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.

Murphy! {Taiwan}

I was excited to meet with Murphy again during our trip in November. We first met Murphy a year earlier (you can read about that visit here), so I was looking forward to seeing how he had grown. 



And boy has he grown – we met with him just a few days after his 4th birthday and he’s really starting to look like a “big kid”. And he is now wearing the most adorable blue glasses!



Murphy was matching colors and naming them. His favorite color is green. He was running and jumping and kicking a ball. He strung beads for us, and built a pretty tall block tower. Murphy roared like a lion and meowed like a cat when shown stuffed animals – too cute! He was also more talkative with us this time. His caregivers say that his speech is clear and age-appropriate.



Murphy is an active kiddo who loves playing outside the best. He loves pizza and poutine. He attends pre-school and gets along with his classmates. Murphy has some delays, and is diagnosed with hydrocephalus and neurofibromatosis type 1. 



Could Murphy be your son? Please email mary.chapman@gladney.org to learn more about Murphy.

Peter

Peter is a 5 year old boy who likes to play outside. His files states that when he is walking he likes to slow down to see beautiful things. He likes colorful blocks and pretty flowers. He seems like such a sweet little guy!



He is developmentally delayed and his file indicates that his speech is delayed. His motor development also seems delayed, but his vision is low in one eye due to phacoscotusmus, a clouding of the eye lens, so it seems reasonable to assume some of his motor delays may come from low vision.

Peter dresses himself and takes care of all self-care needs. He jumps and runs and goes up and down stairs. He can copy shapes and draw a straight line.



This sweet little guy needs a family to see him and step forward to provide the medical and developmental supports he needs in order to thrive!

Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information!

Poppy

She is gorgeous. There is no other way to describe Poppy. She is gorgeous. But she is also sweet. Her caregivers describe her as a quiet, happy little girl who loves to play with other children.



Poppy just turned 5 and her file indicates that she has developmental delays. She understands simple instructions and says easy words. She walks independently but her file indicates that she may have an unusual "scissor gait". She is getting rehabilitation daily. 



This darling little girl likes listening to music and playing with other children. She especially loves to be outside. She needs a family who is open to some unknowns, but who is willing to take a chance on loving this little beauty.

Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Keegan {Taiwan}

Keegan is described as a talkative, happy little boy by his caregivers. He is pretty shy with new people, as our team discovered when we met him in November, but once we stepped back and let him play with other children he relaxed and we got to see the sweet boy his caregiver described.




He is imaginative and likes to play with little pretend action figures. He loves puzzles. He likes playing ball and gets along well with the other children in his group at the home where he lives.



Keegan will be 5 soon. His file indicates that he has some delays. He is speaking in complete sentences, though his pronunciation is not always clear. He dresses himself and packs his own backpack for kindergarten. He was great with both gross and fine motor tasks. He runs, jumps, and plays with a ball. He colors, imitates shapes, and likes things to be tidy. When a crayon was put in upside down he said, "That is wrong!" and corrected it.



Keegan didn't like getting his picture taken by us, which I think you can see. I didn't blame him. It's pretty scary to have strange looking people try to do something as intimate as take pictures of you!

This precious little boy needs a family! Could he be your son? Please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information!

New Files!! {Randal!}

New files just hit the database! We always get super excited when this happens. It means that we have the privilege and honor to do our best to find families for 10 more children. The youngest child in this group just turned 1, the oldest is 10.


Each of them are precious, amazing, beautiful in their own right. Each of them need families. And for the next few months we will be telling you everything we can about them. You can help in the quest, this most amazing and sacred quest of ours. The quest to find the perfect family for each of these children. Look into their little eyes. Ask yourself if they are your child. Share their pictures and ask your friends to really see them. Really see them for the precious little individuals they are.

We have already introduced some of these children. Now we can advocate in earnest.



Today I'm introducing you to Randal. This little cutie is only 1 year old! His file states his special need is postoperative malrotation of intestine. He is doing so well since his operation that his file is designated special needs. This means that a family needs to have a dossier logged in or completed to be matched with him.



He is crawling and walking with assistance. He understands simple instructions and is described as a happy, curious little boy. His files states in several places that he loves to laugh and laughs easily. Someone scoop this baby up! Can you imagine his little laugh ringing through your home? Contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Miranda {Taiwan}

Miranda is a 9 year old girl whom we met on our last trip to Taiwan in November {as a side note, emails have been flying back and forth as we plan our next trip to Taiwan!}. She is a quiet little girl who likes to dress up and look pretty. Her favorite toys are her Barbie dolls. She loves doing their hair and dressing them. She also likes to draw and she quickly drew us a very cute little picture of a girl.




She reads and writes well and enjoys getting lost in a story book. She doesn't enjoy math so much and when she was asked what she dislikes she said she doesn't like to play with wooden blocks.



Miranda has developmental delays. She works hard at school and is doing well. She has a lot of friends and is very close to her foster family.



Miranda needs a family. Could she be your daughter? Please contact us at mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.