Thursday, May 26, 2016

Five Cuties From Taiwan!

On our first full Superkids trip to Taiwan there was something palpable that needs to be shared: hope.  Kids are brought to Chung Yi and Cathwel to be protected.  But these organizations offer even more than that.  They offer rehabilitation; they offer love.  Yes, they are still orphanages, they are temporary, they can never provide what a forever family can.  But they are a very hopeful start.

We met several young children, toddlers and preschoolers, who are proof of what a supportive environment can do.  We met Dani, vivacious little Dani. She was a premie, born at just 23 weeks.  Let that sink in for a minute... that is very early. She has lived with her foster family for three years.  She has received consistent early intervention including OT, PT and ST, and support from her social workers. She is about to turn 4 years old and she is thriving!  She runs, talks in a raspy little voice, and has the most contagious giggle. 


We also met Douglas. He is just 19 months old and has the chubbiest cheeks you can imagine.  He's the kind of kid that is happiest to sit and watch... and cuddle whenever possible. But his nannies know this and are working to find ways to get him moving. He also gets early intervention services to stimulate his development. He has started to say a few simple words and use gestures like waving bye-bye.  


Next is Darla. She is 3 ½ years old.  She is adorable.  While the diagnosis is not official, she likely has mild diplegic cerebral palsy. This means only her legs are affected with movement difficulties. Again we were so impressed by how proactive her care was.  She had braces for her ankles to keep her feet in a good position so she can walk.  She has a mild eye weakness that they were addressing with patching. She gets early intervention services.  She was quiet, but did ask "why are you taking my shoes off?"  But she must be a talker because her nanny told me her favorite thing about Darla is that "she says really sweet things to us." When she wears her braces she can walk, run, climb furniture, even go up stairs by herself.  So much of her success with movement is due to the amazing services she has received!


Not to be outdone by the one and only Dylan.  He also has mild diplegic cerebral palsy.  He is 22 months old. He is an enormous flirt - he blows kisses at all the ladies in the room. He smiles and giggles about everything, most specifically bubbles.  He builds a short tower with blocks, does simple shape puzzles, kisses his reflection in the mirror.  He is starting to follow commands when they are accompanied by a gesture.  Dylan loves to rough house and be tickled. He wears braces (AFOs) on both feet that help him walk all by himself.


Finally, sweet little Damien.  This guy just turned two... and he had a hard start. He entered Chung Yi only three months ago.  He has received consistent caregiving, speech therapy and physical therapy.  And they have started to see him come to life.  He has made so much progress.  He imitates sounds and has started to babble with not just vowels sounds, but consonant sounds too. He also uses gestures to express his needs. He walks, squats and loves going up and down the slide.  He looks at his reflection in the mirror and is very interested in playing with and holding the baby doll. His is starting to be able to do shape sorters and stack cups with just a little bit of help.  The nannies said "kiss" and he puckered his little lips.  What a difference a supportive environment makes!


All of these kiddos have developmental delays.  Of course they do. These kiddos have had a rough start.  However, they are making loads of progress. And they are receiving the developmental supports they need to keep improving - the thing that would fully tip the scale would be a forever family.  The permanent love and consistency a family can provide is the one thing an orphanage setting can never offer.  But you can.  Maybe one of these kiddos is your child?

Superkis team and ChungYi staff
To learn more about any of these children, please be in touch with Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org
These are some of the many great kids waiting for a family!  For more information about Gladney's Taiwan Waiting Child program please contact Mary Chapman or visit Gladney's website or the Gladney's Superkids Facebook page.







Wednesday, May 25, 2016

This is Harrison!

Harrison was another boy the advocacy team got to meet. He was a calm sweet guy. He was easy going and relaxed. He was easy to play with and talk to. 



He enjoyed the activities the advocacy team brought but preferred to stick to the toys that were more age appropriate for him. When he saw that some Legos were brought to play with and was given a box, he beamed from ear to ear. He tore open the package and only needed a little help to get started. He quickly caught on that the instructions were just following the pictures and had his put together in no time.  



But it was game over when he started playing with one of the advocacy’s cell phone. He was showed a few apps and then like any other boy would not put it down. He was so thrilled to use and show off what he could do with it. 



After lunch the team told the Christmas tree tradition and then a tree was put up and decorated. He bounced right in and had so much helping decorate the tree, being very meticulous where he should place his ornament. 



We asked Harrison a few questions and this is how he responded. His favorite color is blue. His favorite animal is a monkey. He is not sure if he likes cats or dogs. He really likes soccer and basketball. He can count from 1 to 10 in English. His favorite subject is PE. Our best response yet to a question when asked “why do you want to get adopted” he replied “because staying in China is boring.”


Harrison is 9 years old and has Thalassemia. He receives blood transfusions every 2 months.

Harrison is a friendly funny guy. Could this tech boy be your son?

Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information.

Wordless Wednesday {Advocacy Camp- Baby Day!}






Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dashing Dylan! {Taiwan}

Dylan is so darn adorable.  He came into the room sporting his little jeans and plaid button up shirt - full smile, with the tiniest hint of a dimple, and the most adorable ears! Ok so he stole my heart… He is petite but don’t let that fool you. He is full of laughter and fun!



Together we played ball, cars, and blew bubbles. His laughter is contagious. When he giggles he squeaks. I can still hear it now… his giggles, the squeaks and the full face smile!



Dylan was well aware of all the activity, his warm brown eyes were always gazing around the room to find the next adventure. No matter what was asked of him he tried. He loved stacking the cups with Keely. He even let her take a look at his special leg braces that he wears for mild celebral palsy. I still remember his black, white and hot pink socks. He giggled as his tiny feet came out of the braces. He is really doing well, he can stand and walk alone. 



This precious, not quite 2 year old, is just way too adorable! He is in search of his forever family. He is looking for a place to call home with a mommy & daddy to snuggle, blow bubbles and laugh often… Could this be you? 

Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Darling Darla {Taiwan}

What a doll! Darla is a 3 1/2 year old, quiet, shy, sweet bundle of sunshine with a smile that can melt even the hardest of hearts. We had the pleasure of meeting her on our recent Superkids trip. She walked into the room with a cute little outfit & special hair bow, gummy bears in hand and b-lined it straight for the little red car. Her caregiver said that the car is one of her favorite toys.



Once on her little red car she ventured just a little closer to Keely. Over the next few minutes she warmed up enough to try the special fruit snacks we had to share. She even traded her gummy bears for them! How sweet of her to share with us!


Darla is suspected to have mild cerebral palsy (and wears braces with sweet Minnie Mouse slippers over), she is doing well and can walk, run, and climb stairs. She asked the caregiver why she was taking her shoes off when Keely removed them to examine her. Braces and slippers off she then decided to nuzzle against Keely on the mat. Even though she was shy, she continued to pay close attention to what we were doing. We had so much fun stacking cups together.



This little sunshine is so precious. She is in search of her forever family. She is looking for a place to call home with a mommy & daddy to nuzzle, stack cups and ride little red cars…. Could this be you?

Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information or to learn more about our Taiwan program.

Monday, May 23, 2016

An Update On... LILY!!

Lily is 6 and she wants to tell you all about herself.


 

Monday Morning Matches!!

Happy Monday! We are starting the week out with excellent news!

Matched!

Jun Jun



Matched!

Lyric



And matched!

Lia



Congratulations! We are thrilled for all of you!