Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Placed and Matched Superkids of 2014


The children in this video were seen and advocated for by Superkids volunteers. We love each of these children dearly and are so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet them in China. We also love each family who has adopted or is adopting one of our precious Superkids. Let's work together to make 2015 another wonderful year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Are You Ready to Lose Your Heart?

Are you ready to lose your heart to a little boy?



See what I mean?

This is Anderson. He is four years old. He is described as lively and happy. He treats people politely and gets along well with his peers. It is noted that he is good at stringing beads and folding paper.



Anderson's special needs are dental issues and a speech delay. He can speak simple words and is learning self care skills such as dressing himself.



My favorite memory from meeting Anderson is how he played with a little toy crane. He was very imaginative in using the crane to pull other toys and he made all of the appropriate crane noises to go with it! It was adorable!



Could this sweet little boy be your son?

For more information about Anderson or any of our waiting children please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org.


Friday, December 26, 2014

This is Andy

I have an extraordinary boy to introduce to you today. We are calling him Andy and his courage and cheerful attitude are an inspiration to those of us who have met him.



Andy is 13 years old, he will turn 14 in June, meaning that his chance to be adopted will be forever over. This means that his situation is urgent! He needs a family right now in order to be able to complete the paperwork and get to China before his birthday!

Andy attends public school and does well there. His favorite subject is art. He is described as respectful and cheerful and he gets along well with his peers.



Andy's special need is a limb difference in his leg. His upper leg bone is bowed and shortened and he uses a crutch to walk. Believe me, this doesn't slow him down at all!



This wonderful young man has so much potential and he needs a family who can help him to develop that potential. Could he be your son?

For more information about Andy please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org.







Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Our Christmas Miracle

It's a story that has been unfolding for a year and a half. In June of 2013 we met a beautiful girl whom we all fell in love with. She was with her foster father when we first met her and they requested that we try to find a family for her. We promised we would, and silently prayed that her family would be easy to find.

"Amanda" 2013

We saw her again in June of 2014. This time she assured us that we shouldn't feel bad if we couldn't find her a family. We all knew the clock was ticking and that time was running out as her 14th birthday (when children in China become ineligible for adoption) was only 6 months away. Again we came away realizing what a special girl this was!

"Amanda" 2014

On Monday, she met her family. She is now officially adopted, three days before her birthday. One of the things she said she hoped for in a family was siblings. Well, now she has them. And she has a wonderful mom and dad who will give her every opportunity they can.

What a beautiful Christmas miracle!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Superkids 2014 Memories {Flashback Friday- Hannah}

The following was written by Hannah Sams, a Superkids volunteer, who traveled to China for the first time in 2014. She helped with recording data and taking video. She has such a special touch with little ones! If a child seemed nervous or upset Hannah was always right there to comfort them and make them feel safe.  



When I traveled to China this past summer with Superkids I was expecting many new experiences and emotions but I wasn't expecting these kids to grab my heart and never let go. 



I met a sassy two year old. Oh, was she ever a two year old! She was a tiny spit fire who wanted to be held and let us all know she didn't like it when I put her down.



I met an adorable little boy with burn scars. When I held out my arms to him a huge smile split his face and he ran straight into my arms and heart! 

Then there was the 12 year old boy who had also been burned...Life seemed to have taken his smile away and my heart broke to watch  his lack of self-confidence. I couldn't help but think what a different person he would be if someone saw his potential and helped him also see it. 




And there were so many more. Waiting to fit into their family like a missing puzzle piece to complete a beautiful picture. It is so exciting to hear of one of these kids being matched and going home to their family. Another unique, beautiful picture completed!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christopher

See this handsome young man? We are calling him Christopher and he is ten years old. The Superkids team met Christopher in 2013 and again in 2014. He is such a sweet, cheerful boy. We all loved it when Gongzhan had him eating bananas and lifting water bottles to try to build up his strength!

Christopher has a degenerative disease. He can't move his legs and is not continent. Christopher is very smart and loves school. Someone from the orphanage drives him to school, they carry him to his desk where he remains until school is over. 
Christopher has an impish grin and wonderful laugh. He loved playing Candy Crush on Gongzhan's iPad. He also really enjoyed the hats we took in 2014. You have to admit that he looks pretty good in them too!

Christopher needs a family who will love him no matter what the future holds for him. Could he be your son?
For more information about Christopher or any of our waiting children please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tad's Adoption Story {Family Story Friday}

Today, Dr Darla, our Superkids pediatrician shares about adopting her son Tad. We met Tad in China and am so pleased to know he is home with such a wonderful family.

 

I am thrilled that I have kids of both genders, since I came from a household of all girls.  Boys add a different dimension!  As a pediatrician, I enjoy seeing both boys and girls.  Let me tell you a story of my youngest son as we come up on the completion of his first year at home.

Our son was listed as having multiple medical problems.  In reviewing the file, it was apparent that all the medical issues were resolved.  His special need was that he was a boy and he was eight.  He was in a foster family in China for 7 years.  Adoption is a step of faith, because of the unknowns.  Here was our list of unknowns/worries …


1)      Grief:  We expected that there may be a lot of grief after leaving his foster family.  It was explained to us that foster care is really viewed as a temporary solution.  I don’t know how this is communicated, but we were surprised that we haven’t seen more sadness yet.  He shares stories of his family, so we have gotten a glimpse of his life.

2)      Language:  We initially use a translator on our phones and the in-country interpreter to communicate big concepts.  With our sample size of two adoptions, we are always amazed at how quickly they learn English.  Tad wanted to start school right away.  He went to school one week after getting home.  The school used the iPad for translation for a couple of weeks (no person available to interpret) and then he was fine without it.

3)      Life lived:  We were worried about all the life that he had already lived.  Older kids come with more baggage.   Life in a foster family versus an orphanage certainly worked to his advantage.  He understands what it means to be in a family and how to build relationships.  I am thankful for his foster family who certainly invested in him.


Tad was listed as clever and introverted.  The first moment that I met him as he tip toed through the room like a monkey told me that introvert was incorrect!  He is full of life, with boredom being his biggest challenge.  Clever is spot on.  He is a whiz… at anything he tries.  He was top of the class in China and now in America.  He probably knows more than the rest of the family about the 50 states, US presidents, world geography, etc. He is a precious 9 year old boy.  It isn't always easy, but it isn't always easy with any of our children.  We are so glad we took this step of faith.  He is a blessing to our family!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cause for Celebration!

Some know him as Alban. Some know him as Graham. Some affectionately call him "Nugget". And soon he is going to called "son".

We are so excited to announce that:

Graham has a family!!!



Monday, December 1, 2014

Dings and Happy News for the Day!

We are so pleased to announce,

I have found my family!!!

Ding,


Ding  Ding Ding!!!!

We are so happy for little Geoff

Oh yes and more happy news, our wonderful Guang Ming star Shayla ,  met her family in China yesterday!!!!

Such a great way to start the month of December!!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We Are Thankful...

For each child we have seen, held, played with, and loved...




For each team member whom we have come to love as family...



For each family whom we have the privilege of working with...

The Tabasso family with Wendy Stanley at our recent fundraiser.

We are thankful!


For every child who is home for this holiday season..






For the children who now have families working to bring them home...




For the people near and far who open their hearts and support the work we do...


We are thankful!

For the five little boys and one little girl whose families found them this month...



For the families who are celebrating Thanksgiving in China this year...

The Willett family with Martha Osborne at our recent fundraiser.

For these and so many more blessings we are truly thankful!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ding, Ding Ding!!!!

Every one is Special! This guy is really special! We all met him only once in 2013 but he has been in our hearts every day since then.   He has a significant heart issue and has found a wonderful family.



  I have found my family!


Ding Ding Ding!!!!!!

We are so so Happy for you Mr. Scotty!!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Changed Heart Can Change Lives {Family Story Friday}

This week's family story was written by adoptive mom and Superkids volunteer Dr. Darla Wrage.



My adoption journey is a journey of the heart.  I was a busy working mom of three little kids. All of a sudden, a seed was planted…adoption.  I was introduced to adoption by a pharmaceutical rep (of all people?!).  She had returned from China with little girl.  I learned that China had a one child policy, which left many girls in orphanages.  My heart changed.



Although I was ready to move forward, my husband was not.  A ten year wait ensued, but during that time our hearts were changing.  Adoption from China was changing. Most adoptions were “special needs” kids.  The healthy baby girls were few.  As we looked at the stage in life we were in, we knew that an older child would fit in best.  With a medical background, I was able to sort through the medical needs and what that would look like in our family.  We welcomed a six year old girl with nephrotic syndrome into our hearts in May 2011.  My heart changed.




While we were in China, we were connected with a family adopting a 13 year old daughter.  We heard the plight of orphans aging out of the system at age 14. The future for those kids is dismal. Their “special need” was “older child.”  My heart changed.



Then a new special need came to my attention…. “boy.”  People are taken aback when they hear that a boy is being adopted from China.  People are aware of the one child policy and the early implications of that.   They are surprised that the orphanages are filled with boys and that boys are harder to place.  My heart changed.



A school picture of a boy with no smile… our hearts changed.  Going through the listed “multiple medical needs,” I systematically checked them all off as resolved.  His special need ultimately was “older boy.” He jumped into our life in January 2014. My heart changed.



There are millions of kids… all unique… that have no family.  Their “special need” is a family to call their own.  I pray for changing hearts that will fulfill that need.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Oh Graham!



Sweet Graham!

Some say he is silly...



Some say he is sweet...



He likes cookies and stickers.


He needs a family. A family needs him. Could he be your son?

For all the information about his age and special need read this post.