Every child needs a loving and permanent family, yet there are countless children around the world living in orphanages and foster homes who are still waiting. We strive each and every day to help these children find families, but for some the need becomes more and more urgent with each passing day. Whether it’s a medical condition which requires urgent care, or the fact that they’re nearing the age at which they will age out, many children are faced with an unknown fate. These are the kids who need your help NOW. You have the ability to make a difference by simply sharing their story to help their Forever Families find them.
Kids with Urgent Medical Needs
We’re currently advocating for one boy in particular who has medical needs which require urgent attention, Lincoln.
Lincoln is a sweet 4 and a half year old boy who is described by his caretakers as being very cute, cooperative and smart. He gets along well with other children and enjoys playing games and participating in group activities. Lincoln is good at following directions and will often help his caretakers with their chores. Sometimes when he sees that his caretakers are tired he will give them little back massages to help make them feel better.
Lincoln has a very serious congenital heart defect (CHD) and he needs medical attention. Because of the complexity of his heart condition, he is no longer able to receive the care he needs in China. Most likely the only chance this child has to survive and have a healthy, happy life, is if he is adopted by a family in the United States who can give him the medical care, love and attention he needs.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about sweet Lincoln or reviewing his medical file, our China adoption specialists would be happy to speak to you and provide you with more information on his heart condition. We’re so hopeful that we will be able to help Lincoln find his family so that he can come home as quickly as possible. For more information contact GWCA today!
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Kids in Danger of Aging Out
Of the 70+ kids that GWCA and CAN’s adoption specialists are currently advocating for, there are 7 kids in our China program alone who are currently in danger of aging out within the next year. When a child ages out of an adoption care system, they are no longer able to be adopted by a family, even if there is a family that’s interested in bringing them home. For orphans in China, this happens at the young age of 14. It is crucial that we find families for these kids as soon as possible so that their families will have enough time to complete their adoption before they turn 14 years old.
This amazing kiddo’s name is Colt! Colt will be turning 14 this September, meaning he will lose his chance at finding a family. Colt was born with tetralogy of fallot, but he had surgery in April of 2005 and has thrived since that time! Colt is an incredibly smart, social child who would thrive in a forever family. Colt is bright, independent, and mischievous! He loves his teachers and classmates, and he is currently in school! He also loves his brothers and sisters in the orphanage and hopes to one day be adopted and come back to visit them to tell them about the United Stated. Colt has wanted to be adopted for a long time, and told his caregivers to tell prospective parents, “Dear Father and Mother, I am waiting for you in China.” His caregivers say that he is cheerful, helpful, and has a warm heart. If he sees a caregiver working hard, he will say “Let me help you, you look so tired.” He is a sweet, charismatic little boy who needs to have the love of a family. His caregivers love him very much and hope that he is adopted soon. Please reach out to Great Wall to learn more about this incredible kiddo!
Gemma is an incredible and essentially healthy 13-year old girl who will be aging out of the system this coming Fall. She needs a loving Forever Family to adopt her before she turns 14 or she will never have a chance to know the love and acceptance of a family.
Gemma is a smart, bright, and active girl who would thrive with consistent care and a forever home. She has refractive error in both her eyes, but it is likely she will only need glasses in order to correct her vision.She has been in a foster family since 2006 and has been described by them as being very sensible and obedient.
Gemma likes to do housework and is always available to help her foster family! She is currently in school and is excelling in her studies. She can write over 100 Chinese characters and is able to perform addition and subtraction. She is a great listener and always finishes her homework right after school! Gemma gets along great with her classmates and is well-liked by everyone she meets.
The orphanage and foster family care very much for Gemma and hope that she will have a forever family soon. You can contact the GWCA China Home Finding team today to learn more about how you can adopt Gemma!
Rebecca is a lovely young girl from China that turned turned 13 years old earlier this year. If Rebecca is not adopted before she turns 14, she will age out of the China Adoption System and will never get the chance to have a family. Rebecca has expressed to her caregivers that she very much wants to be adopted by an American family and that she desires to have a home and parents of her own.
Rebecca is missing her left eye and has corneal leukoplakia in her right eye, so her right eye has some sight, and can walk around freely in a familiar environment without any assistance. She goes to a special school for children who are blind. Her cognitive abilities and language abilities are normal and she is doing very well in school. Rebecca is currently in 6th grade and she gets excellent grades. Rebecca has been awarded “Triple-A” student every year at her school. This year she won the second prize in a singing competition at her school. Rebecca can also read in braille.
Rebecca likes to sing and will often perform at different celebratory events at her school and at the orphanage. Rebecca gets along very well with her peers and with her caregivers! Her teachers describe her as being obedient, sensible and polite. Rebecca is a very outgoing and active girl and has a ready smile.
You can contact the China Home Finding Team at Great Wall if you would like to learn more about adopting sweet Rebecca. We hope we are able to find Rebecca her Forever Family soon!