Wednesday, May 24, 2017

An Update on Iris!

We requested and received an update on Iris! You can read all about her here, but in brief she is 5 years old and has developmental delays and esotropia. Just look at this little cutie riding her bike! We would love to tell you more about her! Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Magical Mickey {Taiwan}

The advocacy name Mickey was chosen after the cartoon character Mickey Mouse. Not only is Mickey Mouse the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company but he is known throughout the world as the fun loving adventurous little mouse that saves the day with his cuteness.  And boy does the name fit. Mickey is a 1 and a half year old little bundle of cuteness. 



Having just woken up from a nap, he was not sure what was going on. He wanted to just snuggle on his care givers lap and take it all in before checking things out.  He was very attached to his care giver and was content being in her lap, while she was very content letting him stay for as long as he needed. 



Once he was ready, he showed off his walking skills. He holds tight to your hands and takes off, while his face shines with every step of accomplishment.  

           

Mickey has some delays and agenesis of the corpus callosum. Could this bundle of magic be your son? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lolly!

Meet little miss Lolly! She is 2 years old and is described as observant and curious. We met her in October and she was pretty quiet, but she watched everything happening in the room with interest.



Lolly is diagnosed with rickets and an ear deformity. She may also have some developmental delays, though she was reaching appropriate milestones when we met her. She likes to imitate sounds, words, and expressions. It is super cute and something you don't expect from such a tiny girl!



She was crawling but not yet walking when we met her. She has some bowing in her legs. She fed herself baby puffs and banged toys together. She enjoyed seeing herself in the little mirror we had and kept looking at herself over and over. She stacked a few blocks and knocked them over.



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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Family Friday!

It's Friday and we have NEWS TO ANNOUNCE!!! You guessed it, MATCHES, MATCHES, MATCHES!!!

Haddy



Nico & Nevaeh {Twins}



Linus


Congratulations to each of these families! We are over the moon excited with you!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Danny & Declan {Taiwan}

Meet brothers Danny and Declan! We were able to meet Danny during our most recent Superkids trip to Taiwan, but unfortunately weren’t able to meet Declan. However, we have both boys full profiles and really cute photos and video of both boys!



Never have you met a kid you just wanted to hug as much as Danny. With his deep dark brown eyes to his ridiculously cute smile that showcases his 2 dimples, how could you not want a hug from him? When asked about school, Danny said that his favorite teacher is his English teacher. He proudly recited the whole English alphabet.  He told us his favorite color is blue. He also enjoyed answering questions in English with either a yes or a no.

He was focused on all the tasks he needed to do yet very curious as to what was going on around him. He was very outgoing and excited to participate with the volunteers. When asked to write his name he grabbed the pen with his left hand.  Yes he’s a lefty. 


Danny is a 7 year old boy with minor needs. Danny asks his caregivers on a regular basis “When can I have a father and mother?” 



Declan is an adorable 6 year old boy! He lives in the same children’s home as his brother and they get to spend time together regularly. Declan is in kindergarten and is reported to get good grades. Declan is described as being active but gentle, and he will give a “puppy face” if he gets in trouble – oh, I can only imagine how hard it must be reprimand that cute face! He loves riding bikes outside and playing with his friends. Declan is developmental on target with his peers. He has G6PD deficiency.

Could Danny and Declan be your sons? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Duke & Digby {Taiwan}

The littlest set of brothers the team saw was Duke and Digby. Duke is a 4 year old little boy and Digby is a 3 year old little boy.



Duke was the happiest little guy. He came full of smiles. When he was talking about something he really liked his face became very expressive. His voice was soft and sweet. He will be starting school in the fall. His likes dinosaurs, cars and bubbles. When he wants to relax he likes to watch cartoons with his foster dad.



Digby is shy and quiet. He is very nervous around new environments, but once he’s comfortable he becomes very talkative and active. He likes to observe what’s going on around him before trying new things. He likes to play with cars and bubbles.



Duke and Digby both have minor needs. Could these precious little bits be your sons? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Gloria {Video}

Gloria is 3 years old and has ichthyosis. She needs a family! Could she be your daughter?


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jesse

We met Jesse when we were in China in October. He is such a sweet little boy!



Jesse is 7 years old and has a cleft lip (repaired) and palate and some burn scars, he also appears to be somewhat developmentally delayed. He doesn't talk much yet, but seems to understand everything that is said to him.



He loves assisting with simple chores such as sweeping the floor and setting the table. He dresses and feeds himself and likes playing outside. This little boy is really sweet and will bless his family in so many wonderful ways!



When we met him, he had just been re-located to the orphanage from a different location. He was just starting the special education class at his new orphanage.



This sweet little guy came into care when he was approximately 5 years old. His inability to communicate means that there are a lot of questions regarding his past.

This little boys needs a family! Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Andrew {Taiwan}

Never has there been a more happy go lucky little dude than Andrew.  There is not one picture of him where he is not full of life. He gladly participated in every task he was asked to do, turning the task into a fun game.



He thoroughly enjoyed playing with all the toys especially a scooter and a giant yellow ball that seemed to be as big as him.  Andrew gave everyone in the room a huge belly laugh with the surprised look on his face when he picked up the yellow ball to throw and it went a few feet in front of him. 



Andrew thought it was hilarious to imitate English, so every time an English word was said he repeated it back.  He liked to repeat back car, banana, and some colors. He also counted from 1 to 10 and said it perfectly in English. He even took it a step further and blew us away by counting from 1 to 100 in his native language. Ending with the biggest sigh, as if to tell us “I got this, next.”



Andrew is a 5 year old little boy with minor delays. Could this playful boy be your son? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Monday, May 8, 2017

China Waiting Children May 2017

Here is an updated video for our waiting children from China. Enjoy!




For information please contact us superkids@gladney.org.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Meet Isaac

I was told about this cute little boy who needs a family. I agreed to write an advocacy post and get his information out there where parents could see it. So I opened up the Dropbox folder containing the information we have and this little face greeted me.



Oh my! Just look at him!



Isaac is 4 years old and has microtia. According to al of the information we have, his hearing is good and he is developmentally on target, though possibly a tad delayed with speech, he is speaking, but not yet in complete sentences.



This little guy sounds like such wonderful child! He dresses himself and likes to take baths. He enjoys playing in the water and having water fights is one of his favorite activities. He is described as active and imaginative. He likes to dance to music on the TV.



He sounds so perfect! And his only need is the way his ears are formed. Seriously, look at him!

Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mel & Milton Update! {Taiwan}

Meet brothers Mel and Milton. Mel is the older and Milton is the younger of the boys. These two boys are the sweetest, most tender hearted boys around.



Not only was Mel one of the gentlest, most well behaved boys but he was also smart. He could put together a package of Legos in record time. Once done he would gaze at his masterpiece and glow with pride at the work he had just completed. Without being prompted he said “Thank you,” when we told him that the Legos were for him to keep.



Milton was very shy and quiet at first and took a lot of cues from his brother Mel. To get Milton to warm up, we played an animal matching game with him.  It wasn’t until he matched two cards and said in clear English "frog", which caught us off guard, that we all burst into laughter and high fived him, that he came out of his shell. His competitive side started to come out after that and it was game on. When he got a match he would look up and give us a full face smile.



Mel and Milton played a game of “Spot it” and besides being quick learners of how to play, they both quickly became champions. Each one beaming from ear to ear when they won a round against the Superkids team volunteer. They clapped and smiled for each other when the other one won a round. You could see the brotherly love they had for each other.


 Mel and Milton have no known medical needs. Could these two boys be your sons? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hugh

Hugh is such a handsome little guy! It looks like we have dimples there!



Hugh will 6 years old this week. He has a corrected, minor medical need which we will be glad to speak about with any family interested in seeing his file. He seems like a smart, amazing little boy!

You know those little boxes that the orphanage checks for developmental abilities? They are all checked on his form! He can go up and down steps, he runs and jumps. He counts to 50. He speaks clearly in long sentences. He really seems to be doing so, so well!

Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information! This sweet little boy needs a family!

Friday, April 28, 2017

It's Family Friday!!

We are a little late getting this up today, but the news is worth waiting for! Matches, matches, matches!!

Pearl 


Samantha


Harley


A huge congratulations to all of the families. We are so happy for you. Get these babies home! 

Like, comment, or share to congratulate the families!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Iris

Iris is a sweet little 5 year old girl. She is described a quiet and imaginative.



Iris' file indicates that she is developmentally delayed. She speaks in simple sentences, but it is noted that she has a lisp. She understands and follows directions. She runs and jumps and can kick a ball. She goes up and down steps and enjoys playing games.

She is close to her care givers and gets along well with the other children in her group. She feeds herself and can put on her own shoes, though she doesn't tie them yet. She really sounds like she is doing well!

We would love to share more information with you about Iris! Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ethan

What a cutie!  Ethan is described as an amazing, snuggly and happy go lucky toddler!  Ethan turns three this summer.  He loves to sing Twinkle Twinkle and is able to speak in Mandarin and English- he is in a multi-language speaking household!  



His American foster dad reports that he is a good learner, speaks clearly and easily engages in conversation.    He likes being around and receiving attention from older children and has other foster siblings in his current family.  




Ethan’s needs include blindness (no eye structure) and urogenital issues. He is able to get around the home and is learning shapes by touching the edges and working on vocabulary such as rough and smooth by exploring different objects. 



Could this handsome little guy Ethan be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Cultural Lesson

The Superkids team spent day 4 of this Taiwan trip at Chungyi Social Welfare Foundation. When it was close to lunch time, we learned that we will have lunch at Chungyi. A beautifully designed flower printed lunch box was laid down at the front of each seat. Along with the lunch boxes, there were three big fruit bowls, one for grapes, one for guava, and the last one is sliced pineapples.




While we were still waiting for the last child evaluation in the morning to complete, we were all standing there around the table. Jokingly, some young Chungyi social workers asked us if we knew  the meaning of pineapple in Taiwan. Several of us said we don’t know, but Janel, a Superkids volunteer, said that in Hawaii, pineapple means “welcome.” She was expecting it means the same thing in Taiwan. Vina, a young Chungli staff member continued, “pineapples in local dialect in Taiwan means PROSPERITY. So we social workers do not eat it at all.” That statement puzzled me, and other Superkids volunteers as well. What? Your social workers don’t like being PROSPEROUS? Isn’t it that being prosperous is a goal that many people pursue? I looked around and found my colleagues eagerly waiting to learn why Chungyi social workers turn down prosperity.

The girls were giggling, naturally as they noticed the puzzled looks on our faces, so they went on to explain.



“Prosperity is a good thing, but social workers, as case workers, do not want to be “prosperous.” To them, being prosperous means the increase of case numbers, hence work load. Giggling young social workers even pointed one of Jane, a colleague of theirs, saying that the last time when she had pineapple, the next day, she got two new cases from Penghu Island.  Everyone began laughing. Penghu is one of the 64 islands from the Taiwan strait. This means she had to travel to that island when there is a need. That means hardships.

Erin was quick in thinking. She said you all should have pineapple. Prosperity, when it comes to inter-country adoption, is a positive thing. We would like to see more and more children going to families through adoption! So, let’s try pineapples. Several plastic forks were extended, immediately.    

-written by Gongzhan Wu (program director)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Day 4 Superkids in Taiwan

Our last day in Taiwan is over. It was another good day. It was a fun mixture of seeing children we know and are advocating for, children we have never met, and children who are matched.



This morning we met some great, funny boys that I wish everyone could meet in person. This little guy was so polite asking for a second set of Legos. And he certainly enjoyed them!



We also met some young matched children. They are so sweet! I know their families are anxiously waiting for photos and videos! I promise, we are working hard to get them to you. It will be top priority when we get home.



Then in the afternoon we got to see both Daisy and Darby. Oh my, such cuteness! Daisy is quiet and shy while Darby is outgoing and silly. Both are so precious! Guess which one is in the picture below?



We also gave care packages to sisters who will be going home soon. Giving care packages is a wonderful part of what we do!



Tomorrow morning we head to the airport early. Next week will be busy as we process all of the material we have gathered!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Day 3 Superkids in Taiwan

{Just a reminder that we are not allowed to post full face photos per Taiwan's guidelines. }

Today was a very busy day! We spent the day at Chung Yi, our other partner agency, and visited with 16 children. Some of the kids we’ve met before, this is the first time we’re meeting some of them, and some are actually matched with families already! It’s always extra special when we can see the matched children and ask specific questions their families (their forever families!) thoughtful came up with and are curious about. We even got to give an early birthday present to one awesome girl!

We met Denver and Dallas for the second time – what amazing brothers! Each boy has a very distinct personality. They would bring so much fun energy and happiness to a family! Dallas struck a very “cool boy” pose with his sunglasses for us, while Denver gave a sweet smile and quietly went back to his Legos. When asked how he would describe himself, Dallas said he was like a ninja turtle!



We also saw Dixie again. It took her a little while to warm up but once she felt a little more comfortable she was talkative and even recited a Taiwanese poem she has memorized. When I asked her what made her happy she said sneezing!

10 year old Danica was shy and quiet at first, but she was proud of the self-portrait we asked her to draw. She has a super cute, sweet smile. When asked what her favorite color was she quickly responded “yellow!” in English!

We will be seeing even more kiddos tomorrow! Remember to follow along on the Facebook page for more photos and videos from the day!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Day 2 Superkids in Taiwan

We spent our day at Cathwel again today. The morning was spent seeing children and in the afternoon  we spent time visiting with and sharing a presentation with the social workers and staff there.

We saw this bridge from the restaurant where we ate lunch

Let me tell you about a few of the children we met. Anthony was so very sweet! He aced all of the developmental stuff we did with him and had the cutest little grin while doing it. Then he kept coming over to share little treats with us, marshmallows and little cakes. The staff said he is always very generous. What a precious boy!



He had a little friend there too who was just as cute. He had so much fun doing all of the running, jumping, and ball throwing!



The thing that just amazes me about this place and these children is how very much the staff cares about them. They want to be sure we know everything there is to know about each child. They want them to find loving forever homes. And it shows in the children! They are thriving. Don't get me wrong, this is an institution, and an institution is not a family, but they are doing what they can to minimize the effects of being in that setting.





Their care and concern was evident again in the afternoon sharing time. They listened carefully (Don't ask about the jet lagged American ladies who couldn't understand a word of the presentation. We were thankful for the lady who saw how tired we were and offered us coffee!)  And the discussions continued after the presentation was over. Even when it was well past the time that we had planned for. It was so encouraging to see such a thoughtful group in charge of these little ones.

Learning a little about the history of Gladney

Tomorrow we head to ChungYi. Thank you for following and supporting our trip. We are so hopeful that more and more children will find there families as a result of us being here!