might have a condition that affects the development of his hair, skin, teeth, nails and sweat glands. Finn is sensitive to the heat and his caretakers make sure to keep him cool. Finn is slightly delayed on his language development compared to his peers. He can understand simple language and commands and knows how to communicate simply with his caretakers.

Please contact our matching specialists if you’d like to learn more about him!

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Connor is a sweet little boy from China that recently turned 3 years old. Connor was born with deformities of both of his arms and legs, but he seems like a resilient little boy that has found ways of getting around even with his limb deformities. And Connor can walk by himeself now!  Connor is described as being strong willed and optimistic and never considers himself different from children without disabilities. Connor does not let his special need get him down and he maintains a positive attitude and problem solves ways to live his life despite his limb disabilities.

Connor can speak in short sentences and he likes to learn new words all the time.  Connor imitates the words and actions of his caregivers.  Connor can now express himself with words and tell people what he wants. Connor is described by his caretakers as being very smart.

Connor enjoys playing with other children and he enjoys kicking balls with his friends and caretakers. Connor especially enjoys playing with an older boy in his orphanage that has similar limb disabilities. Connor likes to greet his caretakers when they come into the room and say goodbye to them when they leave. He enjoys when you lift him up and cuddle him.

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

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Forever Family Friday!

ForeverHooray! This beautiful girl has been matched with a family that is working hard to bring her home Forever.  Congratulations to her and her new Forever Family from all of us at GWCA!

As her file is considered LID, the family that is matched with her had to have their dossier logged in before they could learn more about her! Our LID track provides families with the opportunity to be matched with younger kiddos with more minor or correctable needs. Learn more about the difference between LID and Special Focus below! If you’re interested in learning how you can join our LID track and start your journey towards being matched, contact our matching specialists today!

LID vs. Special Focus

When reviewing children’s files with our matching team, we encourage families to be as open as possible to children of either gender, as there are far more boys available for adoption than girls. We also encourage families to carefully consider the age range and special needs that they might feel comfortable with. This helps us determine if they would be better suited for a Special Focus child, or what we refer to as the “LID Track.”
LID

Non-Special Focus kids are often referred to as LID, meaning “Log In Date.” While families can be matched with a Special Focus child at any point in the process, they must log their dossier in prior to reviewing files for LID children. These kids are typically age 1-4, and have more minor or correctable needs. For families that are open to a Waiting Child with minor or correctable needs, the LID track is a great alternative to other international adoption programs where the referral time for a healthy child can be several years.

Contact our Matching Specialists to learn how you can get started on the LID track today! 

Special Focus

Most of the children in China’s Waiting Child program, are classified as Special Focus. This means that they are considered more difficult to place either because of their age range, or needs. While the idea of special needs can be a bit overwhelming to families, it is important to realize that many needs fall on a spectrum. This means that two children whose files indicate the same need can be affected in completely different ways. One example of this is cerebral palsy. While some of the children that we have seen with cerebral palsy are wheelchair bound, others are able to run, jump, and climb just like any other kid. As such, it is very important for families to thoroughly  research a variety of special needs before ruling anything out!

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Forever Family Friday

Billy(SM)Hooray! We’re so delighted to announce that one of the families in our China adoption program has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this little guy home FOREVER! We are so excited for him and his new family, and we can’t wait to see them come home!

Despite the fact that he is only two years old, this little guy’s file was considered Special Focus, meaning his family was able to review his 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!

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First Father’s Day

Mullis2comp-209x300One of our adoptive dads who was recently matched with a child through our China adoption program is preparing to celebrate his very first Father’s Day. While his daughter is still waiting in China, he’s experiencing all of the typical excitement that accompanies preparing to be a father. Below is a post that he shared with us about his feelings leading up to Father’s Day.

This weekend will be my first Father’s Day.  I am really excited and happy about being a father.  Some people might say that since I don’t currently have a child in my home, or even go so far as to say since I didn’t biologically create a child, that technically I am not a father.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth.  The moment I saw our daughter’s picture and watched her video, I fell in love.  Similar to what I imagine that same feeling of love is when you see your child born in a hospital room for the first time.  I knew from that moment that she was mine.  I said to my wife, “That is our daughter!” And every long night of paperwork and busy day of running errands to get everything in order has been one step in bringing my daughter home.  So I may not get to hug on her and love on her in person this Father’s Day but that doesn’t dampen the love and excitement I feel at being her father.  She is my daughter and this weekend I will be celebrating that with the idea that next year, we will be celebrating together.

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