8 New Kids Are Waiting!

Meet Emma! Emma is an adorable little girl who is 1 1/2 years old! She was born with Down’s Syndrome and anal atresia. She has received 3 surgeries for her anal atresia and is doing very well now! Emma is developing extremely well for her age and for her special need. She is able to sit and crawl independently and can stand holding the handrail. She babbles all day long and loves to giggle at her caretakers. She is described as being quiet, cute and well behaved. She loves to smile when someone calls her name and she can say hello and goodbye by waving and blowing kisses! Emma loves to clap her hands to the rhythm of music and play seesaw with her friends. Emma is from one of our orphanage partnerships but has also spent some time at an American run foster home in China where she has been exposed to English! Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to review her medical file.

Lydia is a beautiful, extroverted and active 12 year old girl from China who is hoping to find her forever family. She was brought to the orphanage at the age of 10 after being abandoned, and it is believed that she spent the early years of her life being raised by her biological family.
 
Lydia has been diagnosed with HIV and tuberculosis, however, her growth and development are right on target. She has good self-care abilities, and she gets along well with her caregivers, teachers and peers. She is described as being kind, optimistic, cheerful and generous, and enjoys spending her time singing, dancing, drawing and playing with other kids.
 
If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with this incredible girl, contact heidi@gwca.org today!
Mina is an adorable little girl from China who is about to turn 8 years old. She was not abandoned and sent to the orphanage until she was almost 6 years old, so she was presumably with her birth family for the first 6 years of her life. This probably means that she received more one-on-one attention when she was a young child before coming to the orphanage.

Mina has a hearing impairment and she started to wear a hearing aid as of May 2016. Because of this, Mina is delayed on her language development. However she can understand the instructions of her caretakers, partially by observing the mouth shapes that her caregivers make, and she can use signs to convey what she wants and needs. She is making sounds and she picking up more and more all the time.

Mina is described by her caretakers as being adorable, having a ready smile and being very kind. She likes to play outside and with other children. She is also said to be a great helper to her caregivers and will do things like throwing trans into the trash can and cleaning up water that has spilled on the floor.

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

This adorable kiddo’s name is Cora, and she just turned 7 this past January! Cora has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a malformed right hand, and a malformed left food. She is able to understand most language, but has trouble expressing language herself. That being said, she has a wide range of expressive ability and is able to express her needs clearly to her caregivers. She is currently receiving physical rehabilitation services, music education, and acupuncture to help with her mobility delays. She is thriving with the assistance of her caregivers and will likely do even better with the consistent care of a forever family. She loves to listen to music, watch cartoons, build blocks, and play with her friends. She loves puzzles and is able to finish them quickly! Cora has incredible self care ability, and is able to put on clothes and take off shoes without assistance. She does still need assistance to use the bathroom, but she is making great progress. She is a bright, smart kiddo who would thrive with the love of a family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this special girl!Meet Seth! Seth is a cute little guy who will be turning 2 years old in April. He was born with cerebral palsy and CHD. He received surgery for his heart condition and is doing much better now! He was 1 year old when his file was prepared and at that time he was described as active, obedient and giggly! His motor skills were developing typically and he was able to sit up on his own and hold his toys. He could understand the facial expressions of adults, respond when his name is called and eat treats independently. If you are interested in learning more about Seth, contact one of our matching specialists today!Jason is a sweet boy from China that recently turned 11 years old. Jason was born deaf but has since received a Cochlear Implant and so he has quite a bit of hearing ability now. Since he received his Cochlear Implant 4 years ago, has attended a special boarding school to help him learn language and speech.

Jason has great self-care skills and he is a very easy person to live with. He has an easy-going personality and gets along well with others. He likes to draw and make models with his hands. Jason is good at math and he likes to play basketball with other children at school.

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

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Meet Cody! Cody is an adorable little guy who is 4 years old. One of his testicles has not yet descended but he seems to be developing typically in all other areas! Cody can effectively understand and follow directions from his caretakers and independently manage some self care tasks. He can get dressed on his own, feed himself, help his foster mom in the kitchen and express his daily needs! Cody’s fine and gross motor skills have developed typically for a child his age and he doesn’t seem to have any delays in these areas. Contact one of our matching specialists today if you are interested in reviewing Cody’s file!Meet Marshall! Marshall is a precious kiddo who just turned 3 in February. He is diagnosed with encephalopathy and a possible chromosomal abnormality. He also has cryptorchidism, meaning that his right testicle has not descended. Overall, he is a sweet kiddo who would thrive with the love and care of a forever family! He does have overall mobility delays, but he is able to turn, crawl, raise his head, and hold on to his favorite toys. He is babbling to express his needs and loves to hold hands with this other kiddos. He is described as being a cheery little guy! If you’d like to learn more about Marshall, please reach out to Great Wall China Adoption! Read More

6 Kids Added This Week!

GWCA’s China adoption specialists recently started advocating for FOUR new kids! If you’re interested in learning more about these kiddos or viewing their files, visit our Waiting Child photo listing or contact GWCA today.

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Bodhi is an amazing 12-year old boy in need of a family to call his own! He is a healthy kiddo who seems to be reaching each developmental milestone. He is a helpful, polite child who likes to go to school and loves his teachers and classmates. He loves to play games with other children and explore. He’s a smart kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family!

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

Meet Rhett! Rhett is a smiley boy who is 8 years old! He was born with cerebral palsy and since starting rehabilitation services, has improved greatly on all of his motor skills! Based on his medical file, he lives in a foster family environment and gets along very well with his foster siblings. He is described as being active, optimistic and warm-hearted towards other children! Since beginning rehabilitation services, his language abilities have vastly improved. His file mentions that he does not have any difficulties in daily conversation and has great self-care abilities. He can put away his toys, take trash to the trashcan, and help his foster mom set the table! Rhett’s file mentions that he is very strong-willed when it comes to studying and learning new concepts. He is always very eager to share what he has learned with his foster family! Rhett is friendly, smiley and loves to play with his peers.

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

Meet this 2 year old cutie from China named Nash! This sweet boy’s favorite type of food is just like him: sweets!  Nash is not only known to have a sweet tooth, but he is known to be a sweetheart among his peers. Nash does have exceptionally thin, long fingers and toes, and he has a speech delay, but that does not slow him down!  Nash is able to craw and even can walk when he assisted! His fine motor skills are on par with his peers. Nash is able to tear paper, use his thumbs, etc. Nash is on the shyer side, but is definitely an active two year old. He loves playing with toys and jamming out to some awesome music!

Nash is looking for his forever home! Help make that happen by visiting the Great Wall of China Adoption today!

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Ian is a spunky 5 year old boy from China who loves music more than anything! Ian suffers from abnormal optic nerve developments so he can’t see as well as some of his peers, and he has a speech delay, most likely because he can’t clearly see when others are talking.  Although it is difficult for Ian to communicate with others verbally, he understands his teachers are saying and can follow their directions.  This little man has a very healthy appetite and is does not shy away from any food!  At his time at the orphanage, Ian as learned to eat independently, but still needs help when it comes to restroom duties. Ian is so loved and brings much joy to the orphanage and his caretakers!

Let Ian bring joy to your life too!  Learn more about Ian by contacting the Great Wall of China Adoption today!

Meet Jace! Jace is a precious kiddo who just turned 5 in February. Jace was born without his right hand and with slightly lower eyelids. Jace continues to hit developmental milestones in regards to his mobility, developing strong fine motor skills even with the absence of his right hand. He can clearly differentiate between caregivers and strangers and likes to imitate adults. Great Wall is currently working to obtain more updated information on his current development.

If you’d like to learn more about this amazing kiddo, contact GWCA today!

Brent is a cute little guy who is about to turn 3 years old! He was born with intestinal atresia and Microcephaly. Brent is slightly delayed on his language and mobility development when compared to his peers. He can stand alone steadily and walk independently. His fine motor skills have developed typically and he is considered to be very active! His file indicates that he has strong imitation ability and can interact with others very well. Brent enjoys playing games with other children and especially loves to roll the ball back and forth with his friends!

If you are interested in learning more about Brent, please contact one of our matching specialists to review his medical file!

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6 New Kids Are Waiting

Smiles, smiles, and more smiles! Preston is always full of joy with a huge smile on his face! This happy little 3 year old from China has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, but he has had a shunt put in and now his situation appears to be normal. Preston loves life, understands fully when spoken to, and knows several words. Although he is almost always happy, Preston is happiest at meal time! This little man has one big appetite! Preston can sit up on his own and he is working on his mobility skills including crawling. He is on the quitter side and enjoys his sleep!

Learn more about Preston today by contacting the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall!

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Meet Joey! Joey is a darling 3 year old boy looking for a forever family! Joey was born with anal atresia and some differences of sex development. Joey’s caregivers describe him as extroverted, active, and restless! He is a smart, bright kiddo who can follow directions and express his needs clearly to his caregivers. He can walk steadily without assistance and has excellent fine motor skills. He loves to go to his caregivers for cuddles and can easily distinguish between his nannies and strangers. He is a sweet kiddo who would thrive with the consistent care of a forever family! Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!Meet Silas!  This cutie is an easy going 3 year old from China who is super popular amongst his nannies! Despite having Prader-Willi Syndrome, Silas is just as active as any other kiddo his age! He loves playing with toys of all kinds, watch television, and he loves his sleep! He is an adorable little boy who is very curious about the world, always wanting to know what others are doing around him. Silas is known to be extremely laid back and a favorite at the orphanage! Although his speech is limited, Silas fully understands when spoken to. He is an extremely self-sufficient little dude who knows how to use his walker properly and independently. Silas loves to give love and we want him to be given some love back!

Learn more about Silas today by contacting the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall!

Meet Gideon! He is a precious 4 year old kiddo who was born with a Nephrotic Syndrome. This affects the way his kidneys function. Gideon seems to be doing very well! He can listen to his caretaker’s instruction, can cooperate with his caretakers to put away his toys, dress himself, brush his teeth etc. Gideon loves to play on the slide and ride his tricycle! His file mentions that he’s great at protecting younger children and looking out for them! He is considered to be active, kind and sweet. He loves to play games with other kiddos and dancing along to music! If you’d like to review Gideon’s file, please contact one of our matching specialists today!

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London is a precious little girl from China that is 4 and a half years old. London was born with cerebral palsy so her motor skills are delayed compared to her peers and her lower limbs are a bit weak. London can get around on her own by crawling but she needs some assistance walking. London is described as being a cute kiddo who is quiet and has a ready smile. She enjoys being around her caretakers and I loves to have them sing to her. London likes watching cartoons and especially likes playing dress up!

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

  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.

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!

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I Found My Family!

We are beyond thrilled to announce that this incredible boy has a family who is currently working their way through the adoption process to bring him home forever!

After participating in our China Orphan Hosting program this past winter, he had to return to China with the rest of the kids in the program, and we were so sad to see him go. Since then, countless #OrphanWarriors have come together to advocate on his behalf, and their hard work certainly paid off!

We are so happy to know that this sweet kiddo will soon be coming back to the United States with his Forever Family, and we can’t wait to follow the rest of his journey home. Congratulations to him and his new family from all of us at GWCA and CAN!

The Difference that Hosting Makes

When many families first hear about our Orphan Hosting program, they struggle with the concept of bringing a child to the United States and showing them the love of a family only to send them back home weeks later. These are certainly complex matters to handle, both for the child being hosted and for the host family. However, when you see the difference that hosting can make in helping older children find homes before they age out, the pros of the program far outweigh the cons.

While many of these kids’ files have been sitting on lists for months or even years, constantly overlooked due to their age, our hosting program gives families the opportunity to meet them, get to know their personalities, and help them to find a family of their very own. If you’re interested in learning how you can participate in our Orphan Hosting program or how you can adopt a child who has previously been hosted, contact GWCA today!

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New Kids

Meet Sophia! She is an adorable little gal who is about to be 6 years old. She was born with CHD for which she has received surgery for. GWCA advocated for her in the past and it was revealed that at the age of 4 she still had some difficulty standing on her own. GWCA is requesting an update for some new information on her progress so far! She is described as being extroverted, humorous and talkative! She pays great attention to her caretakers and loves to be teased! She likes toys that makes sounds and are colorful. She loves listening and dancing around to music! According to her file, Sophia was receiving rehabilitation training.

If you are interested in reviewing her file, contact one of our matching specialists today!

This sweet kiddo’s name is Noah! Noah is 7 years old. He was born with a meningocele and his spine and a malformation on the base of his skull. He also has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, but he has being doing great since receiving a shunt as treatment in 2010. He also received surgery for his spinal needs and seems to be thriving! He was hosted by a family in the United States during the holidays, and they had a wonderful time watching his sweet and caring personality shine through. He requires a wheelchair, but his host family believes he may be able to gain enough strength to one day walk using a walker. He is able to crawl on the floor, and his fine motor function is on target. He does not have function of one leg and the other seems to have the ability to be strengthened using physical therapy. His host family has said that he is a smart kiddo who has a very broad Chinese vocabulary. He attached very quickly to the family and had a wonderful time with his host siblings. He is a sweet, smart kiddo who would thrive with the consistent care of a forever family.

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

This cutie’s name is Marco! Marco is an adorable kiddo who just turned 3 years old. He has postoperative hydrocephalus and some overall developmental delays. Marco’s file is a little outdated, but we are working hard to find out more recent information. His file says that he loves to play, laugh happily, and spend time with his caregivers. His nannies described him as being a very adorable kiddo with a bright future. They are hoping that he can bring joy and happiness to his forever family.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Meet Garrett! Garrett is an amazing kiddo who is about to turn 6 in March. He was hosted this winter by a family in the United States, and because of this we really got to see his incredible personality shine through. He was born with Down Syndrome and limb differences on his left hand. His host family describes him as being consistently happy and content, stating that it is clear that he has been well-loved and cared for based on how well he loves others. He can be shy at first but connected easily with his host family. He loves to play with other children and loves to be cuddled by caregivers. His host family has referred to him as a “genuine delight”. We love this kiddo here at Great Wall, and we would love to speak further about his adoption!

Please reach out to learn more!

Meet Dawson! He is an adorable kiddo who is 8 years old. He was born with congenital microphthalmus which refers to a congenital size difference in his eyeballs. It is unclear in his file whether he is completely blind or not but he does a wonderful job at managing his daily life on his own! He walks independently with a cane and does very well! He can go up and downstairs independently, can walk home from school, can dress himself and use the restroom all on his own. Dawson’s caretakers note that he has very strong adaptability and can pick up on new concepts very easily. He has excellent communication skills and can effectively express his daily needs. Dawson has a great sense of hearing and depends on this in his daily life. He loves chatting with other kiddos, singing and acting and is described as very energetic!

If you are interested in reviewing Dawson’s file, please contact one of our matching specialists today!

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URGENT: Aging Out – Grant Available!

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Jonathan currently has adoption grants totaling over $10,000!

(UPDATE: Jonathan’s Sponsored Star grant has been extended through the month of March!)

When an orphan ‘ages out’ in China, they lose their chance to be a part of a family, to be safe, and to be loved. At the young age of fourteen, children are deemed ineligible for adoption, and their hope for a bright future all but vanishes. This is what Jonathan will be faced with unless he’s able to find a family who can bring him home by his fourteenth birthday this September.

Jonathan is an incredible kid. You can see this not only in the love that his caretakers have for him, but in the fact that countless communities have come together to advocate on his behalf with the hope that he will find a family before he ages out. With all of these efforts combined, Jonathan currently has a total of around $10,700 in grants available towards his adoption fees!

(Jonathan’s Orphanage Donation Fee of approximately $5,700 has been waived, a private donation of $3,000 has been made by a generous benefactor, and through the month of February, he has an agency specific grant of $2,000 as GWCA’s Sponsored Star.)

Despite the fact that Jonathan is completely deaf in both ears, he is able to communicate flawlessly using Chinese sign language. It’s clear that his cognitive development is right on target, as he’s able to quickly solve math problems, write in Chinese, and even write about 40 simple words in English! He is a great student who is helpful around the classroom and very loved by his teachers.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys playing sports. He’s particularly fond of jump rope, ping-pong and badminton!

Jonathan has told his caretakers that he wants to be adopted, and regularly asks if it will be possible for him to have a mom and dad. If you’re interested in learning more about this AMAZING kid and the financial assistance that’s currently available towards his adoption fees, contact GWCA today!

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4 New Kids Added This Week!

GabeMeet Gabe!  Gabe is a precious 1 and a half year old boy from China that was born with Dandy Walker Syndrome and post-operative hydrocephalus. He received a shunt for his hydrocephalus and seems to be doing great overall!  His file indicates that he might have had a hemorrhage in his brain previously. Gabe is a sweet, happy kiddo who loves to laugh with his caregivers. He is able to turn his body and has excellent fine motor skills. He is unable to stand and walk at this time, but he appears to be making excellent progress overall. He is able to kick his legs and seems to be gaining strength. He can recognize his name and says “Mama!” when he is upset. He can distinguish between strangers and his caregivers. His caregivers love him very much and hope that he can have a happy childhood and a bright future. If you’d like to learn more about this amazing kiddo, please reach out to Great Wall China Adoption!

LandonMeet Landon! Landon is an adorable little guy who is 3 years old. He was born with an umbilical hernia but it does not seem to effect his mobility! He is receiving rehabilitation services to improve his gross motor skills. Landon lives with a foster family and seems to be very close with them! He can speak in short sentences but his language is slightly delayed when compared to his peers. He can simply express his needs and communicate with his caretakers. Landon is closest to his caretakers and is described as being a quiet kiddo. If you are interested in learning more about Landon, contact one of our matching specialists to review his medical file!CharlieMeet Charlie! Charlie is a precious kiddo who is about to turn 5 this March. Charlie was born with Down Syndrome and he seems to be thriving overall! He was hosted over the holidays by a family in the United States who has provided fantastic information on his health and overall well-being. Charlie bonded extremely well with his host family and loved to show affection to his host parents and siblings. He loved to sing into a toy microphone and dance! Charlie also had a great time playing outside with his host siblings in the snow. His host family would be happy to talk further about his time spent here in the United States! He is a sweet, social kiddo who would thrive with the love and care of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!Jude Jude is an adorable kiddo who is 3 years old! He was born with epilepsy and G6PD which is a condition that effects his red blood cells. He is currently taking medication for his epilepsy and his file indicates that he hasn’t had a seizure since he was admitted to the institute. Jude is delayed on his language development compared to his peers but can babble appropriately to express his needs. He likes to listen to stories from his caretakers, listening to music and sometimes even likes to get up and dance! Jude can understand and act on certain instructions from his caretakers such as “clap your hands” or “go get your juice cup”. Jude is described as being a quiet kiddo who is on the more introverted side. If you are interested in reviewing Jude’s medical file, contact one of our matching specialists today!

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Meet Gloria!

Photo 1Gloria is an amazing 11-year old girl that has stolen the hearts of the staff here at GWCA! We have advocated for her twice before using the name “Katie” but have sadly not been able to find her family yet. Even when she is not on our agency’s listing, we think of this special girl often and are always hoping that she has found her family.

Gloria’s bright smile, sunny personality, and the love she has for the other kiddos really shows her gentle spirit and huge heart. She has been to the Bring Me Hope camp for two years in a row, making a lasting impact on the volunteers there. Due to her medical need, she has experienced rapid growth in her left leg, which has thankfully been slowed thanks to medication. Doctors recommend amputation as treatment, but due to the fact that her leg did not grow at all in 2016 it does not need to be pursued at this time. She thankfully has no pain in her leg and her mobility has not been restricted in any way. She loves to run, jump, swim, dance, ride a bike and do all the things the other kiddos in her orphanage can do! She is incredibly intelligent and talkative, even learning some English at the camps she attends! The more that we learn about this sweet girl the more we fall in love with her. She would thrive with the love and care of a family to call her own, and it is our hope to be able to find that for her! Her resilient spirit and bright and happy personality truly make her one of a kind.

Gloria’s Bring Me Hope camp counselors shared the following with us:

Gloria is a very special girl. I have been blessed to be her volunteer for two years at Bring Me Hope Camp, and can truly attest to the fact that she positively affects the people she comes in contact with. Her smile is absolutely beautiful, and her laughter is contagious. It has been a joy to get to know her!

During camp, Gloria especially loved painting nails. Hers, our camp director’s, other kids, a boys…it didn’t matter! 🙂 It was a joy to watch her carefully concentrate on making everyone’s nails beautiful. She spoke clear English as she asked people: “What color? Blue, ok!” The simple activity of nail painting truly showed her high intelligence. She not only spoke many English words, but was also so neat and proper in the nail painting.

Gloria’s special need is left foot hyperblastosis, which means that her left leg grows much faster than the rest of her body. That’s it! She is still fully capable of self care, running, and even graceful dancing. I feel that her biggest special need is for a caring Mama and Baba to lovingly and genuinely tell her how beautiful and amazing she is. We would always tell her that she was beautiful at camp, but she would respond with an adamant “No!” She needs to know how gorgeous she is, inside and out. Gloria is an awesome little girl, and I can’t wait to see her in her forever family.

Gloria lights up the lives of all those who surround her, and we’re so hopeful that she will find her forever family very soon. If you’re interested in learning more about Gloria or reviewing her file, visit our Waiting Child photo listing or contact our China matching specialists today!

 

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7 New Kids on the Block

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Ava is an adorable little girl who is 5 years old! Her left ear formed a little differently and she has some language development delays. Ava doesn’t appear to have any mobility delays; she can walk freely, go up and down the stairs on her own and her fine motor skills seem to be on target! She can put blocks into a cup, can stack blocks, turn the pages in a book and draw using a pencil. Ava loves to laugh out loud and be active with her peers! She is described as being extroverted, happy and quick in reaction! Ava’s favorite activity is looking at picture books and playing games. If you are interested in reviewing Ava’s medical information, contact GWCA today!

LillianMeet Lillian! Lillian is a 3 year old who has post-operative hydrocephalus. Her file is slightly outdated so GWCA is currently trying to get an update on her condition. She was almost 2 years old when her file was prepared. At that time she had some mobility delays in regards to her walking and crawling abilities. She knew her name and knew how to respond to someone calling her. Lillian is described as being quiet and obedient! She is the happiest when her caretaker is cuddling her. Her file mentions that she is very cute little girl that everyone loves! Please contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review Lillian’s medical file!1487117292Meet George! George is an adorable little guy who is 1 1/2 years old. He has post-operative anal atresia and post-operative transverse colostomy. His file indicates he also has some slight muscular tension in his arms and legs. George is very fond of dancing along to music and clapping his hands! He is described as being a happy and cheerful kiddo. George is receiving rehabilitation services and is improving! His caretakers believe he will continue to make progress. George can hold his head up while lying on his stomach, can roll from supine to prone position on his own, and can easily grasp toys in both hands. He can locate the direction of sounds, visually follows moving objects and laughs aloud. George is smiley and cute and we hope we can find him his forever family soon! Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to review his medical file! AbbyMeet Abby! Abby is an adorable kiddo who is 8 years old. She was born with mild cerebral palsy and some language delays. Abby can communicate with language, eat and dress herself independently and can walk alone. She has been receiving rehabilitation training since 2014 and seems to have made a lot of progress! She is described as having a ready smile, is cheerful and has strong self-esteem! Her file indicates she is closest to her caretaker and other children her age in the institution. She is extroverted, fond of playing games and gets along very well with other kiddos! GWCA is currently trying to request some updated information on Abby. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to learn more about her! Dylan Meet Dylan! Dylan is a precious little guy who will be turning 2 this March. He was born with hypospadias, which he has already had a surgery for. He also has a mild heart condition as well as a possible hemorrhage behind his eye. He appears to have some developmental delays overall as a result of growing up in an orphanage environment, but his caregivers say that he is doing well physically and is getting stronger each day! He loves to smile and spend time with his caretakers. If you’d like to learn more about Dylan, please reach out to Great Wall!EleanorEleanor is a sweet little girl from China that just turned 5 years old. Eleanor’s left ear looks slightly different than some of her friends, and it is possible that because of hearing issues in her left ear she has some language and developmental delays. Eleanor has been living with a foster family since she was one and a half years old, so she has been receiving better one-on-one attention and care than she would be if she was in an orphanage.

Eleanor likes playing with other children in her neighborhood and she enjoys playing outside. She enjoys dancing and will happily clap her hands she hears music. Eleanor gets along well with her foster family and she likes to help out with simple chores around the house. She is very sweet and when a guest comes to the house, she will carry a chair to the table so they can sit down, and she will wave goodbye to the guest when they leave. Eleanor can point out the different parts of her body when asked. Her speech and cognitive abilities have increased greatly since being in a foster family. Eleanor doesn’t currently have a very large vocabulary, but she understands what other people are saying to her and she can follow directions.

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

 DonnaDonna is a cute little girl from China that is 7 years old. Donna was diagnosed with CHD (VSD, aortic stenosis, two of the abnormal aortic valve, PDA, PHT) and it sounds like she has not yet had surgery for it. Donna likes music and likes to dance to the rhythm. She likes to play with lots of different toys. Her favorite foods are bread, rice and black sesame. Donna’s file is a little bit older, so we are working hard to get updated information on Donna.

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

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February Is Heart Month

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February is American Heart Awareness Month, a time when the country comes together to spread awareness about the dangers of heart disease and show support for those with heart conditions such as CHD. Heart Month is particularly significant to those of us in the adoption community, because many Waiting Children around the world are without families due to medical conditions such as CHD.

What is CHD?

Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) occur when a child is born with an abnormally structured heart. In many cases, CHD presents itself as one or more holes in the walls between the heart’s chambers, an issue with the vessels, or incomplete development of a portion of the heart, which can compromise the heart’s ability to pump blood to deliver oxygen to the tissues of the body.

Treatment

While most cases of CHD are treatable with medication and/or surgery, many of the children in our programs are in situations where they may not have access to the treatment they need. That’s where our Orphan Warriors come in! We’ve seen  countless families open their homes to children with heart conditions, and it’s incredible how quickly we can see improvement in a child’s condition once they’re home and receiving the treatment they need.

Down Syndrome and CHD

Although our matching specialists advocate for kids with a wide variety of special needs, the need most commonly seen among children that we advocate for — particularly in our China Waiting Child adoption program — is Down syndrome. While it’s not always the case, it’s common for children with Down syndrome to also have CHD.

GWCA is currently advocating for many children with Down syndrome. If this is a need that your family is open to, visit our China Waiting Child photo listing to learn how you can be matched with one of these incredible kiddos!

GWCA and CAN’s Waiting Children

Our China and CAN matching specialists are currently advocating for several kids with heart conditions. If your family is interested in learning how you can be matched with one of these incredible kiddos, visit our Waiting Child photo listings or contact our matching specialists today!

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