Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Silas

We met Silas when he was 2 1/2 weeks old. He was not even admitted to the care of the SWI yet, but they brought him from the hospital to meet us. A tiny little bundle of preciousness.



He is now 18 months old and is doing so well. He crawls and sits independently. He is learning to walk. He bangs blocks together and feeds himself small finger foods. He is saying some simple words and is a smiley little boy. His file says that sometimes he just laughs and laughs and laughs.



Silas has hand and foot deformities. He obviously isn't letting that slow him down one bit. He has grown into an adorable little toddler.



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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Millie {Taiwan}

Millie from Taiwan! Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Soleil

We met Soleil in October when she was only 4 months old. Naturally, we kind of fell head over heels in love. Look at this sweetheart!



She is now 14 months old and as cute as a button. She crawls and sits independently. She can pick up and feed herself small finger foods. She bangs blocks together and understands what "no" means.



Soleil has Down syndrome, making her eligible for a $4,000 grant through Gladney!



She is very attached to her foster mom and is doing so well. This little sweetie needs a mommy and family of her own! Could she be your daughter? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Friday, August 18, 2017

New Files!

I wish you could see us today. The excitement is high. The phone lines are busy as we talk about the news.

New files are coming!



Children we have met! Sweet, sweet little ones whose files we have been waiting for. Beautiful littles needing families!

We are reading through files, sorting through pictures, assigning advocacy names, and talking about outreach. It is one of those days that we live for.



Keep watching the blog. We are going to be introducing some special little ones here soon. Some are babies. Some have minor/moderate needs. Some are a little older. Some have more significant needs. All of them are amazing and precious and we cannot wait to share them with you.



Stay tuned...

P.S. If you are a Gladney family already in the program, please just hang on for a few days as we sort this information. We always approach our families first. You are always on our mind...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Marshall & Marnie {Siblings from Taiwan}

Meet 5 year old Marshall and his 4 year old sister Marnie! We met these adorable siblings for the first time during our visit to Taiwan in April.



Marshall is an active little guy with lots of fun energy – he just wants to play! While we were meeting he had so much fun making a game of everything. He found a pillow shaped like a lion and gave us a big ROAR! He told us that his favorite color is red and that’s why he picked out his red shirt to wear. He also told us he loves pizza, but not rice. Marshall is attending kindergarten and showed us that he knows colors, shapes, and how to count to 12.



Marnie is lively and sweet, and she is sometimes shy around new people. She told us that she loves to play on the slide at the playground and to do puzzles at home. When asked what her favorite food was she smiled and said “candy” – what a typical 4 year old response! She just started attending kindergarten earlier this year and really likes going. Her foster mom told us that the teachers report she is a good listener and always follows the rules.



Marshall is suspected to have ADHD and some delays. Both children are living in foster families, however not the same family. We are still waiting to receive the children’s full profiles, but we have more information and photos from our trip that can be shared. Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more info!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hayden

Hayden is only 1 year old and is an incredibly adorable baby boy. Just look at that little grin! Melt.my.heart into a puddle on the floor.



Hayden has Down Syndrome and an extra digit on his right hand. Like all of our sweeties with Down Syndrome, Hayden has a $4,000 grant available through Gladney! Can you think of any good reason this baby should wait for a family? Neither can I.



Hayden recognizes his name when it is called and rolls over independently. He holds toys in his hands and plays with them. He is a smiley little fellow and like his bouncy seat.



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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

NYC (Working) Retreat

Things have been a little quiet here this week and with good reason. We all converged in the Big Apple to talk about and strategize all things Superkids and Gladney China and Taiwan program related. Lindsay came from Illinois and Mary and Erin came from Pennsylvania.



That is right, we have been talking about the kids we are looking to find families for, the continuing role of Superkids, new outreach ideas, and even the tentative dates for our next trip to Taiwan!

And we have been eating good food and enjoying some time together in beautiful New York City. Don't worry, we will be back to our normal posting schedule next week with lots of gorgeous children to tell you about!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Darius {Taiwan}

Sweet Darius turned six years old last month. We’ve had the chance to meet Darius twice with Superkids and his full profile was recently completed by our partner agency in Taiwan. We last saw Darius in April and he loved playing with a toy train that lights up! His caregivers told us that his favorite toys are anything with lights or that makes sounds. He also enjoys toy cars.



Darius has delays and is suspected to be on the autism spectrum. He is receiving occupational, physical, and speech therapies. He is not yet saying any words. He can run and would carefully inspect toys he was interested in. His caregivers stated that he would be starting kindergarten in the fall. 



Darius’s caregivers told us that he seeks hugs – wouldn’t you love to just squeeze this little guy?! Along with Darius’s full profile, we have photos and videos from our Superkids visits with him – we would love to share more about Darius! Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Martin {Taiwan}

We were able to meet 2 year old Martin for the first time in April. What a precious little guy! He was pretty shy and wary of us at first, but it didn't take him long to warm up. We learned that he came to live at our partner agency’s children’s home in January of this year. He has made a lot of progress in the few months he’s been there. His caregivers told us that he is responsive to them and enjoys getting lots of attention – especially hugs!



Martin loves anything red! He likes playing with balls and any toy that lights up or makes sounds. He also enjoys watching cartoons. His caregivers told us he also loves to eat!



Martin has overall delays and is not yet speaking, but he does participate in speech therapy and occupational therapy. Martin is suspected to be on the autism spectrum. We have his full profile and additional information from our meeting with Martin that can be shared. Please contact Taiwan program caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Meet Harlow and Kevin!

Today we are introducing you to two very young children. They have several things in common, they are both 2 (Kevin is close to 3), they are both as cute as buttons, they both have treated hydrocephalus, and they both seem to be dong great developmentally. These children are from different orphanages and are not siblings.

Lets start with Harlow.



I know! I did the same thing when I saw that precious little picture pop up!

Harlow is described a shy, quiet little girl who smiles easily. She sits independently, crawls, and walks with assistance. She is saying a few simple words and is able to communicate her needs well.



She has a shunt and seems to be heathy and developing well.

Then there is little Kevin...



Another cutie! He is sitting independently and crawling. He can stand with assistance for brief periods of time. He knows his own name as well as the names of the other children in his group. He says quite a few words and likes to play peek-a-boo. He also points to his eyes, nose, mouth, etc. when asked.


Both of these sweeties are waiting for their families! Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Adoption From Taiwan

As many of you know, Superkids took a trip to Taiwan in April. This was the 4th time we have been able to visit our partnership agencies there. We have met so many adorable little ones and older ones on these trips!



The Taiwan program is a growing international adoption program. We have seen a steady increase in the number of children coming home from Taiwan since Superkids started visiting in 2015.



One of the great things about Taiwan is that families only need an international home study to be considered as a potential family for a child. You can see the list of guidelines for adopting from Taiwan here. If you are interested in a child you see us advocating for be sure to contact us and we can help you decide if Taiwan is a good fit for your family.



We have partnerships with 2 agencies in Taiwan and we receive referrals of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers from these partnerships. Most of the younger children have a medical need of some kind. We also receive referrals of older children, some with medical needs and some without. There are also sibling groups available for adoption.



The files of children from Taiwan generally contain a lot of information! There is often information about the child's biological family. The care the children in our partnership agencies receive is outstanding.



If you would like to explore the option of adopting from Taiwan further please contact our Taiwan caseworker, Mary Chapman, at mary.chapman@gladney.org.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Family Friday!

We are so happy to announce that both...

Lisa and...


Les


Have families working to bring them home! Like and share the post to help us celebrate these sweet babies finding their families!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Misty {Taiwan}

Meet 6 year old Misty! She is an active, happy, and considerate little girl. Misty has been living with her foster family for several years and her foster mom told us that she is a “great child”! She told us that Misty is usually cheerful and can easily be cheered back up if she gets upset. 



Misty likes rolling skating, riding a bike with training wheels, dancing, and playing with her foster sister. And she loves dogs! During our meeting she was proud to show off a photo album she brought that showed her dressed up for dance performances.  

Misty has significant delays and only says a few words. She also has astigmatism, hyperopia, and amblyopia – she usually wears glasses but forgot to bring them with her the day we met. She currently attends kindergarten at a school that is well equipped to handle her needs. 

Could Misty be your daughter? Please email Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information on Misty. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hawk

Edited to add more recent pictures and a video!

We have a darling little boy to introduce this morning. Hawk is almost 3 years old and is described as active and smiley.



He likes to play with toys that make noise and gets along well with other children. Hawk has repaired anal atresia, CHD, and a hand deformity. He seems to be doing well and it is noted that his hand deformity does not impede his ability to function.



He feeds himself small crackers and scribbles with a pen on paper. He crawls and sits independently, he walks and runs. He understands what is said to him and is able to speak and communicate his needs. He laughs easily and likes to dance to music.




He sounds so, so sweet! Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Meet Morrie!

Sweet Morrie came into the room to meet us and was a little shy and quiet at first. After he figured out that we had fun games to share, he warmed up. He was amazing at the matching game! He also made sure that he was able to complete the picture he was coloring – he was intentional about taking his time and doing a good job of staying in the lines.



Morrie told us that he likes to play the “ghost chasing” game with his friends at kindergarten. This is a popular game for kids in Taiwan – someone pretends to be a ghost and chases all the humans, trying to catch them. Morrie told us proudly that he is always a human. He also told us that his favorite color is orange, he likes eating candy and cookies, and drawing.



Morrie will be turning 7 years old in September. When we met with Morrie in April, he was wearing a patch over his glasses to help with his strabismus. His profile discusses some potential additional needs. 



We are happy to share his full profile – please reach out to Taiwan program caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org.