Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy News!

The very best kind!

Matches! Matches! Read all about it!

Who is matched?




I am!


Jared


And me!


Juliette


And me!


Stella

And all of our friends at Superkids are over the moon excited for us!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fantastic Farrah! {Taiwan}

Farrah is a sweet two year old girl that Superkids met in September. She had a calm demeanor and her caregivers stated that she enjoys playing with the other children. She likes playing with toys that light up or make sounds.



Farrah is a foodie – she loves very flavorful foods! If she really likes something she will want to keep eating and eating!



She has an amazing connection to one of her caregivers – as soon as the caregiver walked into the room we saw her face just light up! She instantly became more active and smiley. Her caregiver explained that they have been working hard with her to learn new motor skills and that she also attends physical therapy weekly. They have seen her make great strides in her therapies.



Farrah wears hearing aids in both ears and it is also reported that she may have some vision issues. Farrah also has developmental delays and, as mentioned above, is receiving therapies.

Could Farrah be your daughter? For more information on Farrah, please contact Taiwan Program Caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Webinar Recording!

Here is a recording of the webinar we hosted on Thursday!

Superkids Spotlight: Neurological Conditions Part One - It's All About the Brain



This is part of a monthly webinar series we are doing focusing on different special needs that we see frequently in orphanages in Asia. Watch this one and join us for the rest in the series!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Gunner

It's Gunner's turn to be introduced! We wrote about meeting him in April here, but now his file is complete and we can actually advocate for a family for him!



Gunner is a cute, funny 4 year old boy. He loves playing and bouncing a ball. Nothing makes him laugh harder than if you act silly with him bounce the ball off of your head! He absolutely loves silly play!



Gunner has a repaired cleft lip and cleft palate, he also has minor CHD and some kidney swelling.



He is an active little boy who can run, jump, and kick a ball. He is a little delayed with language. He says words and understands what is said to him, but does not yet speak in complete sentences. He enjoys coloring and drawing and also helped to put together a small Lego vehicle.



Gunner is in foster care and it is reported that he gets along well with his foster sibling.

Gunner is a cute little boy who really needs a family to call his own! Could he be your son?  Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information about adopting Gunner!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Katelyn

Sometimes a child walks into the room and you actually gasp at how incredibly lovely they are. Katelyn is one of those children.

See what I mean?



Katelyn is 2 years old. She has several medical needs including CHD and orthopedic issues. We are waiting on genetic testing to rule out a genetic condition.

She is doing well developmentally. She walks independently. She can stack cups, find a missing object, and follow simple commands. She is very inquisitive about what is going on around her.



Katelyn is shy and quiet around people she doesn't know, but is active and talkative with people she trusts.



And listen to this little detail: (I love these nuggets!) She loves to play with adult shoes. Isn't that adorable?! Can't you just imagine her clomping around in too-big shoes?

Sweet Katelyn needs a family! Could she be your daughter?  Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information about adopting Katelyn!

You can help us find Katelyn's family by sharing this post! She could just be the perfect fit for one of your friends or acquaintances! So please, share away!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Magnificent Miles {Under Consideration}

Although Typhoon Dujuan interfered with our plans to see many of the waiting children during our short Superkids trip to Taiwan last month, we were still able to briefly meet a few children. Miles is one of those precious children.



Miles is a sweet 15 month old little boy who is living in the children’s home. He was so happy and playful during our visit! He loved Erin’s long skirt and crawled around the room chasing after her to try and play with it!




We also saw what a wonderful relationship he had with one of his caregivers. The two of them sat on the floor together making different sounds back and forth to each other. He would imitate the sounds his caregiver was making and laugh at their silliness. It was incredibly adorable to watch!



Miles’ caregivers noted that he loves to play with toys that make sounds, especially a rattle. He can understand simply instructions and is working on standing and walking.



Miles has Down syndrome, ASD and nystagmus. He is currently participating in early intervention services. For more information on Miles, please contact Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman, at mary.chapman@gladney.org.

Monday, October 19, 2015

It's Webinar Time!!

We have an informational webinar coming up!


Levi is pretty sure you don't want to miss this webinar!

Superkids Spotlight: Neurological Conditions Part One - It's All About the Brain


Keely O'Dell, Superkids Pediatric Physical Therapist, will be speaking about special needs we see frequently in orphanages in China and Taiwan. This webinar will focus on children with neurological issues, specifically those related to the brain.


When: Thursday, October 22, 2015
What Time: 1:00-2:00 EDT

Register here!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Meet Sonya

This is Sonya. She is 7 years old. She loves music and loves to dance. And did I mention that she is cuter than cute?!



Sonya lives in a foster home where she is doing very well. Her foster mom said that she loves being told, "You are the best!"



Sonya has Down Syndrome. She is outgoing and friendly. She warmed up to us very quickly both times we met her. In April she and Tanna spent a lot of time playing with a jump rope. She was so determined to jump that rope! It was absolutely precious!



Sonya speaks in simple, but clear Mandarin. She follows instructions and she is great at coloring. She loved the stickers we had with us and had so much fun sticking them on her face and clothes.


Could this darling little girl be your daughter? She is just waiting for a family! Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information about adopting Sonya!

And please share her post! Her family may be one of your friends or acquaintances!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

This is Shawn {Under Consideration}

Shawn is a precious little boy who will turn 2 in just a few weeks. We first met him when he was 8 months old and have seen him 3 times. It is so sweet to watch him grow and then to get to introduce him to you and to advocate for a family for him!

Waving "bye-bye"
Shawn lives with a foster family. His foster mom brought him in the last 2 times we met him. She likes to show us everything he can do! He is a little shy at first, but he warms up and get pretty smiley pretty quickly.

There was this little toy car in the room when we met him last month. He loved that car! We pushed him back and forth and heard his little giggle over and over!



He likes to eat grapes and tomatoes but does not like spicy food. His favorite toys are puzzles and he "likes to go up and down stairs."

Little Shawn has developmental delays, but is doing really well. He can stand alone and walk with very little assistance. This little boy is sooo close to walking! He responds to his name and vocalizes though he is not yet saying words.



Shawn is a super cute, cuddly little guy who needs a family! Could he be your son? Contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information about him!

And please share this post! You never know when his family will be found on your list of friends!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

David and Daniel- Matched!! {Taiwan}

David and Daniel are two very special brothers who have held a place in our hearts for a couple of years now. These sweet brothers were waiting in Taiwan for a forever family, and we’ve been advocating for them over the last year and a half. This past week we have learned that these sweet brothers are waiting no longer – they have a family! We are overcome with joy for them!




When reading the information about these two cuties (and we get a lot of information about the waiting children in Taiwan!), the thing that comes to mind is “Why don’t these amazing, smart, curious, funny, adventurous boys have a family yet?!” Then reality sets in – they are boys, and they are older, and there are two of them. Unfortunately, these are the children it’s hardest to find a family for. But when they do find a family – it’s time to celebrate big! And we are celebrating for them!!




There are a lot of waiting children like David and Daniel in Taiwan – smart, creative, fun, amazing kids who are waiting for forever families. Some are boys, some are school-aged, some are groups of siblings – but they all need families. If you’d like to learn more about waiting children in Taiwan, please contact Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman, at mary.chapman@gladney.org

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sparkling Savannah {Under Consideration}

Oh I love getting to introduce new children to you! Especially children that I have known for a long time!



Savannah is a little girl with a huge, sparkling personality! She is just full of life and has such a beautiful smile! The words we wrote to describe her were things like "outgoing, spunky, super friendly, curious, independent".



Savannah is 7 years old and has dwarfism. She knows her numbers and letters and can write her name. She dresses herself and feeds herself. She was so cute and did an amazing job copying English words! She did really great at coloring in the lines and copying patterns. She drew the cutest little stick figure when Keely asked her to.



Savannah is another child that we have met multiple times. We especially requested that the orphanage prepare her file since they were not planning to thinking that children with dwarfism are too difficult to find families for. Let's prove to them that this little girl is very worthy of a family! She is truly perfect in every way!



Could Savannah be your daughter? Contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sweet Samson {Under Consideration}

We have known this precious little man since he was 5 months old! He stole our hearts then and he still owns them. This little boy is just... well, let me start at the beginning.



Samson was born with CHD. When we first met him he was tiny and very, very fragile. He needed heart surgery and we were really concerned about him. I think handing this tiny, frail, blue baby boy back to the nanny and walking out of that orphanage ranks among the hardest things I've ever done in my life. 



By the next time we saw him he was 17 months old. He had been to Shanghai and received his first surgery! He was still pretty tiny, but this time it was tears of joy rolling down my face as I left. This tiny, precious boy was going to live!



We saw him again in April, a silly, smart, active two year old. This time he came in with his doting foster mom and my heart was so full watching him play and do all of the things two year olds love to do. I handed him a mirror and he immediately put it to his ear like a phone! 




He came in with the same foster mom when we saw him 2 weeks ago. He is now 2 1/2.  It took him a bit to warm up to all the strangers in the room, but once he did he charmed us all over again! He had these silly little broken glasses that he kept trying to put on. He would wrinkle up his little nose to try to keep them on. It was adorable!



Samson is doing great developmentally. He walks and runs and jumps. He gets along well with the other kids in his foster home. He is toilet trained. He speaks simple words in Mandarin.

This little boy is so special and he needs a special family! Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org if you want more information about Samson!

And please, share Samson's story! Let's find his family! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday Morning Matches!

Why not begin the week with some spectacular news!?

We have matches, matches, matches!!

First of all lovely little Arielle!



Then handsome Kurt!



Then beautiful Kira!



Isn't that about the best news you could wake up to on a Monday morning?

Congratulations to our precious Superkids and their excited families!

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Few Statistics



We are home! Here are a few statistics about our trip. Excluding our international flights we traveled 2, 188 miles.

We traveled by:

We stayed in 10 hotels.

We took thousands of pictures and hundreds of videos.

And memories? More priceless memories were made than you can count!