Hooray! This #ForeverFamilyFriday we’re DELIGHTED to announce that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this sweet girl home forever!
GWCA received this beautiful little girl’s file from one of our Orphanage Partnerships and were able to find a family that was ready to move forward with her right away. We are so happy that she is now one step closer to her Forever Family, and we are eager to continue following her journey home. Congratulations to her and her new family from all of us at GWCA and CAN!
Our China adoption program allows families to be matched with Special Focus children at any point in the process, making the adoption journey as a whole relatively quick! We receive new children’s files each week, both from our orphanage partnerships and from the Shared List, which provides our families with the opportunity to review multiple files until they find a child that they feel would be a good fit. Contact our China matching specialists or visit our photo listing to learn more about the kids that we’re currently advocating for!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Waiting Child photo listing to find out more about Nathan and request his file!
There has been a shift in the world of China adoption, and it is impacting both new adoptive families and families that are already in process with all agencies throughout the China adoption community.
In recent months, several changes have taken place within the Chinese government, including the appointment of a new Prime Minister of Civil Affairs in the beginning of 2017. Although he is not directly involved with the China Center of Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA), part of his role is to oversee the adoption authority and international adoption as a whole.
Historically, CCCWA has been flexible in regards to many adoptive families’ eligibility concerns, however, with these recent changes they have started enforcing the already existing eligibility requirements. The eligibility requirements have not been changed in any way. Families that fall within the eligibility requirements should not be concerned about their adoption process. New families beginning the process must meet every aspect of eligibility in order to be considered for the program. Our International Adoption Counselors are happy to speak with all inquiring families to review eligibility.
Because of the changes within the Chinese government, Orphan Hosting is still waiting to be approved. We hope to be able to facilitate a session before the end of 2017, but it will be at the discretion of the Chinese government as to whether or not the Hosting program can continue. Moving forward, it is our agency’s role to try to provide as much education as possible about the many benefits of the Hosting program. GWCA will be providing updates to families as they are received!
If you are considering beginning your China adoption journey, don’t let this shift deter you from reaching out to our adoption specialists. China adoption has earned it’s reputation as one of the most dependable programs over the course of many years, and that aspect of the program certainly hasn’t changed. Our adoption specialists are here to help you fully understand China’s current eligibility requirements so that you can evaluate your family’s situation and determine whether this is the program for you. Please consult with your GWCA caseworker or reach out to our main line at 512-323-9595 if you would like to learn more about eligibility for the China program!
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. 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.”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! 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!
Check out my video!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!Read More
For many families, the cost associated with adopting a child or sibling group can be very discouraging. Even for families with the best of intentions and the purest of hearts, a lack of finances can mean the difference between providing a orphan with a loving home and turning a reluctant cheek to the overwhelming need. The Adoption Tax Credit has done so much to bridge this gap, and for that we are forever grateful!
With Tax Day quickly approaching and the issue of tax reform up for discussion, the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group has launched a “Thank You” campaign to remind members of Congress about the importance of the Adoption Tax Credit and the change it has brought to countless families. Click the link below to add your voice to their campaign to help get their message across!
“Did the Adoption Tax Credit help you build your family? Use our form to send a thank you letter to your Members of Congress for supporting the ATC!: https://secure2.convio.net/res/site/Advocacy…“Read More
Did you know? In China’s Waiting Child adoption program, families can be matched with a child at any point in the process. That means you can start submitting your paperwork for a specific child as soon as you’re ready to begin your journey!
Does this mean that you should wait to get started until you’ve found your child? Not necessarily! While there are many children listed on agency’s photo listings and advocacy sites, the reality is that we receive children’s files in a variety of ways, and many children will be matched prior to being listed publicly!
Whether your family is waiting to be matched with an LID child once your dossier is logged in or you’re looking for a specific age range or need, speaking with an adoption specialist and getting started may be the quickest way to find your child.
Once you’ve started your adoption journey and discussed what you’re open to with a China adoption specialist, we’ll keep you in mind every time we receive new files from an Orphanage Partnership or when requesting files from China’s Shared List. Since our Orphanage Partnerships send us files that they’ve just finished preparing, you may receive a file that has never been reviewed by a family before. That’s how the beautiful girl pictured in this post found her family!
Are you ready to speak to an adoption specialist about finding your child? Contact GWCA today!
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.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.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.**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.**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
Hooray! We are beyond excited to share that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this INCREDIBLE kid home forever!
GWCA’s matching specialists worked with countless advocates over the past several months to spread the word about this kiddo that we lovingly nicknamed “Jonathan.” As an older boy with a medical need, Jonathan had been waiting for years. His 14th birthday was getting closer with each passing day, and with it the possibility of aging out of the China adoption system. Now, with a mother, father, and siblings working towards welcoming him into their family, Jonathan’s life has been changed forever.
It is so amazing to see what can come about when a community comes together to support something they believe in. Congratulations to Jonathan and his new Forever Family from all of us at Great Wall China Adoption and Children of All Nations! We can’t wait to continue following your journey home!
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.Read More
Michelle, an adoptive mom and Orphan Warrior who has worked with GWCA to help advocate for countless children in need, recently wrote a post for Beautiful in His Time, sharing her advice for parents who are considering adopting children with special needs. Read the post below to see what Michelle wishes she could have known when she began her first adoption journey:
He was precious. He was perfect. And he had medical special needs.
Having two biological children of our own at the time, we had no prior experience with caring for children with medical needs. And although my sweet hubby was a physician assistant very eager to love on a child he could provide for in our home, both of us, at times, wondered if we were really equipped to care for a child who would require multiple surgeries and daily assistance of some sort, especially when we had two other children in our home already.
Distant friends told us this would too drastically change our lives. Acquaintances told us our biological children would be ruined. People who heard our story asked why we would choose to disrupt our comfortable life — the life with two children in a comfortable home and no health issues to worry about. Especially when we had no idea what we were doing.
There were seconds, moments, throughout the adopting process when, even as we LONGED to hurry the process and hold the sweet man we had nicknamed Superman in our arms, we wondered if these people were right. If God really knew what He was doing. If we were really the Kents for the job.
It turns out, we didn’t know what we were doing. And God did. And those people with their sweet protective hearts and their very good intentions — their opinions, combined with our fear, could have robbed us of one of the greatest blessings of our lives.
THIS is what adoptive parent Michelle knows now that she wishes paper pregnant Michelle would have known then. Because the world was very good at preparing us for the HARD parts of adopting a child with special needs … and very silent on the topic of the BLESSINGS.
Not when you fall in love with the face and the personality and the little spirit of the soul behind them.
The second I held that sweet 2 ½-year-old hand, Superman moved from a photo of a child “with medical special needs” to MY SON. And when the child is your SON, not a file or a case number or a medical record, there is nothing you wouldn’t do for him.
God replaced my fear with fierceness and my concern with courage, and suddenly, almost overnight, the scariest thing about our situation of caring for a child with medical needs was that WE ALMOST LET FEAR ROB US OF THE PRIVILEGE OF DOING IT.
Because perfect love casts out fear. God’s perfect love poured into our imperfect hearts for HIS perfectly wonderful son drove out our fear. When Superman became a FACE and not a FILE, special needs became not scary. Because we quickly discovered that what the world called “special” needs were actually some of Superman’s greatest superpowers —and what MADE him the spirited overcomer that he is.
It doesn’t mean there aren’t scary times — when Superman was waking up from anesthesia for the second time under our care and he asked with his eyes because he had a tube down his throat, “Am I going to be okay?”
When he was lying in a hospital bed on Day 6 of NPO — without any food or water for nearly a week — and all I wanted to do was sneak him a cherry tomato and a sushi roll, because I knew his favorite foods of all time would instantly cure the grumpies I’d been facing for days.
When he was in the operating room a little longer than I had imagined, and I sat twitching, waiting with other kid-less parents in the waiting room for someone to call my name.
But when the child is a FACE and not a FILE, a son or daughter and not a photo, fear goes out the window. And the only thing scary is the thought that you might have missed out on the most beautiful blessing of your life had you let some Latin words on paper define your future.
We’ve seen it in our own lives. God doesn’t call equipped people; He equips the called (Hebrews 13:21). Because frankly, NONE of us are prepared and mentally, emotionally and physically equipped to parent children who require care we’ve never performed. Not biological parents who deliver children with needs they had never imagined; not adoptive parents who God calls to bring home children with needs they had to Google.
But just like God equips parents who DELIVER children with special needs — parents who research and study and devote hours upon hours to learning how to provide the very best care for the children God has given them — God equips parents who BRING HOME children with those same needs.
In His goodness and by His grace, God turns parents from WORRIERS into WARRIORS.
Parents who worry that they’re not enough. That they don’t know enough. That their patience and their skills and their temperaments and their knowledge are all not enough.
He equips. And in OUR WEAKNESS, He shows up STRONG.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
In his lifetime, Superman has had 14 casts and 10 surgeries, most of them inside our home. He’s spent several overnight visits at children’s hospitals across the country, and two years ago, he spent an entire week in a hospital without food or water following an intense surgery that made me quiver.
Before his last hand surgery, I asked Superman, who is missing a radius in his right arm, if he knew what we would be doing the next day. His reply:
“Yes. Doctor turn my finger, cut off my thumb and then Mommy and me watch Frozen and eat popsicles. Ready?”
This then 4-year-old boy wasn’t concerned about IVs, anesthesia or amputations; after numerous surgeries, he was concerned that he would get his Mama time. The time that I have learned is more precious than almost any other time we have in our chaotic, busy worlds. Because when we’re in the hospital together, we get to turn off our loud and noisy lives. We get to turn off our responsibilities and our phones and eat mediocre hospital food while we watch Frozen marathons (I can sing “Let It Go” in my sleep) and play checkers and read piles of books and snuggle day in and day out.
And even though I dread the pain and the tears that follow each surgery, I now treasure that special bonding time that the two of us get together.
Perhaps more than any other concern our friends had when we shared we were bringing home a child with special medical needs was the concern that our biological children would be negatively affected.
That they would have to sacrifice too much.
That this would become a burden for them.
That they would get the “short end of the stick.”
The truth is, they do sacrifice. And it’s good for them.
They do give up occasional outings and fun things for doctor’s visits and medical appointments. And it’s good for them.
They do hear “we can’t eat that” or “we can’t do that” because of the medical needs or attachment needs of their little brother. And they’re fine with it.
In a culture that is raising children to believe life is all about them, that life is all about tailoring every schedule and every minute to their every need, our biological children are learning that life is NOT all about them. That sometimes the needs of others, like their brother, requires some sacrifice on their behalf. That loving others sometimes means giving up that school festival or that extra sport for the good of the team that still wants to maintain nightly family dinners and margin for important family conversations between doctor’s visits and guitar lessons. That their little brother gives up his time (and his sanity) to sit in copy rooms and class parties in order to serve THEIR needs. And that ALL of us in this thing called “family” do give and take in this life to make this family unit work.
And frankly, we haven’t heard once why it’s unfair that they’ve had to alter their lives after bringing their little brother home.
They adore this boy. They treasure this boy. They tackle this boy like he’s been part of their team their entire lives, and they are the first to dote on him and run to him and make him get well cards before and after every surgery.
They adore him. And loving a little brother with physical deformities and medical needs has taught them not to run FROM those who look different or spend more days in hospitals that the average person — but to run TO them.
So that this summer, when we hosted a 10-year-old orphan from China who had no fingers on his right hand, our children never even noticed. They never even asked. They tackled him with hugs and smiles and immediately invited him into their world to play for a month.
Compassion is worth far more than a few more extra-curriculars on our calendar.
I don’t want to paint too rosy of a picture. There are definitely hard days. When my husband was deployed, Superman was on cast No. 14 and driving back and forth to our ortho specialist an hour and 20 minutes each way with three kiddos crammed into the back of a Prius was not the joy of my life.
When our calendars are dominated by doctor’s appointments and occupational therapy assignments and we have to say no to birthday parties and playdates because we’re driving back and forth to children’s hospitals.
When we still deal today with some of the very same medical issues we faced the day we brought this precious man home, even after surgeries to correct them.
The difference is our attitudes. The difference is our perspective. The difference is that, ON THIS side of adopting, we know that it’s all worth it. So very, very worth it.
Superman was worth it.
The 132 million orphans still waiting for forever families to call their own — adopting them is WORTH IT.