4 More Kids Have Updates!

Issac

Issac is a cute little boy from China that is 5 and a half years old. Issac is a smart kiddo who likes to listen to music, sing and dance. He has normal intelligence and is developing well cognitively. He has normal language development and can have regular conversations with friends and adults. Issac asks how and why questions such as “What is for breakfast?” Issac is a helpful boy that will assist his caretakers with daily tasks. Issac will sometimes ask his caretakers, “Are you tired?” which shows what an empathetic and sweet boy he is.

Issac was born with a spinal meningocele which was removed during surgery when he was very young. He has clubbed feet, so he cannot walk, but he can hold himself up enough to stand and he can go up and down stairs by himself. He can crawl to get where he needs to go.

It is unclear if this child could walk in the future with the right surgery and rehabilitation services that he could receive in America. Hopefully with the love, care and support of a loving Forever Family, Issac could thrive in the United States!

If you would like to learn more about how you could adopt Issac, please contact the China Home Finding Team at GWCA today!

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

Johnny

Johnny is a sweet little boy from China that just recently turned 5 years old!  Johnny has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, but he received a shunt shortly after arriving to the orphanage and has been doing great since that time! He is also able to follow directions and has excellent fine motor skills! He is a shy, sweet little boy who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about Johnny today!

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Summer

As our Sponsored Star, Summer currently has a $2,000 grant available towards her adoption!  Summer is a precious little girl from China that is 9 and a half years old!  Summer is described as being a smart, optimistic girl who is polite and likes to have conversations with other children.  Summer has said that she very much wants to be adopted by an American family!  One of our GWCA Staff Members met Summer when she was in China last year and she would love to speak to any interested families about Summer!

Summer has atrophy of both eyeballs so she cannot see at all.  Summer has good cognitive abilities and is not delayed in that regard.  She is smart and going to a special school for blind children where she is learning to read braille.  She has good language ability and can sing many children’s songs.  She has great self-care skills including dressing herself, going to the toilet by herself.  She gets along well with other children and adults.

Summer as normal gross and fine motor skills compared to other children her age.  She can walk on her own, although due to being blind she may need a walking cane to get around unfamiliar places.  Summer also loves to dance!  In regards to her fine motor skills, she can button small buttons, build towers with jigsaw blocks and can use chopsticks and a spoon to eat rice and noodles at mealtime.

Summer is doing very well for a blind child who lives in an orphanage in China.  She is clearly very smart and has a positive outlook on life.   Summer would love to be adopted and be a part of a family!

If you would like to learn more about Summer and how you can adopt her, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch one of Summer’s Videos!

Jacob

Jacob is an awesome little boy from China that is 4 and a half years old.  Jacob is described as being an active, cheerful boy with a ready smile.  He likes to play games with his friends and spend time outside.  Jacob is currently in a regular kindergarten class outside of the orphanage and is doing well there.  Jacob gets along very well with other children and enjoys playing with his peers.

Jacob is very close with his caregivers. Sometimes when his nanny is doing laundry he will sit next to her and try to help her fold clothes.  He is a very helpful little boy who is empathetic and aware when other people need help.  Jacob’s physical abilities appear to be normal compared with his peers, such as his ability to walk, jump up and down, and go up and down stairs.

Jacob was born without any ears but he can still hear, but he can still hear quite well! Jacob can hear what others are saying to him and can follow instructions given by his caregivers.  Jacob can say 5-10 word sentences and express his wants and needs.

The right side of Jacob’s face also droops somewhat, but it has improved with acupuncture.  Jacob was very brave and behaved well when he was receiving acupuncture, even though it was painful.

If you would like to learn more about Jacob, please contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall today!

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5 New Kids Are Waiting!

Bryce

Bryce is an awesome little boy from China that is 3 and a half years old.  Bryce was born with abnormal development of all four of his limbs and the dislocation of his hip joints.  Bryce can get around by rolling on the floor and also by scooting on the floor.  He has flexible feet and can play ball games with other children by kicking the ball.  Bryce receives water therapy and he loves it!  He will kick his legs in the water and splash around and laugh.

Bryce is an extroverted little boy that loves to be around people.  He is described as being active and very adorable.  He will giggle when being tickled, which he loves!    Bryce can imitate the words of others.

We are working on getting more updated information on Bryce from his orphanage and we will update his profile when we receive it.

If you would like to learn more about Bryce, please contact the GWCA Home Finding Team today!

Zaden

Zaden is a wonderful child from China that is 8 and a half years old.  Zaden was born with clubbed feet, but he received surgery in 2014 and now it appears that he can stand and walk on his own.  He is described as having normal intelligence development and that he communicate verbally very well with others.  His caretakers say he is a smart boy and he likes to learn.  Even though Zaden has faced many changes in his life due to his special need, he is very optimistic and has great character.  His caretakers say he is a generally happy boy that smiles a lot.

If you would like to learn more about Zaden, please contact the GWCA Home Finding Team today!

Beckett

Beckett is a sweet little boy from China that is 2 and a half years old. Beckett’s left ear formed a little bit differently but other than that he seems like a generally healthy kiddo. Beckett has normal mobility for a child his age as he can walk, trot and go up and down stairs by himself. He has good holding abilities and he likes to play with various toys in the activity room. He can understand the directors he receives from his caretakers and can follow simple instructions.

Beckett’s language is delayed compared to some of his peers, but that makes sense given his left ear deformity. He can make sounds such as “aaa” and “yiyi yaya.” Beckett is happy boy that is very active and loves to play. His favorite toys are cars and a wooden rocking horse.

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

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

Trey

Trey is a healthy 13-year old boy who will be aging out next summer. He is in urgent need of a family to call his own! Trey was hosted here in the United States in the summer of 2016. Here is what his host family had to say about him:

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

Trey also participated in Bring Me Hope’s summer camp! His advocates say he is a smart, ambitious boy who hopes to have the chance to go to college some day. He makes friends easily and is a sociable, sweet kiddo.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this amazing boy!

Wesley

Meet Wesley! Wesley is an incredible 12-year old kiddo in need of a forever home. He was born with difference of sex development, but his file indicates that he identifies as male. Wesley is a smart, active kiddo who is very attached to his caregivers in his orphanage. He can be very mischievous, and loves to play with the younger kiddos in the orphanage. He is described as being joyful and outgoing. He loves to sing on stage and participate in different activities that the orphanage organizes! He is a clever child who would thrive with a family.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Resources

– Visit the China Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China Adoption Specialist
– Learn More About China Adoption

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7 New Kids Added Today!

Jackson

Jackson is an awesome little boy from China that is 8 and a half years old!  Jackson appears to be an essentially healthy boy who loves to play outside on the playground with friends, go to school and draw.  Jackson has a little bit of muscular tension in his lower calves, but it doesn’t affect his ability to walk, run, jump and climb.  Jackson is a generally happy, outgoing kiddo who loves being around other people.  Jackson has told his caregivers that he very much wants to be adopted by an American family.

If you would like to learn more about how you might be able to adopt Jackson, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

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

There are several more NEW videos of Jackson and if you request to review his file you can see them all!

Finn

Finn is a darling 7-year old boy with a history of inflammation in his lungs and pharynx. Finn also may have cerebral palsy, but Great Wall is working now to learn more from his orphanage. Finn loves to draw, count, and do arts and crafts with his caregivers! He loves to ride the bike and seems to have excellent mobility. Finn is described as being very independent and a fast learner. He loves to watch television, and his favorite character is Superman. He pretends to be Superman and loves to protect the other kiddos in the orphanage! He is described as being a sweet, polite, and social kiddo.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Leta

Leta is a lovely little girl from China that is 9 and a half years old.  Leta is described as being very cheerful!  Leta likes to be around other people, to play with children and she really likes to smile!

Leta has congenital glaucoma, so her vision is impaired, but she can still see.  She can see toys in a room and pick them up, she can hold food and eat it on her own, and she can walk by herself.  However when she does walk she will sometimes walk slowly if she is in an unfamiliar area.

Because of her vision impairment and from being in an orphanage setting her language development is delayed compared to her peers, as is her overall development.   She does understand what others are saying to her and she can follow instructions given to her by adults.  Leta doesn’t speak very much and she can only say single words, but not sentences.

Leta tends to rub her eyes sometimes, which may indicate there is some ocular pain she is experiencing.  She has not received any treatments or surgeries for her eyes and there have not been any recent tests done on her eyes.

Leta is able to go to the toilet by herself, although sometimes she needs to be reminded to go by an adult.  She can put on and take off her own clothes and shoes.  She can eat solid food like bread on her own, but sometimes she needs help to use a spoon to eat liquid foods like soup.

If you would like to learn more about Leta, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch Leta’s Video!

Selena

This beautiful girl’s name is Selena! Selena is 11-years old and was born with some of her fingers and toes fused together. She has had a surgery to separate her digits and she has been doing great since that time. Selena is very loved by the caregivers in her orphanage and loves talking and playing with them and the other kiddos. She is a smiley, polite, and outgoing child who loves singing and dancing. She is very independent and helpful within the orphanage.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this amazing girl!

Liv

Liv is a precious 7-year old girl in need of a home to call her own. Liv has hypoplasia in both eyes, meaning they did not develop fully. She also has cerebral dysplasia, but appears to be doing well in regards to her overall development! Liv was living with a foster family at the time her file was prepared, and her foster parents love her very much. They describe her as mischievous, clever, and cute! Liv is a sweet kiddo who would thrive with the love of a family.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Tommy

This precious kiddo’s name is Tommy! Tommy is 9 years old and was born with albinism. Tommy is a sweet, helpful child who always assists his caregivers around the orphanage. He is currently studying in the sensory integration classroom, where he works hard and does extremely well. He loves to play with the other kids and often sings children’s songs to the younger kiddos when they go to sleep. He is a sweet, smart boy who would thrive in a loving home.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Summer

Summer is a precious little girl from China that is 9 and a half years old!  Summer is described as being a smart, optimistic girl who is polite and likes to have conversations with other children.  Summer has said that she very much wants to be adopted by an American family!  One of our GWCA Staff Members met Summer when she was in China last year and she would love to speak to any interested family about Summer!

Summer has atrophy of both eyeballs so she cannot see at all.  Summer has good cognitive abilities and is not delayed in that regard.  She is smart and going to a special school for blind children where she is learning to read braille.  She has good language ability and can sing many children’s songs.  She has great self-care skills including dressing herself, going to the toilet by herself.  She gets along well with other children and adults.

Summer as normal gross and fine motor skills compared to other children her age.  She can walk on her own, although due to being blind she may need a walking cane to get around unfamiliar places.  Summer also loves to dance!  In regards to her fine motor skills, she can button small buttons, build towers with jigsaw blocks and can use chopsticks and a spoon to eat rice and noodles at mealtime.

Summer is doing very well for a blind child who lives in an orphanage in China.  She is clearly very smart and has a positive outlook on life.   Summer would love to be adopted and be a part of a family!

If you would like to learn more about Summer and how you can adopt her, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

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Urgent – Families Needed!

Every child needs a loving and permanent family, yet there are countless children around the world living in orphanages and foster homes who are still waiting. We strive each and every day to help these children find families, but for some the need becomes more and more urgent with each passing day. Whether it’s a medical condition which requires urgent care, or the fact that they’re nearing the age at which they will age out, many children are faced with an unknown fate. These are the kids who need your help NOW. You have the ability to make a difference by simply sharing their story to help their Forever Families find them.

Kids with Urgent Medical Needs

Meet Lincoln

We’re currently advocating for one boy in particular who has medical needs which require urgent attention, Lincoln.

Lincoln is a sweet 4 and a half year old boy who is described by his caretakers as being very cute, cooperative and smart. He gets along well with other children and enjoys playing games and participating in group activities. Lincoln is good at following directions and will often help his caretakers with their chores.  Sometimes when he sees that his caretakers are tired he will give them little back massages to help make them feel better.

Lincoln has a very serious congenital heart defect (CHD) and he needs medical attention. Because of the complexity of his heart condition, he is no longer able to receive the care he needs in China. Most likely the only chance this child has to survive and have a healthy, happy life, is if he is adopted by a family in the United States who can give him the medical care, love and attention he needs.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about sweet Lincoln or reviewing his medical file, our China adoption specialists would be happy to speak to you and provide you with more information on his heart condition. We’re so hopeful that we will be able to help Lincoln find his family so that he can come home as quickly as possible. For more information contact GWCA today!

Click here to Watch Lincoln's New Video!

Kids in Danger of Aging Out

Of the 70+ kids that GWCA and CAN’s adoption specialists are currently advocating for, there are 7 kids in our China program alone who are currently in danger of aging out within the next year. When a child ages out of an adoption care system, they are no longer able to be adopted by a family, even if there is a family that’s interested in bringing them home. For orphans in China, this happens at the young age of 14. It is crucial that we find families for these kids as soon as possible so that their families will have enough time to complete their adoption before they turn 14 years old.

For more information on adopting a child who is aging out, please contact GWCA’s China adoption team today!

Meet Colt!

This amazing kiddo’s name is Colt! Colt will be turning 14 this September, meaning he will lose his chance at finding a family. Colt was born with tetralogy of fallot, but he had surgery in April of 2005 and has thrived since that time! Colt is an incredibly smart, social child who would thrive in a forever family. Colt is bright, independent, and mischievous! He loves his teachers and classmates, and he is currently in school! He also loves his brothers and sisters in the orphanage and hopes to one day be adopted and come back to visit them to tell them about the United Stated. Colt has wanted to be adopted for a long time, and told his caregivers to tell prospective parents, “Dear Father and Mother, I am waiting for you in China.” His caregivers say that he is cheerful, helpful, and has a warm heart. If he sees a caregiver working hard, he will say “Let me help you, you look so tired.” He is a sweet, charismatic little boy who needs to have the love of a family. His caregivers love him very much and hope that he is adopted soon. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this incredible kiddo!

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Meet Gemma!

Gemma is an incredible and essentially healthy 13-year old girl who will be aging out of the system this coming Fall. She needs a loving Forever Family to adopt her before she turns 14 or she will never have a chance to know the love and acceptance of a family.

Gemma is a smart, bright, and active girl who would thrive with consistent care and a forever home. She has refractive error in both her eyes, but it is likely she will only need glasses in order to correct her vision.She has been in a foster family since 2006 and has been described by them as being very sensible and obedient.

Gemma likes to do housework and is always available to help her foster family! She is currently in school and is excelling in her studies. She can write over 100 Chinese characters and is able to perform addition and subtraction. She is a great listener and always finishes her homework right after school! Gemma gets along great with her classmates and is well-liked by everyone she meets.

The orphanage and foster family care very much for Gemma and hope that she will have a forever family soon. You can contact the GWCA China Home Finding team today to learn more about how you can adopt Gemma!

Meet Rebecca!

Rebecca is a lovely young girl from China that turned turned 13 years old earlier this year. If Rebecca is not adopted before she turns 14, she will age out of the China Adoption System and will never get the chance to have a family.  Rebecca has expressed to her caregivers that she very much wants to be adopted by an American family and that she desires to have a home and parents of her own.

Rebecca is missing her left eye and has corneal leukoplakia in her right eye, so her right eye has some sight, and can walk around freely in a familiar environment without any assistance. She goes to a special school for children who are blind. Her cognitive abilities and language abilities are normal and she is doing very well in school. Rebecca is currently in 6th grade and she gets excellent grades. Rebecca has been awarded “Triple-A” student every year at her school. This year she won the second prize in a singing competition at her school. Rebecca can also read in braille.

Rebecca likes to sing and will often perform at different celebratory events at her school and at the orphanage. Rebecca gets along very well with her peers and with her caregivers! Her teachers describe her as being obedient, sensible and polite. Rebecca is a very outgoing and active girl and has a ready smile.

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

Visit GWCA’s Waiting Child photo listing to request these kiddos’ files or to learn more about our other aging out kids! 

Resources: 

– Aging Out Adoption Resources
– Learn More About Adopting from China
– Visit GWCA’s Waiting Child photo listing

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5 New Kids Added Today!

Tulip is a precious little girl from China that is 3 years old.  Tulip is a happy girl that loves to play with other children and cuddle with her caretakers.  She will often follow her caretakers around and then when they look down at her she will smile.  When she sees younger children she will go over and hold their hands and will sometimes help them stand up.  One of Tulip’s favorite toys is a little piano that she will play music on.  She loves listening to her caregivers read her stories and looking at the bright, colorful pictures in the books she being read from.  Tulip is good at imitating the words of her caregivers and appears to be babbling and speaking some words now.

Tulip was born with a cleft palate and hydrocephalus and it appears that she might also have a PFO in her heart.  Her file does not indicate if she has received any surgeries or treatments for any of these conditions.  We are working hard to get some more updated information on this child’s medical conditions.

If you would like to learn more about Tulip, you can contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Meet Lucas! Lucas is a darling kiddo who will be turning 3 this August. Lucas has delayed development, particularly in regards to the motor function of his lower limbs. He also has hearing impairment in his right ear. Lucas has excellent fine motor skill abilities and is able to roll over without assistance. He is a sweet kiddo who is attached to his caregivers. He loves to swing outside, touch flowers and plants, and lay in the sun. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more! This sweet kiddo’s name is Theo! Theo is turning 5 this July. He was born with a congenital heart defect, but he appears to have had surgery prior to arriving to the orphanage when he was about a year and a half old. Theo also has a hernia near his groin and has a slightly smaller penis. He does have some developmental delays, but he has made incredible progress with the assistance of his caregivers. Theo imitates adults well, loves to greet and say goodbye, and is great at feeding and caring for himself. He loves to play with other kiddos and loves to hold toys to his ears to pretend to make calls! He is an active, precious little guy who would thrive with consistent caregiving. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!This sweet little guy’s name is Johnny! Johnny is 5 years old. He has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, but he received a shunt shortly after arriving to the orphanage and has been doing great since that time. Johnny was also diagnosed with purulent meningitis and a brain hernia, but after treatment he appears to be doing well. He also has oculomotor palsy, meaning that he has difficulty controlling his eye movements. Johnny has some language and mobility delays, but he has made amazing progress! He is able to walk with assistance, and is able to speak in two to three word sentences. He is also able to follow directions and has excellent fine motor skills! He is a shy, sweet little boy who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!Cassie is a sweet little girl from China who is 11 and a half years old. Cassie has great self-care skills, like bathing, getting dressed and eating on her own. She is very active and enjoys playing with other children in the orphanage. One of Cassie’s favorite things to do is to play pretend where she is the doctor and the other kids are her patients. Cassie’s caregivers say she is easygoing and helpful. Cassie often helps her caregivers with their chores. Cassie likes music and singing.

Cassie was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, but it doesn’t seem to affect much physically. Cassie does appear to have some language delays and her cognitive abilities are somewhat delayed compared to her peers. Cassie can communicate well using a local dialect that people in the area the orphanage is located in can speak.

If you would like to learn more about Cassie, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

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Leo Has $18,000+ in Grants!

Last summer Leo came to the United States for one month with GWCA’s China Orphan Hosting program. This program is designed to give children like Leo the opportunity to be seen as more than just a medical file. It gives children the chance to know the love of a family, to experience life outside of the orphanage and to meet advocates within the community who can help them find a loving and permanent family. For Leo, this opportunity was incredibly important as he is currently 13 years old and will “Age Out” in April of 2018.

During his time in the US last summer, Leo stayed with a “Host-to-Advocate” family. This family fell in love with Leo and cherished every moment that they had with him, however, they knew going into the program that they were unable to proceed with adoption. Knowing that Leo is so deserving of the love and stability of a Forever Family, his host family has been working with countless other orphan warriors to advocate on his behalf and raise money to put towards an adoption grant in his name.

At this point, Leo now has a significant adoption grant, totaling $18,000+! A large portion of this grant ($12,000) was raised through a private grant and the fundraising efforts of one of our advocate families. The additional $6,000+ that Leo is eligible to receive is through Reece’s Rainbow’s Older Child grant fund.

What Leo’s Host Family Has to Say About Him:

Leo is a 13 year old orphan from China who stayed in our home with us last summer. It is our family’s intention to connect this sweet boy with his forever family so that he can return to the US as quickly as possible. Leo is full of joy and smiles, and loves music. He has taken a liking to American music and sings along often and also has been singing in Chinese. He also played the piano in our home nearly every day. Though he doesn’t play a familiar tune, he plays it appropriately and even looks at the song books as he is playing. He also likes to push buttons and play with toys that make noise or move. He didn’t know any English when he arrived, but he has quickly learned some words and is very good at mimicking words and phrases that are spoken to him. We have also developed some hand motions to communicate. He can let us know when he is hungry, thirsty, finished, or needs to use the restroom. He also understands some of our hand motions which has helped with our communication. He is a very affectionate boy that loves to hug, hold hands, and snuggle on your lap. He is also very silly. He often does things to make the family laugh like wearing silly hats, and dancing around and laughing. Leo also loves to be in motion. He really enjoys riding in a car and giggles as we go up and down hills every single time. Swinging is his favorite activity at the park and he screamed and laughed with amazement as we went down waterslides. Leo has a diagnosis of PKU (Phenylketonuria) which is a genetic metabolic disorder that means he does not digest protein like most people. Leo will need to be on a special diet to address his PKU diagnosis. While here he has been an incredible eater! He is open to almost all foods including fruits and vegetables and he ate all of the special low protein foods that are manufactured for those with PKU that we offered him.

Leo will be aging out this coming April, meaning he only has 10 months to find his family! If you’re interested in learning more about Leo, please reach out to GWCA’s China adoption specialists or contact meredith@gwca.org today. You can also visit Leo’s Facebook advocacy page and the blog that his host family wrote while he was hosted.

Resources:

– Learn More About Adopting from China
– Visit GWCA’s Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China Adoption Specialist

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5 New Kids Are Waiting!

Lincoln is a sweet little boy that is 4 and a half years old.  Lincoln is described by his caretakers as being very cooperative and playful.  He likes to play with other children and doing group activities.  He can walk well on his own.  Lincoln is good at imitating the words of adults. He can hold a pen and scribble with it on paper.

Lincoln has a congenital heart defect (CHD).  His file says that his CHD presents as a single cardiac ventricle, ASD, PTA, mitral atresia.

We are currently working on getting an update from Lincoln’s orphanage to give us even more information on how he is currently doing.

If you would like to learn more about Lincoln, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

**URGENT: AGING OUT** This amazing kiddo’s name is Colt! Colt will be turning 14 this September, meaning he will lose his chance at finding a family. Colt was born with tetralogy of fallot, but he had surgery in April of 2005 and has thrived since that time! Colt is an incredibly smart, social child who would thrive in a forever family. Colt is bright, independent, and mischievous! He loves his teachers and classmates, and he is currently in school! He also loves his brothers and sisters in the orphanage and hopes to one day be adopted and come back to visit them to tell them about the United Stated. Colt has wanted to be adopted for a long time, and told his caregivers to tell prospective parents, “Dear Father and Mother, I am waiting for you in China.” He is a sweet, charismatic little boy who needs to have the love of a family. His caregivers love him very much and hope that he is adopted soon. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this incredible kiddo!Castle is a precious little boy who just turned 4 years old!  Castle can walk by himself and eat by himself.  He is described as being a more timid boy.  Castle really likes listening to music and eating sweet foods.

Castle has been diagnosed with hypospadis and cerebral dysplasia.  His CT report says that he has unsymmetrical of bilateral hemisphere, symmetrical of bilateral lateral ventricle.

Castle’s file is a little out of date so we are working hard to learn more about him.  We are hoping to have an update on how he is doing from his orphanage very soon.

If you would like to learn more about Castle, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

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Meet Abby! Abby is a darling 4-year old girl in need of a home to call her own. Abby was born with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. She had surgery for her heart in September of 2014 and appears to be doing great! She also had a tracheotomy in November of 2014 due to subglottic stenosis and acute laryngitis. Abby’s caregivers say that she is a bright, clever child who follows instructions well and can easily identify objects when asked. She is very independent and does not require much additional daily care from the orphanage caregivers. Abby is described as being outgoing, smiley, and curious. She loves to dance and is described as “having a desire to perform!”. She is very cuddly and loves to show affection to others. She is also great at imitating words that her caretakers say and responding to questions. She is an incredible kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!Leo is an incredible and bright 13-year old boy who was hosted in the United States last summer! He will be aging out in April and is in desperate need of a family to call his own. Leo’s file is currently on the shared listing, meaning that it is available for all agency’s to access! Leo’s host mom and advocates have already raised $12,000 for his adoption, and he is also eligible for a $6,000 grant through Reece’s Rainbow! There are many advocates that know Leo well and are hoping to help him find his forever family. Here’s what Leo’s host mom has said about this amazing boy:

“Leo is a 13 year old orphan from China who stayed in our home with us last summer. It is our family’s intention to connect this sweet boy with his forever family so that he can return to the US as quickly as possible. Leo is full of joy and smiles, and loves music. He has taken a liking to American music and sings along often and also has been singing in Chinese. He also plays the piano in our home nearly every day. Though he doesn’t play a familiar tune, he plays it appropriately and even looks at the song books as he is playing. He also likes to push buttons and play with toys that make noise or move. Therefore, he has been drawn to toys that typically get played with by toddlers. He didn’t know any English when he arrived, but he has quickly learned some words and is very good at mimicking words and phrases that are spoken to him. We have also developed some hand motions to communicate. He can let us know when he is hungry, thirsty, finished, or needs to use the restroom. He also understands some of our hand motions which has helped with our communication. He is a very affectionate boy that loves to hug, hold hands, and snuggle on your lap. He is also very silly. He often does things to make the family laugh like wearing silly hats, and dancing around and laughing. Leo also loves to be in motion. He really enjoys riding in a car and giggles as we go up and down hills every single time. Swinging is his favorite activity at the park and he screamed and laughed with amazement as we went down waterslides. Leo has a diagnosis of PKU (Phenylketonuria) which is a genetic metabolic disorder that means he does not digest protein like most people. Leo will need to be on a special diet to address his PKU diagnosis. While here he has been an incredible eater! He is open to almost all foods including fruits and vegetables and he ate all of the special low protein foods that are manufactured for those with PKU that we offered him.”

Please reach out to Great Wall to talk more about this amazing kiddo!

Check out Leo’s advocacy page on Facebook!

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7 New Kids Just Added!

Winnie is a precious little girl from China that recently turned 7 years old.  Winnie was not abandoned until she was 5 years old, so she has only lived in the orphanage for the past two years.  It is presumed that she lived with her birth family before she came to live in the orphanage.

Winnie is described by her caregivers as timid and gentle and she gets along very well with other children in the orphanage.  She is said to have normal physical and mental development.  Winnie has good self-care skills such as putting on her own clothes and shoes by herself.  Winnie’s language is delayed, but she can have simple conversations and she can answer when her name is called.

Winnie is said to have had an abnormal vision screening, but it is unclear exactly what is meant by that, so we are following up with the orphanage to get more information on her vision needs.  It is possible that she just has droopy eyelids (ptosis) and that she just needs to get surgery to lift her eyelids so she can see more clearly.  This is something that would most likely never be done in China, so she would need a family to adopt her so she could get this kind of surgery in America.

If you would like more information on Winnie you can reach out to the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch Winnie’s Video!

Issac is a cute little boy from China that is 5 and a half years old. Issac is a smart kiddo who likes to listen to music, sing and dance. He has normal intelligence and is developing well cognitively. He has normal language development and can have regular conversations with friends and adults. Issac asks how and why questions such as “What is for breakfast?” Issac is a helpful boy that will assist his caretakers with daily tasks. Issac will sometimes ask his caretakers, “Are you tired?” which shows what an empathetic and sweet boy he is.

Issac was born with a spinal meningocele which was removed during surgery when he was very young. He has clubbed feet, so he cannot walk, but he can hold himself up enough to stand and he can go up and down stairs by himself. He can crawl to get where he needs to go.

It is unclear if this child could walk in the future with the right surgery and rehabilitation services that he could receive in America. Hopefully with the love, care and support of a loving Forever Family, Issac could thrive in the United States!

If you would like to learn more about how you could adopt Issac, please contact the China Home Finding Team at GWCA today!

Cindy is a precious little girl from China that just turned 8 years old. Cindy was born with cerebral palsy but she has received rehabilitation therapy and has progressed a lot over the years. Cindy can walk a few steps on her own and walk further by using a walker or holding onto something. She can understand what others are saying to her and can follow instructions given to her by her caregivers.

Cindy can express her wants and needs with simple words and phrases. Cindy is fond of having books read to her and drawing. Cindy is a quieter child and she gets along well with other children.

If you would like to learn more about Cindy, please contact the China Home Finding Team today!

Meet Hazel! Hazel is a precious 7-year old girl in need of a family to call her own. Hazel has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but she appears to have made progress in the physical therapy that her orphanage has placed her in. She loves to be hugged by her caretakers and loves to smile and grin when she’s being played with. Her file is somewhat dated, so Great Wall is working hard to learn more recent information about her. Please reach out to learn more!This beautiful girl’s name is Madeline! She is is 12 years old and her special need is deafness. Based on her medical file she is unable to speak, but she does express her needs clearly to her caretakers! Madeline has lived with a foster family and has attached well to her caretakers. She loves to giggle and laugh with her friends! She is described as being warm, friendly, and a little bit shy until you get to know her. She has excellent self care ability and can change clothes, eat, and drink without assistance. Madeline is a precious girl who is very loved by her caretakers. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!This sweet girl’s name is Wendy! Wendy is 11 years old and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Her file is somewhat dated, so Great Wall is working hard to learn more recent information about her. Wendy’s caregivers stated that she made fantastic progress under their care and was able to learn simple language and communication. Wendy is able to clearly express her needs and is close with her caregivers and the other kiddos in the orphanage. She loves to play with toys and dance to music! Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!January is a sweet little girl from China that is about to turn 6 years old. January has amblyopia and strabismus, but she can still see fairly well. She also has some developmental and intellectual delays and is currently not speaking, however she can follow instructions given to her by her caretakers and she understands what others are saying to her. She can walk, go up and down stairs by herself.

January has good self-care skills like taking a shower by herself and eating by herself. She has a outgoing personality and likes playing with blocks. January is also fond of playing on the swing on the playground. January also loves puppies.

If you would like to learn more about January, please contact the China Home Finding Team today!

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Freddie is GWCA’s Sponsored Star for June!

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

Meet Freddie! Freddie is an adorable 3-year old boy with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect. He is an active and happy little guy who loves to play with his peers and caregivers. He is described by his nannies as being curious, loving, and affectionate! He can walk without assistance and can eat, drink, and go to the bathroom independently. Freddie is also very responsive when his name is called and cooperative when his caregivers give him instructions. He is a happy, sweet little guy who would thrive with a forever family.

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 receive 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 special 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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5 New Kids Need Families!

Brian is a sweet little boy from China that just recently turned 4 years old. He has optic atrophy of both eyes which has caused him to lose his sight, but he appears to be physically healthy in all other regards. Due to his lack of eyesight, Brian is delayed verbally, so he isn’t currently speaking. However he can make many sounds and he can communicate some of his basic needs such as when he is hungry.

Brian can walk on his own and he can get up on his own from a sitting to a standing position. He is very curious and if he hears a sound near him he will go over to it and feel around for the object or person that made the sound. Brian can use a spoon to feed himself at mealtime, although he still needs some guidance from caregivers since he cannot see the food. He also needs help getting dressed, brushing his teeth and bathing.

Brian is very close to his caregivers, but because he cannot see sometimes it is hard for him to play with other children. He is not shy or timid though and he likes to be around other people.

If you would like to learn more about Brian, please reach out to the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch one of Brian’s Recent Videos!

Clara is a darling 8-year old girl in need of a home to call her own! Clara was born with thalassemia, hydrocephalus, and Dandy-Walker Syndrome. Clara has spent some time in a foster home, though it is unclear at this time whether or not she is still with a foster family. Clara is described as being a sweet, shy kiddo who loves to smile and read picture books with her caretakers. She is great at imitating her caregivers words and can respond to questions. Clara is an amazing kiddo who would thrive in a forever home! Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!Meet Harry! Harry is an amazing 10-year old boy in need of a family to call his own. His file is outdated, but Great Wall is working hard to get updated information! Harry was born with a cleft lip and mild cerebral palsy, but overall he seems to be doing well! Harry received surgery for his lip when he was about 2 years old, and it sounds as though he has recovered extremely well. We are working to learn more about his mobility, speech, and general development. Please reach out to Great Wall to talk further about this kiddo!Stacy is a precious little girl from China that is about to turn 3 years old. Stacy has down syndrome and she seems to be doing well for having that condition.  Stacy can walk and pick up tiny objects with her thumb and index finger. Stacy can imitate basic words that her caretaker says, she understands what “no” means, she understands the difference between hot and cold, and she can follow simple instructions and she can express her needs to her caretakers.

Stacy is an active child with a ready smile. She likes being around others, she enjoys playing games with her friends, she likes music and she enjoys having books read to her.

If you would like to learn more about how you can adopt Stacy, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Meet Ruby! Ruby is a precious 6-year old girl in need of a home to call her own. She was born with Down Syndrome and congenital heart disease, but after having surgery on her heart in 2013 she appears to be doing great. Ruby is a bright, happy girl who is curious and loves to learn. She is currently in class within the orphanage and appears to be thriving. She follows instructions well, can observe and mimic the teacher’s behaviors, and is active and engaged. She does not appear to have any mobility delays overall. Ruby is a sweet kiddo who is very attached to her caregivers and teachers. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

 

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