New Kids on the Block

drewDrew is a sweet boy who just turned 9 years old! He was born with clubbed feet and spina bifida. He received surgery for his spina bifida and is doing very well! Through rehabilitation services his fine and gross motor development have improved tremendously. His file indicates that he doesn’t have any mobility delays due to his spina bifida. His caretakers mention that he is very smart and does extremely well in school! He is a logical kiddo who loves to observe and analyze new concepts. He doesn’t have any language delays compared to his peers and is great at communicating with adults. Drew is described as cheerful and always willing to share his food and toys with other kiddos! Contact GWCA if you’d like to review Drew’s file!

1476242025This cute kiddo’s name is Deacon! Deacon is 9-years old and is in need of 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!clayClay is a playful kiddo who is 10 years old! 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!quinnQuinn is an adorable little girl from China that just turned 3 years old! Quinn has Down’s Syndrome and is doing quite well. One of our GWCA staff members met Quinn when she visited China earlier this 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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walkerWalker is a sweet little boy from China that is 3 years old. Walker has a VSD (CHD) and he has microtia of his left ear, which means his ear is a bit malformed and he might not be able to hear as well out of it, but other than that he seems to be doing well. Walker can speak multi-word sentences and he can understand what others are saying to him. He can follow instructions given to him by adults. Walker can walk and go up and down stairs by himself. He has some self-care skills like taking off his clothes. His caretakers describe him as outgoing, kind and full of laughter.

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

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5 More Kids Added This Week!

This week we’ve added 5 NEW KIDS to our China Waiting Child photo listing! If you’re interested in learning how you can begin your adoption journey and take the first step towards being matched with one of these kiddos, contact our China matching specialists or visit our photo listing today!

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wadeThis little cutie’s name is Wade! Wade is 5 years old and has been diagnosed with hemophilia. He participated in Summer Hosting in July and had an amazing time with his host family! Here’s what Wade’s host mom has to say about this little guy:

“Let me introduce you to “Wade”.  He is the most handsome, brave, resourceful little boy you’ll ever met.

His smile will melt your heart and his curiosity will spark your imagination.  Wade loves to play outside, ride his big wheel, and especially loves water activities.  He is very helpful and very observant….so don’t do anything in front of him that you don’t want him to remember!  He has a little trouble with the word “no” but then again what little guy doesn’t.  He likes to play with other children and really enjoyed his time in the preschool room at church.  He loved the zoo, riding the carousel and watching the orangutans. Wade is an awesome bouncer which was exhibited every time we went to a local inflatable inside bounce house.  He really is a great kid with so much potential.

He isn’t even hard to cook for: loved watermelon, bananas, zucchini bread, eggs, chicken, fish, sour cream / onion potato chips and peanuts.  He isn’t too fond of pizza, spaghetti or blueberries though.

Wade has hemophilia, which is a blood clotting disorder.  His blood does not clot without the aid of infusions which can be given at home or a clinic.  It is manageable and as you see this does not stop this little one from living life to its fullest…..he runs, bikes, swims and hugs with no problem ! Please consider bringing this amazing child into your family.  He deserves so many wonderful things, most of all a forever family!”

Check out Wade’s videos!

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

timmyTimmy is a sweet little boy from China that just recently turned 7 years old. 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 and can speak 5-10 word sentences. 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!

aliceAlice is an adorable little gal who just turned 4 years old! 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! braydenBrayden is a cutie who is 7 years old! He was born with CHD but has received surgery and recovered well! His file is slightly outdated but when it was prepared in 2013, he was progressing very well. He was living in a foster family and connected very well with them. Brayden could communicate his needs, follow instructions and help his caretakers! He loves playing with legos and small cars. GWCA is currently trying to get an update on how Brayden is doing! Contact one of our matching specialists today if you are interested in learning more about him! waylonWaylon is a cute little boy who is 9 and a half years old. Waylon has a repaired cleft lip and cleft palate, and he also has some length differences of fingers and toes. Waylon has normal physical and intellectual development. Waylon is very close with his caregivers in the orphanage. The orphanage staff says that he generally has a happy, introverted and content personality.

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

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4 New Kids on the Block

This week we have added 4 kiddos to our China Waiting Child photo listing! These kids are all considered Special Focus, meaning families can be matched with them at any point in the process. If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with Kiera, Daisy, Chloe or Lucas, visit our photo listing or contact our China matching specialists to review their files today!

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

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daisyDaisy is a sweet little girl who is 2 and a half years old. Daisy has Down Syndrome and is said to be doing better cognitively than her peers who have Down Syndrome in her orphanage. Daisy can walk and go up and down stairs by herself. Daisy is babbling and can say some names of familiar people like her caretakers. Daisy can put on and take off her shoes by herself. Daisy tends be more of an introverted child, but she gets along well with other children and familiar people. Daisy does not have any heart issues.

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

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chloeChloe is a cutie who just turned 2 years old! She was born with CHD and she has some differences of her hands and feet. GWCA is currently trying to get more information to see if she has additional needs. Presently she can walk with some support, she can hold food and blocks in her hands and pass items between her hands. Her file indicates that the function of her right hand is slightly better than her left. She is observant and can recognize familiar caretakers. She is described as being introverted but she loves to play with someone’s company. Chloe loves watching cartoons, playing with toys and observing her surroundings. Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to learn more about her!

lucasLucas is a sweet boy who is 7 years old! He is developmentally delayed when compared to his peers. Lucas is described as a polite kiddo who listens carefully to his caretakers and teachers. He is inquisitive and always likes to learn about new things. Lucas is always helping his caretakers with simple tasks and with the younger children. He is considered to be chatty but his language development is delayed compared to children his age. Lucas’ file is pretty limited so GWCA is currently trying to gather some more information. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to learn more about him!

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6 New Kids on the Block

This week we have 6 New Kids on the Block! Elle, Parker, Kelsey, Benji, Jillian and Colton are all hoping to find their Forever Families. If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with one of these amazing kiddos, contact our China matching specialists or visit our Waiting Child photo listing today!

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KidsElle is a beautiful little girl from China that just recently turned 5 years old. Elle has a minor heart condition where the heart points to the right side instead of the left side, and this issue doesn’t seem to affect Elle in her daily life. Elle also has one ear where the outer part is slightly malformed, but her hearing is normal. Otherwise Elle appears to be doing well physically and cognitively. One of our GWCA staff members met Elle when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Elle.

Elle is in a regular school outside of the orphanage where she is currently in kindergarten. Elle is described as being a polite child who gets along well with others. Elle’s growth development is the same as other children of her same age. Elle is a more of a shy, introverted child, but she always likes to play with others, especially playing with dolls. She likes to give performances and show off her dancing skills. Elle’s mental development is described as being normal.

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

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Parker is a sweet little baby boy that just turned 1 year old. Parker has Down’s Syndrome so he is a little delayed compared to his peers, but he is a happy boy that is progressing well for a child with Down’s Syndrome. One of our GWCA staff members met Parker when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Parker.

Parker can push himself up when laying on his tummy and can lift his head up, and he can also turn over by himself. Parker can grasp toys in his hands and can exchange them from one hand to the other. He can also track when a toy is moving and he will look for missing toys when he drops them. Parker is babbling and he enjoys imitating the sounds adults make. If he hears a voice or a sound he will look to see where it is coming from and will track it. Parker enjoys listening to music and he will often become happy and calm quiet if he hears it. Parker can feed himself snacks like biscuits.

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

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KidsThis cutie is named Kelsey and she is 3 years old! She was born with a cleft lip and palate, Hep B and a heart condition known as a PFO. Based on the information in her file that was prepared in 2014, Kelsey was receiving rehabilitation services to improve her motor skills and her caretakers believed she would make progress. At the age of 1 years old she was able to turn over on her own, sit up by leaning onto support, grasp toys and respond to her name being called. She liked to be held by her caretakers and is described as an adorable and smiley little girl. GWCA is currently trying to get some updated information on Kelsey’s condition. Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to review her file!

KidsThis darling kiddo’s name is Benji! He just turned six years old last May. He has Down Syndrome, but overall he seems to be doing great! He loves to play with the other children, is great at counting numbers with his teachers, and loves to dance to music. He has excellent language development and likes to point out his favorite animals. He goes to school and seems to be doing great. He’s very empathetic towards the other children, especially when they are sad or upset. He’s a darling kiddo who will thrive with a forever family! Please reach out to Great Wall if you’d like to learn more.KidsJillian is a smiley girl who just turned 9 years old! One of our GWCA staff members met Parker when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Parker. She is currently in regular school where she is learning to read and do math problems! She is doing well cognitively when compared to her peers with Down’s Syndrome. Jillian loves dancing and singing! She is described as being a little more introverted but she enjoys being around other kiddos her age! Jillian’s personality shines through in all of the videos below! Contact one of our matching specialists if you would like to review her file! KidsThis little cutie’s name is Colton! Colton is 4 years old, and he was born with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. He has had surgery on his heart and his orphanage states that he does not need any additional surgeries moving forward. His language development is delayed, but he does appear to be understanding words that are spoken to him. He can respond to his name, loves to laugh when being teased, and can distinguish between familiar caregivers and strangers. He loves to hug his caregivers and the other kiddos and is described as being very affectionate. He also loves new toys! Colton is currently in a special kindergarten at the orphanage and seems to be doing great. If you’d like to learn more about him, please reach out to Great Wall!

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Waiting For Families!

We’ve added 6 more kids to our China Waiting Child photo listing this week! If your family is interested in being matched, contact our matching specialists or visit our photo listing using the link below!

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Maeve

Maeve is a cutie who just turned 3 years old! Her file was prepared about a year ago and it indicates she was born with a meningocele and hydrocephalus. She has received surgery for the meningocele but it is unclear whether she has had surgery for her hydrocephalus. Maeve has improved in her language skills and can speak in simple phrases! She can imitate what adults are saying and can understand what is being said to her. She loves reading books and turning the pages to show her caretakers all of the pictures! Maeve can crawl and walk with her hands holding onto handrails. She is described as being a talkative and active kiddo! If you’d like more information on Maeve, please contact one of our matching specialists!

MaxThis adorable kiddo’s name is Max! He will be turning 2 years old this November. He has been diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. He also has a hemangioma on his upper lip. He is a sweet kiddo who is extremely affectionate towards his caregivers! He seems to be doing well with his mobility development and is able to lift himself up, stand without assistance, and grasp small toys. He loves to listen to dance along to music and loves to play games with his caregivers. If you’d like to learn more about Max, please reach out to Great Wall!MatthewMatthew is an adorable 4-year old boy looking for a forever family! He was born with anal atresia, but since having surgery he seems to be doing very
well. He is currently living with a foster family and appears to be doing great developmentally. He loves to run, draw and count. His caretakers describe him as being very optimistic and active. Please reach out to Great Wall if you’d like to learn more!SophieThis darling kiddo’s name is Sophie! She just turned 2 this past June. She was born with hydrocephalus. Her fine and gross motor skills are somewhat delayed compared to her peers, but she is able to prop her head up and play with toys. She loves to laugh and understands facial expressions of adults. She also turns her head towards her caregivers when they call her name. Sophie loves to smile and is very attached to her caregivers. If you’d like to learn more, please reach out to Great Wall!CarterCarter is a precious little boy from China that just turned 4 years old. Carter had clubbed feet when he was a baby, but he received surgery on them and they have been mostly corrected. He still has some issues with his limbs, but it isn’t totally clear in his file what those issues are, so we’re trying to get some updated information from the orphanage on that. Carter is said to have normal mental development and is at the same level developmentally as other children his age. Carter goes to early education classes each day and is learning well alongside his peers. Carter is outgoing and likes to talk and sing songs. Carter can communicate well with adults and can speak 3-5 word sentences. He imitates what the adults around him are doing and saying, and he also asks “what” and “why” questions.

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

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7 New Kids on the Block

This week there are 7 New Kids on the Block that are all in need of families. If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with one of these kiddos or viewing their files, contact our China matching specialists or visit our photo listing today!

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JoelleJoelle!

Joelle is an adorable kiddo who is about to turn 4 years old! She was born with limb differences of her hands and feet. Her file was prepared in 2013 but it states that she was able to walk with corrective shoes. She was able to babble and imitate adult’s actions and words. She could listen to simple instructions and recognize familiar faces. At the time that her file was prepared she was able to grasp toys and handles with ease. Joelle loves to play with other kiddos and likes watching cartoons! Since her file was prepared a few years ago, GWCA is currently trying to learn more about her. Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to learn more about Joelle!

DavisDavis

**GRANTS AVAILABLE** Meet Davis! He is an adorable 13-year old boy who is brave, resilient, and kind in the face of terrible tragedy. He has touched the heart of his caregivers, teachers, and advocates so much so that they have raised money for his adoption costs! Currently, Davis has about $7,000 raised towards his adoption fees, and he is eligible for an additional $10,000 through the advocacy site Reece’s Rainbow!  Davis was discovered in 2006 after surviving a terrible flood in his home town. Sadly, authorities in the area where not able to find Davis’ family, and he was taken to live in the orphanage. His medical file states that he has hydrocephalus, but advocates at his orphanage believe he instead suffered from a brain injury as a result of surviving the natural disaster. Thankfully Davis has had an incredible rehabilitation center that provided him with the support and treatment he needed in order to thrive. Thanks to the organization, Davis went from being completely dependent on his caregivers to becoming fully independent. He began to truly thrive and started to excel in both his studies and his hobbies. In February of 2015, it was discovered that Davis had a benign brain tumor on his cerebellum. The doctors performed an emergency surgery that thankfully went extremely well, and Davis once again began the long road of recovery and rehabilitation. Two months after the emergency surgery, Davis started to become independent once again. He could feed and clothe himself and began speaking again. Although his speech was slurred, he was doing better each day and was becoming more and more understandable. Doctors have stated that there is always the possibility of the tumor re-occurring, but they have continued to do follow-up scans and have stated that Davis is doing incredibly well! Davis is a resilient and brave boy who is incredibly sweet and loving despite the tragedies he has had to endure. He is learning English and is very hopeful that he can still find his forever family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!

Here is a blog feature about Davis (also advocated for with the name Timmy)!

Check out this video that his advocates have sent us!

Fitz

Fitz

Fitz is an adorable little guy who just turned 4 years old! He was born with limb differences of his arms and legs but he doesn’t let this stop him from being an active kiddo. He is described as being very cute and sensible and loves interacting with his peers! Fitz’s caretakers and our staff that met him this summer note that he is extremely smart, quick in reaction and has strong self-esteem. He is very good at expressing himself and his needs and has strong imitation skills. Although he has some limb differences, his caretakers note that he has strong self-management skills and always tries to complete things on his own! If you are interested in learning more about Fitz, contact one of our matching specialists!

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Ezra

Ezra

Ezra is a sweet little boy from China that is almost a year and a half old. Ezra has congenital cataracts of both eyes, but other than that he is in good physical condition. Ezra cannot see clearly, but his caretakers say that he can detect light and he will follow the light with his eyes when it changes. He has very good hearing and if someone is talking in the room or he hears a noise, he will quickly turn his head toward the sound. He likes listening to music and enjoys whenever he can play with toys that make noise. He is a well behaved child and rarely cries except when his diaper needs to be changed. His caretakers descry him as a handsome, lovely little boy and they are very hopeful he will find his Forever Family soon!

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

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KatieKatie

Meet Katie! Katie is an amazing 11-year old girl who is looking for a forever family! Katie’s leg grows at a faster rate than the rest of her body, but overall she is doing great. She has been taking a medication since October of 2015 that helps to slow the rate of growth in her leg. She is cognitively on-target compared to her peers and is currently learning math and English in her school! She is a quick learner and is a very curious kiddo. She loves to laugh and is always happy to help the younger kiddos in her orphanage. She is extremely extroverted and loves to talk with her caregivers as well as the other kids! She loves to run and play outside and also loves to make crafts. She is a very bright, sweet girl who would thrive with the love of a family. Please reach out to Great Wall if you would like to learn more!

Check out Katie’s videos!

Here’s a video from one of Katie’s advocates! 

MiloMilo

Milo is an active kiddo who is 5 years old! He is considered to have severe hearing loss but he can turn when his name is called. Milo is described as being very active and playful! He loves to play hide-and-seek with his caretaker and playing on the swings. His file indicates that he has normal physical development and his language delays are largely due to his hearing loss. Milo’s file is fairly outdated so we are trying to learn more about him. Contact GWCA if you’d like to learn more about him!

MirandaMiranda

Miranda is an adorable kiddo who is 12 years old! A GWCA staff member met Miranda back in February and would be happy to speak with you about her! Her file indicates that she has a movement disorder of her legs. She walks with a walker which has helped her tremendously. She has good coordination of her hands – she can draw and write on her own. Miranda has good self-care ability and has been able to attach well to her caretakers and teachers. She gets along great with her peers and is very well liked! Miranda is quick in reaction, has a ready smile and loves to help others. She is described as being active and energetic!

Contact one of our matching specialists today if you’d like to learn more about Miranda!

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7 New Kids Are Waiting!

Jett

JettJett is a precious boy currently being hosted in the United States. Here’s more information about him from his host family!

“Meet Jett! This precious little boy is a 7 year old orphan from China. He is being hosted in the USA until August 18, 2016. We are praying that he will be matched with his forever family soon. Despite having hemiplegia on his right side, Jett climbs, swims, runs, plays and keeps up with his 11 year old host brother. He is learning English well, and soaks up everything around him like a sponge. He is a very smart little boy.”

Contact GWCA today to learn more about Jett!

Nora

NoraNora is a sweet kiddo who is 8 years old! She is mildly mentally delayed compared to her peers. She has three consistent caretakers who speak very highly of her! Nora has a sweet and gentle nature and is considered to be the “younger sister” in the group home that she lives in. She loves to sing songs and often sings to herself. She engages well and can follow conversations with ease. Nora is always willing to help with chores around the house and is eager to assist her caretakers! Her file indicates that despite her delays, she studies hard and is eager to complete her schoolwork.

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

Sam

Sam** A Family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring Sam home***

Sam is a precious little boy from China that just turned 2 years old. Sam has CHD (TOF) but received a surgery for it when he was very young and it appears that this issue has been corrected. Sam’s left food was also slightly clubbed, but he received surgery on that as well and he is now able to walk on his own without issues. One of our GWCA staff members met Sam when she visited China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any interested family about Sam.

Sam enjoys playing with blocks and balls and is very curious about everything around him. He has great fine motor skills and is able to pick up very small objects off the floor. He is babbling and imitating the words of adults around him and he understands the word “no.” He also is able to point to the different parts of his face (eyes, ears, nose, mouth) when asked by his care takers. He enjoys listening to music and trying to sing along to the songs. Sam is extroverted and enjoys playing with other children in the orphanage.

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

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Jeremy

JeremyThis incredible kiddo’s name is Jeremy and he just turned 12 years old! Jeremy was in our Summer Hosting program, and his host family has a ton of wonderful information about him! He was born with a meningocele on his spine, but after having surgery he’s been doing great! Here’s what his host mom says about him:

“Jeremy is a very sweet 11-year old boy who is thoughtful and always wanting to share with others. Jeremy is somewhat delayed socially for his age but he is a smart boy, who caught on quickly, and actually learned several words and phrases in English over his four-week stay.  Whatever he was not able to communicate in Mandarin or Chinese, and not being shy, he was usually able to cleverly figure out a way to communicate his desires to us.  He loved technology and computers and was very adept at figuring them out, always finding buttons and keypads interesting.  During our visit to the Optometrist, he became fascinated with the equipment being used for testing his eyes, touching buttons and turning dials until the doctor had to ask him to stop.  Being a very obedient boy, he complied with no argument.  Even at the dentist he found the equipment interesting so he breezed through his check-up, and the dentist was impressed at how much he was smiling at the end!  He loved the ATM machine, elevator buttons, hotel room key pads, and anything that had controls.  Jeremy had a great appetite, and it was a pleasure to watch him enjoy eating, always willing to try new foods, never shy to have second helpings, but his favorite food while in America was a hamburger with French fries!  He seemed quite smart, but may have some of the typical developmental delays due to not being challenged academically in his environment. However I believe that he would overcome that once he was able to learn English, begin school and interact with other children.  We discovered one of the outings Jeremy most enjoyed was going grocery shopping!  That was fun for him, methodically going down the aisles, counting out the produce, and demonstrating his organizational skills by neatly arranging the groceries in the shopping cart.  He even enjoyed putting the bags into the trunk and unpacking them at home! I think he would do well in a family with other children. We really enjoyed having this sweet boy in our home for 4 weeks.”

Contact GWCA today to learn more about Jeremy!

Cade

CadeCade is a smiley little guy who is 2 years old! He was born with a spinal meningocele which has been repaired with surgery. Cade still has some trouble using his legs but doctors suggest intensive rehabilitation for him to gain strength. Through rehabilitaiton services, he has grown strong crawling capabilities and upper body strength. He is currently practicing standing using some support. His update indicates that he has come a very long way since he first began his rehabilitation! Cogntiviely he is on target with his peers. He can complete puzzles, understand what is being said to him and he can communicate actively and clearly.  He is described as a pleasant, bright and active boy with a ready smile! He likes playing with kids his age and older kiddos too. He loves participating in group activities and loves to observe people around him. His caretakers indicate that he learns very fast and is quite the little problem solver! He is great at imitating adult’s language and actions and can understand some simple instructions.

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

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Aurora

AuroraAurora is a sweet little girl from China who is 3 and a half years old. Aurora has Down’s Syndrome so she will be delayed in some areas, but other than that she is a healthy little girl. Aurora is described by her caretakers as kind-hearted and very attached to people in her life. She is well behaved and obedient. She can walk, run and go up and down stairs by herself. She can draw and scribble on paper. She goes to the orphanage school with the other children in her orphanage. She is said to be very nice to her caretakers and to other children. She is delayed on language abilities, but she is able to understand what others are saying to her and she is able to follow multiple-step instructions from her caretakers.

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

Jenni

JenniJenni is a cute little girl from China that just recently turned 4 years old. Jenni has Down’s Syndrome so she will be delayed in some areas, but other than that she appears to be a healthy little girl. She has been in a foster family since she was a baby, so she has received more one-on-one attention than some children who live in the orphanage. She is described by her foster family as active, energetic and cheerful. She can speak simple words and identify the people she is close to in her life. She can walk, run and jump. She has good gross motor skills. She can scribble on paper. She likes to play with blocks, puzzles and puppets. She will often hold her toy bear and pretend to put him to bed and will pat the bear as he sleeps. She likes to play games with other children such as hide and seek, ball games, and stringing beads. She is not a picky eater and she likes to eat fruit.

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

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Two JOY Kids Find Forever Families!

FFF(comp)We are so incredibly happy to announce that two of the kiddos from our very first JOY program have been matched with Forever Families! Congratulations to Josiah and Amelia from all of us at GWCA and CAN!

Much like our traditional Orphan Hosting programs, our JOY program strives to find loving and permanent homes for the children that are currently with our Orphanage Partnerships. Josiah and Amelia both spent one week exploring the city and doing fun activities with our JOY families and a few other children from their orphanage. Once our JOY families came back, they worked to help advocate on their behalf to help them find forever families, and we are so happy to see how successful their advocacy has been!

We are currently advocating for a few other kiddos who participated in our JOY program earlier this year. Each of these kiddos spent time with American families who were able to learn more about both their personalities and their special needs. This is incredibly helpful for adoptive families, as it provides them with information that may not have been included in their file. If you are interested in learning more about the JOY kids that we’re advocating for or viewing their files, visit our China Waiting Child photo listing, or contact one of our China matching specialists today!

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New Kids on the Block

SkylarSkylar is a beautiful 7-year old girl in need of a forever family! Skylar was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but overall she seems to be doing great! She is very talkative and is able to express her needs to her caregivers. She’s also able to walk long distances without assistance! She loves music and like to watch cartoons and play with the other kiddos. She also loves picture books and playing outside! She has been living with a foster family and has being doing great under their care. If you’d like to learn more about Skylar, please reach out to Great Wall!

AddieAddie is an adorable little girl who just turned 2 years old! She has cerebral palsy and muscular tension of her lower limbs. Addie has been receiving rehabilitation training which has helped her a lot. While she has developmental delays, she can currently crawl on her hands and knees and her caretakers say she is talkative. Addie has a ready smile and gets along very well with other children! She is obedient with her caretakers and they hope that she can find a loving family soon. If you’d like to review her information, contact one of our matching specialists!ArabellaArabella is a sweet little girl from China that is 4 and a half years old. Arabella was born without eyeballs, so she is completely blind. Arabella also was born with a valgus deformity of both of her legs, but it is not clear in her file if it has been corrected with surgery yet or not. She has good sleeping and eating habits and she likes to be cuddled.

Based on her recent video, you can see that Arabella can get around by feeling the objects around her.

Arabella’s file is fairly out of date, so we are working hard to learn more current information about her. You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting Arabella. We hope we are able to find Arabella her Forever Family soon! Click Here to Watch Arabella’s Video!

SydneySydney is an adorable kiddo who will be turning 3 years old this July! Sydney has hydrocephalus and incomplete development of her corpus callosum, but overall she appears to be doing very well. Her left eye is also cloudy, and we are working now to determine her level of vision impairment. Sydney is able to walk with assistance, stand on her own, and clap her hands when she is happy. Her caregivers describe her intelligence as normal compared to her peers, saying that she is very clever. She loves to play games with her caregivers and babbles to communicate. She is a cuddly kiddo would really benefit from consistent medical care from a family! Please reach out to Great Wall China Adoption if you’d like to learn more! AutumnAutumn is an adorable girl that just turned 5 years old! Autumn was born with cerebral dysplasia, which has impacted her mobility. She is also blind in both eyes. Despite these needs, Autumn has made huge improvements in her overall functioning and mobility through physical therapy and hydrotherapy. Autumn also went into the care of a foster family in February of 2015, and their patient care has helped her to make huge improvements. Autumn can now stand for 30 minutes at a time while holding onto an object, and can walk without assistance for about a 10 minute period. She is a happy kiddo who loves to be in the water and loves to laugh and be tickled by her caregivers. If you’d like to learn more about Autumn, please reach out to Great Wall! JamesJames is an adorable kiddo who is 6 years old! He was born with vision needs known as Microphthalmia and Cataracts. James is very clever and smart. He can adjust to new environments and understands instructions very well. He is a great help to his nannies and is able to independently complete daily tasks such as getting dressed and putting on his shoes. James is described as a more introverted kiddo but is also very talkative once he opens up! He gets along very well with others and is closest to his caretakers. His caretakers mention that he has very good hearing and is great at relying on his sense of hearing and touch to get around. Please contact our Matching Specialists if you’d like to review his file! TessaTessa is a cute kiddo who just turned 10 years old! She was born with Hydrocephalus which she received surgery for when she was 2 years old. Tessa has also had some struggles with the mobility of her limbs. Currently she can walk alone sometimes but usually needs some assistance. Tessa is in a special education class and gets along very well with her classmates. Her caretakers describe her as a smart and polite kiddo. She is always helping her nannies assist the other children and is described as being helpful and obedient. Contact one of our matching specialists if you’d like to review her information! DanielDaniel is an amazing kiddo who just turned 12 this past May! Daniel has cerebral palsy, but appears to be doing extremely well overall. He is able to run and jump on his own and loves to skip rope and hula hoop! His left side is slightly paralyzed, but he does still utilize his left hand in order to put on his clothes and take care of himself and the younger kiddos. He loves to go to school and is decribed as being a model student! He won third place in a puzzle and aero-modeling competition and first place in a drawing competition! His teachers describe him as clever, respectful, and kind to others. He loves to draw, sing, and spend time with his caregivers and other children. Overall, Daniel is thriving! Please reach out to Great Wall China Adoption if you’d like to review his full file!OliviaOlivia is an adorable little girl from China that just turned 3 years old. Olivia has cerebral palsy but her CT scan showed no abnormal findings on her brain. She was abandoned when she was a year old, but since they had to estimate her birthday based on her physical size at the time, but it is always possible that she was actually younger than what they estimated her age was.

As of when Olivia’s file was prepared (December 2015) Olivia is described as being a happy girl with who is always smiling. She is able to turn over by herself and raise her had up high when lying on her stomach. She is always stretching and quickly kicking her legs and feet and her caregivers say she has a lot of strength in her legs. She is also constantly stretching her arms, hands and fingers. Her caregivers say that whenever they give Olivia their fingers that she will hold on to their fingers with “her small, fat hand.” She is described as being a chubby baby and very lovely. Olivia is also described as being fond of listening to music and is very active.

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

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7 New Kids on the Block

MakennaMakenna is an adorable 13 year old girl who will be aging out next January. Makenna is delayed on her mental development compared to her peers but her caretakers say that she works very hard in school. She is described as being tender and gentle and always a huge help with taking care of the younger kiddos in the orphanage. Makenna doesn’t have any physical delays; she can walk, run, jump and go up and downstairs on her own. She is an active kiddo who loves to dance, play sports and be outside! Makenna has made secure bonds with her caretakers and teachers and has close relationships with her peers.

One of our China Matching Specialists met Makenna in China earlier this year and she would be happy to speak with any families that are interested in learning more about Makenna!  You can contact one of our China Matching Specialists if you would like to review Makenna’s file!

FlorenceFlorence is a precious little girl who is 6 and a half years old. Florence has esotropia of her right eye and she has some muscle weakness in her lower limbs. Florence has been living with a foster family since May 2010, so she has been receiving more individualized one-on-one care than she might if she lived in an orphanage. Florence’s file was prepared back in December 2013, so some of her information is a little out of date. We will be seeking to get some more updated information on Florence soon.

As of the time Florence’s file was prepared, she was not yet walking without assistance, but her photos show that she can stand with support of the wall, and she can sit up by herself. She was not speaking at the time her file was prepared, but her file indicates that she understood what adults were saying to her and that when her name was called that she would respond to it. She could wave hello and goodbye to people as they came and went, and that she could identify parts of her body and can point to them when asked. When she would hear the phone ring she would pretend to be holding a phone up to her ear using her hand. Florence would tend to be more timid, shy and introverted. Florence would like playing with other children, coloring and watching television. Florence could feed herself but still needed help putting on her clothes, but she could button up her shirt by herself.

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

DannyDanny is an adorable kiddo who just turned 12 years old! He was born with cerebral palsy and a cleft lip and palate. He is described as being gentle, optimistic and smiley. He loves playing games with other children, especially riding bicycles! Due to his cerebral palsy, Danny is delayed on his cognitive and physical development compared to his peers. He has lived in a foster family for some time where he has learned some self-care skills. Danny can walk, run, jump and go up and downstairs without any help. He has strong imitating ability and can follow instructions very well. He also has strong interpersonal skills as indicated by his foster family. One of my friend’s at GWCA visited me in China earlier this year and would love to talk to prospective families about me!Philomena Philomena is a lovely little girl that is 6 year old. Philomena has cerebral palsy and it causes her to have muscle stiffness in her arms and legs. Because of the limited resources at her orphanage Philomena did not start receiving rehabilitation services for her cerebral palsy until she was 4 years old, so her mobility abilities are delayed. She currently cannot walk but she is working very hard to learn how to walk. Her teachers say that she is tough and strong when she is in rehabilitation class. Her arm stiffness has gotten significantly better and now she can hold toys and other objects.

Philomena is doing very well cognitively. Philomena started going to school at 5 years old and she loves it! She follows her teachers directions and her teachers really enjoy having such an obedient student in their classes. Philomena has a very strong desire to learn and she has excellent memory and comprehension abilities. Her teachers say she is the best in her class for singing and remembering the lyrics to songs. Philomena received a prize last year for her singing performance. She is a girl who often has a smile on her face and gets along well with everyone around her.

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

AdaAda is a sweet little girl that is 3 and a half years old. Ada has post-operative spina bifida and post-operative hydrocephalus. It appears that Ada may not be able to walk at this time, but she can sit up by herself. Ada is receiving rehabilitation for increasing her leg strength and she really enjoys going to rehab. She can understand the instructions her teachers are giving her and can follow those instructions. She is very good at imitating adult’s words and actions. Ada can speak 3-5 word sentences and she is good at communicating with her caretakers. Ada can hold toys and other items by herself. Ada likes to sing and dance when she hears music. She can count numbers and her caretakers say she is very clever.

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

HonorHonor is a precious little girl that is 8 years old. Honor has mild cerebral palsy so she doesn’t always walk stably and she has strabismus so she is a little cross-eyed. Honor can go up and down stairs without help. Honor’s file indicates that she has good development and can express herself well. Honor studies hard in school and has learned to speak well and to sing songs.  She can eat and drink along and can put on her clothes and shoes by herself. Honor gets along well with other children and adults. She is described as being gentle, introverted and energetic. Honor likes playing outside, playing with toys and watching television. She enjoys it when new people visit the orphanage and she will go and talk to them excitedly. Honor knows how to identify colors and shapes and asks “what is that” questions on her own initiative.

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

1461984686Jessica is a lovely little girl who is 6 and a half years old. Jessica was found when she was two months old at the gate of the orphanage, wrapped in a coat and left in a paper box. Jessica was born blind and cannot see out of either of her eyes. Jessica now appears to be physically healthy in all other regards. She can stand and walk, but she needs help getting around since she is blind. She is sensitive to sound and she quickly reacts when she hears certain sounds. She will respond when you call her name and she will have a big smile on her face. Because she is blind she is delayed compared with her peers, but there is nothing in her file to indicate that she has any cognitive issues. Her caretakers say that she is found of listening to the television when it is on. Jessica likes to sing and to dance when she hears music. She likes to play with toys and her friends. Jessica is a brave and active girl and is not afraid of strangers.

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

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