Thursday, May 5, 2016

Introducing Michelle! {Taiwan Trip}

Superkids is heading back to Taiwan in just a few days! We are hoping for no typhoons this time! Along with Gladney VP and Director of Asia Programs, Gongzhan Wu, Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman, and Superkids Pediatric PT, Keely Farkas, we have two new Superkids volunteers joining us for this trip - Faith and Michelle. Today we'd like to introduce you to Michelle who is a soon-to-be adoptive mom and an adoption advocate!

Hi there. My name is Michelle, and I am feeling blessed to be able to join the Superkids team as we travel to Taiwan to advocate for the children still In search of their forever families. 

A snap shot about me. I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter and a nanny. My family and I live in Northern Virginia, just minutes outside of our nation's capital. I have a wonderful husband and two fantastic teenagers. I love being a wife, mom, sister, daughter and nanny, there is no other title that would mean more. I'm passionate about life and really enjoy walking along side young ones as they grow into little adults. The privilege I have sharing in little ones lives through being a nanny as well as serving as a lead Sunday school teacher for the ones and twos room is amazing. 

Why Taiwan and why now? Well, our family has made the decision to grow our family through adoption. We didn't come to this lightly. This has been something that has been heavy on our hearts and prayed for a long time. When we talked about it we all felt the same way, we didn't want to just adopt any child. We wanted our "special" child. We were adopting a little boy from Taiwan with special needs. We want to help educate others, advocate for Down syndrome. Our little boy is special. he has an additional chromosome. That makes him unique. We want to come along side him through his journey of life. So the short of the long is we didn't set out to find a child with Down syndrome. Rather we were blessed by having him find us. 

This will be the first of I hope many trips to Taiwan to advocate for these precious lives. The Superkids team that went to Taiwan in September of last year changed my life forever, they introduced me to my soon to be adopted son. To think that I could be that person to write the blog post about someone else's future child, words don't even begin to describe that feeling. The next journey of my life is beginning, being an advocate for orphans in Taiwan. Feeling blessed at this new title of "advocate" and looking forward to learning more about how we can assure these precious children a chance at a forever home. My heart is overflowing with love to share.

Duncan {Taiwan}

Duncan is an adorable 3 and a half year old little boy. We have photos and videos of him, they just can't be shared publicly.
Duncan enjoys riding on a rocking horse and playing with cars and hula hoops. He also really loves playing in the ball pit and swinging! He gets along well with his peers, but he prefers quiet play by himself. Duncan can run, jump, and climb. He likes listening to music and watching cartoons. Duncan loves to get hugs from his caregivers!
Duncan is diagnosed as having pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). He is currently receiving occupational, speech and language therapy weekly. 
For more information on Duncan, including his photos and videos, please be in touch with Taiwan Program Caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Introducing Faith! {Taiwan Trip Volunteer}

Superkids is heading back to Taiwan in just a few days! We are hoping for no typhoons this time! Along with Gladney VP and Director of Asia Programs, Gongzhan Wu, Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman, and Superkids Pediatric PT, Keely Farkas, we have two new Superkids volunteers joining us for this trip – Faith and Michelle. Today we’d like to introduce Faith who will be our photographer!


Howdy!! My name is Faith, and I’m SUPER excited about traveling to Taiwan with Superkids Charity as the team photographer!

Taiwan and adoption hold a special place in my heart. My grandparents were missionaries in Taiwan from 1961-2001, and they have three adopted children from Taiwan; one is in my mom’s generation, and two sisters who are around my age.

In January 2013, I had the opportunity to travel to Taiwan to teach children’s seminars. I was there for a month at the time, and absolutely loved my Taiwan. On that trip, Taiwan and Chinese children quickly found a special place in my heart!


In December 2015, I traveled to Taiwan with my grandparents, their adopted daughters, my mom, and younger sister. With the exception of my mother, we were able to spend an entire month there. I had the privilege of traveling to the south part of Taiwan to visit some friends who are English teachers in Taiwan, and on that trip, I got to visit an Aboriginal school. My heart quickly bonded with those children there, and I realized how much I wanted to someday adopt a child from Taiwan.


I have been a professional photographer for a few years now, and I have always had the vision of using my photography as a ministry. When a mom friend of mine, who is in the process of adopting from Taiwan, told me that the Asia department of Superkids Charity was looking for a photographer to go with them to Taiwan, I jumped at the chance, and knew that God was the one who opened the door for this opportunity!


Taiwan + Orphans + Adoption + Photography = 4 things that I am passionate about, that God perfectly ordained into one trip for me! I know it will only be 5 days in Taiwan, but I’m excited to spend some time with the kids, and love on them while I’m there

A Video Of Jack!

I know we just posted about him yesterday, but a friend edited this video for us and I just had to share it here! Isn't he adorable!?

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Jack is 6 and has low vision. He can see some, as evidenced in this video! Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information.

Monday, May 2, 2016

An Update On... JACK!

When we were in China last month, we got to see Jack again. He is just as charming and endearing as ever!



Jack is six years old. He has low vision. He lived in an English-speaking Foster home for several years, so he speaks English fluently. I think his favorite phrase is "this is what?" as he touches and feels everything that we brought with us. He does have some vision and is amazing in his ability to see and identify colors and other objects.



Jack has an outgoing personality! The people in our advocacy camp spent time with him and I think everyone fell in love with him! He joins in activities with gusto. They told us the sweetest story about him playing musical chairs. Apparently he and Helen are very good friends. They held hands well the music played and everyone raced around the chairs. Helen made sure that there was always a place for Jack. She kept him away from the mad dash all around them and once he got out she was finished too.



One of the advocates, Fannie, spent a lot of time with him on the day that they had a field trip since he was unable to join in all of the activities. He loved riding on her back and kept telling her that he was hungry and going to eat her up. When she gave him a granola bar he decided that he would eat the granola bar instead because he really likes her and doesn't want to eat her!

Everyone talked about how funny he is! I think part of it is simply the ability to communicate with him and understand what he is saying. This will make it so much easier for his family as well!

Could be your son? Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information.

Monday Morning Match!

We are thrilled to announce that our precious little...

Holly



has a family!!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Nathan {URGENT-AGING OUT}

Each time we go to China we come home with certain children heavy on our hearts. Today I'm going to introduce you to one of those children.

Nathan will turn 14 in September, so time is of the essence. He has osteogenisis imperfecta and is so gentle and sweet!



The first time we met Nathan he came wheeling into the room in his wheelchair and Keely immediately began a rousing game of catch with him. He laughed as he chased after the ball in his wheelchair. Our hearts dropped when we discovered his age and that his paperwork was not completed.

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But we just found out that his file is almost complete and we are so excited and hopeful that someone will see him and fall in love! He needs the opportunities that he will never have in China with his diagnosis!

Nathan is described as kind and steady. He does well in school and reads and writes. He is independant in his self care and can transition into and out of his wheelchair by himself.

Nathan needs a family to step forward as quickly as possible. He deserves to be seen and loved for the wonderful boy he is! Could he be your son? Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information.