Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Leeza, Another Sweet Baby Girl

Apparently we are all about the amazing baby girls today! I'd like to introduce you to Leeza. 

April 2016
Leeza is 2 years old. She is sweet and loves to be cuddled. When her caregivers call her name she not only responds, she also tries to climb right up into their arms to be snuggled.

April 2016
We met Leeza and were told that she had a cleft li/palate and some fused fingers and toes. We were curious about her diagnosis so had an International Adoption Clinic review her file. They gave us a great review. She is doing so well and is even advanced for her age.  We would be happy to speak with you in more detail about what we learned.

April 2016
She likes brightly colored toys that make sound. She seems like a vibrant, happy little sweetie! She crawls and is beginning to walk. She stacks blocks and then laughs when she knocks them over. She understands and follows simple directions and she speaks some words. She likes to imitate people and tries to make her caregiver laugh with her silly faces.

May 2017
This little cutie needs a family! Could she be your daughter? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.




Sweet Baby Lisa

Update 6/29: I love this community we are part of! Yesterday morning we posted Lisa's post hoping that a family would see how amazing she is and step forward to adopt her. We have had so many inquiries that we worked late last night just to get everyone answered! We are very hopeful that she will be matched quickly. At this point we are creating a list of backup families for her but not sharing her file further. Thank you all!


Lisa is a 1 year old baby girl and part of me wants to just let her gorgeous little pictures speak for themselves, but I'm guessing you might want to know a little more about her than that.



So first off, she is breathtakingly gorgeous. I mean really.




She has had corrective surgery for a meningocele. Her surgery was done in Shanghai and she appears to be doing very well. She is crawling and can pull to a stand though she is not yet walking. She sits independently and claps her hands in time to music. Her file specifies that she is very smart. It also says that her favorite toy is a pink zebra. That just makes me smile. It looks like food makes her smile!



Lisa is on a special diet because she is lactose intolerant. She is growing better now that they changed her diet.



For information on Lisa please contact us at superkids@gladney.org. I can't wait to find thus sweet baby's family!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Danica {Taiwan}

Hiding behind her caregiver, a petite girl came forward. Her name is Danica. Her hair pulled back with a striped shirt and black pants, she waits patiently for her turn with the team. The team starts by asking questions about her such as what she likes and doesn’t like or her favorite food and color.  Danica was very reserved and quiet. When a hard question was asked and she did not know how to answer it she would simply look up and give a sweet smile.



A few fun facts about Danica; her favorite color is yellow. When asked why, she said because it “makes me happy.”  The thing she likes to do the most is play outside. She enjoys anything that makes her laugh. Danica loves to be silly with her friends, making up games at the nearby playground.  She enjoys drawing and painting.  She drew the most detailed picture of herself, making sure to give herself a very fashionable side ponytail.



Danica showed off her running, jumping, and ball skills. When she moved from task to task we could hear her quiet little voice say “thank you” followed by “bye-bye” with a dainty wave.



Danica is a 10 year old girl with minor needs. Could this bashful outdoorsy girl be your daughter?  Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

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!