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JOY Kids Are Ready for Families!

Another Successful JOY Program

Joy FEATEncouraged by the success of families’ advocacy through our Orphan Hosting program, GWCA launched the JOY program in early 2016. Now, one year later, we’ve completed our second JOY program and we’re eager to begin matching each of the JOY kiddos with loving families.

Much like a traditional Orphan Hosting program, the JOY program gives advocates the chance to spend time getting to know orphans in need with the hope that they will be able to help them find their forever family. The difference, however, is that the JOY program takes place in China, rather than in the United States. During their stay in China, the families participate in different activities with the children in the city where their orphanage is located. Through this, they gain a better understanding of both the children’s needs and personalities so that they can advocate to find them a family that’s ready to welcome them in.

If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with one of the kids from our most recent JOY program, visit GWCA’s Waiting Child photo listing or contact our matching specialists today!

1Chelsea is an adorable little girl who is 3 years old! She was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Chelsea and learned all about her! Chelsea lives in a foster family and has done very well with them! Before moving out of the institution, she preferred to play alone and was quite shy but since moving into the foster family she has flourished! She is very active and personable and loves to play with other children. Our advocate noted that she is extremely cute and always smiling! She can imitate adult’s language and is always babbling. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review her file!

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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. Contact GWCA if you’d like to review Clark’s file!

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3*NEW VIDEO* Clay is a playful kiddo who is 10 years old! He was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Clay and learned all about him! He was born with spina bifida which he received surgery for as a young child. He lives with a foster family and is doing very well! Clay is in the third grade and his caretakers say he has a strong desire to learn new things! He does well in school and can even sing some simple songs in English! He is described as being active, positive and expressive. Clay doesn’t have any language or cognitive delays compared to his peers and he does a great job at managing his daily life. He can make his bed, clean up after himself and follow instructions well! Clay loves playing basketball and football with his friends. Contact GWCA if you’d like to review Clay’s file!

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Alice is an adorable little gal who just turned 4 years old! She was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Alice and learned all about her! She was born with Down’s Syndrome and seems to be doing well compared to her friends with the same need. She has been in early education classes and she has made great progress! She can get along well with other kiddos her age and loves to share her toys. She is described as being active and cute by her caretakers. Alice can complete simple tasks like washing her hands, walking up and down the stairs by herself and putting away her toys. GWCA is currently trying to gather more information on Alice. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review her file!

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Cedric is an adorable kiddo who is 9 years old! He was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Cedric and learned all about him! He was born with an arachnoid cyst and hydrocephalus. The advocate that spent time with Cedric let us know that he is smart, extroverted, and he gets along very well with others! His communication abilities are strong and he can describe his needs very well to his caretakers. Cedric is living in a foster family and has done extremely well there! He loves to sing and has quite the knack for painting! If you are interested in reviewing Cedric’s medical file, contact a GWCA matching specialist!

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Timmy is a sweet little boy from China that just recently turned 7 years old. He was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Timmy and learned all about him! Timmy wasn’t brought into care until he was 4 years old, so we can assume he was raised by his family until that time. Timmy has been in a foster family since early 2014, so he is receiving more one-on-one attention than a child living in an orphanage. Timmy was shy at first but he became more sociable after he got used to life with his foster family. He can communicate with adults and children clearly. He can walk steadily, dance with rhythm, build with blocks and do puzzles. He is in a regular school and is learning with other children of his own age. Timmy gets along with others well and has a ready smile. He is an active boy who is fond of playing games. While his physical examination shows that he has some maldevelopment of his right parietal lobe cortex, it doesn’t seem to be affecting him that much. He is not described as being delayed and instead he seems to be a pretty normal 7 year old boy.

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

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Spencer is a cheerful kiddo who is 11 years old! He was recently a part 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. Contact one of our matching specialists today if you are interested in reviewing Spencer’s file!

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Owen is a healthy older boy who is 12 years old! He was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Owen and learned all about him! He had a cleft lip when he was younger but it was repaired in 2005. Owen has lived in a foster family environment since he was a child and has done very well. He has been receiving education since he was 4 years old and can introduce himself in English. Owen has always done well in school and in 2014 he got 2nd place in the art competition! He enjoys running and riding his bike. He gets along with everyone around him and is described as being active, bright, kind and grateful. Contact one of our matching specialists if you would like to review Owen’s file!

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24 New Files from Orphanage Partnership

24 New Files24 New Files from Orphanage Partnership!

GWCA’s matching specialists recently received 24 new files from one of our Orphanage Partnerships! Among these files are both LID and Special Focus kids who are in need of forever families. Our matching specialists have already begun advocating for many of these children, and a few families have already stepped forward to welcome one of our newest kiddos into their home.

Orphanage PartnershipIf you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with a child from one of GWCA’s Orphanage Partnerships, contact our matching specialists today or visit our Waiting Child photo listing and look for our Orphanage Partnership icon (pictured right).

Why Are Orphanage Partnerships Important?

With thousands of Waiting Children in China, agencies have begun to partner with specific orphanages in order to create a more direct connection between children and adoption advocates. These partnerships allow adoption agencies to give back to Chinese orphanages by providing them with the resources to help prepare children’s files for international adoption and improving programs within the orphanage. Once our Orphanage Partnerships prepare a child’s file, they give it directly to our agency. This prevents children’s files from sitting on a shared list without advocacy.

Since we periodically receive both LID and Special Focus children’s files from our Orphanage partnerships, the families in our China adoption program are able to learn more about our OP kids as soon as their files are created. This gives them a greater opportunity to find a child who they feel will be a good fit for their family.

Contact GWCA’s matching specialists today to learn more about our Orphanage Partnerships and the role they play in matching children with forever families!

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5 New Kids on the Block

livieMeet Livie!

**I Found My Forever Family!**

Livie is a beautiful little girl from China that just turned 2 years old. Livie has postoperative anal atresia. She has had one surgery, but she will need another one in the future for her need because the first surgery didn’t fully fix her anal atresia. Her orphanage says they would like to wait for the second surgery to be performed in the United States after she is adopted because they believe Livie would get a much better surgery in the U.S. Livie’s cognitive ability is normal and is the same as her peers in the orphanage. Livie is able to follow directions well and she knows the names of all of her nannies and her friends. Livie can also communicate well with others by using simple words such as “mama,” “baba,” and “bye bye,” etc. Livie can walk by herself and her fine motor skills are also normal. Livie likes to blow kisses to people as they leave the room. Livie gets along well with other children and she likes playing with them and is good about sharing her toys with other children. Livie is described by her caretakers as being smart, active, cute and positive.

Livie is on our Great Wall China Specific listing, so her file is only available through Great Wall at this time. You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Livie. We hope we are able to find Livie her Forever Family soon!

emilyMeet Emily!

Emily is a beautiful and strong little girl who is 6 years old. She is deaf and was born with retinoblastoma in both eyes. As a result she has had both eyes removed. Despite Emily’s diagnoses, she proves everyday how bright she is! Her file indicates that she is always surprising her teacher with her fine motor skills and ability to learn new tasks. She lives in a foster family and has thrived there. Emily does a great job at using her other senses to explore her environment. Through touch and smell, she is able to interact with new people and engage in new tasks. Her caretakers note that her sense of touch is very sharp and she is able to depend on this to be mobile independently. Emily is described as being optimistic and cheerful! She is kind to others and is always helpful in any way that she can be. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review her file!

maxieMeet Maxie!

Maxie is a lovely little girl from China that is about to turn 5 years old. Maxie has postoperative anal atresia and her feet and skull are a little different than some of her friends, but she seems to be doing quite well developmentally. Maxie is described as being active, outgoing and positive. Maxie gets along well with others and likes to play with them. She likes to be cuddled by her caregivers. She likes to play with blocks and musical instruments. Maxie can say 5-10 word sentences, asks “what” and “how” questions on her own initiate, and she understands the difference between different colors. If you ask Maxie where she lives or what season is it, she can tell you that. She understands what other are saying and follows instructions well. Maxie helps take care of the younger children in the orphanage. She likes to give hugs and blow kisses when people leave the room. She can count to 10, sings songs and tells stories. She likes to draw, listen to music and play with her friends.

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

gusMeet Gus!

Gus is a precious little boy from China that just turned 6 years old. Gus has a hearing impairment, but he can hear. He is also delayed developmentally in some areas especially in regards to his speech, which makes sense since he can’t hear as well due to his hearing impairment. Gus was not abandoned until he was 4 and a half years old, so he spent most of his young life with a family before coming to the orphanage.

Gus likes to play with his friends and he especially enjoys playing with blocks and looking at picture books. He has been self-care skills such as taking his clothes off, eating with a spoon, and pushing the chairs in after class. He is more introverted but he does enjoy participating in group activities with other children. He is generally healthy and happy.

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

kiaraMeet Kiara!

She is a 2 year old girl who was born with Down’s Syndrome and a heart defect. Kiara is described as being cute and quiet! She can smile and giggle when she is teased, she recognizes familiar people and their voices and she can respond to others when her name is called. Kiara likes to listen to music, she is closest to her caretakers and often likes to play outdoors. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review her file!

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New Kids on the Block

callieMeet Callie! She is an adorable 8 year old girl. Callie was born with something called blepharoptosis. This condition affects how far the eyelids extend. It doesn’t seem to have an effect on her vision but GWCA is in the process of asking for an update on her condition to clarify. Callie is described as being talkative, energetic and quick in reaction. She is fond of playing with toys and playing games with her peers. Callie is inquisitive and frequently asks how and why questions. She seems to be slightly delayed compared to her peers but she doesn’t seem to have a language delay. If you’re interested in reviewing Callie’s file, contact GWCA today!

charlotteMeet Charlotte! Charlotte is an adorable kiddo who will be turning three this January! She has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus and some physical and cognitive delays. Based on her file, which was prepared in April of 2015, it sounds as though she has stiff lower limbs and has some delayed mobility. She also was not responsive to being called by her caregivers at the time the file was prepared. Our staff is working hard to get more updated information from Charlotte’s orphanage regarding her need and delays! Her caregivers described her as being a smiley, happy kiddo who loves to laugh and be cuddled. If you’d like to learn more about Charlotte, please reach out to Great Wall!clarkClark is a sweet boy from China that recently turned 11 years old. Clark was born deaf but he has since received a Cochlear Implant and so he has some 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. Clark 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. Clark 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 Clark. We hope we are able to find Clark his Forever Family soon!

sylvieMeet Sylvie! She is an adorable little girl who is 4 years old. Slyvie was born with cerebral palsy. She has a little more difficulty using her gross motor skills than she does using her fine motor skills. She can stand and walk with some support but she can grasp small objects with her thumb and index finger deftly. Sylvie is described as being curious about her surroundings and interested in what others are saying. She has high muscular tension which we believe she is receiving therapy for. Great Wall is in the process of requesting an update on Sylvie but contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to review her medical file!

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9 New Kids Recently Added

pierceMeet Pierce! Pierce is a sweet kiddo who is about to turn 3 years old this month! He was born with a hernia and mild cerebral palsy. He lives in a foster family and has done so well there. Pierce was 2 years old when his file was prepared. His caretakers indicated that at that time, he could follow instructions to wave goodbye, and answer how old he was! He has strong imitating ability and always likes to dance when his foster mom dances. He can imitate words, speak in 3-5 word sentences and respond to other’s asking for his objects. Pierce can point to different body parts and use his words to express his needs! He is currently receiving rehabilitation therapies and is improving. While he still needs the assistance of a walking aid to be mobile, he is making progress. If you’d like to review Pierce’s medical file, contact one of our matching specialists today!

kenzieThis darling kiddo’s name is Kenzie! She is a sweet girl who is about a year and a half old. She was born with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. She is described by her caregivers as a sweet, adorable little girl who’s smile is beautiful and heartwarming. She is babbling to communicate her needs and is now able to stand with support. She also is able to hold on to a milk bottle and drink milk without assistance! She is a precious kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please contact Great Wall if you would like to learn more!Tteddyhis kiddo’s name is Teddy! Teddy will be turning four this January. He has some general mobility delays, but he seems to be doing well! He is able to walk in a walker and is now able to take several steps without assistance. He can understand his caregiver’s basic requests and is able to follow instructions. He may have language delays as well, but we are currently working to find out more information from his orphanage. Teddy is a sweet, smiley kiddo who loves to listen to music and spend time with his friends and caretakers. If you’d like to learn more about Teddy, please reach out to Great Wall!rachel**AGING OUT – FEB. 2, 2017** Rachel is a sweet girl from China who is 13 years old. Rachel will age out of the China Adoption system on Feb. 2, 2017, so she needs a family to adopt her that will be traveling soon to China for another adoption.

Rachel has some sight issues and she is delayed cognitively compared to her peers.  She has lived in a Foster Family since she was 4 years old. Rachel is in 6th grade at a school for children with visual impairments. She lives at the school during the weekdays and then goes to live with her foster family on weekends. Rachel has an outgoing personality, she is talkative, active, quick thinking, thoughtful, a good observer and helpful with younger children.

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

jonahJonah is a precious little boy from China that is 2 years old. Jonah was born with CHD but he received surgery on it and appears to be doing well now. At the time Jonah’s file was prepared when he was 17 months old he was babbling and saying simple words like “ma ma” and imitating the words that adults would say. Jonah could crawl on his hands and knees, standing for a while, and he could grasp toys and pass them from one hand to the other. He is described as being a smiley boy that gets along well with others. His favorite toy is a rattle. He loves being held by his caretakers.

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

juliaMeet Julia! Julia is an adorable kiddo who is almost 6 years old! She had surgery to repair a heart defect when she was much younger and recovered very well. She is described as being cute, ready to smile, polite and positive! She is always helpful and full of enthusiasm. If other kiddos need assistance, she is always the first to let her caretaker know. Julia is active and loves playing games with other children. She can express her needs normally and always pays close attention in school! She can get dressed on her own and can manage daily tasks! Julia is described as clean and tidy by her caretakers who note she loves folding her clothes before bed. Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to learn more about Julia!elsieMeet Elsie! Elsie is a precious 5-year old kiddo with Down Syndrome. She also has a congenital heart condition and possible vision impairment. Elsie is a shy, sweet kiddo who loves to read picture books and play games! She is able to communicate her needs by babbling and does an excellent job at following the directions of her caregivers. If you’d like to learn more about her, please reach out to Great Wall!

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robbieMeet Robbie! Robbie is an adorable kiddo who is 11 years old. He was born with hydrocephalus that he has received surgery for and a growth hormone deficiency that makes him a little smaller than his peers. He has normal cognitive development and is currently in school! He loves singing, dancing, playing the piano and is said to have a rich imagination. He is fairly introverted and is described as having so many hobbies! He loves reading and playing football outside and he gets along very well with other children! Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to review his medical file!colbyMeet Colby! He is a sweetheart who is 4 years old. Colby was born with Congenital Heart Disease. His file indicates that he has received a surgery for this but GWCA is currently requesting some additional information. He is described as having a very outgoing personality! His language development does not seem delayed compared to his peers based on his file. Colby loves playing with blocks and toys with other kiddos. He can successfully complete some self-care tasks such as getting undressed on his own and eating without assistance. Colby is very fond of listening to music and always has a ready smile. Contact a matching specialist today if you’d like to learn more about Colby! Read More
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6 New Kids on the Block

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June is a sweet little girl from China that is going to turn 5 years old in early 2017. June’s file has just been prepared and is brand new! June has CHD (congenital heart disease) and she has not yet received any surgery for her heart condition. She also has mild anemia. June is speaking 5-10 word sentences, she knows how to count numbers 1-10, she knows how to differentiate colors and she knows the difference between big and small. She can draw a person on a paper with three different body parts (i.e. face, ears, nose, hands, lets, etc.). June can also write her own name. She can walk and go up and down stairs without help, and she can jump off the ground with both feet. June likes playing outside and her favorite toys are dolls and balls. She is found of listening to music and reading picture books.

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

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Chelsea is an adorable little girl who is 3 years old! She was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Chelsea and learned all about her! Chelsea lives in a foster family and has done very well with them! Before moving out of the institution, she preferred to play alone and was quite shy but since moving into the foster family she has flourished! She is very active and personable and loves to play with other children. Our advocate noted that she is extremely cute and always smiling! She can imitate adult’s language and is always babbling. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review her file!

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Cedric is an adorable kiddo who is 9 years old! He was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Cedric and learned all about him! He was born with an arachnoid cyst and hydrocephalus. The advocate that spent time with Cedric let us know that he is smart, extroverted, and he gets along very well with others! His communication abilities are strong and he can describe his needs very well to his caretakers. Cedric is living in a foster family and has done extremely well there! He loves to sing and has quite the knack for painting! If you are interested in reviewing Cedric’s medical file, contact a GWCA matching specialist!

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owenOwen is a healthy older boy who is 12 years old! He was recently a part of GWCA’s JOY Program in China. An advocate spent some time with Owen and learned all about him! He had a cleft lip when he was younger but it was repaired in 2005. Owen has lived in a foster family environment since he was a child and has done very well. He has been receiving education since he was 4 years old and can introduce himself in English. Owen has always done well in school and in 2014 he got 2nd place in the art competition! He enjoys running and riding his bike. He gets along with everyone around him and is described as being active, bright, kind and grateful. Contact one of our matching specialists if you would like to review Owen’s file!

piperMeet Piper! Piper is an adorable kiddo who will be turning two this December. She was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, as well as aural atresia and microtia. She currently hears with the assistance of a hearing aid. She is a very bright child and is described by her caregivers as active, restless, and social. She is currently staying with a foster family and has thrived with their consistent care. She is able to use simple words like “Mama” and can clearly express her needs. She is able to distinguish between strangers and her caregivers and has attached well with her foster family. She loves music, and loves to sing and dance along with the melody! She also loves to play outside and prefers to hold hands and walk with her caregivers. She also loves to swim and play on the beach, and she’s even gotten the chance to go to Disneyland! She’s a bright and happy kiddo who would thrive with a family to call her own. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!

kendallKendall is a sweet 11 year old girl! She has epilepsy and hemiplegia of the right side. Kendall is slightly delayed compared to her peers but we believe that is due to the combination of her hemiplegia and institutionalization. Her muscle strength on her left side is weaker than her right side. She can go up and down stairs on her own and take care of herself in daily life. Her file indicates that her language development has improved greatly and that she has clear pronunciation. She can sing children’s songs and clap along to the rhythm of the music! She is in the special school at the orphanage and is currently in the second grade. Contact GWCA today if you’d like to review her file! Read More
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Kramer is Waiting – Grant Available

kramer-ccKramer is a sweet 9-year-old boy from China who has truly touched the lives of all those who surround him. GWCA’s matching specialists have heard from other advocates, families, and caretakers alike that he is an incredible kiddo, a great student, and a wonderful friend to other children. Recently, one of the families that feels a strong connection to Kramer provided him with a substantial financial grant. This grant is available to any family that would like to welcome Kramer into their home, and will be applied directly towards his adoption fees!

Kramer’s caretakers say that he has a fantastic personality, and that he’s quite popular among his peers because he is very kind and thoughtful. He is described as being a helpful kiddo who is talkative, easy-going and well behaved. He loves spending his time playing with other children and being active.

Kramer has post-operative CHD and limb difference of his left arm, but he doesn’t let that hold him back. He’s a very independent boy who likes to complete tasks on his own. He is in the second grade and and makes excellent grades.

Kramer has been in a foster family since 2010 and has adjusted very well to living in a family environment. November is National Adoption Month, and we are so hopeful that before the month is over Kramer will find a Forever Family of his own. Please help us advocate for him by sharing his story.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Kramer or if you would like more information about his grant, contact our China matching specialists today!

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TEN New Kids Added This Week

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Ford is a precious little boy from China that just turned 1 year old. Ford has mild CHD (ASD) and was born with syphilis and Hep C, which are both generally treatable. One of our GWCA staff members met Ford when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Ford!

Ford can crawl, stand up by himself and is learning to walk. He can grasp toys near him, can take blocks and put them in and out of cups, and he can go look for toys when he drops them. He knows his name and turns to look when called, he responds to his caretakers asking him for objects, he babbles and imitates words, and he can take his socks on and off by himself. He is fond of listening to music and likes to laugh when teased by his caregivers.

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

Click Here to Watch a Video GWCA Staff took of Ford when He was just 5 Months Old!

You can see more videos of Ford when You Request to Review His File!

dakotaDakota is a cute little girl from China that 2 and a half years old. Dakota was diagnosed with rickets when she was younger but has been receiving treatment since she was little and it has gotten much better now. She has hearing loss in both ears, but she is not completely deaf. She communicates with a combination of signs and words. Dakota has been living with a foster family since September 2015 and so she has been receiving much better one-on-one care than she would if she lived in an orphanage. One of our GWCA staff members met Dakota when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Dakota!

Dakota can be a bit shy around strangers but she interacts well with familiar people. She likes to watch TV, play with colorful toys and outdoor activities. Dakota has good fine motor skills, such as using a pen to scribble on paper. Dakota can walk on her own steadily. Dakota understands the meaning of “no” when directed to do something by her foster family. Dakota likes listening to music and tends to be energetic.

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

glendaGlenda is a precious little girl from China that is 1 and a half years old. Glenda was born low birth weight and she has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She is so young though that it is unclear if her CP is more minor, moderate or more significant. Glenda receives regular rehabilitation and she has gotten much strong over the last several months. She enjoys listening to music and receiving cuddles from her caregivers.

Glenda’s file is a little out of date, so we are working hard to get more updated information on Glenda.

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

hanHan is a sweet little boy from China that just recently turned 1 year old. Han was born premature and has a little bit of a cerebral gap, but other than that he seems to be a normal little baby boy. Han is an extroverted little boy that has a lot of curiosity! He loves to explore outside and try new things. He plays outside almost every day which he enjoys very much! He likes to have attention from his caregivers, and when he doesn’t get enough attention he gets upset. Han is described as being a very smart child and when you hold him and talk to him, he will listen very intently. Han likes to be held and cuddled. He enjoys “chatting” with you by babbling different sounds that he imitates from others. He knows his name when called and he will turn toward the person who calls him.

Han can sit up by himself and can crawl on his own. He is learning to walk by using a baby walker which he pushes around when he plays. He likes listening to music, playing with toys and swimming in the pool whenever he has the opportunity. Han has a very big appetite and he enjoys eating rice, fruit puree, meat and steamed eggs. Han really likes drinking milk and he is not at all a picky eater.

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

abeAbe is an adorable little boy from China that is one and a half years old. Abe was born with CHD, specifically an ASD, but he seems to be doing well now. He has slight hip dysplasia of one side of his hip. Abe’s file indicates that otherwise he has normal physical development at this point.

Abe can crawl, stand steadily by himself and can walk by holding on to something. Abe can take off his own socks and shoes. He understands the meaning of the word “no” and he is babbling and imitating the words of adults. Abe likes to play with other children and will not fight over toys with his peers. He likes to go outside to play and his enjoys playing hide-and-seek.

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

benjaminThis cutie’s name is Benjamin, and he is two years old! He has difficulty straightening out his wrist, elbow, and knee joints, as well as strephenopodia of his feet. Benjamin would likely do very well with physical therapy and orthopedic treatments. Benjamin also has an un-descended testicle. He’s described by his caregivers as being talkative, cute, and extroverted. He loves to smile and be cuddled by his caregivers! He would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!josieMeet Josie! Josie as a sweet 8-year old girl in need of a forever home. Josie is blind in both eyes, but her doctors indicate that there is the possibility of regaining some vision with proper medical treatments. Josie’s caregivers describe her as a very beautiful and intelligent little girl, saying that she loves to play with other children! She’s a happy kiddo who loves to listen to music and play with toys. Her caregivers say that she can be timid and shy due to the fact that she cannot see others, but overall she is very sweet and affectionate. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!reidReid is a cute little guy who is 5 years old! He has some motor development delays and his file indicates he has Cerebral Dysplasia. Reid has been receiving extensive rehabilitation services since arriving at the institute. These services have helped him tremendously. Reid needs the assistance of a walker to get around but he seems to do very well with it. He can understand instructions and what his caretakers ask of him. Reid can express his needs to his caretakers and interact with his peers! He loves to listen to music and watch television! GWCA is asking for more updated information on Reid. Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to review his file!reneeRenee is a sweet little girl from China that is almost 1 year old. Renee was born with CHD but it appears to be very minor and she has not needed surgery for it yet. Renee has some auditory issues but she currently is able to hear with a hearing aid. Renee appears to be doing very well and is living with a Foster Family. Renee is from one of GWCA’s new Orphanage Partnerships.

To learn more about Renee or how you can adopt a Special Focus child with a combination of more minor needs, please contact the China Home Finding Team.

robbieMeet Robbie! Robbie is a 7-year old kiddo with Down syndrome. Robbie is described as by a very sweet, shy kiddo who is loved by his teachers and the other students. He loves puzzles and helps out his caregivers by doing housework. He is a happy child who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more! Read More
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5 Kids Added This Week!

glennGlenn is a precious little boy from China that is 3 and a half years old. Glenn was born with hydrocephalus, but it went away on its own without surgery. In Glenn’s file it says that his diagnosis is “basically healthy.” One of our GWCA staff members met Glenn when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Glenn!

Glenn is generally a happy kiddo who gets along well with other children in the orphanage. He likes to play ball games with other children, along with running and jumping games. Glenn is in a normal kindergarten class with other healthy children. Glenn can distinguish the sizes of objects, he can understand the concept of big and small, and he also understands the concept of in and out. Glenn can count from 1 to 10, he knows the names of the different colors, and he likes to build towers with blocks.

When Glenn sees familiar people he will say “hello” on his own initiative. Glenn likes to turn pages of picture books, and when he sees familiar things, such as animals in the books, he will use his fingers to point to the pictures and say the names, such as: tiger, cat, monkey, dog, etc. When he sees things in books he is unfamiliar with he will say “what is this?” Glenn understands that fish swim in the water and birds fly in the sky, and other such concepts. Glenn knows when he feels hot he will take off his clothes, and before meals he will wash his hands on his own initiative. Glenn is an active child that enjoys being with others.

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

Click Here to Watch one of Glenn’s NEW Videos!

You can Watch More of Glenn’s NEW Videos when You Request to Review His File!

elliotElliott is a smiley boy who is 3 years old! He has delayed gross and fine motor development compared to his peers but he has made great progress since coming into the institute! Elliott has been receiving rehabilitation services for the last year. When he arrived at the institute he had trouble sitting up on his own, grasping toys independently and eating on his own. He is now able to do all of these things independently with ease. Elliott is described as being a kind kiddo with a ready smile! He loves listening to music and playing interactive games. Elliott has grown close to his caretakers and is always very cooperative with them. GWCA is currently trying to learn more about his progress! Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to learn more about him!shelbyMeet Shelby! Shelby is an adorable 6-year girl in need of a forever home! Shelby was born with anal atresia, finger and toe malformations, and an ear deformity. She is a bright kiddo who loves to help others! She is currently learning both English and Chinese. She loves to be outside and likes animals. If you’d like to learn more, please reach out to Great Wall China Adoption!jacksonJackson is a cute little guy who just turned 3 years old! He was born with CHD and Down’s Syndrome. Jackson is slightly delayed on his motor skills but is receiving rehabilitation services to improve this! He can walk quickly with some assistance and his fine motor skills seem to be getting better over time. He can take off his shoes and socks, feed himself and play with beads. Jackson loves being around his closest caretaker and will always reach his arms out to her to be held! He is described as being an adorable and happy kiddo! He loves to clap his hands and laugh with his peers. Jackson is active, quick in reaction and always imitates adult’s language. If you’d like to review Jackson’s full medical file, contact GWCA today!sashaSasha is a lovely little girl from China that is 3 and a half years old. Sasha has hypothyroidism and receives medication for her condition. The orphanage says that Sasha is developmentally delayed. Sasha can sit up on her own and crawl, and she can stand up and walk when holding on to something. She does not like to open her eyes and doesn’t play with toys very much. While her file does not indicate she has eye sight issues, some of her behaviors do suggest she might. Sasha likes sensory activities that include touch, such as clapping her hands, rolling on the floor and receiving cuddles from her caretakers.

When Sasha’s name is called she will turn toward the person who is calling her. She will laugh happily when a caregiver teases her. Her language development is delayed compared to some of her peers but she does imitate the words of others. She tends to be shy and quiet. She has been receiving special rehabilitation training at an orphanage designed for rehab since May 2016.

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

Sasha’s Videos are Available to Family’s Who Request Her File! 

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Kiera Is Our Newest Sponsored Star!

Meet Kiera, GWCA’s Sponsored Star for May!

kiera-sponsored-star1This sweet girl is Kiera! She 13 years old and will be aging out THIS MAY. She is an amazing kiddo in need of a forever family. Her file states that she had intracranial hemorrhaging, but she has had surgery and is doing great. She lacks some mobility in her left hand, but other than that her mobility is fantastic. Kiera loves to run, jump, and play with her friends. She has excellent verbal communication and is even taking English classes. Her caretakers mention that she is not delayed on her cognitive skills and is on target compared to her peers. She is a sweet girl who would thrive with a forever home! Please reach out if you would like to learn more.

Watch Kiera’s video: Video 1

As our Sponsored Star, Kiera has a $2,000 grant available towards her adoption fees! If you are interested in seeing Kiera’s file or learning how you can be matched with her, visit our China Waiting Child Photo Listing or contact our China Matching Team 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 will be 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!

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