Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Helena

I have just been waiting to get the go ahead to introduce you to Helena! Her file is completed and we can finally put her beautiful face on the blog!



Helena is is 7 years old and has post-operative CHD. She was very quiet and didn't really think we were very interesting or fun, that is until she saw Douglas playing with a ball. She warmed up to him quickly and had so much fun playing with him! When our medical team wanted to see her she didn't want to do what they wanted her to do unless Douglas did it too! It was adorable!



She walks, runs, jumps, and kicks a ball. She played with Legos and put together a small set with a little help. She made herself a bead necklace and drew us a beautiful picture. She speaks in complete sentences and answers questions, but her voice is very soft. Probably she found us all a little overwhelming!



Helena is going to be such a wonderful addition to a family! Could she be your daughter? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information. We can't wait to speak with you about her!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Linus

The following was written by Steve Willett, an adoptive parent who met Linus while in China to adopt his second daughter.

I met Linus when I visited the Changsha Social Welfare Institute after I met my second adopted daughter 2 days prior. We were visiting the infant wing of the SWI with another expectant adoptive parent, and there he was walking the hallway. He walked right up to me and my wife and gave us both big smiles, and I was lost to his charms.  


Steve and Linus

He wanted to be picked up which I did, and from there on out it was nothing but giggles, smiles and a lot of joy. I had a t-shirt that had a robot and a dinosaur in a battle and I made noises for both opponents as he laughed heartily and he couldn't get enough, and in all honesty neither could I. Even though I was with my wife and my two daughters, I felt very touched by this child, who I knew could not come home with us. 




As lunch time approached, I had to put him down and he disappeared around the corner waving to me as he went. I was an emotional wreck. It was only a matter of minutes, but this boy had touched me and I knew that I wanted to be a part of helping him find a forever family. I asked the nannies at the SWI if he had a file, and they said that he did not, but if anyone asked, then they would prepare one for him. After contacting my agency that night, we were able to start the process of getting a file ready for him. I saw him briefly before we left the SWI and picked him up one last time and gave him a hug; I didn’t want to let go.





The trip back to the hotel was very quiet and contemplative for me. I was thinking about Rosie's future, and I wanted Linus to have the same chance at a brighter future. If you are looking for a boy who is filled with joy and giggles and just radiates happiness, then I highly suggest you look into Linus’s file. While I was only with him for minutes, he has affected me for a lifetime, and I know that he can affect a loving family looking to adopt in so many expected and unexpected ways. Could you be his forever family?




Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Chinese New Year Party in NYC

Oh my! If you did not make if to our Chinese New Year party in New York City on Saturday, just go ahead and decide to really try to make it next year! We had such a great party with families from far and wide. One family flew in from Colorado, another drove down from Boston. And then there were those from New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It was a great gathering of people!





Wendy Stanley with her two daughters
We had Lion dancers there who did a fabulous job of dancing and of interacting with the crowd. We had the Purple Swan dancers as well who did several gorgeous dance routines for us.  And then there was this lovely little gymnast who did an amazing routine.





Some of the children who were there with the Purple Swans

The food was good, the company was even better. What a fun event!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Larson

I remember meeting Larson in October. I remember that he was quiet and shy but very sweet. What I didn't remember was how very cute he is! Just look at this little guy!



Larson just turned 2. He is doing really well developmentally. He walks, runs, and jumps. He stacks blocks, searches for a hidden object, and scribbles on paper. He is speaking in 3-5 word sentences.



Here he is with Loyal.

Larson has had surgery for a hernia and has multiple facial neoplasms.



Little Larson is reported to be a little quiet and shy, though we were able to win some smiles after offering him Gerber baby puffs. And he thought putting blocks in a cup and shaking them was downright hilarious (don't you just love 2 year old humor?!).



He has this little ball that he carries everywhere with him. He gets sad if he can't find it and is very excited when he sees it again.

This sweet, playful baby boy needs a family. Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information. We can't wait to tell you all about him!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lorne

If this little face doesn't make your heart beat just a little faster I don't know what would!



Lorne will be 3 this week and has Down Syndrome. Wouldn't a family be a wonderful birthday gift!?



He is a quiet, observant little boy who preferred to stay on his caregivers lap rather than play with us, but once we got the little music toy out he was much more willing to come to us.



Lorne wasn't quite walking when we saw him in October, but he took steps if you held his little hands. He follows simple commands  and loves toys that make sounds.



Lorne has a $4,000 grant through Gladney. We are also waiving the application fee through the end of January, so today is a great time to contact us about adopting Lorne!

His file describes him as a well behaved lovely boy. Could this little sweetheart be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Moses & Matilda {Taiwan}

Prepare for total sweetness overload. This brother and sister pair are so much fun. From the moment we met they had our attention. Matilda, age 9, so sweetly dressed in her floral dress and lacy socks. Moses, age 10, in his stylish star shorts and striped shirt. 



Our game of match was met with giggles as each tried to get the most matches. Matilda playing by the rules while Moses started to turn multiple over at once. Boys will be boys...

Moses was quick to show us his puzzle talent as he followed the directions. Such a concentrated look on his face. 




Matilda was sweet as she enjoyed creating her very own tote bag decorated by many shapes and colors. She also really enjoyed the I Spy book and finding the hidden treasures. 




Both brother and sister enjoyed sharing their smiles with us as we snapped pictures. We have so much to share about these precious two. Might you be their forever family? For more information on Moses and Matilda, please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org.
 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Loyal

I know we are always introducing you to super cute children on this blog. It is what we do. But I'm going to propose that we have some exceptional cuteness to post this morning!



Loyal is 5 years old and is a very healthy little guy. He may have some language delays, although his foster parents told us that he speaks well at home. Our translator also got him to talk a little bit, so he can definitely speak in complete, short sentences.



He was a little shy and spoke in the local dialect, so most of our answers came from his foster mom. She said he is very smart, active, and happy. We were able to observe some things, such as he can walk, run, and jump. He can stand on one foot and put together a little Lego set.



Loyal is a generally healthy little 5 year old boy! Could he be your son? Please email us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.