I Found My Family!

We are delighted to announce that one of the families in our China adoption program has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this little guy home forever. We are incredibly excited for Jorah and his new family, and we can’t wait to follow his journey home! Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN!

China Adoption – Special Focus

All of the kids whose profiles are currently on our photo listing, including this precious boy, have the same designation of “Special Focus.” This means that families can be matched with them 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.

If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with one of our Waiting Children, contact our matching specialists or visit our China adoption photo listing today!

Resources:

– Learn more about China adoption
– Visit the Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China adoption specialist!

 

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6 New Kids on the Block!

Meet Zoe!

Zoe is a precious baby girl from China that just turned 1 year old. Zoe has been living with a foster family since she was 7 months old, and they are very attentive to her. Zoe has a ready smile and loves to be cuddled by her foster parents. She is babbling and can make many sounds.

Zoe can sit up and will reach for nearby toys. She has good hand-eye coordination and good hand strength. When she is playing on her mat, she will kick her legs a lot. Also, she is rolling over by herself now.

Zoe has post-operative myelomeningocele of lumbosacral lipoma type and post-operative tethered cord.

If you would like to learn more about Zoe, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Meet Cole!

Cole is a precious little boy from China that just turned 2 years old. Cole is described as having a sunny personality and a ready smile. Cole was abandoned when he was a year old and was then placed in a simulated family at the orphanage, which is basically a foster family, but they’re just living in a small house or apartment on the orphanage grounds.

Cole is very close with his foster mother and enjoys spending time with her. He will imitate when she speaks to him and will make noises accordingly. If she calls his name, he will smile and hold out his arms for her to pick him up. Cole can follow simple instructions such as as “come give me a hug and kiss” and “put your shoes away.” He seems to have normal cognitive and developmental abilities for a child his age.

Cole does well socially and gets along well with other children. Cole’s favorite toys are balls, and he likes to toss them up and throw them. He has very good fine and gross motor skills. Also, he can walk on his own. Cole can pick up small objects, such as a piece of paper, and can then tear it with his index finger and thumb. Cole lives a relatively normal life.

He has CHD, specifically an aortic arch coarctation (mild), and right main bronchial stenosis.

If you would like to learn more about Cole, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Meet Jade!

Jade is a beautiful little girl from China that just turned 5 years old. Jade was born with arms and legs that were malformed. However, after several successful surgeries and physical therapy, Jade can now walk on her own without assistance and can use her hands and arms normally. Her arms are a little shorter than some of her friends, but she can use them just fine.

Jade can feed herself and change her clothes by herself. She can draw lines, circles and a person. Jade can catch and throw a ball and loves to play outside. Her favorite toys are dolls and building blocks.

Jade is said to be very well cognitively and is on the same level as other children her age. She has good verbal skills and will ask “how” and “why” questions on her own initiative. She knows the difference between different colors, big and small sizes, and male and female. Jade is described as being shy and introverted. She is close with the other children in her class at the orphanage.

Jade was abandoned when she was just three days old and was placed with a foster family soon after. Because of her specific needs, when she was 4 months old she was sent to the orphanage, so she could get the medical care and the physical and occupational therapy she needs to thrive. She now continues to live at the orphanage and is developing well.

If you would like to learn more about Jade, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Meet Edie!

She is a precious 7 year old girl with Down Syndrome. Edie is a sweet, shy kiddo who is described as being very calm and kind. She loves music, dancing, listening to stories, and reading picture books!

Edie is able to communicate well with teachers and caregivers and can clearly follow instructions. She is shy but loves to play with other kiddos when they are laughing and having fun! She has excellent mobility development and can walk and run without assistance. She also has amazing fine motor skills and is able to hold pencils and paint her name and simple characters. She is an adorable kiddo who needs a forever home!

Please reach out to us at GWCA to learn more about Edie!

Meet Viola!

This beautiful girl’s name is Viola, and she is 5 years old! Viola has nystagmus of both eyes, as well as vision impairment. She is a bright, happy girl who loves to help others. Her caregivers describe her as “sunny, active, and restless.” She loves to give hugs and is very attached to her caregivers at the orphanage. She will help her teachers put up toys and clean, and she loves to brush the hair over other girls in the institute.

Viola is very exploratory and loves to learn new things! She will grasp new objects and pull them close to her eyes to try to see. She has a very strong light sense and is able to navigate the orphanage and find her favorite things easily! She has great mobility and can walk over obstacles if she is in a familiar environment. She can go up and down stairs easily and can jump on to the ground with both feet! She is a very brave little girl who does not let her vision impairment slow her down.

She can speak several sentences and likes to greet caregivers and teachers. She is very kind towards others and likes to share her snacks with other children. She is described as being tidy, polite, and patient. When she is upset she will cry softly, but a hug from a caregiver makes her feel much better. She is a precious little girl who would thrive with the love of a family. Please reach out to the GWCA China Home Finding Team to learn more about Viola!

Meet Bella!

Bella is an adorable girl who just turned one year old. Bella was born with congenital heart disease and has not yet received a heart surgery. Her file states that she also may be cognitively delayed due to a lack of oxygen to her brain, but her growth report indicates that she is developing very well for her age!

Bella is very interactive and outgoing, and she loves to giggle and play! She is able to differentiate between caregivers and strangers and has formed healthy attachments with the nannies at the orphanage. She tracks movement well and can babble to express her needs. Bella can recognize her name and will turn when called.

She is also able to crawl forwards and backwards and can stand with support! Bella has amazing fine motor skills and is able to grasp her favorite toy. She is an active, loving kiddo who would thrive with specialized care and treatment.

Please reach out to us at GWCA to learn more about Bella!

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Jett’s Journey Home

For the past year, our team here at GWCA has been working hard to bring sweet Jett back to his family here in Texas. Jett was hosted in Summer of 2016. During that time, his host mom brought him into our office so that we could all say hi!

We rarely get a chance to meet the children that we place with families, so it is always an amazing opportunity to be able to meet a kiddo and be a part of their experience here in America. Once Jett returned to China, we all knew that we would have to work as hard as possible to bring him back as soon as we could.

This week, our hard work finally paid off. Jett and his mom were finally able to come back to our office, but this time he wasn’t a host kiddo— he was a son. It was an amazing experience to see the child that has been in our hearts for the past year finally be back home with his family. This past year brought new challenges and obstacles for him, but throughout all of that he waited patiently, knowing that his family would be there soon.

Although hosting is no longer an option for the China program, our Latvia Hosting program can provide this incredible opportunity for families like Jett’s. His family calls him the missing piece to their puzzle, and we are so grateful we had the opportunity to help him find his home.

-Meredith Chambers, China Adoption Counselor

Read more about Jett’s story to find his family

Contact our adoption specialists today to learn how you can begin your adoption journey!

Resources:

– Learn more about China adoption
– Learn more about Latvia hosting
– Visit the Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China adoption specialist

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I Found My Family!

Woohoo! We are incredibly thrilled to announce that this sweet 2-year-old girl has a family that is working towards bringing her home forever. We are so happy that she is now one step closer to her Forever Family, and we’re excited to continue following her journey home. Congratulations to her and her new family from all of us at GWCA and CAN!

Yara’s information was exclusively shared with her family before her file went live on the photo listing. If you would like a sneak peek of other available kiddos before their files are shared with the general public, all you have to do is join our agency and start submitting your dossier! Our priority will be to find the perfect match for your family.

China Adoption – Special Focus

All of the kids whose profiles are currently on our photo listing, including this precious girl, have the same designation of “Special Focus.” This means that families can be matched with them 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.

If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched with one of our Waiting Children, contact our matching specialists or visit our China adoption photo listing today!

Resources:

– Learn more about China adoption
– Visit the Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China adoption specialist!

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5 New Kids on the Block!

Meet Jax!

Jax is a precious little boy from China, who is 3 and a half years old. Jax is described as a gentle and introverted child who is generally happy. Jax likes to play with other children and enjoys spending time with his caregivers. His favorite activities are playing with building blocks and playing outside on the playground.

Jax has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and has received rehabilitation training that has helped him improve tremendously. He does still have some challenges, such as having hands that aren’t as flexible. He can hold a pen by himself and can scribble on a paper, but he cannot draw clear letters yet (of course, he is only 3 and a half, and most children that age are not yet writing clear letters).

Jax can walk by himself, trot, and go up and down stairs all by himself. He is delayed on language and can only say a few words and short phrases such as “mom” and “give me.” He can also call the other children in the orphanage by name. He knows his own name and will turn when his name is called.

With the proper medical care and therapies, there is no telling how much Jax could thrive! Jax needs a family to adopt him and bring him to America, so he can receive the proper treatment he needs. Will you be that family?

If you would like to learn more about Jax, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch Jax’s Video!

Meet Ben!

This amazing kiddo’s name is Ben! Ben is a sweet 10-year old boy in need of a forever family! 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.

Ben was born with very mild clubbed feet, but he has not needed any physical therapy or surgery to walk and run without assistance. 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. Ben is in regular school and is doing well.

Ben 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, fun-loving kiddo who would thrive with the love of a forever family!

You can learn more about Ben by contacting the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch Ben’s NEW Video!

Meet Zachary!

This precious 1-year-old boy’s name is Zachary, and he is in need of a forever home! Zachary was born with protein dysplasia of the brain. Despite this need, he appears to be very active and engaged. He is a bright, happy boy who has excellent fine motor skills and the ability to roll over independently. He is very attached to his caregiver and loves to snuggle and laugh with her. He recognizes his name being called and is tracking items visually. Zachary loves to lay in the sun with the other kiddos and greatly enjoys being outside. He is described as being energetic and smiley! He would thrive with the love of a family. Please reach out to GWCA to learn more!

Meet Jasper!

This darling boy’s name is Jasper! He is 12-years old and is a healthy kiddo! Jasper is a bright, extroverted, and friendly boy who loves his caregivers and the other children in the orphanage. He has excellent language development and appears to have met all developmental milestones. He is very independent and able to take care of himself and others. Jasper is in desperate need of finding his forever family before he ages out of the system at age 14. He is a smart, sweet child who would thrive with a family to call his own. Please reach out to GWCA to learn more!

Meet Lincoln!

Lincoln is a sweet little boy that is 4 and a half years old. He is described by his caretakers as being very cooperative, smart, and cute. Lincoln gets along with other children, and he likes to play with them and do group activities. He can walk well on his own. Lincoln can speak and can sing full children’s songs. Also, he can hold a pen and scribble with it on paper.

Lincoln is good at following directions and will often help his caretakers with their chores. Sometimes when he sees that his caretakers are tired, he will give them little back massages to help make them feel better.

Lincoln has a congenital heart defect (CHD). He had a UCG (cardiac ultrasound) done on February 25, 2016 that showed he had mitral atresia, left ventricular dysplasia, truncus arteriosus, right heart enlargement, ASD (left to right shunt), two direction shunt of VSD (mainly left to right), and three tricuspid regurgitation.

Because of the complexity of Lincoln’s heart condition, no more surgical procedures will be performed on him for the foreseeable future. He will probably never receive additional heart surgeries in China. Most likely, the only chance Lincoln has to survive and have a healthy, happy life is if he is adopted by a family in the United States who can give him the medical care, love, and attention he needs.

If you would like to learn more about Lincoln and see all of his new videos, please contact the GWCA China Home Finding Team today!

Click Here to Watch One of Lincoln’s NEW Videos!

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URGENT: Only Four Months Until Rebecca Ages Out

Every child needs a loving and permanent family. However, when an orphan “ages out” in China, they lose their chance to be part of a family, where they can feel safe and be loved. At the young age of 14, these children are deemed ineligible for adoption, and their hope for a bright future all but vanishes. This is the situation Rebecca would face, unless she’s able to find a family who can bring her home by her 14th birthday this January.

Rebecca is a lovely and smart young girl, who is outgoing, active, and gets along well with others. Her caregivers describe her as being obedient, sensible, and polite. She enjoys singing and will often perform at school events and at the orphanage. This year she won the second prize in a singing competition!

Click here to watch a video of the talented Rebecca singing beautifully!

Rebecca is missing her left eye and has corneal leukoplakia in her right eye. However, her right eye has some sight, and she’s able to walk around freely in familiar environments without assistance. Currently, she attends a school for children who are blind, where she’s performing very well. Her cognitive and language abilities are normal, and she can read in braille. Rebecca earns excellent grades and has been awarded “Triple-A” student every year.

She has expressed to caregivers that she wants to be adopted by an American family and desires to have a home and parents of her own. Would you consider giving Rebecca a 14th birthday that she will never forget? If you would like to learn more about adopting this sweet kid, please contact China Adoption Specialist Heidi at heidi@gwca.org today. We hope that Rebecca can find her Forever Family soon and experience the love and care that she deserves.

Visit our Waiting Child photo listing to request Rebecca’s file!

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I Found My Family!

Hooray! We are thrilled to share that a family has begun submitting their paperwork to bring this incredible boy home forever!

Last winter, Luke was hosted by a family in our previous China hosting program and had an amazing time while he was here. Thanks to the incredible efforts of his host family and adoption community advocates, Luke was able to find his forever family.

Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN, and we are excited to follow the rest of Luke’s journey home!

Since this sweet boy’s file was considered Special Focus, his family was able to review his information prior to submitting their dossier. All of the kiddos that are on our photo listing are in need of loving forever families, and you can be matched with them right away! If your family is interested in learning more about any of the Waiting Children in our China adoption program, contact one of our China matching specialists or visit our photo listing today.

Visit the Waiting Child Photo Listing to learn about kids in need of forever families!
Contact our China Matching Specialists to learn how you can start your adoption journey!

Resources:

– Learn more about China adoption
– Visit the Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China adoption specialist

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Amara Has a $2,000 Adoption Grant!

As our Sponsored Star for September, Amara now has a $2,000 grant available towards her adoption fees! If you are interested in reviewing Amara’s file or learning how you can be matched with her, visit our China Waiting Child Photo Listing or contact our China Matching Team today!

This beautiful girl’s name is Amara, and she is 12 years old! Amara has been diagnosed with Dandy Walker Syndrome, but overall she seems to be doing phenomenally well in regards to her general development! She was also born with polysyndactyly of both hands and limb differences of her legs. Amara is a smart, kind girl who loves her caregivers. She is described as being very happy and content! She loves to draw and her orphanage even sent us some of her beautiful drawings! Amara is an amazing kiddo who would thrive with the love of parents. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

What is a Sponsored Star?

On the 1st of each month, Great Wall China Adoption will feature one of the kiddos from our Orphanage Partnerships as our monthly “Sponsored Star.” As our Sponsored Star, that child will receive a $2,000 grant towards their adoption fees! Each of the kiddos selected will be a Special Focus child,  meaning they have not found their Forever Family yet due to their age or special needs. Together, we can find loving homes for these amazing kids!

We encourage any families interested in learning more about our Sponsored Star of the Month to visit our China Waiting Child Photo Listing, or contact our China Matching Specialists to learn how you can be matched today. Check back on the first of each month to meet the newest featured child!

Resources

– Learn more about China adoption
– Visit the Waiting Child Photo Listing
– Contact a China adoption specialist

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HURRICANE HARVEY: HELP US, HELP THEM

While Hurricane Harvey has brought devastating floods to many areas of Texas, we have been very fortunate and are happy to announce that our Austin office has not been impacted. We are safe and operating under normal business hours. Our thoughts are with our friends, families, and fellow Texans who have been impacted by the hurricane.

That being said the team at GWCA/CAN/SAE are gathering donations for Central Texas Food Bank and Austin Pets Alive to be allocated to our friends in need all over southern Texas. If you are local we encourage you to donate to the above organizations or you can bring your goods here and we’ll deliver them for you.

If you would like to participate, please bring whatever of the following:

  1. Canned Foods
  2. Anything from this list for cats/dogs (note that they do not need any dog food or dry food anymore.)

We appreciate your support and our continued thoughts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

GWCA/CAN/SAE Address:

248 Addie Roy Rd. Suite A102

Austin, TX 78746

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New Kids on the Block

Meet Camilla!

This precious kiddo’s name is Camilla, and she is 4 years old! Camilla has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but with rehabilitation treatment she has made incredible progress. She is able to walk without assistance and has excellent fine motor skills! Her teachers describe her as having some overall developmental delays, but we believe she would make amazing progress with more specialized attention. She is sweet, smiley kiddo who loves her caregivers and the other children at the orphanage. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Meet Rebecca!

**AGING OUT** Rebecca is a lovely young girl from China that will turn 14 years old this January.  If Rebecca is not adopted before she turns 14, she will age out of the China Adoption System and will never get the chance to have a family.  Rebecca has expressed to her caregivers that she very much wants to be adopted by an American family and that she desires to have a home and parents of her own.

Rebecca is missing her left eye and has corneal leukoplakia in her right eye, so her right eye has some sight, and can walk around freely in a familiar environment without any assistance. She goes to a special school for children who are blind. Her cognitive abilities and language abilities are normal and she is doing very well in school. Rebecca is currently in 6th grade and she gets excellent grades. Rebecca has been awarded “Triple-A” student every year at her school. This year she won the second prize in a singing competition at her school. Rebecca can also read in braille.

Rebecca likes to sing and will often perform at different celebratory events at her school and at the orphanage. Rebecca gets along very well with her peers and with her caregivers! Her teachers describe her as being obedient, sensible and polite. Rebecca is a very outgoing and active girl and has a ready smile.

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

Click Here to Watch Rebecca’s NEW Video where she is singing beautifully!  

Meet Lyla!

I found my family!

Lyla is a sweet little girl from China that just recently turned 1 year old. Lyla only has two fingers on each of her hands and only two large toes on her feet. Lyla is doing well developmentally and cognitively in all other regards.

Lyla is described as an active girl who has a ready smile. Lyla can pick up objects, including food, and can feed herself snacks. Lyla is good at imitating what adults are saying and she is already saying a few words. Lyla can walk on her own and can climb up and down stairs.

If you would like to learn more about Lyla, you can request her file today!

Meet Ziggy!

Meet Ziggy! Ziggy is an incredible 13 year old boy in need of a home as soon as possible. Ziggy ages out of the adoption system in February of 2018, so he urgently needs to find his family. Ziggy is a smart, healthy boy who’s only need is colorblindness! He is currently in school and is learning basic English introductions. He is extremely athletic and loves to play football, even wining second prize for his school football team! He is described as being very curious and disciplined in school. He loves to take initiative in class discussion and present ideas to the group! He is very independent and extremely bright. Ziggy is an amazing kiddo who would thrive with the love of a family. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Meet Amara!

This beautiful girl’s name is Amara, and she is 12 years old! Amara has been diagnosed with Dandy Walker Syndrome, but overall she seems to be doing phenomenally well in regards to her general development! She was also born with polysyndactyly of both hands and limb differences of her legs. Amara is a smart, kind girl who loves her caregivers. She is described as being very happy and content! She loves to draw and her orphanage even sent us some of her beautiful drawings! Amara is an amazing kiddo who would thrive with the love of parents. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more!

Meet Joshua

oshua is a kind little boy from China that just recently turned 11 years old.  Joshua has a unique condition where he has XXY chromosomes and hypospadias.  Joshua is being raised as a boy and he appears to fully identify as a boy as well.  Joshua is overall a healthy boy who is generally on target developmentally and cognitively.  One of my friend’s at GWCA visited me in China earlier this year and she would love to speak with prospective families about me!

Joshua is in 4th grade in a regular school and he gets average grades compared with his peers. He enjoys singing and dancing. He likes to play basketball with his friends. He also loves to draw! If you give Joshua paper and pencils he can draw for hours! he often has a smile on his face and is generally a happy kiddo.

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

Click Here to Watch Joshua’s Video #1!

Click Here to Watch Joshua’s Video #2!

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