Wednesday, August 30, 2017

This is Judah!

Seriously, y'all! The cuteness on this blog the last few days is unbelievable! And we are at it again today...

This is Judah. He is almost 2 years old and is an active, happy little boy.



He walks, runs, and even goes up and down stairs independently. He has a repaired cleft lip and palate. Both the lip and the palate have been repaired. He also has treated hydrocephalus. This little guy is really thriving!



He builds towers with blocks and can hold and bang blocks together. He looks at books and turns the pages himself. He feeds himself small finger foods and scribbles with a pen.

Judah needs a family! Could you be his family? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How Do You Measure A Year?

A year ago today one of our families met their very special little boy, Dawson, in China. Since then Dawson's parents have been amazing adoption advocates. Thank you Amy and Christopher for your untiring work and support! 

How do you measure a year?

August  29, 2017
365 days of...




Taking life one day at a time...
Taking help from others...
Taking naps...




How do you measure a year?

365 days of...

Giving joy
Giving hope
Giving life


Thankful to family, friends, and God for a year filled with LOVE.

Martin {Taiwan}

You can read more about precious little Martin here. We have made a collage to make it easy to share his information. Please share and help us find his family! Contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Meet Justin!

Justin is a precious 10 month old baby boy. His development is amazing!




He sits independently and, at 9 months was beginning to crawl. He is a chatty little guy and babbles a lot.



He is a sweet smiley baby, well loved by his caregivers. He rolls over and holds his own bottle. He eats rice cereal and other soft foods. He is doing great and on track developmentally.



His only need is his facial deformity. That is it.



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


Saturday, August 26, 2017

More New Files!

We are so excited that this week we learned of even more new files coming our way! It isn't often we get to make that thrilling announcement 2 weeks in a row! 

Please contact us and we can help you begin to make your dreams of bringing a child home a reality!



Friday, August 25, 2017

Jordan

Are you ready for this? You are about to meet 4 year old Jordan!



Cute, huh?

We met Jordan in October of 2016. He had only been at the orphanage for a few days at that point. It was easy to see that he is a special little guy. He is bright and engaging. He is super cute, and he did each thing we asked him to do with ease. He carried on comprehensive conversations with our Mandarin speaking team members. So you can imagine our delight when we saw his file is nearly completed and we can begin advocacy for him!



Jordan's file indicates that he may fall on the autism spectrum. The file also indicates that he is very smart and advanced beyond his peers in many areas. It states, "He is the prince in our institute."



Is anyone looking to adopt a little prince? Could this sweet little guy be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.


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.