Thursday, September 28, 2017

Meet Shane!

Shane is only 17 months old and is the sweetest little guy! We met him when he was only 5 months old, and he was already a champion cuddler! But, my goodness, has he ever grown up since then.



Shane has Down syndrome. He is described as a shy, quiet baby who prefers to be held by his foster mom. He lives in a foster home with 5 foster siblings.



He sits independently and crawls. He likes to play with toys and can feed himself finger foods. He makes happy noises and vocalizes, but isn't saying words yet.



Shane has a $4,000 grant through Gladney. Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Butterfly Home

What is the Butterfly Home?
Since 2010, Butterfly Children's Hospices have provided loving care and treatment for children who have life limiting or life threatening illnesses in Changsha, China.  Some of the children are only with us for a matter of hours, others have days or months, and some will thrive with the extra hope, love and medical attention and go on to get adopted. 
No matter how small or how sick, we give every baby or child the love, care and medical attention they need.

Katie Hill


We are working in partnership with the Chinese government to create a sustainable model of palliative care that can be extended to different communities.  In 2013, we founded another hospice in Nanjing using the same model of care.  We successfully completed training for Chinese medical and nursing professionals in January 2015 and Nanjing Rainbow is now independently run by a Chinese organization serving children in this community.

The Butterfly Home is a Happy Place
Even in the face of such heartbreak, we ensure that our home is a happy place, where children can be children, and are shown love and care every day. Although end-of-life care is a large part of what we do, we also have children, who thanks to our expert teams, go on to make full recoveries and are fostered, or adopted by loving families. In the Butterfly Home, we see past the diagnoses and complicated files; we see the children for who they are, their smiles, cheeky personalities and the sparkle in their eyes. And Gladney sees that too! We are delighted that the orphanage has partnered with Gladney for adoptions so some of our miracle children can go on to know the love of a family.

A Butterfly Home Fairy-tale Story
Gladney works hard to match these little miracles with their perfect families and the Butterfly staff loves to watch them grow up through the help of social media! One of my
favorite fairy-tale endings is the story of Michael and Robert. Michael and Robert were both admitted to the Butterfly Home after complications post-surgery. We watched Michael and Robert grow up, stronger each day, until they were fit to go for surgery together. Michael appointed himself as Robert's protector and constantly would have his arm around him. They traveled to another city with their "ayis" (nannies) for surgery, and encouraged each other in recovery. Aside from the tougher times, they had fun together too - tumbling and playing and laughing as brothers do and enjoying trips to their favorite McDonalds. They became brothers in their hearts, even though on paper they were together for a moment in time before another goodbye.



Eventually that goodbye came. A wonderful family came for Michael through Gladney. He was full of courage as he met them and travelled over the ocean to begin a new life. He was now a precious son, beloved and secure. Meanwhile, back in China, Robert waited. He moved to a foster home where kind people became his cheerleaders. They waited with him, hoping that one day, he too would become somebody's son. A little over a year later, the dream finally came true. Into Robert's life came his new Mama, his new Baba and his very familiar and much loved Gege (big brother). That's right - Michael's family came back to China to adopt Robert, making them brothers for real! We could not have written this story if we had tried. It is too wonderful, too surprising and too perfect. We are so thankful for their wonderful parents and to Gladney for placing these boys with their forever family. 

Brothers forever!

 These fairy-tale endings make all of the hard days' worth it, all of the heartache and tragedy a little bit easier. Without Gladney, this would not be possible. Check out our blog to read more of the wonderful adoption stories that Gladney has orchestrated by finding the perfect families for these precious children.

Thank you Katie for everything you do for the most vulnerable children!  To learn more about Butterfly Children's Hospice, click here.

Draydon {Taiwan}

Eight year old Draydon has the sweetest looking puppy-dog eyes! I can definitely see him using those precious eyes to his advantage! His foster mom reports that he is very polite and always greets people he knows. He also makes origami that he gifts to his foster mother. 



Draydon is an active little boy with a good sense of humor. He loves playing outside and playing with his friends. He also enjoys school and his teacher reports he is a motivated learner who works hard. His favorite subject is Mandarin. One of his favorite toys is an Angry Bird stuffed animal. 

Draydon takes ADHD medication, but has no other medical needs. We have more photos and a video that can be shared privately, along with his full profile. Please reach out to Taiwan Program Caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org to learn more about Draydon!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Silva

Today we are introducing Silva, a lovely 3 year old girl. She likes to look at books and is described as energetic and outgoing.



Silva's file indicates that she has Down syndrome. She walks independently and goes up and down steps on her own. She likes to listen to music and play with toys. Her favorite toys are dolls.



Silva has a good appetite and gets upset when she sees food that isn't meant for her (don't we all know that feeling!). She follows simple instructions, responds to her name, and has fun using crayons to scribble on paper.

This sweet little girl has a $4,000 grant through Gladney. Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Meet Sophia!

Sweet, sweet Sophia! She just turned 7 and we have met her several times. We are so excited that her file is finally prepared and we can hopefully find her family soon!



Sophia has CP that most impacts the use of her legs. She is able to walk independently, but our Superkids volunteers noted that a brace would be very helpful for her. She uses her hands well, she had a lot of fun stringing beads and playing with stickers.

Sophia is a little shy and her foster mom kept telling us that she is so much more relaxed at home. She likes to dance to music and play with her foster siblings.



She communicates well and responds to directions. She was able to easily follow simple directions when we last saw her in October of 2016.

Sophia needs a family! She is functioning so well and therapy and special assistance could be such a game-changer for her! Could she be your daughter? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Family Friday!

We have matches to announce! Congratulations to each family who received great news this week!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Adorable Brothers, Deacon & Dudley {Taiwan}


Meet 6 year old Deacon and his little brother Dudley who just turned 5 years old. I wish we could share more photos and the video of these two here on the blog – they are beyond adorable! Join our private Facebook group, Advocate for Taiwan waiting Children, to see more about these sweet brothers. 

Deacon is described as active, social, and curious. He enjoys school and does well. He especially likes adding and subtracting using the abacus. He enjoys playing with toy cars, robots, and doing arts and crafts projects.

Dudley!

Dudley is described as active with a good sense of humor. He loves to laugh! He is not yet in school, but gets along well with his peers. He can follow instructions during games and has good relationships with his caregivers. He enjoys playing with toy cars and robots. 

Both brothers are reported to be developmentally on target for their age, and have good communication skills. They do not have medical needs. Could these fun brothers be your sons? Contact Taiwan Program Caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.orgfor more information.

NOTE: Taiwan's privacy laws do not allow us to post full-face pictures of children. We do not have other pictures that we can share publicly yet. Please contact us to see pictures of both boys. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Meet Hosea

Let's start this week off with another cute-as-a-button little boy. Meet Hosea!



He is almost 5 years old and is described as a "good boy with bright eyes who is very cute when he smiles." sounds pretty adorable, right?

Hosea likes to try to juggle. I sure would love to see that! He has significant CHD (CTGA, PDA, PFO, VSD). He has already had the FONTAN procedure and the GLENN surgery.



Hosea walks independently, but tires quickly if walking for a long distance. He can jump and go up and down stairs. He speaks in simple sentences and understands instructions. He is just starting Kindergarten and is doing well in class.

This sweet little guy needs a family to care for him and help him reach his full potential! please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Taiwan Waiting Child Video

We just updated our waiting child videos! See all of our waiting children from Taiwan in this video.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Harris

Yep, you guessed it! We are at it again! Meet Harris and prepare to lose  your heart!



Harris is a 19 month old baby boy who is already standing independently. He will be walking in no time! His caregivers use words like "lovely" and "adorable" to describe him. he has bright eyes and a cute smile.

Harris has CHD (PFO) and another need that we will be happy to discuss with families.



He sits independently and crawls, he likes toys that make noises and has fun playing in the little playpen area with the other children.

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Family Friday! {Taiwan Welcome Home Post!}

Welcome Home Jean and Kiki!



We are all so excited and happy for Jean and Kiki, two sisters from Taiwan who are now home and part of a forever family! Mom, Alison, and dad, Jonathan, made it through all of the paperwork and all of the waiting and now finally have their daughter’s home!



Alison and Jonathan learned about Jean and Kiki after our Superkids team met the girls. After seeing some posts we made, they asked to review the girls information – and the rest is history!



Congratulations Jean, Kiki, Alison and Jonathan! We wish your family a lifetime of happiness, laughter, and most importantly love.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Meet Baby Perfection, Hogan

Since we are taking about perfect baby boys and new files and all of those exciting things...

Meet Hogan!



He is 18 months old and has a manageable need that we will be happy to discuss with interested families. His file is designated special focus, meaning that families just staring paperwork would be able to be matched with him if they meet all of China's requirements, which you can see here.

Hogan sits independently, rolls over, and pulls to a stand. He walks in the walker and, at 15 months, was beginning to take steps with assistance. He holds his own bottle and gets excited when it is meal time.



His file indicates that he is a happy, outgoing baby who loves to laugh. This gorgeous baby needs a family! Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Little Boys, Little Boys!

As the new files keep rolling in I am just amazed at all of the files for adorable, precious, baby boys!



We have Howie and Judah and Justin; Hawk, Hayden, and Kevin. There is Silas, Sebastian, and Jordan. And don't forget Stuart, Sanford, Shane, and Scott! We don't even have blog post for all of these amazing children yet, but you can see them in our waiting child video.

Edited to add Hogan, Harris, Hosea,



They all need families! If you are open to adopting a boy please contact us today at superkids@gladney.org. Your son is waiting for you!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Adopting From Taiwan {Direct Referrals}

You may have noticed that we don’t have too many toddler or pre-school aged children from Taiwan featured on the blog. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t younger children available for adoption from Taiwan – in fact, there are!  Children under the age of 5 are typically referred directly to families waiting in the program. There are both children with medical needs, as well as medically healthy children under the age of 5 who are referred to waiting families. We recently had a 10 month old little girl with minor needs referred to a family in our program



Families become eligible for a direct referral once their home study report is completed and submitted as part of a preliminary package to our partner agencies in Taiwan. Our partner agencies review the family’s preliminary package and then issue Pre-Approval to work with the family. The family is then added to their wait list of Pre-Approved families. When a child becomes eligible for international adoption, our partner agencies select a family from the wait list who they feel would be the best match for the child. We are then given the child’s full profile for the family to review and decide if they agree to the match. We always get to meet with children referred to our families during our Superkids trips – so these families still get the extra Superkids information and photos of their child!


If you know that you’d like to adopt from Taiwan, and you are hoping to match to a child under the age of 5 it’s extremely beneficial to start the adoption process! For more information on the process of adopting from Taiwan and on direct referrals, please feel free to reach out to Taiwan Program Caseworker Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org.

Friday, September 1, 2017

One Less Orphan Ice Ball

Last weekend a huge beautiful event took place in Dallas, Texas to benefit Gladney and children adopted through the Gladney Asia programs. Several Gladney staff members from New York, Illinois, and Texas were able to attend. The One Less Orphan Ice Ball was a warm, fun event that will not soon be forgotten.




The event was planned and orchestrated by Gladney adoptive parents and it was big and beautiful! But then it was Texas and everything is big and beautiful in Texas, right?! Big hearts, big homes, big hair... You get the picture!




Another big thing we experienced was support! We met some amazing adoptive mamas from Texas!  We have a new group of energized families who are involved and who have become friends with one another. Our Texas families have not only the support of Gladney but other supportive adoptive parents to lean on! This group of amazing families is so welcoming to new adoptive parents.   




One Less Orphan Fund has amazing volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Thank you to individuals and businesses who donated items and guests who bid on the amazing prizes. Silent auction items included everything from a new set of braces, to jewelry, to a weekend getaway. So many people generously gave of their resources!

And speaking of big, let's talk food!  Can we just recognize the fact that cake-pops are best consumed in large quantities and with co-workers?





The night was made possible by a woman who has felt called to adopt and in less than one year of being home, she has given of her time, talents and financial resources to make sure that there is "One less orphan". Thank you, Amy, for your vision!




What an amazing night! The highlight of our 2017 for sure and we look forward to meeting more Gladney families, donors, and seeing what is in store at the 2018 Ice Ball in Dallas, TX!

A special thanks to the Mitchells for donating the use of their home for this event! Also huge thanks to ScottAlanTurner.com for being the headlining sponsor and to Personalize Payroll for being the Icing on the Cake sponsor! 




Giving doesn't just leave an impression on today but impacts the future.  The families who benefit from this night are loving and wonderful Christian families. Generous donors are helping to unite and bring together families- an amazing gift and life long impact on families and children and generations to come!

Meet Howie!

We are doing it again! We just can't help ourselves. You are warned. If you have trouble losing your heart to adorable little boys, watch out!



This is Howie. He is 3 years old and I think I'll let him speak for himself:



He has anal atresia and some related issues. He has received some treatment in China, but will also need some treatment once he is home. We have an initial review by a renowned surgeon which we can share with interested families. He gave a very positive report about this sweet little guy!



Howie's caregivers say he is a very smart little boy. His medical needs have kept him from being able to keep up with his peers in some areas, but he learns new things very quickly. He walks and runs. He understands and follows commands. He blows kisses and says hello and goodbye.

Sweet Howie needs to receive medical care. This little guy needs to get home where he can thrive! Could he be your son? Please consider him and contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.