WOW Kids

Hi, my name is Sophie and I am one and half years old. My doctor says that I have something called down syndrome but I don’t let that get me down! I’m a cheerful kiddo who loves being teased by my caretakers. Sometimes they’ll walk around with me in their arms, and I get to watch everything that’s going on around me! I can raise my head and roll from side to side all by myself. I’m learning to grab things and I can hold on to my own bottle while I eat. I’m so excited to find my forever family!

Hi, my name is Brooks and I am three and a half years old. I’m a little bit delayed compared to my friends, but I don’t let that get me down! I can crawl around all by myself, and I can even walk as long as there’s someone there to hold my hand! I am an outgoing, playful little guy, full of smiles. When I hear music that I like I happily wave my hands around. I really enjoy cuddling. I can’t wait to meet my forever family so we can listen to music and play together.

Hi, my name is Heidi and I am almost four years old. A couple of years ago some nice doctors operated on me to help with my CHD, and I am feeling much better! I’m still a little bit behind my friends, and my breathing is a little bit fast, but I don’t let that hold me back! My caregivers like to help me get stronger by doing special physical activities with me. I have an outgoing personality and a great sense of humor. I play well with my friends and especially enjoy playing with toys that are bright, colorful and have fun sounds. I love listening to music and dance when I hear a song that I like. One of my favorite toys is an electronic organ and I play with it a lot. I can’t wait to meet and play with my forever family!

Hi, my name is Dashiell and I am two years old. My doctor told me that I have a condition which makes my muscles a little bit tense. I’m not walking yet, but I can sit up and play with toys all by myself. I am a jovial little guy who likes to smile and cuddle with my caretakers. One of my favorite things to do is play on a toy piano. I love it when my caretakers read me stories. Bath time is really enjoyable for me, as I like to pat and splash the water. I can’t wait to meet my forever family.

Hi there! My name is Callie and I just turned 2 years old! My doctor says I have a condition where one of my eyes doesn’t always look in the right direction, but I don’t let that get me down! I’m a gentle little lady and I rarely get upset. I’m a bit delayed compared to my friends, but I love to play with colorful toys and flowers outside! I’m can’t wait to find my forever family!

China Summer Hosting Photo Listing Now Available

It’s official! The 2015 Summer Hosting Program is starting off with a big bang! We have already matched some really great kiddos thanks to our VIP families that registered early. We only have 40 spots available and as of this evening there are 36 spots available which will decrease by several over night.

Visit our hosting page here to request a password and begin looking at all of the sweet children ready to visit America.

Please reach out to our matching team today if you are interested in being a part of the 2015 Hosting Experience. Our hosting program has so much to offer for those who are looking for a way to give back to these sweet children.

We need families that are looking to host to adopt, or host to advocate. What does host to advocate mean? It means bringing a child into your home for the summer and giving them the experience of a family. But more than that, it’s getting to know them as a person to help in the advocacy efforts of finding them a forever family. It’s sharing that child’s story with your friends, family and community in efforts to find that child’s forever family. It’s committing to that child wholly knowing you will not stop until you find the family that can best serve that child’s needs. It’s being that child’s advocate.

We also need families as back up host families. Unforeseen circumstance occur, and situations present themselves that not everyone can handle. In case of an emergency we need families all over the united states ready to take action in the event the child can not stay the entire time with their original host family.

We need chaperone host families. Families that want to open their home to one of the caretakers that will be traveling with the children. The adults that travel with children also need a place to stay, you could provide that for them at no cost to your family.

We need home safety visit providers, approved individuals that can help families get their home approved for hosting a child.

Lastly we need advocates, we need people like you that are reading this right now because you care about the children, to share the hosting program information with people you know. You can share a child’s photo listing photo on your Facebook, twitter, etc. Help get these kid’s faces out there so we can find their host family and potential forever family!

WOW Kids

Hello! My name is Melody and I am 13 years old. I am a healthy girl that needs to find a family fast as I will not be able to be adopted after a couple of months. I need to find a family that has their paperwork ready in China already. My caregivers describe me as outgoing and I love to sing, dance, and draw. I also love sports! I am in the 8th grade and do very well in school. I am hoping my friends at Great Wall can help me find my forever family very soon!
Find me on the Waiting Child Photolisting!

Hi! My name is Samantha and I am 11 years old! I have something called cerebral palsy which makes my leg muscles a little weak. Because of this I have difficulty walking. I have been working hard to build up my strength and I can now walk up and down stairs if I hold on to a railing! Due to my other delays I am not attending school, however, I love learning! My caretakers describe me as polite and sympathetic. I hope that I find my forever family soon!
Find me on the Waiting Child Photolisting!

Hello, my name is Silas and I am turning 2 years old very soon! My doctors tell me that I have retrolental fibroplasia of my right eye. They also said the iris of my left eye is thicker than other kids, however I don’t let this stop me from doing anything! I love to build towers with blocks and can follow instructions given to me. I am speaking and like to interact with others. I am a little picky when it comes to mealtimes, but I love rice! I love to move around and hope to find my forever family soon!

Find me on the Waiting Child Photolisting!

Hi! My name is Atticus and I am 4 years old! My doctor says I have something called Favism. Because of this condition I have to avoid eating certain foods, but I don’t let that get me down! I’m an active little guy who loves playing with toys. Though I’m physically developing well, I am still not communicating verbally. I can understand what my caregivers tell me to do and am always happy when it’s time to eat! I can’t wait to meet my forever family so that we can play together!

Find me on the Waiting Child Photolisting!

CCCWA Releases New Eligibility Updates

The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption released an announcement stating that they will be making some changes regarding family eligbiltiy beginning January 1, 2015. The changes are to ‘better help children in need find suitable families and improve the quality of management and service.’ GWCA is excited for these changes and the impact they will make on our current and future families. We look forward to working closely with the CCCWA in their efforts to help more orphans find their forever families. Below are the main changes made by the CCCWA. (Please note the following information only reflects the new changes, all other requirements have not changed.)

Eligibility Requirement Updates

Single parent families are now eligible to adopt what is considered an ‘LID’ child or a child that is not listed as special focus. are eligible to adopt either a non-special focus child or a special focus child. Single applicants may submit a dossier to China prior to being matched with a child. There must be no more than a 45 year age difference between the age of the parent and the age of the child.

Singles may have no more than 2 children in the home, and the youngest child should be older than 5 years old. Singles cannot adopt if there are already 3 children in their home under the age of 18.

Singles and couples over the age of 50 are now eligible to adopt either a non-special focus(LID) or a special focus child and can submit their dossier to China prior to being matched. There may be no more than a 50 year age difference between the age of the younger parent and the age of the child.

Couples with more than 5 children living in the home are now eligible to adopt either a non special focus(LID) or a special focus child and can submit their dossier to China prior to being matched.

Families must be free of medical conditions that affect their life expectancy or parenting ability to be eligible for an adoption from China. According to the CCCWA, the following conditions could make a family ineligible: intellectual disability, positive for HIV or other contagious infectious disease, schizophrenia, blindness, poor vision in both eyes, non-function or dysfunction of limbs, incomplete or deformed limbs, severe facial deformity, and Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater.

Mental disorders, such as mania, anxiety, phobia, depression, obsession, etc. will make a family ineligible for adoption, except in the case of a couple if the disorder is minor and well controlled by medication.

Diseases that require long-term treatment and affect parenting ability will make a family ineligible, except in the case where one parent is completely healthy and the other parent’s condition is well controlled after treatment. According to the CCCWA, the following conditions fall into this category: malignant tumors, lupus, nephrosis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, an organ transplant within the last ten years, etc.

Parents with severe hearing loss/deafness or loss of language function may adopt a child with the same condition.

In an adoption by a couple, if one parent is completely healthy and the other parent has one of these conditions, the family will be eligible to adopt.

GWCA encourages families that do not meet all of the China requirements to still reach out to our International Adoption Consultants, we can always try for your family and the possibility of exceptions are sometimes available. 

The CCCWA requires that families have a minimum income of $30,000 plus $10,000 per child living in the home (including the prospective adoptee). Minimum net worth for couples is $80,000. Minimum net worth for singles is $100,000. However, if a family lives in an area where the local cost of living is lower and they have above average income for their area, an exception to these income requirements may be made.

The following crimes on a background check will make a family ineligible for an adoption from China: history of domestic violence, sex abuse, or abuse/abandonment of children; drug use including opium, morphine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, etc; and history of alcohol abuse less than ten years old. If the parents have 3 or fewer minor criminal records more than ten years ago or five or fewer traffic violations with no severe outcomes, they may be eligible to adopt from China.


Happy Forever Family Day Spicy Peanut

Two years ago today, I walked into the Civil Affairs office in Changsha, China, wondering what our first encounter would be like. Would the room be filled with crying children and anxious families? Would I recognize you from your one recent picture I’d been studying? Would you smile at me? Would you be terrified of me?

I had been waiting for this day for well over three years. But it almost happened too fast. I wasn’t ready for the moment.

When we walked into the waiting area, I saw a little girl in a red coat being held by a young woman. Along with two other official looking people, they were the only ones in the room, and Daddy and I were the only couple there. The instant I saw your face, I did indeed recognize you.

I nearly panicked because I didn’t expect you to already be there- you waiting for me. I whipped out my phone like a old west gunslinger and snapped this, my first picture of you.

You seemed very curious. Eyebrows up, eyes wide open, taking in the strange new place. You even started to take my hand as if to inspect me, then promptly attempted to bolt from the room, orphanage director in tow.

You were scared, terrified. And rightly so. We were new and different, and you had no way to understand what was happening. You finally fell asleep in my arms mid-protest. And that began to bond us. You woke up still in my arms and looked right at me. You still looked nervous, but you didn’t cry at all. We took you on a new adventure, where you thoroughly enjoyed every inch of Walmart. Then we went back to the hotel where we started to get to know each other and become a family.

I was, and still am, so amazed by you. Every single day you made huge leaps and strides- learning, growing, struggling and triumphing. Within days you had learned to clap, crawl, wave, sign “thank you,” say “Dada” and recognize your new name- Zoe Xiu. Your deer-in-headlights look was slowly replaced by sweet little smiles and giggles.

Nights were hard. Filled with night terrors and unrest. Days were fun. We explored new places and enjoyed getting to know each other. Your little personality started to emerge. You were a super sweet little girl with flashes of boldness, stubbornness… spiciness. You even began to give us a “spicy face” every time we called you Spicy Peanut.

Two years later, you are still super sweet with just a dash of spicy. We have celebrated two birthdays with you and watched you absolutely beam with excitement each time. You have discovered a love for chocolate, icing and people singing to you.

You have a style all your own. You love to accessorize and have found your inner princess. From dresses with rain boots to pajamas with Tinkerbell shoes, you confidently rock every style you try out.

You are super playful and often breakdown into a fit of unstoppable giggles. We have decided that you have the best laugh in the world.

A lot of times you’re quiet, taking in the world around you. You often sit back and observe while everyone around you is busy doing. You always stop to pick flowers. You notice things we miss… a lot.

Your serving heart abounds. When you know someone needs something, you immediately spring into action! You are big sister extraordinaire, always making sure little brother has his paci, plenty of toys, and a push in his walker to get him where he needs to be. You love to get out your play dishes and set the table while I’m making dinner and pull out our chairs for us to sit. And you are always available for super Zoe snuggles when anyone needs them.

Zoe, we are so blessed to have you as our daughter and sister. You fill our house with joy and our hearts with overflowing love.

Happy Forever Family Day Spicy Peanut.

Team T-Shirts Now Available

Join our TEAM and contribute to our upcoming host programs. All proceeds acquired from these t-shirts will go toward hosting grants for the Summer 2015 program. These shirts will be worn by all of our hosting kids as they arrive to meet their host families for the 2014 Holiday Program. We ask that all family members and friends that will be meeting these children at the airport purchase a shirt. The shirts are available to order AGAIN for a VERY limited time. Please place your order by November 18th. They are $20, which includes shipping. Send this link to your friends and families and make a difference in a child’s life by joining our TEAM today!

Do you know what TEAM stands for?

The Best of the China Holiday Hosting Class of 2014

This guy had us rolling on the floor laughing. He was so quick to please, joke, and laugh. Check out his animal impressions here.
This stud really struts his stuff when he is in his kung fu class. His moves are unbelievable and will blow anyone out of the water.
This young man can sure lay on the charm. He decieves you with his shyness up front but once he got to know us he just wouldn’t stop!
Best Smile: C14-04 This little guy can’t wait to learn English and become a strong swimmer. He has lots of friends and has the biggest kool-aid smile of the bunch.
This c  harming young man is always sharply dressed and carries himself like a Harvard Professor. He is smart as whip and ready for challenge.
These two are quite the charmers, in all the same classes, and both kung fu masters. Watch their video here.
Friday is the last day to be matched with host child, will you be one our final TEN families? Any family that applies by the end of the day 10.15.2014 will receive $250 towards their hosting fees.

Limited Time – Hosting Grants – Donate Now

Are you looking to help an orphan but not sure how? There are so many children hoping to visit America for the holidays. All these kids need is a little extra help to get here. Your donation could help bring one of the kids home forever.

Donate here and note which of the following children your donation is for in the ‘in honor of’ field.

Ready, Set, Go!

Hosting Yu Yu

“Hon, I know you are going to think I’m crazy, but I want to host an orphan from China this summer…” This is how I greeted my husband the day that I dared to take a peek at the photo listing of children who needed placements for the summer hosting program.  After adopting my daughter as an infant (I was single at the time), I felt in my heart the pull towards adopting an older child.  But after marrying and settling in to the joys and challenges of a blended family, I figured that dream was behind me.  Well, what a surprise when my husband said “I don’t think you are crazy!”, and we quickly moved ahead to meet the looming deadline to be matched with the child we felt drawn to host.

While we were open from the start to the idea of adopting if things went well, we were very nervous about all the ways that things might NOT go well.  Hosting seemed like the perfect way to see what it might be like to add to our family in this way, and to see if this particular child was a good fit.  And he was.  After weeks of nervous preparation, our lives were forever changed by the adorable 6 year old boy who greeted us at the airport with a huge smile on his face.  He was small for his age, and acted much younger than 6, but he drew us in with his humor and the sheer delight that he expressed with each new thing that he tried and experienced with us.  I spent about a day feeling a bit worried about his immaturity, nervous about how the summer would go, but it didn’t last!  I had worried so much about communication with a boy who knew no English, but really that was not a very big deal.  He surprised us by singing some songs in English that he had learned in school in China (BINGO, Twinkle Twinkle, ABC Song) .  He very quickly learned some words and phrases in English, and we learned a few essentials in Mandarin.  What we didn’t know got communicated through gestures and pantomime.  Yu Yu fell in love with ice cream at the first, unexpectedly cold lick.  Every time we went out in the car after that, he would say “Mama!” to get my attention, then pantomime holding and licking an ice cream cone, as his way of asking to go get some ice cream! (I could hardly ever say no!)

The best part of hosting was falling in love with this amazing little boy.  Experiencing him learning to love hugs and being held, snuggling in close and giving kisses – all things that seemed new to him.  Watching him play and bond with our girls. Seeing the utter joy on his face as he experienced not only the big fun stuff, but the everyday things like a bath, being tucked in, and eating a picnic lunch in the yard. Seeing him go from fear of the water to actually swimming!  Seeing how well he compensated for his right arm disability.  Was every moment fun and easy? Well, no.  He did his share of testing the limits, and laughing when reprimanded. He turned out to be a sensitive boy, crying easily at small things and sometimes just shutting down.  Those were the times when the lack of common language was the hardest.  But as the weeks went by, I feel like we were starting to see wonderful progress with his trust of us, his bonding with us, and learning to live with the limits.  Those sparks of progress gave us hope that this was a good fit, and that he was meant to be with our family.

To be honest, the hardest part of hosting is right now, afterwards.  Watching him leave us at the airport was one of the hardest moments in our lives.  He already felt like our son, and we were losing him.  Now, to be separated so many months as we go through the adoption process, it is really hard. At times it feels cruel to both him and us.  But I also know that we would NOT be adopting right now if we hadn’t hosted.  I know that we wouldn’t have been brave enough to take on the unknowns of an older child without meeting him and feeling him melt into our family.  What a gift he was to us. What joy we have in looking forward to the day when we will finally be reunited with him, this time forever!

Thank you to Yu Yu’s Host Family for allowing us to share their beautiful story. We can’t wait for them to bring their little Yu Yu home!

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