5 New Kids Are Waiting!

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Because Caden’s file is a little bit out of date, we are working hard to get more updated information on him.

If you would like to review Caden’s full file, please contract the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall today!

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!

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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.”

Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more about this amazing boy!

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?

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 on the Block

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.

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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.

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

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.

If you are interested in learning more about Isaiah, please contact the GWCA Home Finding Team by requesting this child’s file on the Waiting Child photo listing or by calling #512.323.9595 today!

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Xander 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 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.

If you are interested in learning more about Katrina, please contact the Great Wall China Adoption Home Finding Team by calling #512.323.9595 or requesting this child’s file to review.

 

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6 New Kids Are Waiting

Meet Harper! Harper is a darling 8-year old girl in need of a forever family! Harper has delayed language and motor development, as well as maldevelopment in her hip joints. Based on her file it is unclear if she is able to walk without assistance at this time. Great Wall has reached out to her orphanage and is hoping to learn more about her soon! At the time the file was prepared, Harper was living with a foster family and attending classes during the day. She loves to be read to by her teachers and will point at the contents of the book when teachers as her to identify pictures. She is able to follow instructions from caregivers but often has to be reminded a few times before completing the task. She can express her needs clearly using body language. Harper is a sweet, happy girl who loves to laugh and spend time with her peers!

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Meet Poppy! Poppy is a darling 4-year old girl with Down Syndrome. She is a sweet kiddo who is described by her orphanage as being shy to strangers but close with her caregivers. She loves listening to music and playing with toy cars!

If you’re interested in learning more about Poppy, contact Great Wall China Adoption today!

Meet Abigail! Abigail is a darling kiddo who just turned 11 this past April! Abigail’s diagnosis is intracranial hemorrhage. She also appears to have had kidney issues soon after her birth, but it is unclear at this time whether or not she is still impacted by this need. Great Wall has reached out to her orphanage to try to receive updated information on her medical file! Abigail is a sweet kiddo who has lived with a foster family since June of 2007. She has excellent self care ability and is able to put on clothes, eat, and use the bathroom without assistance. She is described by her caregivers as being shy and introverted, but when she is in a familiar environment she is much more active and outgoing! She loves her caregivers and has attached well to her foster family. Abigail loves playing computer games and watching television! She’s a special kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family.

Request Abigail’s file today to learn more about her!

This little guy’s name is Calvin! Calvin is a sweet 6-year old boy in need of a forever home. Calvin is believed to have a brain development need which may have affected his mobility on the right side of his body. Great Wall has reached out to his orphanage and is trying to learn more about his needs and how they impact his daily life! Calvin’s right side of his body is delayed compared to his left, but he appears to be doing well in regards to his cognitive and language development. At the age of two, Calvin was able to use simple words to express his needs and communicate with his caregivers. He loves the outdoors and loves to play with toys! Although his mobility is delayed on his right side, he is able to accomplish much of his daily self care using his left hand. Calvin also has esotropia and weakened sight in his right eye. He is a bright kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever home.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Jessa is a sweet girl who is turning 13 this May! She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and malformed ankles and joints. Jessa had a surgery for her legs in 2012, and since that time she has been in rehabilitative training to increase her overall limb function! She is able to walk alone but has some difficulty with stability. Jessa is doing extremely well in regards to her overall cognitive and language development! She loves to read poems and studies characters and numbers in school! Her caretakers say that she has a rich imagination and a love of learning and exploring. She loves reading books and likes to act out scenes that she reads! Jessa is an amazing girl who would thrive with the love and resources a forever family would be able to provide.

Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about her adoption process!

Carter is a cute little boy from China that is 1 and a half years old. Carter can walk by himself, he is babbling, he is imitating what others say, he is a quick learner, he can point to his eyes, nose, ears and mouth when asked by his caregivers. He likes to climb up and down from things, like his bed and the playscape on the playground.

Carter likes playing with other children but he gets upset when other children try to take his toys. He likes to go outside and play and when he sees that it is time to go outside he will run to get his shoes and quickly put them on.

Carter likes snacks and meal times.  When Carter hears someone calling his name he will turn around and look at them. He can follow simple instructions given to him by his caretakers.

Carter’s file says that he has congenital dysplasia of the left temporal lobe and he has paranasal sinusitis.

If you would like to learn more about Carter you can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall by requesting to review his full file!

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Christina Has a $2,000 Grant!

Meet Christina, GWCA’s Sponsored Star for May!

Christina is an awesome little girl from China that is 7 and a half years old! Christina has cerebral palsy that appears to be pretty mild and only seems to affect her lower limbs. Christina can walk just fine by herself and can play just like any other child. She has good fine motor skills and her upper body and limbs work normally.

Christina’s cognitive abilities are at the same level as the other children in the orphanage. Her language is delayed and she can only speaks in short sentences. Christina does understand what other people are saying to her and she can follow directions when they are given by her caretakers.

Christina is very sympathetic to other children and when they are upset she will go to comfort them and try to help them calm down. Christina does get along well with other children and likes to play games with them. Christina is very outgoing with people she is familiar with, but she gets quite shy around strangers.

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

As our Sponsored Star, Christina has a $2,000 grant available towards her adoption fees! If you are interested in seeing Christina’s file or learning how you can be matched with her, visit our China Waiting Child Photo Listing or contact our China adoption 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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Happy 3rd Birthday, Nash!

Happy belated birthday to this sweet boy who turned 3 years old this week! We are so hopeful that soon he will find a family of his own so he can be home on time for his next birthday. If you’re interested in reviewing Nash’s file or learning how you can be matched with him, contact GWCA’s China matching specialists or visit the Waiting Child photo listing today!

Nash is an adorable little boy from China that just turned 3 years old.  He is described as a sweet little boy that adores his caregivers and gets along great with his peers!

Nash has long, thin fingers and toes, but this doesn’t seem to really affect him that much!  He can speak in simple sentences such as, walk by himself, and his fine motor skills are on par with his peers. Nash is able to tear paper, use his thumbs, etc. Nash is on the shyer side, but is definitely an active two year old. He loves playing with toys and dancing to music!

If you would like to see other photos and videos of this little guy, contact GWCA today!

Resources:

– Visit the Waiting Child photo listing to request Nash’s file
– Contact a China adoption specialist
– Learn more about China adoption

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8 New Kids Added This Week!

Sadie is a sweet little girl from China that just turned 3 years old. Sadie has CHD (ASD) but it doesn’t need to be treated at this time. She also had a mass removed from her abdominal area back in 2014 that was said to be a neuroblastoma (differentiated, improved). Sadie appears to not have had any issues with developing new neuroblastoma’s since that time and seems to have generally normal health at this time.

Sadie is described as being a clever & lovely girl and she is very popular with the caregivers and other children in the orphanage. Sadie knows all of the names of the caregivers and other children she knows in the orphanage. She can walk stably on her own and go up and down stairs successfully. She can use spoons to feed herself and she has a very good appetite. It sounds like Sadie is potty trained. Sadie can follow simple instructions and knows how to keep her area tidy by putting her dirty clothes in the hamper or putting her dishes away at meal times. Sadie is very smart and she is able to learn new information quickly. Sadie can speak 3-5 word sentences, she asks “how” and “what” questions and she understands how to express her needs using her words. Sadie enjoys listening to music, singling and playing with other children.

If you would like to learn more about how you can adopt little Sadie, please contact the Great Wall China Home Finding Team by asking to review this child’s file today!

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Levi is a precious baby boy that is almost one and a half years old. Levi can walk by himself now and is very curious. He has good fine motor skills and is learning how to pick up very little objects with his forefinger and thumb. If he drops something on the ground he will go look for it and pick it back up.

Levi is babbling and starting to imitate words. He likes to listen to music and play with toys like balls and building blocks. Levi gets along well with others and is close with his caretakers. Levi likes to get hugs from his caregivers.

Levi has been diagnosed with Thalassemia type A which is the less significant form of Thalassemia. Levi has never needed to have a blood transfusion because of how well he is doing.

If you would like to know more about how you can adopt Levi, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team by requesting this child’s file or by calling us at #512.323.9595.

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You can watch more NEW videos of Levi when you request to review his file! 

Wyatt is an amazing 9-year old boy in need of a forever home! Wyatt’s appears to have some issues related to his kidneys, and his file also indicates that he may have a mild form of spina bifida. He does not appear to have any issues in regards to his mobility or overall development! Wyatt is a bright kiddo who loves to perform and imitate songs and dances he learns on TV! He is a great help to his teachers and caregivers and loves to help care for the small kiddos in his orphanage. His caregivers love him very much and hope that he can find a home soon. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!Henry is a sweet little boy that is 3 and a half years old. Henry has a post-operative heart condition (VSD) and he appears to be doing well! One of Henry’s eyelids is a little droopy, but he can see clearly out of both eyes and has normal vision.

Henry can walk and can go up and down stairs by himself. He can follow simple instructions as given by his caretakers. He knows how to express his needs, such as when he wants to eat. His care takers say that he is a very curious little boy. Henry likes to dance and color!

You can contact the Great Wall China Adoption Home Finding Team if you would like to learn more about adopting Henry!

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Meet Isabel! Isabel is a precious 6-year old girl in need of a family to call her own. Isabel has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, with secondary epilepsy as part of her overall diagnosis. She also appears to have cerebral dysplasia and hexadactyly of the left foot . Isabel also appears to have started puberty early, although it is unclear from her file if doctors know the reason at this time. Great Wall has reached out to Isabel’s orphanage and is hoping to learn more about her needs and personality! Isabel takes classes on Monday through Friday, and she appears to be very close with her teachers and caregivers. She imitates adults well and is an active and happy kiddo. She loves to watch cartoons and play with toys with the other kiddos! Isabel is a sweet girl who would thrive with the consistent care of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!Oliver is an amazing 12-year old boy in need of a forever home! Oliver has atresia of his right ear, as well as a condition called torticollis in which his head and neck tilt slightly to one side. He is an extremely smart kiddo who is doing great in school! He loves to play with toy guns and cars, and in particular likes to take them apart and re-assemble them. He is a bright and creative boy who loves to challenge himself!

In 2007 he was sent to live with a foster family, and he has thrived under their care. His foster family says that his arrival has brought them much joy and happiness! He has incredible self-care ability and does not appear to have any mobility delays whatsoever. He says hello to his teachers in English and loves to sing with the other children in his class. He loves to tell his foster parents what happened in class that day and appears to be very communicative overall. Sometimes strangers will have trouble understanding what he is saying, but his teachers, caregivers, and friends do not appear to have any issue. He loves to paint and will often paint right after school before beginning his homework. He is an amazing and smart child who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

**GWCA Staff Member Met Quinn!**  Quinn is an adorable little girl from China that is 3 and a half years old!  Quinn has Down’s Syndrome and is doing quite well. One of our GWCA staff members met Quinn when she visited China last year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Quinn! 

Quinn has been described by caregivers as clever, introverted, cute and energetic. Quinn lives in an imitation family on the orphanage grounds, which is like a foster family, so she is receiving more one-on-one attention than some other children.

Quinn can use her hands to hold small objects, such as sticks, books, spoons, etc. Quinn can pass toys between both of her hands and can use hands to support herself. When Quinn is sitting up the child has good balance and can change her position freely. Quinn can crawl, she can stand up by herself and is learning to walk. Quinn likes to walk around using small chairs and stools to help her balance.

Like many children with Down’s Syndrome, Quinn’s language abilities are delayed compared to other children her age without Down’s Syndrome. However, Quinn can say words like “ma ma,” “ba ba,” and she imitates what adults and children around her are saying.

Quinn enjoys listening to music, looking at picture books and dancing. Quinn can color on paper and play with puzzles.  Quinn is clearly a very curious little girl and always seems to want to figure out how things work.

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

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There are several more videos of Quinn, so if you would like to watch them you can just request to review her full file today!

David is a sweet little boy from China that is 6 and a half years old. David is deaf so he some developmental delays compared with his hearing peers. David lives in a rural area of China, so his ability to learn sign language currently is very limited, so he isn’t really able to communicate well with others. One of our GWCA staff members met David when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about David.

Even though David can’t communicate all of his thoughts and feelings with others, David has a good attitude and a happy nature. David is shy but he does get along well with others. David’s caretakers say that he has good self-care abilities like being able to go to the bathroom by himself and putting on his clothes by himself. David does not currently go to school, but when he is older they hope they will able to get him some schooling to learn sign language. What David really needs though is the love and care of a Forever Family and the educational resources to thrive as a deaf individual. David will most likely never receive what he needs to grow up and become an independent person without being adopted by a family in the United States.

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

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Meet Nathan!

Nathan is a sweet 4 and a half year old boy from China who is currently living with a foster family on the grounds of the orphanage. He gets along very well with his foster parents and siblings, however, since he is only living with them temporarily, he is in need of a loving and permanent family.

Nathan’s caretakers describe him as being extroverted, active and happy. He loves to play outside with other children, and jump on the trampoline. Compared to other children his same age, Nathan’s mental development is normal. He can follow instructions, walk and run by himself, and communicate well with those around him.

Nathan has post-operative CHD and post-operative cystostomy. He has normal bowel movements and urination, however, he does have a urine bag. Nathan has scoliosis, but it appears to be a more minor form based on the updated, recent videos of Nathan. It also appears that he recently broke his leg, but that doesn’t seem to be related to his special need. Based on an update we received, he is receiving rehabilitation to get his leg strength back.

We are very excited about helping Nathan find his Forever Family! Please reach out to the GWCA China Home Finding Team at info@gwca.org or visit our Waiting Child photo listing to find out more about Nathan and request his file!

Resources:

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

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8 New Kids Added This Week!

Rachel is a precious little girl from China who is about to turn 2 years old. Rachel has thalassemia beta, a repaired cleft lip and an unrepaired cleft palate. Rachel can walk on her own, eat by herself and can follow simple instructions like throwing a piece of trash away. She can say some simple words, but her speech will most likely be delayed due to her cleft palate. Rachel can wave “bye bye” and blow kisses. Rachel gets along well with other children and she is close with her caretakers.

If you would like to learn more about Rachel you can request to review her full file. The China Home Finding Team would love to speak with you about how the China Adoption matching process works and how you can adopt a kiddo from China that is a good fit for your family!

Meet Aaron! Aaron is an amazing 10-year old kiddo in need of a loving home to call his own. Aaron is completely healthy and is doing great in regards to his overall development. He participated in summer hosting through GWCA, meaning that he was in the United States with a host family for a full month! Because of his time here we have fantastic information on his personality and overall health. Aaron had a wonderful time with his host family and loves the United States. He learned some English during his time here and was able to confidently express his needs to his host family. He loved helping his host family around the house but doing household chores, watering plants, and feeding their pets. Aaron played very well with other kiddos and loved sharing his toys and games! His host family describes him as energetic, smart, playful, and affectionate.

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

Nora is an incredible kiddo that was hosted with GWCA in Summer of 2016. Here is more about Nora from her host family:

“Nora is an amazing little girl. She was born in 2006 with Down Syndrome and a CHD. The heart condition was repaired at some point in time when she was younger, though her file does not state exactly when. She was hosted in the US in the summer of 2016 by a family who would love to talk with anyone interested in knowing more about this precious child. Nora is very independent and cognitively very able. She was able to confidently take care of all her needs. She has extremely long hair that she did not like to have to brush, but was willing to have it braided to have it out of her way! She talked very clearly in Chinese and was able to communicate her needs to her host family. She ate well and was very healthy. She adored the younger children in the family and wanted to help in caring for them! She enjoyed having jobs to do with the other children in the home. She liked to play outside and go on trips but she also loved to look at picture books and draw in notebooks. She also loves animals!

She was examined by a pediatrician, dentist, and ophthalmologist while in the US. The pediatrician said she was very healthy and well taken care of. She also said Nora’s heart sounded very healthy. Nora does not need glasses but does have a few cavities that will need some treatment once she is adopted. Nora would do very well in a family – she loves being with people, especially children. She adored her host dad in particular but also loved to snuggle with her host mom and their children. She is very bright and curious. She wants to learn and explore. She is a treasure just waiting to be claimed.”

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

This sweet little guy’s name is Shawn! Shawn is a darling 3-year old boy in need of a home to call his own. He arrive to the orphanage with a condition called plagiocephalia, meaning his skull was malformed. Shawn’s language development is slightly delayed, but he is learning some simple words by participating in early education activities! He is able to understand adult’s instructions and speak a few simple sentences. He’s a sweet kiddo who loves to listen to music and play with his caretakers!

If you’d like to learn more about Shawn, please contact our GWCA China Matching Team by calling #512-323-9595 or by e-mailing us at info@gwca.org.

Meet Jean! Jean is a sweet 8-year old kiddo in need of a forever family. Jean is a lively, active kiddo who gets along great with other students, teachers, and caregivers. Jean is a Jean has differences of sex development, meaning that she has both male and female genitalia. She has XY chromosomes and bilateral testes, but a difference of sex development advocate we work closely with believes that Jean may identify as a girl based on the information presented in the medical file. She appears to be mostly female in her genital region, indicating that this may be her preferred gender identity.

Jean takes initiative in greeting new people and is not shy in front of strangers. She loves to play toys and games with other kiddos! Her file indicates that she was incontinent at the time her file was prepared in 2016, and Great Wall is working hard to learn more recent information. She is able to change her diapers by herself and does a great job taking a bath, brushing her teeth, and taking her clothes on and off. She is able to control her defecation without the need of diapers.

Overall she is a bright, happy kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Nathan is a sweet little boy from China that is 4 and a half years old. Nathan lives with a foster family within the grounds of the orphanage and gets along well with his foster parents and foster siblings. Compared to children of his same age, his mental development is normal. Nathan is described by his caregivers as being extroverted, active and happy.

Nathan can walk by himself, go up and down stairs, run and jump very well. He loves to jump on the trampoline. He also has good fine motor skills and can pick up small objects. He can communicate and interact normally with adults and children. His favorite activity is to play outside with other children. He can follow the instructions of his caregivers very well.

Nathan has post-operative CHD and post-operative cystostomy. He has normal bowel movements and urination. He does have a urine bag. Is has not been potty trained yet so he is still wearing a diaper. He does have scoliosis, but it appears to be a more minor form based on the updated, recent videos of Nathan.

Nathan appears to have broken his leg recently, but that doesn’t seem to be related to his special need, we think that is just something that happened separately. He is getting rehabilitation to get his leg strength back.

We are very excited about helping Nathan find his Forever Family! Please reach out to the GWCA China Home Finding Team to find out more about Nathan and to review his file!

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. He is also very responsive when his name is called and cooperative when his caregivers give him instructions. His is a happy, sweet little guy who would thrive with a forever family to call his own. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

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This amazing kiddo’s name is Ben! Ben is a sweet 10-year old boy in need of a forever home. Ben was hosted in the United States through GWCA’s hosting program for a month in summer of 2016! He had an amazing time while being hosted and bonded extremely well with his host family. He was born with very mild clubbed feet, but he has not needed any physical therapy or surgery to walk and run without assistance. He also had some seizures when he was younger, but he has not had one since 2008. He is very sociable and loves to say hello and thank you in English. He is on target developmentally and is a bright, intelligent kiddo. He is very active and outgoing and loves playing with other children! He loved playing with his host siblings and would make a fantastic brother. He is a sweet, charismatic kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family! Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

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Christina is an awesome little girl from China that is 7 and a half years old! Christina has cerebral palsy that appears to be pretty mild and only seems to affect her lower limbs. Christina can walk just fine by herself and can play just like any other child. She has good fine motor skills and her upper body and limbs work normally.

Christina’s cognitive abilities are at the same level as the other children in the orphanage. Her language is delayed and she can only speaks in short sentences. Christina does understand what other people are saying to her and she can follow directions when they are given by her caretakers.

Christina is very sympathetic to other children and when they are upset she will go to comfort them and try to help them calm down. Christina does get along well with other children and likes to play games with them. Christina is very outgoing with people she is familiar with, but she gets quite shy around strangers.

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

Enzo is a sweet little boy from China who is 4 and a half years old. Enzo is described by his caretakers as being energetic, active and having a ready smile! Enzo has congenital glaucoma of both eyes and esotropia of the right ey

e, so his vision is impaired. He had an operation in 2016 that did help his vision somewhat.

Because of his inability to see clearly, as it with many children with vision issues, Enzo is delayed in his language abilities. He can make sounds like “yiyi yaya” and can hum along to songs he knows. Enzo does know how to walk on his own, though he is sometimes nervous about walking too far because of his limited eyesight.

Enzo needs help to do certain tasks like using a spoon to eat or going to the toilet. Enzo did not always like to play with other children because of his inability to see clearly, but since being in the orphanage’s pre-school program, he has improved significantly in his abilities and desire to play with other children and he is now happy to play with other children. Enzo loves being cuddled by his caretakers and he has built stable emotional attachment with his teachers and caregivers. Enzo likes listening to music and playing games.

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

Maya is a precious little girl from China that just turned 8 years old. Maya is friendly and helpful and she gets

along well with other children and adults. She likes to help take care of the younger children in the orphanage.

Maya has great self-care abilities such as wiping her hands, eating on her own, drinking water from a cup, going to the toilet by herself, taking on and off her own clothes, including her pants, socks and shoes, etc.

Maya has cerebral palsy but through long-term rehabilitation training, she has made a ton of progress! She can now walk with the help of a walker, she can go up and down stairs by herself by just holding onto the railing. Maya can grasp toys and other items, she can stack blocks and she can draw shapes on paper.

Maya knows how to count numbers 1-100, she knows common colors and can match and classify shapes. Maya likes to sing songs and enjoys being around other people.

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

**AGING OUT** Rebecca is a lovely young girl from China that has just recently turned turned 13 years old. 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 is missing her left eye and has corneal leukoplakia in her right eye, so her vision is almost completely gone. She goes to a special school for children who are blind. Her cognitive abilities and language abilieis are normal and she is doing very well in school.

Rebecca likes to sing and will often perform at different celebratory events at her school and at the orphanage. Rebecca gets only 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, but she does get a little shy around strangers.

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!

**MATCHED** Gina is a sweet little girl from China that is almost 3 and a half years old. Gina has Thalassemia A but she seems to be doing well developmentally, physically and cognitively in all other respects. Gina can speak simple words and short sentences and call follow the directions of her caretakers. Gina can walk and go up and down stairs independently. Gina likes listening to music and looking at picture books. If you would like to learn more about Gina, you can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall today! Read More

Sixty Kids – One Common Need

All of the kids in our China adoption program are considered “Waiting Children.” They have been given this designation because they are considered more difficult to place based on the fact that they are either older or they have a medical need of some sort. Our China adoption specialists advocate for these kids each and every day, reviewing their medical files with potential families, requesting updates from their orphanages, and reaching out to advocacy groups that are familiar with their needs. No two kids’ files are alike, and yet they all have one thing in common – the need for a loving Forever Family.

Our China adoption specialists are currently advocating for OVER SIXTY KIDS on our Waiting Child photo listing. While some of these kids are as young as 1 year old, the majority of the kids are older, and have been waiting for quite some time.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of the kids that we’re currently advocating for, or if your family has an interest in adopting a child with a specific need, our China adoption specialists would be happy to speak to you! While families in the China Waiting Child adoption program are allowed to be matched with a child at the beginning of their adoption journey, they also have the option of starting on their paperwork while our matching specialists continue to help them search for their child.

For more information on the incredible kids that we’re currently advocating for, visit our Waiting Child photo listing or contact us today!

Resources: 
– Learn more about China adoption 
– Visit the China Waiting Child photo listing
– Contact an adoption specialist

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