And We Are Off!

Be sure to follow our trip here on the blog. Like our Facebook page to be sure you don't miss any updates. And join our private Facebook group where we will post pictures and videos of children that we can't post publicly!


Help Us Help Children in the XinYu Orphanage in China!

In recent years, Superkids has been able to meet hundreds of children and provide additional information to prospective adoptive parents.  However, Superkids has a long history that includes other types of important child welfare support. 

Superkids started over 10 years ago as a humanitarian aid initiative.  In the early days, therapists and doctors traveled to China, Ethiopia, and Colombia to train caregivers, assist in providing therapies for children, and deliver expensive therapeutic devices. We now have an opportunity to again help to provide much needed therapeutic support to children in the XinYu orphanage in China.  We are hoping our Superkids followers will consider helping with this initiative.

Dr. Darla Wrage with a young boy from XinYu

 XinYu is an orphanage that Superkids has visited several times.  Even though one-to-one partnerships are no longer part of the China adoption landscape, Superkids is committed to maintaining our support of Xin Yu and continuing our relationship with them. XinYu is in a small, rural area and has fewer resources than other orphanages in big cities. But they have a desire to provide quality care, including therapeutic support for the children residing there.  

We have met so many children at XinYu who would benefit from an ongoing therapeutic regimen.  Children like SierraSebastianSophia, and Soleil who need developmental assistance to help them reach their full potential. Wouldn't it be amazing if Superkids could help to provide therapists not only for these children while they wait for their families, but also for the many other children who sadly will never find families. On-site therapeutic support can help children in the entire orphanage in a way that adoption cannot.



The initial goal of Superkids is to raise $10,000 to donate to Xin Yu.  This money will be used to hire three professionals:  2 therapists with occupational and physical therapy training and 1 teacher.  These professionals will visit Xin Yu regularly to work with the children.

If you would like to donate to the Xin Yu iniative, please contact Superkids@gladney.org.

Thank you in advance for helping in this way! We are excited to have this type of opportunity again.  We hope it leads to even more impactful ways to improve the lives of children living in orphanages!

The Deets #SKTaiwanApr18

It is time! We have reached that point of preparation where we start reminding ourselves that there are plenty of stores in Taiwan to buy all of the things we have forgotten. You know the stage...



I know you are all wondering about the glorious details of this trip.

We are thankful for our returning Superkids physical therapist, Nancy Dobson. We will miss her wonderful husband, Joe on this trip, but hope he can join us again in the fall.

Mary Chapman, our Taiwan caseworker, is also planning to go, which I know is exciting for the families she works with. She can hand deliver care packages and get all kinds of wonderful updates for matched families. That is exciting stuff!

Erin Martin, our photographer and social media manager is going again. She is the one who will be getting the pictures of matched children in the private Facebook group as quickly as possible, so families, watch closely!

We also have a caseworker from another agency, Amanda, joining us on this trip. We are excited to get to know her in person and share this experience with her and her significant other.

We are all flying from different areas in the US, but will meet up in the San Francisco airport and travel to Taiwan together. We leave on Saturday, April 21.

We will hit the ground running and spend Monday and Tuesday visiting children at ChungYi. On Wednesday we have a day for sight seeing and relaxing. Then Thursday and Friday we will go to Cathwell.

We plan to see between 50-60 children while there. We are seeing 14 matched children! When you consider the total number of adoptions from Taiwan in a year, 14 matches is huge and amazing! We are excited and humbled to be able to do this!

Now for the important piece of how to follow our trip {you know you want to!}.

We will be posting on the blog here daily, barring any technical difficulties.

You can follow us on Facebook by liking our page here. We will post updates throughout the day as we can. This is a public page and we have to abide by Taiwan's privacy laws in not posting pictures of children's full faces.

So... be sure to join our private Facebook group where we can post pictures and videos we can't post publicly. You will need to answer a couple of questions before we can add you, so be sure to do that and we will get you added! This is where matched families should watch for pictures of their children. We will do our best to post pictures from the orphanage!

Thank you all for your support as we go!

Oren

Oren will be 13 in just a few weeks, which means the time to find him a family is now!



Oren's file indicates that he has no known medical needs and that he is easy to get along with. he makes good grades in school and his teacher says he is good at independent study and is a very responsible student.

Oren lives in a foster family where he willingly pitches in with the household chores. He is independent with self care.



We are seeking an update on Oren, but we need a family to decide to move forward with him soon to avoid the need for expedition in order to complete his adoption before his 14th birthday.

Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information. While there is not a specific grant attached to the adoption of Oren, we do have a support fund which we can use to assist families, do not hesitate to ask us about it!

Milo {Taiwan}

One precious little guy that stole our hearts at the very first glance... Meet Milo.



It’s not every Superkids trip that we get to meet such a little one. Just days before we met him, Milo celebrated his first birthday! His fluffy brown hair, button nose, chocolate colored eyes, and that precious little grin... Oh so tiny and amazing! Milo is even more special as he has something extra, an extra 21st chromosome. Down syndrome.

Little Milo can crawl, sit independently, pull himself up and has even started to cruise along where he pulled himself up. He was so curious about the camera that he pulled himself up along the wooden crib filled with toys to get just a little closer and then stretched his arm out. One very precious moment that was captured forever. 



He is developing a special bond with his nanny. It was sweet to experience their relationship as Milo would clap along and share his little grin as she sang patty cake and helped him bring his hands together to clap. When his hands were not clapping he enjoyed chewing on his little fingers.



Many giggles were shared when the big yellow yoga ball was brought out. Both Milo and another young boy patted the ball to feel the vibration. He did his best to hug this big yellow ball even though it was truly larger than him. All while showing how strong he was to stand alone with arms stretched out. 



So many precious moments to be shared, could you be the family Milo awaits? The family to come alongside him as he journeys through life. As he shows his abilities and proves that his diagnosis of Down syndrome does not define him.

Milo has a $4,000 grant for his adoption through Gladney.

For more information please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org.  Also, don’t forget to join our private Facebook group for more pictures of this precious little one and the other children that are waiting for their families.

Meredith {Taiwan}

We have written about Meredith before. Yo can read that post here



She is special, this girl. She is quiet and sweet. She is creative and likes art class the best. When asked to create a pattern with blocks, she made it 3 dimensional. Her creativity comes out in small ways even in the short time we spent with her.



She is mature for her age of 10 years in some ways, but she has a darling little-girl giggle. She enjoys dressing up and making sure her clothes look nice and well-matched.

She enjoys reading, but made sure to specify that she likes story books - not textbooks! She also enjoys swimming and playing board games. She doesn't really like English class because there are so many things to memorize.



Meredith is a precious girl with obvious bonds with her foster mom. She is waiting for a family! Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Hadley

Hadley is a precious 6 year old girl whom we last met in October 2016. We all fell in love with her sunny personality. She left us all smiling!



Here is a little video slide show of her.




This sweet girl will go so far and do so much with the support and care of a loving family! We are happy to speak with you about her! Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Dale {Taiwan}

When I think of all of the kiddos I’ve met during our Superkids trips, Dale is always one of the first to come to mind. He is just such a sweet, fun kid! He’s always smiling, happy to see us and participate in any of the crazy things we ask of him. He’s up for playing a game of ball, showing off his drawing skills, and answering our many questions.



Dale will be turning 9 years old in a couple of months. He has been living in the same foster family for about 6 years, and you can tell he has a good relationship with his foster mother. When we were talking during our visit in November, if he got stuck on how to answer one of my questions, he would look to his foster mom for assistance. His foster mother told us that he is kind, helpful, and outgoing.



Dale loves drawing and painting. He also loves being active and playing outside. He’s been participating in dance classes since last September. We have the best video of him dancing! He told me that he loves playing dodgeball in PE because he likes dodging – he’s got some fast moving feet!



 Dale has no known medical needs, and I think he would really thrive in a family. Think of all this amazing boy could grow up to be! Could you be the parents who help him achieve success? Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org to learn more about Dale.

Meet Luke!

We have spent time with Luke on several occasions. The first time was almost 5 years ago. Each time we have seen him we have written words like "sweet, gentle, thoughtful, and cooperative" in our notes about him.



He is one of those children that stand out. He is caring about the other children, but he is funny and energetic in his own right. He is now almost 12 years old. His file was prepared when he was 7, and still he waits.




Luke has deformed ears and hearing loss. His file also indicates that he has a cleft palate, but our doctors did not see it. It must be a very small cleft, if he has one at all. He is able to hear and speak, but struggles in loud environments. He is a little shy and speaks quietly. Sometimes he preferred writing his answers to our questions rather than trying to compete with the noise in the room.




He did great on the non-verbal testing we did with him, like blew right through it with no problem at all. He entered right in to playing with some of our volunteers on the playground. He is a little shy at first, but warms up quickly.



Luke only has a couple of years before he ages out. We need to find his family now, before it is an emergency. This sweet boy is so deserving!


Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information. While there is not a specific grant attached to the adoption of Luke, we do have a support fund which we can use to assist families, do not hesitate to ask us about it!

Family Friday!!

We have matches, matches, matches to announce!! 



Both of the little girls from China are matches made from the shared list, which is exciting because it is always a little uncertain when there are changes in the way matching is done. But one thing that hasn't changed is that there are still children needing families and the Gladney staff's dedication to finding appropriate families for each child! Congratulations to both of these excited families!

And we are thrilled to announce 3 matches in the Taiwan program! Our Taiwan program is expanding so quickly and we are proud and grateful to be a part of that growth! Both Darwin and Daisy were matched thanks to the advocacy efforts of Superkids volunteers who met them.

A huge congratulations from us to each of these children and their families! What an exciting week! Please help us congratulate all of these families by liking and sharing this post!

Kaydence

Oh my goodness! Do we ever have a cute little one to introduce today! Kaydence is only 2 years old and the most current information we have is from when she was only 1. We are seeking an update and will share new information as we get it.




When her file was prepared she was already standing and beginning to walk. She recognized her name and turned when it was called. She waved bye-bye and was beginning to speak simple words. That is amazing for a 1 year old!!




She is described as a happy baby and is attached to her foster family. Sweet Kaydence has an MRI in her file that indicates that she has agenesis of the corpus callosum. She is developing well and there is a video of her from another agency that shows her standing, walking, and giggling the cutest little giggle! I will place a link to it on our Facebook page. You can visit it here.





Someone take the risk and go snatch this baby up! Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information. While there is not a specific grant attached to the adoption of Kaydence, we do have a support fund which we can use to assist families, do not hesitate to ask us about it!

We Are Going To Taiwan! {And we need your help!}

We are so excited to announce our #SKTaiwanApril2018 trip! We leave on April 21st and plan to be in Taiwan for a week. We will be introducing our team as it gets closer to departure time, but suffice it to say we are all super excited to be going to Taiwan!

Our Taiwan program has been growing and expanding and one of our favorite things about this trip is that we will be seeing, and taking care packages to, more matched children than we have ever seen before on a Taiwan trip! It doesn't get better than that!

As usual we need some items to take with us for the children. They really count on the Lego sets we take each time. Some of the older children start looking for them as soon as they come into the room! We want to take some simple little Duplo sets for the younger children this time too.



We are also taking some projects for the older children to do. We are hoping to help them make little flip photo books using our photo printer. Another project we want to try is calming glitter bottles (because we are gluttons for punishment and want to travel internationally with glitter). These are super simple to make and provide a calming sensory experience for children.

Anyway, on to the how you can help part: 

You can see our Amazon Wish List HERE

We are collecting pretty hair bows, bands, etc. If you want to send some in addition to the ones listed on Amazon please contact Erin at erinmrtn@yahoo.com.

It would also be fun to take scarves and small hats and other small "dress up" items. Please contact Erin if you have anything along those lines you want to donate.

Thank you all in advance! We always know we can count on you to help us make these trips successful and fun!

Meet Kayla!

Kayla just turned 5 and she is described as a quiet little girl who is very attached to her caregivers. She has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk without assistance, but she can use her hands well. She feeds herself and can hold a crayon to color.



She enjoys listening to stories and looking at books, especially books with pictures of children in them. She likes to watch cartoons and play with adult's phones. Sounds like a 5 year old, doesn't it?



She understands what is said to her and is able to express her needs. She doesn't really like to talk to strangers, but she warms up after a short time. She shares her toys with the other children and sometimes shares snacks with younger children.

Kayla is a sweetheart! And she is waiting for her family to see her! For more information please contact us at superkids@gladney.org.

Oakley

Meet Oakley, a pretty little 9 year old girl who is waiting for her family!



Oakley has hypothyroidism for which she is being treated. She also has some developmental delays.
She likes to help her foster mom with chores when she gets home from school in the afternoon. She attends a special education school where she does well and gets along well with the teachers and students

Oakley has good self-care skills and recites ancient poetry. Are file indicates that, while it may be hard for her to memorize poems, shakeups working on them until she knows them and she loves to recite them for people.

She has great understanding of what is said to her, and she has a good vocabulary, but her file does indicate that her speech is slow and a little difficult to understand. But it sounds like she is a bit of a chatterbox and likes to tell her foster mom about her day at school and about the books she is reading.

This precious girl is waiting for her family! Could that be you? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Mario {Taiwan}

Boy, Mario sure is one cute kid! And sweet, and so easy to work with! We just missed getting to celebrate his 4th birthday when we saw him in November. We’ve met Mario before, and since that last visit he’s gotten an adorable pair of glasses that are helping with some of his vision issues.



We also learned that Mario has moved into our partner agency’s Children’s Home since our last visit. He is now getting regular speech and occupational therapy. His caregivers told us that with encouragement is he becoming more confident in trying new things, and things that are more challenging to him. He was very attentive during our evaluation and tried everything that we asked of him.



One of Mario’s favorite things to do is play in toy cars that he can ride in. His caregivers told us he can also ride a bike. He loves playing in water and doing simple puzzles. He told me that his favorite food is candy!



Mario has Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous (PHPV), strabismus, nystagmus, amblyopia, and some delays. Could he be your son? Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org to learn more about sweet Mario.


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Deacon & Dudley {Taiwan}

We met brothers Deacon and Dudley for the first time in November – and what adorable brothers they are! Deacon turned 7 at the beginning of this year, and Dudley is 5. They lived together in the children’s home and enjoy spending time together.



Deacon is in the 1st grade and does really well at school. He participates well in class, and his teacher reports that he is a good learner and helper. Deacon loves the color blue, Transformers, and watching cartoons. He also really loves playing outside – he enjoyed telling me all about playing on the playground and how much he loves the slides and hanging by his feet on the monkey bars! He also likes playing tag and soccer with his friends, and going swimming. We might have a future athlete here!





While he was a little shy at first, Dudley did well on the tasks we asked him to do. When his caregivers told us he can count to 50, he was happy to demonstrate and then just kept right on counting, surprising even his caregivers! Looks like someone has been paying attention in kindergarten! Like his brother, Dudley loves being active and playing outside. He told me that helping others makes him happy, and that he is afraid of the dark.




 Deacon and Dudley have no medical needs. Could these fun, silly, active brothers be your sons? Reach out to mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information on Deacon and Dudley!

World Down Syndrome Day! {Pierce}

It is World down Syndrome Day and we are rocking the crazy socks at our house!



I have been waiting to introduce a very special little boy who has Down syndrome and I thought today would be the perfect day to introduce him. His name is Pierce and he just turned 4 years old. And he wants you to know that there is #nothingdownaboutme!



This sweet little guy is waiting for his family in China. He is an active little boy who loves to play outside. He is attached to his foster mom and responds well to her instructions. He isn't talking much yet, but  he can vocalize and say a few words.

He can hold a crayon and imitate lines and shapes when they are drawn. He likes to listen to music and dance.

Pierce has a $4,000 grant through Gladney!



Pierce is from an orphanage Superkids has visited many times. This precious boy needs a family to provide the love and support he will need throughout life. Please celebrate this special day by asking us for more information about how to make him your son! Contact us at superkids@gladney.org, we look forward to hearing from you!

Family Friday!

We have matches to announce!! Congratulations are in order!


Mel & Milton {Taiwan}

Are you ready for this? Two boys, brothers, both smart and funny and polite. What is not to love?!

We have posted about Mel & Milton before, you can read that post here. These amazing brothers are still waiting for their family to see them.



Mel is 13 years old. he told us he likes to draw, so we asked him to draw something for us. He quickly drew this soaring bird while we watched in amazement. This was just a quick sketch. This boy really does like to draw!


He wants to be a chef when he grows up. And he especially likes to bake cookies. His favorite books to read are the Harry Potter books. Is anyone else thinking he sounds pretty awesome?




Milton is 9 and is a lively, active little guy. When we asked him what he wants to be when he grows up he didn't really answer the question, but he told us his brother wants to be a chef... and he wants to be with his brother. When we last saw him he brought the Lego set we had given him the time before when we were there. He was so proud to show us that it was all put together and that he still had it.




Neither of these boys have a medical diagnosis. There only real "need" is that they are older boys. Think about that. Think about boys this age that you know and how much they need parents. Ask yourself if you, or someone you know could be the right family for these amazing boys.

Please contact Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.