Monday, June 26, 2017

Hector

We posted about Hector here, but at the time we did not have photos of him (we did have a video which you can see in the other post). I knew it was definitely worth a whole new blog post when I saw these adorable little photos!

Just look at him!



Hector's diagnosis is cerebral palsy and binocular esotropia. There seem to be some questions about whether CP is a correct diagnosis. He is crawling and pulls to stand. He can walk with assistance. His file indicates that he is receiving and responding well to therapy.



Hector sounds like he is really doing well! Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Family Friday!

A huge congratulations to ...


Luke's family!



May the paper work proceed smoothly and quickly so that he can be home where he belongs as quickly as possible!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Desi {Taiwan}

Desi was one of the happiest and most fun loving kids around. He was a charmer, ready to engage us all with his personality.



He came ready to impress, showing off his English skills. He counted from 1 to 10 in English and continued by telling us the colors and animals that he knew.

When asked to draw a picture of anything he wanted, he drew the best Pok√©mon figure.  Desi said his favorite subject is art and he loves to draw. He also likes to perform, play tag with his friends, and do anything to put a smile on someone’s face and make them laugh.  Deci was very animated with his hand gestures and used a wide range of different voices when showing us how he gets a smile and laugh out of someone.



Desi was ready to advocate from himself, telling us that he wants to be adopted “I want it so much, but my English is poor.”

Deci is a 9 year old boy who has no known medical needs. Could this charmer be your son? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nadia

Nadia is a darling, happy little girl who shows her recognition for people by laughing and waving her hands. She is very happy when her caregiver arrives in the morning.



She is 2 years old and has Down Syndrome. She was independently and communicates through simple words and gestures. She enjoys playing with blocks, putting them in a bucket then dumping them out. She also loves playing with balloons and splashing in water.

Nadia is described as a quiet child, and I love this picture of her looking at books! Doesn't she just look too sweet? This little sweetie needs a family! Could she be your daughter?



She has a $4,000 grant through Gladney. Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Donald {Taiwan}

Donald took a while to warm up. He looked as if he was sizing all of us volunteers up. He was shy and quiet. Even when he was given Legos, he carefully inspected the box and looked at the instructions before diving into them.



After putting together his Lego set, he showed us his competitive side. He was asked to do some tasks from the volunteers and he wanted to do it better than them.  Such as throwing and catching a ball to walking backwards to skipping; all done with such perfection. 


The caregiver said that every morning he looks in a mirror and says he’s “handsome.” And boy is he right; from his long eye lashes to his perfect smile.  Donald’s full of confidence, but can you blame him?



Donald is a 7 year old boy with minor needs. Could this handsome guy be your son? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Family Friday {Molly}

Most of the time we post about matches on Family Friday, but today I want to tell you about Molly. I have taken photos of Molly on 3 different occasions. The first time was in September of 2015. She came bouncing into the room and we all smiled. She was cute and spunky and had that little spark that makes a child really stand out. It was our first time visiting that SWI and we were not sure yet if a partnership would be established between Gladney and the SWI.



The next time we visited the SWI we had a partnership established and we knew we would get the chance to help find families for some of the adorable children we met. Again, Molly bounced and giggled her way right into our hearts. She would copy English words and cover her little mouth when she laughed. We knew she would be such a blessing to her family!



This week I got to see Molly again. This time she visited at my home with her family. She is learning English and learning how to be a daughter and a sister. And she is learning that families are forever. We did a lot of fun things together. I found out that ice cream and chocolate are great motivators for Molly. And one evening I got to take photos of her. Photos of her with her family. Her eyes sparkled and she much preferred the jumping and action shots to the posed shots.



I look at little Molly and know that it is all so worth the time, the effort, and the waiting. This child is definitely worth the wait. There are so many other little sweeties waiting for their families! You can see our waiting children from China here. We would love to speak with you about starting the adoption process today! Email us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nolan

Are you ready for some darling dancing baby boy cuteness this morning? Meet Nolan!

Nolan is 2 years old and is described as quiet and shy. His file says he cries very sad tears when he is left by familiar people. Doesn't that make you want to scoop him up and keep him close forever?



He is learning to walk and takes several steps independently, or at least he was when his file was prepared a couple of months ago. I bet he is walking and running by now. He is also learning to communicate his needs. He understands simple commands.

I had to laugh when I read that he favorite activity is football. Not bad for a baby who wasn't quite walking!



Nolan has Down Syndrome. Like all of our waiting children with Down Syndrome, he has a $4,000 grant through Gladney. We would love to help you bring this precious baby home!

Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lachlan

Sweet baby cuteness coming your way!



Lachlan is 2 years old and is a sweet, cuddly baby boy. He likes to be held and takes a little time to warm up to new people. He is a smart little guy who exceeded our expectations developmentally when we met him in October.



He is diagnosed with eczema and, unfortunately, his file also says "mental retardation". As I said, when we met him he was meeting or exceeding milestones.



He likes playing with blocks and building block towers. He walks, runs, and jumps. He goes up and down steps with a little assistance. He follows simple instructions and speaks in short sentences. He points to his eyes, ears, nose, etc. when asked. He feeds himself finger foods and is quick to share snacks with his friends.



This little sweetie needs a family! Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Debbie & Donnie {Taiwan}

The dynamic duo consists of Debbie and Donnie.  They get the name dynamic duo because it means two people who are really close or always together. Debbie is the oldest by 2 years.  Debbie is noted for looking out for her brother and reminds him of things he needs to do.  But as they are getting older Donnie is starting to look out for his sister more and more.



Behind the cutest smile ever is a very shy and quiet girl named Debbie.  She happily answered all our questions in the softest voice. Debbie said that her favorite thing to do is ride on the school bus. She also enjoys swinging on swings at the playground. Her favorite colors are red and yellow. 

Donnie took cues from his sister and became more talkative and warmed up a lot faster when asked about what he likes. And yes he’s all boy. He told us that he goes to school but it’s not his favorite as it’s too easy.  He likes to play video games, Legos, remote control cars, and robots.



Thinking we could break the ice, one of the volunteers brought a toy that made a bodily function noise (I’m sure you can guess what that was!). After Donnie got over the fact that indeed there really is a toy that does that, he thought it was the most hilarious thing ever. And in typical boy fashion he decided he would one up the volunteer and use his armpit to make the noise.  Belly rolling laughter soon filled the room.

Debbie is a 10 year old girl with minor needs. Donnie is an 8 year boy with minor needs. Could this dynamic duo be your daughter and son? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Meet Jaeya

Jaeya is a 4 year old girl whom I have met several times. She is a little shy and has the sweetest little smile. It takes her a little time to warm up, but she does enjoy playing with our little puzzles and toys if we give her that time.



Jaeya is diagnosed with developmental delays. One of the advantages to meeting her several times is that we can see the progress she makes from time to time that we see her. She is attending school at the orphanage and is making great progress. She speaks in simple sentences and can count to 10. She dresses herself and feeds herself.



She likes to play with the other children and is described as sweet and gentle. This sweet little girl needs family! Could she be your daughter? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Family Friday!

We have matches to announce! Oh yes, yes we do!

Zoe

LanLan


Congratulations from all of us! Wishing these lovely girls the best and happiest lives! Help us congratulate the families by liking and sharing this post!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Nyle

Y'all ready for some crazy cute cuteness this morning?

Sure you are ready for this, because...

Because...



Because... Nyle!

Nyle is 2 years old. He is described as a smart, happy, active little boy. He holds out his arms to hug his friends when he sees them and likes to help clean up the toys at clean up time. He enjoys his little preschool classes and participates well.

Nyle has postoperative hypertrophic pyloric stenosis. He has been healthy and doing great since his surgery to correct it.



He appears to be on target developmentally. He walks, runs, and jumps. He communicates his needs well even putting words together into short sentences. He likes to play with blocks and can stack them to form a tower. And, as you can see, he strings beads.

We need a family for this little guy. His file is designated LID only meaning that we need a family who has a log in date or whose dossier is very close to being completed. Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information. Let's find this adorable little boy's family!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Darwin

Sweet, smart, and sensitive are words used to describe Darwin. He will be turning 9 years old in June and he has very minor needs.  Darwin loves to dance and sing. He made known that his all-time favorite song is Party Animal from the band May Day. 



Darwin was asked his favorite color and he replied it was yellow. He enjoys his Chinese classes in school, but his favorite subject is PE. He also likes reading about history in Mandarin. He bravely told us that his least favorite subject is math. 



Legos are Darwin’s favorite toy. The volunteers gave him a set of Legos but he wasn’t keen on that set so he politely asked in English if he could trade them for a different set.  He said “Thank you” when given the new Lego set and happily opened the set and quickly put it together. Once the set was together you could hear honk honk, vroom, and screech sounds coming from his direction. He was in his own little world cheerfully playing with his new Legos. 



Darwin really wants a forever family. He is well prepared for being adopted and understands the big adjustment it will be – but he’s up for the challenge! Could this cheerful guy be your son? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Meet Nova!

This precious, adorable little girl is turning 3 next week. So an early happy birthday is in order, I think. Wouldn't it be awesome for her to get a family for her 3rd birthday?



Nova is described as lovely and sweet. She has Down syndrome and CHD (ASD). She is growing and developing well. She walks and jumps, she crawls and goes up steps with assistance.



Nova likes listening to music and doing motions to songs along with her nannies and the other children. She likes to be held and cuddled. She says a few words and follows simple instructions. She seems to be doing great, and she is just so cute!

Nova has a $4,000 grant through Gladney.

Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information about making this darling little girl your daughter.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hector

Happy Monday, Everyone! My goodness, do I have a cutie to introduce this morning!

This is Hector. He is 2 years old and he is described as a true "foodie". This made me laugh, I've never seen that description written in a file before. He loves to eat and if the caregivers take his food before he is finished he says, "Ah, ah" to indicate that he is still eating.



Hector's diagnosis is cerebral palsy and binocular esotropia. There seem to be some questions about whether CP is a correct diagnosis. He is crawling and pulls to stand. He can walk with assistance. His file indicates that he is receiving and responding well to therapy.

He feeds himself finger foods and holds and bangs blocks together. He understands and follows simple instructions and imitates words.

Hector sounds like he is really doing well! Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Family Friday!

We have matches to announce! What a great way to end the week!

Skylar



Jessica



Lie Lie


Tesia




Congratulations from all of us! We couldn't be more happy for these precious babies and their wonderful families!

Be sure you like, comment, and share this post to congratulate the families!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Meet Lee

Lee is a quiet, observant little 6 year old boy. He loves drawing, singing, and dancing.

My favorite memory of Lee is from when we saw him in April of 2016. We asked him to draw a circle, which he did, but then he kept going and turned that circle into a flower. How sweet is that?



Lee is in kindergarten and is doing well. He can count to 50 with a little prompting from his teacher and can write the numbers 1-10 by himself. His speech is a little delayed, but he is speaking in simple sentences and understands what is said to him. He is independent in self care.



Lee is a little shy and is more comfortable speaking with other children rather than with adults. He likes to do exercises in the mornings.



Lee's diagnosis according to his file is "mental retardation". This sweet boy may be delayed, but like so many other kids we meet, this diagnosis would be so different in the US. He has so, so much potential!

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

McKenna {Taiwan}

Who was this little girl with the cutest little bob? It was McKenna. She came into the room, shy and quiet and quickly eyed what she wanted to play with while she waited patiently for her turn. She wore a cute dress with jeans, being ever particular about not getting it dirty as she waited. 



While waiting she was given a bag to pick out some homemade bracelets. She took her time picking out a few, making sure to grab just the right ones, as if to make sure it didn’t clash with her outfit. But don’t let this little fashionista fool you; she likes to play with the boys. Without hesitation she showed us how she could kick, throw, and catch a ball; something she likes to do with her foster brothers.



When she’s not playing with the boys, she loves to play dress up and get pretty.  Once she’s comfortable she becomes very talkative and showing you all the tricks she can do on the playground equipment.



Could this little fashionista tomboy be your daughter? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org

Monday, May 29, 2017

Meet Gavin!

Gavin is a darling little 2 year old boy. He is currently in the care of the Shanghai Healing Home. If you scroll through their Facebook page you will see more cute pictures of him. We kept his advocacy name so that he is easy to find on their page.



Gavin has clubbed feet. He has received treatment at the Healing Home and is doing really well. He has had lots of opportunities to participate in things that most kiddos in orphanages don't get to experience.



He is saying simple words. He wears braces on his feet, but when his braces are not on he can walk with assistance. He can build block towers and bang two blocks together.

He is described as a sweet and cuddly baby. Could this darling little boy be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Micah - Our Little Star {Taiwan}

Micah may be 4 but he knows what he likes and doesn’t like. And don’t you know it; he liked sunglasses. Once he put the sunglasses on it was game over. This kid knows how to work it and he was such a ham. He would look for the camera and strike a pose every time. We got hip Micah, smiley Micah, and superstar Micah just to name a few.



Once you meet Micah, you cannot stay away from him.  His big smile radiates across his face while his deep dark brown eyes draw you in and melt your soul.  His loveable character can be seen when he sees his caregiver from across the room and runs with arms wide open to embrace them with a huge hug. 

Micah likes to keep you on your toes; you never know what he might do. But what you do know is that he is always trying to make you smile and laugh.



Micah is diagnosed with Down syndrome, but he doesn’t let that extra chromosome slow him down.

Could this star be your son? Micah has a $4000 grant through Gladney. Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org

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.