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.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Jaeya Slideshow!

Meet Jaeya! She is 4 years old and has developmental delays. She is waiting for her family to find her!

Contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information. And please share to help us find her family!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Superkids in China and Taiwan

Following CCCWA’s announcement earlier this week a lot of families and advocates have been wondering how the suspension of partnerships and other hosting and camp programs will impact China adoptions and Gladney’s Superkids work.

Although the future isn’t crystal clear at this moment, we are confident that the program will continue to move forward.  Gladney has been working in China for over 20 years and we have seen many changes – we have always been able to flow with whatever comes our way and we will continue to work to place children in loving, committed families. 

Superkids may be primarily known for work we do in China, however over the last couple of years it has expanded to include visits to Taiwan as well.  The Taiwan program is a small, but rapidly growing Asian adoption program for families that are interested in siblings, younger children with medical needs and older children (ages 5+) with and without medical needs.  The parent qualifications, process and requirements are slightly different from China.

A Superkids volunteer in Taiwan.

Often we receive emails from our partners in Taiwan about children that are available to be matched to qualified families who have an approved international adoption home study.  Just yesterday we learned about a little boy who is turning 5 this fall, who they will be planning to match soon.  To learn more about this situation and other opportunities in the Taiwan program please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org.

As we close this week we remain hopeful for each individual child’s future and optimistic that Superkids will continue to have a positive impact in the lives of orphans in both China and Taiwan!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Oh Jack!

We met Jack a while ago. He had our hearts at "Hello, my name is Jack!" He had been in an English speaking foster home and surprised us by speaking amazing English to us.



Jack is 7 years old and has low vision. He can see only when he holds objects in a very specific place, but he is able to see well enough to put small objects in a bottle. He has had cataracts removed from his eyes.



He is a sweet, funny little boy who is bright and independent. We last saw him in April of 2016. I am going to let the videos tell you more about Jack. Please watch and see what a wonderful little guy he is!



Jack has a $4,000 grant through Gladney!

Could he be your son? Please share Jack's post. He has waited long enough! Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Announcement From the CCCWA - July 18, 2017

Announcement
July 18, 2017

Relevant government departments and adoption agencies in receiving countries,
Following the enactment of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Administration of Activities of Overseas Non-Governmental Organizations within the Territory of China (hereinafter referred to as Administration Law) since January 1, we would like to notify as follows on relevant issues about the programs carried out by adoption agencies such as the One-to-One Assistance Program, Journey of Hope Program, and Summer/Winter Hosting Program based on the regulations of the Administrative law and conclusions of competent authorities:
  • All activities concerning the One-to-One program, Journey of Hope Program, and Summer/Winter Hosting Program will be terminated. For children who have been assessed by adoption agencies through the One-to-One program before the enactment of the Administrative Law and whose reports have not been submitted to CCCWA, if their reports are submitted through the provincial department of civil affairs to CCCWA before December 31, 2017 (subjected to the approval date of the provincial department), CCCWA will post these files to the specific list of the original adoption agency. Agencies are requested to look for children within required deadline, otherwise the files will be withdrawn by CCCWA when the deadline is closing.
  • Foreign adoption agencies should abide by the business scope specified in the registration when working in China. No activities with inter-country adoption as the purpose are allowed when agencies work in welfare and charity related activities. 
  • Adoption agencies should look for adoptive families according to the requirements outlines in the Review Points for Decision on the Eligibility of Foreigners Adopting from China and avoid hasty placements without discretion within the deadline.


China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption Center

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Austin {Taiwan}

With dimples and the cutest ears that stick out just slightly, Austin is beyond adorable! Austin is shy and it took him a little while to warm up to us. But he is so very polite – quietly saying thank you to us and complying with all of our requests. 



Austin told us that he loves playing with Transformers and he had a lot of fun with our matchbox cars. He also enjoys drawing and reading picture books. He drew a picture of a smiling cat for us and also wrote out numbers 1-10. He is currently in kindergarten and his teachers report that he is popular. Austin has been living with the same foster family for several years. His foster mother told us that he can be quite active when he’s in a comfortable environment.



Austin has amblyopia in his right eye and is currently patching to help correct the issue. It is also reported that he has some mild developmental delays. Could Austin be your son? Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information on this adorable little guy.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Family Friday

It's Friday and we have matches to announce! {Insert happy Friday dance!}

Hugh


Loyal



Eddie



Larson



We are over the moon excited for each of these boys and their families! Help us congratulate them by liking and sharing this post!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ethan!

We are still looking for Ethan's family! You can read more about him here. Please help us out and share this post. We have an amazing community of people who read and share our post to help find families for our children. Thank you and let's stand together again for Ethan!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Iris Video!

This is Iris. You can read more about her here. Here is a little video that is easy to share. Let's see how many times her video gets viewed today!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Millie {Taiwan}

What stands out most about Millie is her bright smile. Her smile also revealed that something was missing. She was super excited to let everyone know that she had just lost one of her front teeth.  Proudly showing off the hole in her mouth where the tooth used to be. 



Millie just turned 6 years old and is very excited to be starting first grade in the fall. She listened patiently to all directions from the Superkids team. She participated without hesitation at every task the team asked her to do and proceeded to do so with delight; her bright smile leading the way. 



Millie told us that she loves playing on the playground and going swimming with her foster family. She still uses floats when swimming, but I bet it’s just a matter of time before she’ll be swimming floatie-free!



Could smiley Millie be your daughter? Contact Mary Chapman atmary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Friday, July 7, 2017

New CCCWA Guidelines

The CCCWA has issued updated guidelines for families adopting from China which you can read here.



Through speaking with officials in China we have verified that families with log in dates (LID) and/or preliminary approval (PA) will be able to complete their adoptions under the previous guidelines.

We are also happy to see that the maximum age difference of 50 years between parent and child now applies to all applicants whether married or single.

There will be more clarification in the days to come and we will be sure to keep our website up to date. We will also be answering any questions you have in a later blog post, so please ask your questions here or on our Facebook page.

XiuXiu {FSL Project}

XuiXui (XuiXui G-255 On Rainbowkids)  is a gorgeous 10 year old girl who is waiting for a family in China. Last year the CCCWA decided to help agencies get good updates on some children who had been waiting for a while on the shared list. XuiXui is one of the girls who was assigned to Gladney and Superkids volunteers were able to meet her in October. I'd say the photographer did a pretty good job, wouldn't you?





She has a diagnosis of hydrocephalus and possible cerebral palsy. Our team also noted that she is delayed compared to other children of the same age. She walks independently and can go up steps holding a hand rail. She can kick and catch a ball and drew a person for us. She speaks in 5-6 word sentences and can answer simple questions. She also follows directions. She counts and recognizes shapes and colors.






This lovely little girl has a $4,000 grant through Gladney. She needs a family to see how amazing she really is! Please email us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.




Thursday, July 6, 2017

Les

07/15/2017 update: We have had a wonderful response to our advocacy efforts for Les! His file is being considered and we are hopeful he will be matched soon. We are no longer sharing his file. Thank you!


This little guy right here. This is Les. He is 2 years old and I don't need to tell you how cute he is, because pictures...




Anyway, Les has a couple of minor, very manageable needs that we will be happy to discuss with interested families.



He is a happy, energetic little boy who would rather play outdoors than inside. He like to drive little cars around and stack blocks. When we met him in October he wasn't even 2 yet and he was walking, running, and saying a few words. He found hidden objects, fed himself Gerber puffs, and sat nicely on his caregiver's lap while we talked with her.



Les is a little sweetheart and his family is going to be so fortunate to have him as their son! We are are looking for a family who already has some paperwork done for this little guy. Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Meredith

Meredith is a little girl with an old soul. She was very mature for her young age of 9; presenting herself with great confidence and dignity.  



One could tell just from looking at her with her cute pink glasses and matching yellow polka dot and pink shirt that her outfit was handpicked for this occasion. She spoke softly yet with great assurance, even showcasing a few English words she knew. She was sensible, perceptive, and intuitive. Yet she was very humble when given a compliment.



When given the task of drawing anything she wanted to draw, she was very meticulous in drawing just the right picture and took her time to think about what to draw. She finally settled for a picture of herself, which included her cute glasses.  Once the picture was done she even took the pencil and finished it off by signing her name.



Could bright little girl be your daughter? Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.