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New Pictures of Jayden!

We got some new pictures of Jayden and they are soooooo cute, I just have to share them with you!



Jayden is 18 months old and has complicated CHD. You can read his blog post here. He needs a family to get to him quickly! Please contact us today for more information about this darling baby boy!



Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information. In honor of CHD awareness month we are waiving the application fee for families interested in adopting Jayden.

Meet the Asia Staff in Texas!

Edited to add: Martha Osbourne from the Rainbowkids website also plans to be at these events! She has been such an amazing advocate for waiting children and is just an all-around lovely person. We are thrilled that she will be joining us!

Hey all of you sweet, wonderful Texas families! We are traveling to Texas this week and want to meet as many of you as we possibly can!



Who is traveling? Well, I'm glad you asked! Because...

Wendy Stanley
April Uduhiri
Leta White 
Lindsay Hatcher &
Mary Chapman

will all be there!! And we can't wait to spend time with you!

There are two different events so that we can visit with as many people as possible! 

They are planning a great evening in Austin on February 23. That is this Friday! If you can attend this event please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org. She will provide further details.



The Asia staff will also be attending a Chinese New Year party at the Gladney office in the Dallas/Fort Worth area on Sunday, February 25 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM! The cost is $40 per family or $30 per family for GFA members. Everyone is invited! 

Register here for the event! This registration link will be open until Friday, but if you miss registering by then we still want you to come, so email mary.chapman@gladney.org and she will add you to the list. 

There will be food, crafts, a lion dance, face painting, and other entertainment. It sounds like it is going to be a fabulous party, so invite anyone you know who might be interested in learning more about adoption!

The staff will be available to answer questions about the China and Taiwan programs and about Superkids and our role in the adoption programs. There will also be someone from the post-placement department available to answer questions. 

We cannot wait to spend time with all of you!

Desi {Taiwan}

I was so excited when I learned that we would be meeting with Desi again during our trip in November. I first met Desi during our spring trip – he was the last kid I saw that trip and he left quite an impression. He was so fun and animated when he answered my questions, and so funny! I was practically crying from laughing so hard! So, needless to say, I was looking forward to spending more time with him.



And sweet Desi did not disappoint – he came in the room, saw me and ran to give me a big hug! Heart melting! He was happy to answer all of my questions again – and even answered in English when he could. He told me that it was fun answering my questions. When I asked him what makes him happy, he shared about going to the US as part of a summer hosting camp a few years ago. He said he wants to live in the US!



Desi is learning magic and was very proud to show us a trick where he made an eraser disappear. I can picture Desi preforming in talent shows, and possibly even growing up to be an actor, or maybe a professional magician! He has that special “spark” – this is one amazing boy. 

Desi is 9 years old and has no medical needs. He would bring so much joy, fun, and adventure to a family. Could he be your son? Please emailmary.chapman@gladney.org for more info on Desi!

Of Photography Workshops and CNY

We have been quiet for a week. It was my intent to post about a few children and tell you all about the photography workshop I was attending in Phoenix, AZ where the weather is mild and the oranges are ripe on the trees. Photography has been a big part of Superkids, so I wanted to share the workshop with you here too.

Proof that I was in Phoenix and actually took some pictures!


But...




The day after I arrived in Phoenix, after a swim in the heated pool and eating a sun ripened orange, I got a migraine. There were no blog posts happening then. Six days later the migraine persists though I have now traveled home to snowy Pennsylvania. (Yes, I am going to the doctor this afternoon.)

In the meantime, the New York staff and friends celebrated Chinese New Year in style at the Jing Fong restaurant in New York City.


The next few days are going to be fun as we get ready for Chinese New Year! We are preparing with a new look and some new features we can't wait to tell you all about!

Since this post is a little more personal than most I am going to sign off as...

Arlo {Taiwan}

Arlo is an 8 year old boy who likes playing with remote control cars and playing at the park. He likes playing with friends at school and is good at following rules.



Arlo is quiet and shy and didn't want to talk to us much when our team met him in November. We didn't mind, we know that we can seem a little overwhelming to children when we are all there. His caregiver told us that he is more talkative when he is with people he knows. Pretty normal for a quiet 8 year old boy!



He built a tall tower of blocks for us and then knocked them over. He had fun playing ball and was good at running, jumping, and spinning. I think he was pretty excited to see Joe there! Joe played ball with him and then we saw some smiles!

Arlo is on medicines for ADHD. He does well in school and is able to concentrate on his school work.



Arlo will be such a great son for someone! We need to find his family. Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.


Kayla

Kayla just turned 5 years old. She is described as a quiet, shy child who rely on her caregiver for security. She is described a smiley and lovely.



She likes to play with other children and is good at sharing toys. She likes watching cartoons and understands simple commands. She communicates her needs well.



Kayla has cerebral palsy and walks using a walker. She cannot be on her feet for long before she experiences pain. She speaks in complete sentences and her speech is clear. She likes to sing and listen to music.

She can count to 5 and likes to talk with her peers and caregivers. She knows her colors and can stack blocks. She imitates shapes when they are drawn for her.



This little sweetheart needs a family! Could she be your daughter? please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information!

Family Friday!

We have matches to announce! Two adorable baby boys. One from China, one from Taiwan.



Like and share this post to help us congratulate their families! We are over-the-moon excited for them!