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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.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.
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 email@example.com today. You can also visit Leo’s Facebook advocacy page and the blog that his host family wrote while he was hosted.
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.**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.
Click Here to Watch a recent Video of Castle!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.”Read More
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.
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!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.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.Read More
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!Read More
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.
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.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!
Nathan is an adorable 4 and a half year old boy who is currently living with a foster family in China. He is described as being extroverted, active and happy, and he enjoys spending his time jumping on the trampoline and playing outside with his friends.
Nathan’s cognitive development is on target compared to other kids his age. He has good fine motor skills, and he can follow instructions given by his caretakers.
Nathan has post-operative CHD and post-operative cystostomy. He has normal bowel movements and urination, however, he has to have a urine bag and he wears a diaper since he has not been potty trained yet. Nathan’s file also indicates that he has scoliosis, but it based on a recent update it appears to be minor. If you’re interested in reviewing Nathan’s full file or watching the videos from his recent update, contact firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Caden is a sweet little boy from China that is 5 years old. Caden is described by his caregivers as a very lovely boy that gets along well with other children. Caden is will blow kisses at his caregivers when they walk in and out of the room. Caden likes to play with toys and play games with his friends in the orphanage.
Caden has cerebral palsy, so his lower limbs are a little bit weaker, but he can stand and at the time his file was prepared in 2013 he was learning to walk. Caden’s upper body and limbs appear to be normal and it sounds like he is doing well cognitively. He is a little behind on his language development, but he can understand what his caregivers are saying to him. Caden will wave bye-bye to his caregivers as they leave the room.
Because Caden’s file is a little bit out of date, we are working hard to get more updated information on him.This sweet kiddo’s name is Breccan! Breccan is an 8-year old boy in need of a home to call his own. He was born with hydrocephalus and a meningocele on the base of his skull. Breccan’s caregivers say that he is an active, restless kiddo who loves to play with toys and listen to music. He is a smiley little guy who is described as being very extroverted and lively. He has attached very well to his caregivers and loves to spend time with the other children. His favorite activities include playing with toy cars and being outside! Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!This cute kiddo’s name is Deacon! Deacon is 9-years old and is in need of a family to call his own. Deacon was hosted in the United States for one month in December of 2015. Sadly, he still waits to be matched with a family to call his own. Deacon has cognitive and language delays, but he appears to be making incredible progress with the consistent care of his orphanage! His caregivers describe him as kind, helpful, and respectful of others, saying that is playful and loves to make friends with new people. He is very sweet and loves to spend time with his caregivers. Deacon would thrive with the love of a family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you’d like to learn more!
Check out my NEW video! Meet Cal! Cal is an amazing 11-year old boy in need of a forever family. He was hosted through our Winter hosting program for one month in December of 2015, but sadly he still waits for a family to call his own. His host family has advocated strongly for this incredible kiddo since he arrived back in China and would love to talk to any interested families further about his time spent in the United States. Cal has differences of sex development and identifies as a boy. He also has possible hydrocephalus, but overall he appears to be on target in regards to his cognitive development. He is a bright, sweet kiddo who would thrive with the consistent care of a family. Here are some words about this amazing boy from the family who hosted him!
Host Mom: “Cal is a bright 9-year-old boy who lives in China. He is in the fourth grade and loves math and science. He is observant and a quick learner. He speaks some English and understands even more. He is very polite and is eager to learn. He flourishes from individualized attention and praise. His favorite pastimes include basketball, soccer and riding bikes. He also loves logic and math games. Cal is very small for his age but is persistent and determined. When he came to stay with his host family, he couldn’t hang onto the monkey bars, much less make it across. After two weeks, he can now do both. He enjoys new experiences and soaks up praise for his accomplishments. He is a reserved child who has a sensitive side but he can become quite animated when he’s excited. He gets along well with other children and enjoys working toward a common goal (building something, puzzles, etc…). He is affectionate little guy who likes to hug. He has amazing potential in a family!”
Host Dad: “From Day One, while reserved Cal had a ‘want’: a want to play football with others, a want to wrestle and a want for us to treat him no differently than the other kids. While small, he loved the physical contact of football, the excitement of being thrown in the air just to get caught, the joy and laughter of being in a human dog pile or having someone watch him while he was riding the bike or skateboard. Joining a family with or without other kids he has a want and a need to be physically active – that is exactly what I would want in a kid joining my family.”
Host Grandmother: “Christmas is a time of family getting together, so I wondered how Cal would feel being with our family. At first, he was a little reserved. But he soon settled in. Cal goes with the flow and just rolls right along. He is a sweet, smart, easygoing, affectionate child. One night when I was helping get everyone to bed, he came downstairs with arms opened wide to give “Grandpa” a big hug. Another night, after watching me fluff pillows and smooth the sheets for Jessica’s children, he wanted me to do the same for him. He was so delighted over something so minimal. We got him a watch for Christmas. You would have thought it was a year’s pass to Disneyland or SeaWorld when in reality it was just a little inexpensive Spiderman watch. When you have few possessions, even something small is a really big deal. Frequently from the expression on his face, you could see he was enjoying being with us but was wistful for a family of his own. This is heart wrenching and we have been praying for a family to come forward.”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 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, though not as good as most of his peers. Jacob understandably has a language delay, but he is able to respond to his caregivers when they call his name and ask him to do simple tasks. Jacob can also say some words and is able to communicate with others. 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 i twas painful.
If Jacob could be adopted by a loving Forever Family and come to the U.S. to get the surgical procedure’s he needs to be able to hear better, there is no telling how far he could go in life! However he will never get that kind of medical care in China, so he will most likely be unable to hear much and never get much better at his language skills if he stays in China. Will you be the family who helps Jacob live his life to the fullest?Read More
Dahlia is a sweet little girl from China that is 5 years old. Dahlia is described as having normal physical and mental development. Dahlia can speak in full sentences and understands how to follow her caregivers instructions. Dahlia can walk, jump and go up and down stairs on her own. When Dahlia gets upset she will be comforted by getting hugs from her caregivers.
Dahlia has Thalassemia B type and has a slightly enlarged liver. Other than that she seems to be doing pretty well overall.
If you would like to learn more about Dahlia, you can contact the Great Wall China Adoption Home Finding Team by requesting this child’s full file on the Waiting Child photo listing or by calling #512.323.9595.
Click Here to Watch one of Dahlia’s Videos!Marina is an amazing 11-year old girl who is blind in both eyes. Marina is a smart, bright girl who would thrive in a forever family. She is an outgoing kiddo who loves to play with other children and sing songs with her caregivers. She follows her caregivers instructions well and appears to be doing well in school overall. She is always quick to compromise with other children and is great with sharing so that everyone gets a chance with a toy. Marina loves music and has a beautiful singing voice.Isaiah is a sweet little boy from China that is 5 years old. Isaiah likes to interact with other children and play games with him. He is very happy when he is playing with and interacting with other children and his caregivers. His personality is described as lively and joyful, but he tends to be shy around strangers. He can speak with others in simple sentences. He likes to listen to music and hear his caregivers read him stories.
Isaiah is blind and has no vision. He has already had a bilateral enucleation surgery. He does not have any other medical issues. He is very sensitive to sounds and he follow sounds when he hears them, such as when his caregiver’s phone rings, he will follow the sound and go pick it up for her. When his caregiver takes him to school every morning he will hold her hand and trot along side her. Because he is blind he cannot fully self-sufficient as of yet. He needs help getting dressed, although he can put on his own shoes by himself. The orphanage staff feels like he is developmentally behind some of his peers, however they feel that this is due to his vision impairment and not a lack of mental capacity to learn.
Isaiah appears to be a smart little boy overall, but he just needs the love and attention of a Forever Family to help him get to where he needs to be to live a full and productive life.
Click Here to Watch one of Isaiah’s Videos!is a precious little boy from China who is 10 years old. Xander is described as very intelligent and he is very curious. Xander makes good grades in school. Xander loves writing and drawing and his artwork is hung all over his school. He is very well behaved and loves helping others and has a strong sense of empathy. He is happy to help his caregivers with the chores. Xander is living at the school during the week and a foster home on the weekend. Xander is very energetic and enjoys playing with others. Xander is very fond of music and loves to dance. Xander
Xander has partial hearing loss but he can hear. His right ear has better hearing than his left ear. He can understand what others are saying by listening when they talk very loudly and also by noticing people’s mouths moving and their body language. Xander received a hearing aide in October 2010 and his hearing greatly improved. He has since been able to communicate much more and his language ability has increased dramatically. Xander asks how and why questions and is very observant in school. Xander can also read very and write. His hearing and speaking continues to improve all the time.
Xander’s file is very thorough and gives a lot of great details about his personality, schooling, his hearing and speaking skills and his personal life. If you would like to view Xander’s full file, please contact the Chine Home Finding Team at GWCA today!Katrina is a lovely little girl from China that is 12 years old. Katrina is described as being extroverted and energetic. Katrina has been living with a foster family since 2008, so she is most likely receiving better one-on-one care than she would if she were living in an orphanage. She has bonded well with her foster family and gets along well with others.
Katrina has been diagnosed as being developmentally and cognitively delayed. However she was later diagnosed with having a significant hearing impairment, which might be why she was originally considered to be so delayed, because they did not take into consideration that she was unable to hear what was being said around her.
Katrina will need a Forever Family who is willing to take a lot of time helping her with language skills and social skills. Katrina has a lot of potential to grow and thrive if she can be adopted by a family who can give her the time and attention that she needs.