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.

– Visit GWCA’s Waiting Child photo listing to learn how your family can be matched today! –

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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!

Watch Grace’s Video: Video 1

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!

Watch Bronx’s Videos: Video 1Video 2

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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!

Watch Cade’s Videos: Video 1Video 2Video 3

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!

Watch Everett’s Video: Video

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.

Watch Gracie’s Videos: Video 1 |  Video 2

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!

Watch Brooklyn’s Videos: Video #1!Video #2!Video #3!Video #4!Video #5!Video #6!

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!

Watch Connor’s Videos: Video #1Video #2!

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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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