Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Superkids of 2015

In 2015 we made two trips to China and one trip to Taiwan. We met met so many wonderful children! Of these children many are now home and many more have families doing the paperwork to bring them home. Their little faces tell the story better than we could in any other way, they are why we do what we do!

Here they are! 
The Matched and Home Superkids of 2015!


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Leo

I have one of the most precious children to introduce today. A couple of years ago Chelsea and I saw this sweet little boy in one of the rooms in the orphanage we were visiting. He seemed to want to be part of the action, but he wasn't on our list of children to see. Of course, Chelsea being Chelsea that made no difference whatsoever to her and she sought him out to make friends. I don't know which of them enjoyed it more, but I do know that both of them cried when they had to say goodbye.



We have seen Leo twice since then and every time he is so sweet and happy, enjoying every moment of interaction.



Leo is 9 years old and has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He walks with the assistance of a walker and can walk a few steps by himself. He speaks in complete sentences although his speech is hard to understand.

Our notes on Leo are filled with exclamations such as "so fun!", "engaging", "easy to play with!", and "sweet smile!".




Leo is a child who would thrive in a family! He so desperately needs therapy and to be able to be educated to reach his full potential. Could he be your son?

Please contact Keely O'Dell at keely.superkids@gmail.com for more information about Leo.

And please share this post! YOU could make difference for him!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Felix

Felix is an active 10 year old boy who is ready to find his forever family.  Felix is currently in elementary school where he gets good grades.  He is adventurous, outgoing, playful and lively.  You should see the other photos of him that we have – his personality really shines through!
Felix gets along well with both adults and his peers at school and in the orphanage.  He enjoys playing with Legos, riding a bike, playing video games and playing ball games.  He has actively participated in the English lessons proved by volunteers.


Along with an older half brother, he has been in care since he was two years old.  Due to adoptive parent illness, Felix and his brother had an adoption fall through before being placed with the family, and this has crushed his heart.  He has seen many of his friends leave with their forever families and asks when it will be his turn.

Felix has shown some attention deficit issues and hyper activity. He has been prescribed one pill of Ritalin daily and has shown improvement.
For more information on Felix, please contact Gladney Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org

Friday, December 25, 2015

耶诞快乐

耶诞快乐...




From all of us to all of you!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

In Loving Memory of Xin Long

As many of us are gathered with family and loved ones this Christmas Eve we want to pause for a moment to remember a very special little boy and his very special family.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sweet Sisters {Taiwan}

Dakota, age 9, and Delia, age 8, are sweet, healthy sisters who need a forever family. Both girls are said to be very smart and creative.



Dakota loves any kind of arts and crafts activities. Her foster mother states that she has a strong personality and she can become very focused and determined when learning something new that interests her. Her foster mother also states that Dakota will surprise her with kind and appreciative words, or by helping with a chore.

Painting by Delia


Delia is described as an easy-going, kind and considerate little girl. She loves drawing and painting, and is said to be able to copy a picture after just looking at it briefly. I think her version of van Gogh’s Starry Night shows this talent well!

Painting by Delia

 Dakota and Delia live in separate foster families, but they get to spend time together regularly and love to see each other. Each girl’s foster mother wrote a sweet letter to potential adoptive parents sharing a little bit about each girl.

Could these sweet sisters be your daughters? To learn more about Dakota and Delia, please contact Taiwan Program Caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Webinar Recording

Did you miss our webinar yesterday? Well you are in luck because we have it right here ready for you to watch it!

Superkids Spotlight: Developmental Milestones and Delays

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sweet Sabrina

Sabrina is a darling 18 month old baby girl. Isn't she just gorgeous!?


Little Sabrina is described by her caregiver as very sweet and smiley. When she is fussy she is easily calmed by being held. Her caregiver also told us several times how very smart Sabrina is!



When we met her in September she was cooing and babbling. She also says Mama referring to her caregiver.


Sabrina has complex orthopedic needs – the diagnosis in her profile is "Bilateral humeral shaft fracture, hands and feet varus after operation, hip dislocation". Due to her condition, she has limited movement in her arms and legs but she is able to sit up and prop on her belly. Our pediatric PT will be glad to discuss these issues with any interested family.



Could this little sweetheart be your daughter? Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information about making Sabrina your daughter!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lawrence

Lawrence is a cute-as-a button 6 year old boy. We have some of the cutest notes on this little boy. For example: "He's not very brave and can get scared of different things like lizards!" Or under dislikes: "He does not like dancing."



I smile as I read through our notes remembering this little boy. He is very active. He saw our table with care packages for matched children on it and he wanted those packages! He would not be sidetracked from the package that had little matchbox cars in it. We tried bubbles and balls and everything we had, but we did not have anything as cool as those cars!



Lawrence is diagnosed with developmental delays. He speaks in simple sentences, but his pronunciation is not very clear. He drew a picture of  a sun for us. He tries to imitate writing and pretends to write Chinese characters. He can count to 10.


He likes to play outside with balls. He can run, jump, and kick a ball. He is close to his caregiver and gets along well with other children.

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This cute little boy is waiting for his family! Could he be your son? Contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information.

We are having a webinar in which Keely O'Dell will speak about developmental delays and will be telling you more about Lawrence and other waiting children tomorrow. Please register here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Darling Daphne! {Taiwan}

Daphne is a kind and easy-going almost 7 year old little girl. She can be shy when meeting new people, but she loves to play with other children and gets along well with her classmates. Daphne lives in a foster family and especially loves playing with the family dog! She also enjoys reading and watching TV. In school, Daphne is good at paying attention and will ask questions, when needed. She especially loves when her class takes field trips.
Daphne loves to be helpful at home and school. Her foster parents have a young granddaughter they look after and Daphne loves to help take care of her. 

Daphne is developmentally on target with her peers and has no current medical conditions. She was born premature and had neonatal drug withdraw syndrome at birth. 
For more information on Daphne, please be in contact with Taiwan Program Caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org

We have to be careful what type of photos we post publicly of children from Taiwan. To see pictures of Daphne contact Mary or join our Taiwan advocacy group on Facebook.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Look at Little Lara!! {Under Consideration}

Look at this sweet baby girl! Lara is 18 months old and her caregivers describe her as quiet and reserved.

Taken in April 2015


Taken in September 2015

She sits and crawls. When we met her in September she could pull herself to a standing position but was not yet walking. She responds to her name and turns to sounds. She searches for hidden objects and puts a smaller object into a larger object.


Lara has Beta Thalassemia. She requires a blood transfusion monthly.

This incredible baby girl needs a family. Could she be your daughter? Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Webinar Time!! {Developmental Milestones & Delays}




It is time for our monthly webinar! This month we are talking about a topic that is so, so important for all parents adopting internationally. Our topic will be:

Superkids Spotlight: Developmental Milestones and Delays

Many children actually have this as a diagnosis in their file, others do not, but it is still important for prospective parents to  understand the likelihood that their child will  have delays from being institutionalized.

Join us as Keely O'Dell, our pediatric physical therapist, shares about developmental milestones and what developmental delays can look like. 

We will also be advocating for children with developmental delays who are available for adoption.

When: Thursday December 17, 2015
Time: 1-2 PM EST

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Nellie {Under Consideration}

I told you we have a bunch of little bitties to introduce! Today it is Nellie's turn!

Nellie is a 2 year old girl with post operative CHD (VSD). She is described as active and smiley. She walks and runs independently. She goes up and down steps holding a rail. She can take her socks and shoes off by herself.

She understands simple commands and is saying a few simple words. She likes playing games with friends, and gets along well with them. She likes to do things to please her teacher. Doesn't she sound like a sweetheart!?

Nellie is also from our new partnership orphanage that has requested that we don't share photos publicly. She is a super duper cutie though, I can assure you of that!

Nellie needs a family! Could she be your daughter? We are looking for a family with a log in date or with a dossier almost completed. Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Nolia {Under Consideration}

It is so unusual to have so many young children to advocate for, but we have new partnerships and new files! So we are excited to have so many precious tiny ones to share with you!

Today I'm going to introduce Nolia. This little sweetheart is only 18 months old. She is from the same orphanage as the twins, so we can't share photos publicly. She is just beautiful though!

She sits by herself and crawls. She can transfer toys from one hand to the other. She holds her own bottle and responds to her name.

Nolia has repaired cleft lip and cleft palate. She is described as a quiet baby and it is noted that she likes to listen to music.

This adorable baby girl needs a family! We are looking for a family who has a log in date or is almost finished with their dossier. Could Nolia be your daughter? Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Wordless Wednesday {Garrett}







Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Meet Micah! {Taiwan}

Micah is an adorable little 2 year old boy that is waiting for his forever family. Micah was seen by Gladney's Superkids team in September and we all fell in love with him! He has such a sweet smile and a wonderfully affectionate relationship with one of his caregivers – his face just lit up when she walked in the room! Micah is a generally happy little guy who gets along well with his peers. His caregivers told us that he is easy-going but definitely has a little bit of a serious and determined personality.
Micah’s favorite toys are stacking rings and a piggy bank that he likes to put plastic coins into. He also loves to dance! His caregivers stated that he understands many words and simple instructions, and he can speak several simple words. He walks well and loves to ride on a little push toy car. He can hold crayons and scribble on paper.
Micah has Down syndrome. He also has a repaired cleft lip and palate, and PFO which is expected to repair itself as he grows older.
For Micah’s full profile, including medical information, photos and videos, please contact Taiwan Program Caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Natalie and Nicole- Twins!! {Under Consideration}

Natalie and Nicole are three year old twin girls who are just adorable! They are from a new partnership orphanage and they have requested that we not share photos publicly for now, so I'm going to have to refrain from posting pictures on the blog. But trust me on this, these girls are darling!

Both of the girls have esotropia. They are doing great developmentally. They both walk independently, they run, jump, go up and down steps, kick balls, and walk on tiptoe. They both like to sing and paint.

Natalie is described as extroverted while Nicole takes a little longer to warm up to new people. Natalie likes to pretend to be a teacher. Both of the girls understand and follow simple commands and speak in simple sentences.

These girls are just darling and they are waiting for a family! We need a family whose dossier is logged in or almost complete in order to be considered for Natalie and Nicole. Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information and to see pictures of these adorable little girls!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Liam

Liam is an outgoing 9 year old boy who loves to be hugged!



He is delayed in many areas but he is such a sweet, sunshiny little boy!

Liam is described as a warmhearted boy by his caregivers. He likes to paint. He can count to 10 and speaks in simple sentences but his speech is difficult to understand.



He sure loved the lollipops we had with us and managed to grab a whole pocketful of them! He seemed to thrive on positive reinforcement, always looking to make sure we were happy with what he was doing.



This precious little boy needs a family to help him reach his full potential! Could he be your son?

Contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org of more information!


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

An Update on Gunner!

Here is a little video of updated pictures and videos of Gunner. He is still waiting for a family!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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