Oriana

Oriana is almost 4 years old. We just got a sweet update that included a video. She sounds like a darling little girl who doing well.



Her need is listed as thoracic hemangioma and her file also mentions mild torticollis. We have photos of her hemangioma that we will happily share with interested families.



According to the update we just received Oriana is able to communicate well. Her speech is clear and easy to understand and she easily understand what is said to her. She can recognize and name animals and shapes, she knows her colors and can count to 10.



Her coordination is good. She walks, runs, hops, and can stand on one leg. She is in Kindergarten at the orphanage. She gets along well with her peers.



Oriana is described as having a very cheerful personality. She is workable for her teachers and caregivers and smiles easily.

This sweet girl needs a family! Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Meet Alec {Taiwan}

Over in our private Taiwan Facebook group (be sure to join for pictures and videos we can't share publicly!) we asked for help to give this little guy an advocacy name. Alec was the clear favorite of the 3 names we asked you to choose from, so today we are introducing Alec!



Alec is 4 years old and is an easy-going fun little boy. He likes to play with spinning tops and little cars. When we showed him a picture with animals doing different things he easily identified what each type of animal was doing. He speaks in long sentences but his speech is a little hard to understand.



He copied shapes for us and did a little lacing card quite nicely. He stacked blocks, ran, jumped, climbed and did all of the typical 4 year old boy stuff.



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

Adam {Taiwan}

Adam is a handsome 7 year old boy whose favorite subject is PE, especially running. He likes to do puzzles and is described as creative and obedient. This sweet little guy is very considerate of his foster mom and very attached to her.



He is in the 1st grade and is doing well. Even though he can be quite active he has a good attention span. He wrote his name very neatly for us and drew a cute little truck. He is learning to read.

His file indicates that he may have some developmental delays, but we did not observe anything that was concerning. He did everything we asked him to do willingly and he makes average grades in school. His strongest subject is math.



He excelled at all of the running, jumping, walking on a line type of stuff and had us all laughing at his funny faces as he made sure we knew this stuff was easy for him!



Adam needs a family. Could he be your son? Please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org for more details.

If you are interested in seeing pictures and videos that we cannot share publicly of our children from Taiwan, be sure to join out private Facebook group!

Oscar

Oscar is a 2 year old baby boy who is described as happy and easy-going. His file states that when he first arrived he was quiet and shy, but with time he settled in and is now outgoing and laughs easily. He likes to listen to music and raise his arms and sway "just like dancing."



Oscar has Down syndrome. He was rolling and crawling, but not yet walking when his file was prepared, when he was about 18 months old.

He likes to play with noisy toys and can hold toys and bang them together. He understands what is being said to him but is not yet speaking. He can find hidden objects and understands what no means.



This sweet little guy needs a family! Could he be your son? Oscar has a $4,000 grant through Gladney!! Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Avril {Taiwan}

Avril came into the room giggling when we met her last month. I don't know what she thought was funny, but she was covering her little mouth with her hand and giggling. It was absolutely adorable.



She just turned 5 and has CHD, she has had surgery, but will need continuing care. She is a smart, active, cute little thing who knows exactly what she wants and how she wants it. I am sure her lively spirit has served her well through the times she has spent n the hospital.

She counts blocks and stacks them, but most enjoys knocking the stacks over. She likes to play house with dolls and even loaded some little blocks into a stroller and said she was taking them to school. She is very imaginative.



She enjoys school and likes to play with other children, though the staff did say she also likes to play by herself sometimes.

She did well with walking, running, and jumping. She threw and caught a ball. She seemed to have plenty of energy. Her caregivers told us she still sleeps with oxygen though they do not think she really needs it. She does have some clubbing of her fingers and toes.



This little sweetheart needs a family to get her the best medical care she can have and help her live a long, fulfilling life. Could she be your daughter? Please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information. And don't for get to join our private Facebook group where we can share pictures and videos that can't be shared publicly.

Lyle

We have met Lyle several times. The last time was in October of 2016. We recently decided to check up on some of "our" kids that we have met to see if they are on still waiting for families. Lyle is one of the children who is still waiting.



He is now 5 years old. He is a happy child who laughs easily. He like fast-paced music and he likes to  dance to the music. When we last saw him he was in a foster home where he was doing well.



You can read the posts we wrote about him previously here and hereLyle has multiple medical needs including a possible chromosomal disorder. He is developmentally delayed, but not by that much! He seems to be doing really well!



He needs a family who needs fun and laughter in their lives but who is also open to some uncertainties. Could he be your son? Please email us at superkids@gladney.org for more information. We are seeking an update and will share it with you when we receive it!

Amelia {Taiwan}

Amelia is one of the children we met for the first time when we were in Taiwan recently. And what a sweet girl! She is 9 years old and I had such a great time helping her make a headband and put on makeup! She was super sweet and excited about it then when she went into the other room and talked to Mary she said one of her favorite things is putting on makeup. How sweet is that?!

Looking at herself in the mirror after we put on makeup.


She was born prematurely and has a repaired cleft lip and palate. She does well in school and is in the 3rd grade. She sometimes gets frustrated because she tends to be a bit perfectionistic. Oh yeah, and she doesn't like to wash dishes. Nothing too unusual there!



She drew this beautiful girl for us and did it very carefully. We could easily see that she likes to do things right and doesn't want to make mistakes.




She has a sunny, happy personality and was a joy to spend time with. She was so happy to take some Legos with her and made sure to tell us die xie (thank you) before leaving.



This sweet little girl needs a family. Could she be your daughter? Please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information. And don't forget to join our private Facebook group where we can show photos and videos that we can't share publicly.

Jayden and Orin {Urgent!!}

We have posted about these sweet baby boys before, but their situation has changed and we need to find families for them quickly. Both of these adorable boys have spent most of their little lives either being cared for in the Butterfly Home or in foster homes. They are now being moved from their foster homes to the orphanage in charge of their care due to new regulations in China. You can read about Jayden here and Orin here.

Jayden

Orin
Can you imagine a child needing to make those changes? We need families who are willing to move as quickly as possible to get these boys home! Can you please help us by sharing this post?

Contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Odin

We are introducing Odin today. He is a cute little 4 year old boy who was born prematurely.



Unfortunately his file is pretty outdated, we are seeking an update, but in the meantime we want to tell you what we know about him!



He was almost 2 when his file was prepared. At that time he was taking steps independently. He was crawling and climbing and apparently loved playing in his walker. He was saying mama and understood what was said to him. So it sounds like his development was good for a 2 year old!



His personality is described as happy and sunny. He loved to be snuggled and would reach out his arms to beg to be held. He sounds like such a sweetheart!



If he was doing this well at 2 I'm guessing he is really doing well at age 4! We will keep you all updated if we receive updated information!

For more information please contact us at superkids@gladney.org.

Keith {Taiwan}

We are ready to start introducing some of the new children we met on our recent trip to Taiwan. And who better to start with than darling little Keith?



Keith is 3 years old and his file indicates that he has a repaired cleft palate and some developmental delays. He was pretty shy and quiet at first, but slowly warmed up and ended up having quite a lot of fun with us.






He knows his colors and copies shapes on a piece of paper. He built block towers and responded very well to praise. He really started warming up when we started being silly, and he does have a cute little laugh!




He is saying words, and putting together simple sentences but his speech is difficult to understand. He is getting speech therapy. He dresses and undresses himself.



By the end of our time together he gave Nancy a sweet hug. It was just precious!



Could Keith be your son? Please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information. And don't forget to join our private Facebook group where we can show photos and videos that can't be shown publicly.


Liam

We met Liam several times in our trips to the orphanage where he lives. We had his file back in 2015, you can read a post about him here. He is still waiting.



We just got an update on him with some handsome new pictures. He is doing really well! He is a healthy, active almost 12 year old boy! He is developmentally delayed, but is doing well in the special needs school he attends. He can do addition facts and has memorized poetry. He is a happy boy with a very lovable personality!




One of my favorite things I remember about him is his love for lollipops. He was so ute asking for them that he had an entire handful by the time he left the room!



This sweet little guy is delayed, but has the best personality! Could he be your son? Please email us at superkids@gladney.org for more information!

Family Friday!

We love making these announcements! Congratulations to the happy families!


Oliver

Oliver is a darling little 20 month old baby boy who is waiting for a family.



I am just going to go ahead and put the little videos we have of him right here because they are so cute and his little giggle is heart melting. Is there anything cuter than wobbly baby steps?





Oliver has hydrocephalus, craniostenosis, and gall stones. He is developing well at this point, already walking and communicating his needs. He feeds himself with a spoon and helps to dress and undress himself.



He is in a foster family and seems to have settled in well there. He likes to play with toys that make noise. 



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

We Are Home! What Now?

We all made it home from Taiwan (with the exception of Gongzhan Wu, who is traveling in China for the next few weeks) safe and sound. We are getting over jet lag and starting to process the huge amount of information we brought home with us.





Each child we saw will have their own folder in Dropbox where we will put all of their information. We have information sheets and identification photos besides the photos and videos for each child. I came home with around 4,000 photos and 200 videos that need to be edited, sorted, and uploaded. It is a massive job.




Taken through the glass floor of the gondola sky lift we took up the mountain.

So how do we do it? How do we prioritize? We will first upload the photos and videos of children who are matched with families, then the ones who have families reviewing their files. Once that is completed we make a priority list for advocacy based on whether files are completed, etc. and work in that order to get all of the information uploaded.

Mary will be busy in the coming days speaking to matched families, giving them the much-anticipated updates on their children.




We have done this often enough to be pretty efficient with it by now, but it all takes time. And we are probably all still waking up at odd hours of the night/early morning, unable to sleep. It is the nature of the work.




We met a lot of new children that we can't wait to introduce here! And new pictures of children we know are always fun to have. Keep watching! We will be sharing everything here as we can.



You can also join our private Taiwan Facebook group where we can share pictures and videos of children that cannot be shared publicly. We have some cute stuff to share over the coming weeks and months!