2017 Blog Review

Here we are in the last week of 2017. I feel like I'm still adjusting to the thought of it being 2017, but 2018 is just around the corner and it is fun to look back on what happened on the blog in 2017.

November has the most pageviews of any month of not only 2017, but also of all time on the blog, with September and June as the next highest. This post about Lisa was viewed more than any other post, again, not only of 2017 but in our all-time history. This post about Russell was second and this post about Harris was third, both of these are second and third of 2017 and all time history of the blog.

Lisa is home with her family!
Most of our pageviews come from the US with Russia and Canada as second and third. Most pageviews come from iPhones with Windows and Android as second and third most common ways to view the blog.

The first child we wrote an advocacy post for in 2017, Noelle, is now home and just had a wonderful Christmas with her family.

Noelle is home with her family!

We posted 210 times this year, 83 of which were about Taiwan, and those posts were viewed 361,783 times. The top 3 referring sites are Facebook, Rainbowkids, and the God Has Answered personal blog.

Though the blog and our other advocacy efforts around 90 children found families this year. Most of these were placed through Gladney, but we do provide information to families who are considering children we have met even if the family is with another agency when we have the opportunity to.

Thank you all for reading and sharing our posts! When we all work together wonderful things happen!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Superkids!

All I Want For Christmas...

All I want for Christmas...


We started this week announcing 7 matches from China. And now we end it with more good news! 

Good news from Taiwan: Micah has a family! We wish the best for this precious little guy and his family! 

Here he is receiving a gift his family sent with our team last month

We also learned that Andrew, also from Taiwan, has a family through another agency. We are excited for him and his family and wish them all the best as they move forward!

Right now our precious little Nyle is spending his last few days in an orphanage. On Christmas day he and his family will get the most amazing gift anyone could receive: FAMILY. 

We are wrapping up this year with such joy as we celebrate the beautiful things that are happening. May your holidays be blessed and full of love.

All I Want For Christmas... {Anderson & Morgan - Taiwan}

All I want for Christmas...


Two boys, one Christmas wish... to be adopted together. 

Anderson and Morgan do not share biology but they do share one amazing bond! These two precious boys are foster brothers. A connection that is undeniable says the foster mom. When the topic of adoption is raised, both boys express their desire to remain brothers and be adopted together. This isn’t a typical situation and there is no guarantee that this will become a reality, but their social worker is willing to try to keep them together!

Now about the boys... 

Anderson just celebrated his 11th birthday. We actually were able to sing to him while there last month! When asked to describe himself he says he is happy, optimistic, enjoys helping others and is popular with his classmates. His favorite class is PE. He doesn’t care much for reading. Anderson also shared his favorite color is red and he loves eating dumplings. It’s noted in his file that he has some mild cognitive delays and receives additional assistance at school. 

Morgan is 9 years old. When asked to describe himself he said, “I don’t know. Handsome and smart.” - all with a huge grin on his face. His favorite subject is math. He prefers playing indoors with Legos and reading a good book. Morgan also shared he loves stinky tofu and the color blue. There are no known medical needs noted in his file. 

These handsome boys are a pleasure to spend time with. The SK team enjoyed sharing with them the agility drills and even some puzzle challenges. Through sit-ups, push-ups and even some dribble time we experienced their genuine sweetness. Anderson, shy and quiet, smiled occasionally as he was nervous meeting us. Morgan was a little more generous with his smiles – and did his face ever light up when he created a challenging puzzle for Nancy to complete!

Two boys – so alike and yet different and unique in their own way. And they share one Christmas wish... to be adopted together. Could you be the family they can call their own? A mama and a baba they can celebrate the holidays with forever?  We have lots of information to share with interested families!  Email Taiwan Caseworker Mary Chapman atmary.chapman@gladney.org to learn more.

All I Want For Christmas {Rebecca}

All I want for Christmas...


Can't you just see her ripping the paper off of gifts, laughing at the ribbons and bows, grabbing ornaments off the tree... This could be a reality for Rebecca by next Christmas.

Rebecca is 13 months old and has CHD (VSD). She has surgery in April of 2017 and since then her development has really taken off! She is now sitting and rolling. She responds to her name and can feed herself small finger foods. If you do not pay attention to her when you enter the room she will babble to get your attention.

She likes to be held and get jealous if the caregivers hold the other babies in the room. When someone pays attention to her, her whole face lights up with a smile. She needs a family so that she gets all of the love and cuddles her little heart desires, don't you think?

We need a family whose dossier is nearing completion for this little sweetheart. Could that be you? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

All I Want For Christmas {Kaden - Taiwan}

All I want for Christmas...


When our team met Kaden last month we asked him how he would describe himself. He replied with four descriptive words: easy-going, out-going, talkative, and smiling. Can you imagine how much fun this easy-going, out-going, talkative, smiling little boy would add to a family? 

Kaden will be 10 soon. He lives with a foster family where he has adjusted well and is very attached to them. They speak with him about adoption and he is open to the idea of international adoption.

His foster mom told us that he is very gentle with younger children and animals. He has a lot of friends, and, listen to this... he is popular with the girls. I mean look at him! How could he not be!?

He was very compliant and happy to do everything we asked him to do. He is a smart little guy who makes straight A's in school, where he is in the 4th grade.

Kaden has no known medical needs. He was born prematurely, but seems to have no ongoing health concerns from that. As you can see in the video, he understands and speaks some English. 

Kaden needs a family! Could he be your son? Please reach out to our Taiwan caseworker, Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information. As always, we are honoring Taiwan's privacy laws by not posting full face photos publicly, but we do have more photos and videos of Kaden which we can share with interested families. We also share more photos and videos in our private Facebook group, so be sure to join us there!

All I Want For Christmas... {Matches}

Dreams really do come true!!

We are starting off this special week with some of our favorite news to announce! Each of these sweet babies were recently matched with a family. Please help us congratulate the families by liking and sharing this post.

All I Want For Christmas... {Dennis - Taiwan}

All I want for Christmas...


Dennis was one of the first children to come into the room on our last trip to Taiwan. Sometimes we forget that, while we spend all year thinking about these precious kids and weeks preparing to see them, they do not have the same anticipation about seeing us. Dennis was met at the door by a very enthusiastic welcoming committee. His little eyes got big and it was a little overwhelming, but it didn't take him long to begin to enjoy the fun things we had with us.

Dennis is 5 years old and was all dressed up in the most darling little suit the day he came to see us. He was in the room when we were preparing to eat lunch and I had to laugh at how he just helped himself to the food that was on the table. We were sitting there politely waiting to see who got what and when we should start eating and little Dennis came right up and grabbed a box and some chopsticks and dug right in.

He has CHD (Tetrology of Fallot) and has had several surgeries. We have met him several times and were excited to see that he appears to have more energy and stamina than he had the other times we have seen him. He has some developmental delays which is to be expected with the time he has spent in the hospital.

Dennis attends kindergarten at a special education school, where he was nominated to be the class captain. He is also in speech therapy. 

In our notes we use words like "quiet, shy, and curious" to describe him. He was very good at matching colors and shapes for us.

Dennis needs a family! Could he be your son? Please contact Mary Chapman, our Taiwan program caseworker, at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

All I Want For Christmas... {Russell}

All I want for Christmas...


Russell isn't asking for much. He is just asking for a family to see him and fall in love. He could be home by next Christmas. Can you imagine the excitement and joy for this adorable little guy? The lights, the fun-to-play-with wrapping paper. The time spent with his very own family...

Russell is 21 months old and his favorite thing to do is rock on the rocking horse. He has amblyopia (lazy eye) in one eye and his file indicates that his eyesight is poor in that eye. His file indicates that he is behind his peers in some areas but also states that his sight may be the reason for that. He also has some eczema patches on his little head. 

He crawls and is learning to walk. He says a few words and even puts a few words together into phrases. He likes to listen to music and bounce with the beat. 

Little Russell needs a family! His needs sound very manageable and he would bring so much joy to any family! Could he be your son? Please reach out to us at superkids@gladney.org for more information! 

All I Want For Christmas... {Mark - Taiwan}

All I want for Christmas...


An update on a special young man who is waiting for a forever family. The Superkids team first met Mark in May 2016, and so much change and development has happened since then! Nonetheless, he still remains his giggly, glasses sliding down his nose, fun-loving ten-year-old self.

Mark  holds a dear part of my heart as he was the first child we saw on my first Superkids trip! And wow, seeing him on this past trip left me speechless!  How grown up he looks from when we saw him last fall! From that little guy that was playing hide and seek and pretending to drive me around on a "bus" to a now strapping 10 year old boy, almost as tall as me!  His love for the bus and subway system is advancing. In place of pretending to be a driver he is now enjoying memorizing the routes. He is always up for an adventure.  It’s no surprise that PE is his favorite school subject. Have you ever tried to do sit-ups while laughing?  Well, Mark managed to do 20. Mark enjoys helping with the orphanage garden, playing ball and he is always up for a good game of Chinese chess.

Mark has had hand surgery in the past to remove an extra digit and has residual limitations. He  also has some global delays and will benefit from an academic program with socioemotional supports.

Mark is one amazing young man that is sure to bring smiles everywhere he goes.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could tell  Mark on our next SK trip that we have a family for him?!  Contact Taiwan Program Caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information on Mark and adopting from Taiwan.

All I Want For Christmas {Lester}

All I want for Christmas...



We're starting the week off with a video! Just look at this sweet little guy! 

He is almost 2 and has hydrocephalus. He has a shunt and is developing very well! In his file it states that he laughs easily and loves to be lively. He has learned to sit independently and crawls very fast. He is beginning to use some simple words and understands what is said to him.

He is curious about new things and will play with a new toy for a long time. He feeds himself small snacks and he likes to have his caregiver's attention. He has learned how to get their attention if they are busy for awhile. He crawls to them and calls them until they pick him up and hug him.

Lester needs all the hugs and cuddles that he would get in a family! Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

All I Want For Christmas {Holly}

All I want for Christmas...


There are so many children waiting for homes! If someone steps forward today sweet Holly could be home by next Christmas. One of the things people worry about with adopting older children is all of the first things they miss out on as parents. But, no matter the age of the child, there are also so many first things adoptive parents get to experience! Imagine experiencing the magic of Christmas for the first time with Holly next year!

One of Holly's pictures.

Holly is an almost 10 year old girl with an unusual story. She was in a vehicle accident several years ago that resulted in paralysis in her legs. She is a sweet child who does well at school. She has been spoken to about international adoption and has expressed a desire to be adopted.

She likes to write and draw. She enjoys listening to music. She is a chatty little girl who enjoys visiting with her friends about her day. She uses a wheelchair to get around. Our team met her last October and were very impressed with her and touched by her story.

We are very dedicated to finding a family for Holly. We are providing a special $5,000 grant for Holly through Gladney. Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.


Watch out preschool teachers, here I come!

What a fun 3 year old he is – Aiden’s whole face lights up when he smiles and he has one of those great belly laughs! Superkids took several additional photos for his file that capture this amazing boy’s joy.

Aiden was a willing participant in all the gross motor skill screening activities -- running, jumping, and kicking and bouncing a ball, he can do it all!  He was also proud to show off how that he can count to 20 in Mandarin and 10 in English. He also knows most of the alphabet. We all smiled when he was playing with a toy animal and exclaimed “lion!” in English rather than the Chinese word “shi zi”.  When Aiden saw another child playing with some blocks, he went right over to play with him,  He was great at both sharing and building tall towers. Aiden’s social worker told us he also enjoys playing pretend games and playing with toy cars.  After playing, he was content to sit calmly in his social worker’s lap and rest with his head on her shoulder.

Some of the fun extras we learned about Aiden – his favorite color is red; he prefers noodles to rice; and he sometimes try to sneak the food he doesn’t want to eat into his friend’s bowl.

Aiden is curious, playful, and affectionate with his caregivers. Could he be your son? Please contact Mary chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Asher & Amber {Siblings from Taiwan}

This darling little sibling group came bouncing into the room together when we met them last month. They were obviously great friends and I was surprised to learn that they are not actually in the same foster home. They do have regular play dates and seem to get along very well.

Amber is 4 and enjoys listen to and singing along with the choir at church. She is in preschool and loves telling her foster mom all about her day each afternoon. She enjoys playing with dolls, pretending to cook, and taking cell phone pictures. She loves to pose for pictures and is awfully cute when she does it!

Asher is 2. He likes to play with little cars and throw balls. He likes to cuddle and still enjoys being rocked to sleep with his pacifier. He is described as lively and clever by his foster mom. He is learning to speak and communicates quite well. He follows simple instructions and is starting to recognize colors.

Amber has a few developmental delays. She has possible mild cerebral palsy and wears braces on her feet. She easily walks without the braces as well as with them. Asher does not have any known medical needs.

To learn more about this precious little sibling group please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org. We have photos and videos that cannot be shared publicly, so be sure to join our private Facebook page to see those!


Today we introduce to you for the very first time... 7 year old, Kristoff!  He is one of the brilliant boys we met this month while on the Superkids trip in Taiwan. 

As he first came in he remained shy, but soon warmed up. Kristoff was eager to answer in English when he was able and grinned at the surprise on our faces when we heard it.  Soon he was showing us his artistic talents - drawing an adorable elephant with wavy ears just like the one on the mat where he sat. 

The activities in the room often drew Kristoff's attention, however he completed all the tasks we asked him to do with ease!  He definitely showed his ability to multitask, completing a puzzle for us, while at the same time watching his peers in the room and the cartoon playing in the background.

Kristoff likes school and is making high marks in both Math & Mandarin. Of course his favorite subject is Mandarin. He enjoys fried chicken, cheese, and apples. When asked to describe himself he said he is, “very happy, noisy, talkative.” We didn’t get to see that side of him during our limited visit, but we are certain if we had longer to play we would have seen more of his joyful spirit. He is described by his social worker to be persistent and holds himself to high expectations. His excitement in his accomplishments was shown through his smile.

Kristof has mild Tourette syndrome. His file also indicates that he receives treatment for ADHD.

We are looking for Kristof's family - one with whom he can share his joys of learning, eating good food, playing dodge ball and creating origami. Could that family be yours?  Kristoff's full profile, which includes photos and videos, can be shared with interested families - feel free to reach out to mary.chapman@gladney.org today! And don't forget to share widely about this amazing boy!

Dougie {Taiwan}

Edited to add: We have some adorable little videos of Dougie that we can't share here due to Taiwan's privacy laws. Be sure to join our private Taiwan FB group to see them!

"Vroom, vroom"... those are the sounds we think of as we remember meeting precious two year old Dougie!  Why? Well, this little guy was quick to discover the blue ride-on car and climb in. His little toddler legs were just barely long enough for him to get over the car's edge but that didn’t slow him one bit. Once in, he confidently grabbed onto the steering wheel and pretended to drive. The grin on his face was priceless. He also shook his head “no” when asked to climb out of the car to go play on the mat. Gotta give him credit as he knew what he wanted! With just a little help from his foster mom he was out and playing with us on the mat.

His fluffy brown hair and soft brown eyes along with that full face grin kept our attention. He showed us how he could stack the blocks. All the while looking back to check in with his foster mom to make sure he was doing it right. Their connection is oh so sweet. 

We thought he might never get off the rocking horse, but he surprised us. His foster mom called to him and said it was time to put his socks on and go... so he climbed right down and went over to his socks.

Dougie is a little guy that would thrive in a family. He is quick to learn, very observant and has a genuine sweet spirit about him. Could you be his forever family? We have so much to say about him, so please reach out to Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information about this special boy. Share with everyone you know as we join together in our search to find Dougie his family, a mom and dad to call just his own!


We have some super cute updated pictures and videos of Lee to share with you.

You can read a post about him here, but I'm just going to throw these out there because they are too cute to not share!

He now has a $2,000 grant through Gladney. And don't forget we are waiving our application fees through the end of this month! Today would be a great day to inquire about Lee!

Contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information!

Double the Fun! Ava & Alex {Taiwan}

4 year old twins! Ava and Alex!  

Like all siblings they have differences and similarities.  What did we learn about them when we met them earlier this month?  They both seem like typical pre-school age kids. Ava likes singing and listening to music and Alex isn’t too fond of bugs.  

They both enjoy preschool and their teachers report many early learning strengths like getting along with peers and following instructions. They have their favorite toys, for Alex this is a bicycle and for Ava a stuffed bunny. And, maybe not too telling, but they both love white rice! 

Alex and Ava are both reported to have some developmental delays. Ava has mild cerebral palsy. She wears a brace on her right leg, though she can walk, run, and jump without it. She strings beads and can manage buttons. Both of the children speak clearly and do typical developmental things such as count to ten, string beads, and play with balls.

The advocacy names Alex and Ava were given to this sibling group by volunteer advocates who participate on the private Advocate for Taiwan Waiting Children Facebook page.  In this group we share photos and videos that we cannot share on our public blog and Facebook page. Be sure to join if you haven't already!
Please contact Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman, at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Gratitude {A Family Story}

This Thanksgiving we have a beautiful family story to share with you. It is a story about the young man whom we called Landon, you may remember him if you have been following the blog for very long. 

Before we share the story written by his mother, we want to reflect a bit on the times Superkids met Theo in China. From the first time we met him we knew he was a special guy. He clearly wanted a family and  boldly asked us to find one for him. We tried! In spite of our best efforts no one stepped forward. 

The last time we saw him in China we almost didn't interview him again, fearing that it would only be painful for him to speak with us again. But he came into the room and he insisted! He told our translators that he needed us to keep looking for his family. So we sat down and listened as he told us his story.

He looked into the video camera and told us of his need for a family and his desire to come to America. We came home and shared that story, in spite of our fears that it was unlikely that a family would step forward. You can only imagine our joy when the Scott family contacted us about him. I will never forget the day I heard the news: They are bringing him home! He has a family! And his name will be Theo.

So this Thanksgiving season we are grateful and humbled to be a part of this story, to have been there at the right time to provide a platform for Landon to advocate for himself. We are grateful for all of the people working together behind the scenes to make this adoption happen. And we are especially thankful for Rocky, our China coordinator, who insisted that we give Landon the opportunity to share his story with us again. 

Our hearts are full as we share this special story of Landon, now named Theo.

Gratitude is what I feel towards Gladney and Superkids when I look at my 14 year old son. It has been just a year now since we adopted him. He was 13 ½ years old and had been on the shared list for years, available for adoption, but lost in the crowd.  He had virtually no chance of finding a family.
We weren’t looking for him either; we had applied to Gladney to adopt an older girl. As we waded through the paperwork, we followed the latest Superkids trip to China out of curiosity but without any expectation of finding our child on their blog. However, one child stood out; one child whose intelligence and curiosity seemed to beg us to look further. He was in a wheelchair and his file was 8 years old. We live in the country with a two story house and the nearest paved surface is a half mile away. This surely wasn’t meant to be.

And yet –I couldn’t forget him. He was 13 and I knew what his future held as someone in a wheelchair in China. He would never have an independent life regardless of his abilities, probably never live outside an institution. His only real hope for a future was to be adopted, and he had less than a year left.

We called Gladney and spoke to a member of the Superkids team. There wasn’t really any new medical information that they could share, but what they could tell us was that he was very intelligent and that he understood what adoption was. He had asked over and over for them to help him find a family. When asked what kind of family, it didn’t matter. He just wanted to live somewhere where he could go outside sometimes, because he rarely got to experience the outdoors in his institution. When we heard that, our hearts turned over. The old medical report didn’t matter, the unknowns didn’t matter, and the need to redo our house for a wheelchair didn’t matter. He was going to live where he could go outside whenever he wanted.

The day we met Theo, he rolled right up to us and asked when we were leaving for America. He was disappointed that it would be another week. He left China with us with no tears, ready to meet the rest of his family and see his new life in America. He had been waiting for so many years and had seen so many of his friends leave. Now it was finally his turn.

He has thrown himself into life in our family. We have adopted seven children and he has had the easiest adjustment of any of them by far. There is nothing he won’t try. Communication was rough for a while, but Google Translate got us through a lot. His sense of humor makes me laugh every day. He enjoys helping me fix dinner and going to the store. He spends a lot of time hanging out on the porch, marveling at the butterflies and hummingbirds in our flower bed. I have found him many times in the yard, just gazing out over the hills, enjoying the outdoors as he so wanted to do.

I have heard so many people tell me they would be afraid to adopt an older child. Yes, there have been challenges, but his adoption has been easier than any of the others we did with younger children. Theo was old enough to understand the process of adoption and to understand what staying in China meant. Although he was understandably nervous, there was no hesitation. I am in awe of his courage, in unhesitatingly leaving his old life behind for the chance of a better one.