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Meet Gloria!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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7 New Kids on the Block

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February Is Heart Month

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

What is CHD?

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

Treatment

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

Down Syndrome and CHD

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

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

GWCA and CAN’s Waiting Children

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

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5 New Kids Are Waiting

AlfieMeet Alfie! Alfie is a precious kiddo who is about to turn three years old. He was born with Down Syndrome and polydactyly of his left hand. Alfie is a happy, sweet kiddo who would thrive with the love and affection of a forever family! He is able to sit up with assistance and appears to be getting stronger each day with the help of his caregivers. He is not verbal at this time, but he can clearly express his needs (such as hunger, thirst). He loves listening to music and described as being very close to his caretakers! If you’d like to learn more about Alfie, please reach out to Great Wall!

GloriaMeet Gloria! Gloria is an amazing 11-year old girl in need of a family to call her own. Gloria’s left leg grows at a much faster rate than the rest of her body, but it doesn’t stop her from running, jumping, swimming, and being an active and happy kiddo. She has a bright and beautiful personality and would thrive with the love of a forever family. A volunteer with Bring Me Hope had the chance to spend some time with Gloria, and they wrote about their experience with this amazing girl:

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

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

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

We have incredible advocacy and update information for Gloria that we would love to share! Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more about this special girl!

TommyTommy is a precious little boy from China that is about to turn 3 years old. Tommy’s primary diagnosis is thalassemia (β type) for which he needs blood transfusions every one to two months. Tommy has good mobility abilities and good fine motor skills as well. He can follow simple instructions like throwing away trash when he is asked by his caretaker. Like many little boys his age he does not always like sharing his toys. He likes to build towers with blocks when he is playing and he really likes playing ball games. Tommy is speaking simple words and phrases. He knows what the different parts of his face are and he will point to them when his caretaker asks him to identify his nose, eyes, mouth, ears, etc. Tommy knows how to put his shoes on by himself. He gets upset when he doesn’t get enough cuddles from his caretakers. When Tommy goes to sleep at night he usually sucks on his fingers.

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

KevinMeet Kevin! He is a 7 year old boy who was born with Cerebral Palsy. Kevin is a kiddo with lots of personality. He is in the Sunshine School in his orphanage and has made a ton of progress since admission. He can follow his teacher’s instructions, count to 100, knows his colors and different types of food and can talk about the months on the calendar! He is described as being a positive kiddo who can get along with all of his classmates. Kevin receives rehabilitation training for his Cerebral Palsy and seems to have made a lot of progress. His hands and feet are much more flexible than before and can could put on his socks and shoes independently. Kevin has improved from relying solely on his crawling abilities to being able to run! Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to review his medical file! LizzieMeet Lizzie! She is an adorable 2-year old girl with Down Syndrome! Lizzie is a happy, giggly kiddo who loves to spend time with her caretakers. She can stand and walk with assistance and has excellent fine motor skills. She loves to cuddle and hug her caregivers! If you would like to learn more about Lizzie, please reach out to Great Wall! Read More
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April Has a $2,000 Grant Available!

Introducing our Sponsored Star for February, April!

April Sponsored StarApril is a beautiful 13 year old girl form China who is in danger of aging out on her 14th birthday this September. Her file was recently prepared by one of GWCA’s Orphanage Partnerships and we are so hopeful that she will find her forever family very soon.

April’s file indicates that she has ametropia in both eyes, but other than that she seems to be doing very well! She was abandoned at birth, but was temporarily taken in and raised by a family until she was three years old.

At the age of three, April was taken to the orphanage where she lived before moving to a foster family. Her foster family describes her as obedient and very helpful with chores around the house. She is a very sweet girl with a quiet and introverted personality.

April is now in the 8th grade, and her favorite subjects are Chinese and English. She has been asked directly if she would like to be adopted by an American family, and she said yes.

As our Sponsored Star for February, April has a $2,000 grant available towards her adoption fees! If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about April, please visit our photo listing or contact our matching specialists 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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13 New Kids Added This Week!

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Penelope is a very independent 4 year old who lives with Down’s Syndrome. She is at the point where she is able to walk and eat independently. Penelope understands when she has been naughty by trying to hide, just as many others her age do. Although it takes time for Penelope grasp and understand certain concepts, she is capable to do so over time.

Despite her quite nature, Penelope loves people and is far from shy. She enjoys dancing along to the beat and hanging out with her friends! As extroverted as Penelope is, she does enjoy her quite time from time to time. Penelope has a healthy appetite and is not picky when it comes to food. She has wonderful relationships with her caretakers and loves spending time with them.

Get to know more about Penelope today by contacting Great Wall China Adoption!

AustinThis adorable kiddo’s name is Austin! Austin is 2 years old and was born with Down Syndrome. He is an active, happy kiddo who loves to laugh! At this time he is able to walk a few feet without assistance and go up and down stairs by holding on to the handrails. He babbles to express his needs and is able to differentiate between his caregivers and strangers. He also recognizes his name and turns when called! He is a darling kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more about Austin!BonnieBonnie is an easy going 2 year old girl who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Due to being diagnosed with Down syndrome, Bonnie shows mental, fine motor skill, and language delays. As she has developed, Bonnie is able to pick up small items and walk alone, but sometimes needs assistance. Although she is a giggly child, she is not a very talkative or a noise making child. Despite her language and mental delay, she responds when called to, is always interested in new thing, loves saying goodbye, and is full of wonder. She loves music and is always ready to play with a new toy or game.

Bonnie is a laid back child who shares her toys easily with others. She is a people person and loves her nannies and other caretakers very much and loves to show this through hugs and kisses!

Get to know more about Bonnie today by contacting Great Wall China Adoption today!

CatherineCatherine is a precious 1, almost 2, year old girl who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and congenital heart disease. Because of her Down syndrome, Catherine does have some limb, mental, and language developmental delays. She does need help with her fine motor skills, such as holding her milk bottle, but has made great strides when it comes to her language development. She is able to call out and respond to her caretakers. Despite her disabilities, she is a ray of sunshine who has a big and beautiful smile. Like many peers her age, Catherine is an active 2 year old with a healthy appetite and loves her caretakers dearly. Although she can be restless from time to time, she enjoys the great outdoors and musical toys. Get to know Catherine better by contacting Great Wall China Adoption today!EmmettMeet Emmett! Emmett is an adorable little guy who is 3 years old. He was born with Down\’s Syndrome and is considered to be delayed compared to his peers. He needs some support to stand and walk. Emmett is able to feed himself and perform tasks that allow him to use his fine motor skills. He can understand basic instructions from his caregivers and imitate adult\’s actions. Emmett is very comfortable around his caregivers, peers and strangers. He gets along very well with others but prefers to play alone. Contact GWCA if you’d like to review his file!BrunoBruno is a spunky little 3 year old from China who has Down Syndrome!  Bruno leads a very independent life. He has no problem with walking and eating without assistance. His fine motor skills have developed with age as well. Bruno is able to do things such as squeezing lotion bottles. Bruno does not show a lot of communication through spoken language, but he communicates through pointing and noises such a “oh-oh”.

Bruno enjoys self-entertaining and playing with his caretakers and often likes to imitate them! He is a loving child who loves smiling and cannot wait to find his forever home!

Get to know Bruno better by contacting Great Wall China Adoption today!

QuincyMeet Quincy! He is a sweet 2 year old boy with Down’s Syndrome. Quincy responds and interacts well with his caretakers. He can turn the pages of a book and play with toys that make sound. Quincy loves to giggle in front of the mirror and babble to his caretakers! He is especially interested in toys that make sounds and toys with vibrant colors! Quincy loves interacting with his caretakers by rolling the ball back and forth. Due to his Down’s Syndrome, Quincy is delayed on his language capabilities. Despite this, he is interested in new things and people and is always smiley and giggly! Contact GWCA today if you’d like to look at Quincy’s medical file!TroyThis adorable kiddo’s name is Troy! Troy is 2 years old and has Down Syndrome. He is a sweet, happy kiddo who loves to play with the toy piano and drums! He is able to walk with the assistance of his caregivers and he has excellent fine motor skills. He recognizes his name and can follow instructions extremely well! If you’d like to learn more about Troy, please reach out to Great Wall!NatalyaNatalya is a sweet and adorable 1 year old from China who has Down Syndrome.  Her motor skills have progressed over time, along with her language and intellectual development as well. Natalya responds and interacts with her caretakers and others easily.

Natalya does not let her Down syndrome stop her! She is very active with other children her age and is wonderful at sharing with others. Natalya loves music and is intrigued by bright and vibrant colors. Natalya loves cuddling with her caretakers and has wonderful bonds with all of them.

Get to know this cuddly, easy going gal today by contacting Great Wall China Adoption today!

AmyMeet Amy! Amy is a darling 4 year old girl looking for a forever family! Amy was born with cerebral palsy and a clubbed right foot. She has made fantastic progress since arriving to the orphanage and is able to stand and take a step with the assistance of a caretaker. She is also able to drink water with some help from her nannies and is now able to sit alone without assistance. She is also able to understand simple commands from her caretakers. She can be shy when you first meet her, but she has attached very well to her caretakers. If you’d like to learn more about Amy, please reach out to Great Wall!WilliamMeet William! William is an adorable 5 year old boy who has Cerebral Palsy. He has been receiving rehabilitation services in the institute since arriving. He has made great strides since he came to the orphanage and his overall development has improved! Currently he can walk freely, go up and downstairs on his own, can communicate with adults, and help his caretaker complete tasks. William is excellent at expressing his needs and emotions. He is described as being a slightly introverted kiddo who is on the quieter side. He is closest to his caretakers and always loves helping them. If you’re interested in learning more about William, contact one of our matching specialists today!CullenThis darling kiddo’s name is Cullen! Cullen is about 2 years old. He has Down Syndrome and esotropia of both eyes. He is a shy, sweet kiddo who is very attached to his caregivers! He is able to walk with assistance and gets stronger each day. He recognizes his name and can differentiate between his nanny and strangers. He would thrive with the love and care of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more about Cullen!NikoNiko is a little bundle of joy who is about to turn 2 this upcoming Spring! This quiet-natured boy has Down Syndrome which results in some developmental, motor skill, language and delays.

Today, Niko is able to stand with assistance, crawl, pick up small toys, and can respond to name when called. He is sensitive to sound and will lean in when trying to listen. He enjoys quite time and playing alone. Despite his quite nature, Niko warms up to others very easily. Niko enjoys spending time with his caretakers and often plays ball with them. Niko enjoys showing affection through smiling!

Get to know Niko better by contacting Great Wall China Adoption today!

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7 New Kids on the Block

Lily1Lily is a smiley little girl who is 4 years old! Lily was born with Down’s Syndrome. Since she is not receiving the proper therapies, Lily is delayed compared to her peers. She can respond to familiar people speaking to her and she gets along well with other children! She is delayed on her language abilities but her file indicates that her fine motor skills are on target.

GWCA is currently asking for an update on Lily! Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to look at her medical file!

StevieMeet Stevie! Stevie is a precious 3 year old boy who will be turning 4 this March. He has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. He is a sweet, social little guy who loves his caregivers. He is able to walk while holding on to handrails and can eat by himself. He loves to play with toys and loves the toy piano in particular! He likes to have conversations with others and is described as being very outgoing and active.

If you’d like to learn more about Stevie, please reach out to Great Wall!

AprilApril is a lovely girl from China that turned 13 years old this past September. April’s file is brand new from one of GWCA’s Orphanage Partnerships. April will be aging out of the China Adoption System when she turns 14 years old this coming September, so we need to help find her a Forever Family soon. April has ametropia in both eyes but other than that she seems like a healthy, normal girl.

April was abandoned right after she was born, but was raised by a family temporarily until she was 3 years old. April was then taken to the orphanage, but since she seemed to be doing so well, she was put in a foster family and has lived there since that time. Her foster family says that she is obedient and she is very helpful with doing chores around the house such as washing dishes and washing clothes. April has a quiet, introverted personality.

April is in 8th grade at a regular school and she takes a full course load. Her favorite subjects are Chinese and English. She has two really good friends at school and they will sit on the playground and chat during recess. April has good language ability and speaks Mandarin. She can say some simple sentences in English. April was asked directly if she would like to be adopted by an American family and she said yes, she would like to be adopted.

April 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 April. We hope we are able to find April her Forever Family soon!

LaneyLaney is a precious little girl from China that just turned 2 years old!  Her updated medical information states that she has Apert’s Syndrome, as well as limb differences of her hands and feet. She has recently traveled to Singapore to receive incredible surgeries to reconstruct her fingers and assist with her skull development, and she has made a fantastic recovery!  Here is a blog about her experience:

Operation Blue Sky Blog: http://alittlebluesky.wixsite.com/operationbluesky

Her caregivers describe her as an active, charming, and lovely girl. She is extremely affectionate and loves to be held and hugged by her nannies and nurses. She loves to play with toys and is able to grab on to the toys despite her limb differences. Overall, she is hitting all of her developmental milestones and is described as being very bright. She loves to mimic sounds of others and is even walking without assistance! She would thrive with continued care from a forever family.

Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting little Laney!

BeckettBeckett is a sweet little boy that just recently turned 2 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 a more introverted child and is happy playing alone, but he will also play with other children as well. He likes running back and forth in the playroom with the other children. He 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!

EvanMeet Evan! Evan is an adorable little guy who just turned 4 years old. He was born with Microcephaly. He has average gross motor skills but has some difficulty running. He has great understanding ability and can follow adult’s instructions. Evan can imitate adult’s actions and behaviors and his caretakers note that he has great observation skills. He has good memory and judgment and generally enjoys learning! Evan is warm and outgoing and his file states that all the nannies and kiddos in the institute enjoy him very much. He gets along very well with other children and is fond of playing games with them!

Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review his file!

MelanieMelanie is a smiley kiddo who is about to turn 3 years old! She was born with Apert Syndrome and cleft palate. Due to her Apert Syndrome, she has some limb differences of her hands and feet. She was a little over a year old when her file was prepared so we are working on getting some updated information on her. At the time, Melanie could stand while holding onto items for support and her file mentioned that she was growing healthily and happily! She was crawling well, could walk with some assistance of handrails and could respond to other’s directions! She was described as being able to get along very well with her peers and fond of listening to music.

Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to look at Melanie’s file!

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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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