Rhys

Edited to add that we were heartbroken when we recently found out that darling little Rhys passed away.

Rhys is a darling, chubby 22 month old baby boy. He was only 11 months old when his file was prepared, so the information we have is from that time. 




His file indicates that he is developmentally delayed, but that is difficult to determine in a child that is that young. At that time he loved taking a bath and would kick his legs in the water to splash his caregiver when he was in the tub. He was rolling and playing with toys. 




He laughs easily and sounds like a precious, darling baby who needs a family to help him flourish. Could he be your son? Contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information. 

Ralph

Ralph is a precious 2 year old boy who has already overcome so many obstacles in his little life. He was born with CHD, anal atresia, and some other related needs. He has had surgery for both of these needs. 


His file was prepared when he was 18 months old. At that time he was crawling and gaining weight very well. He likes to be cuddled by the caregiver when he is drinking his bottle. He plays well with other children and is described as active and observant. 




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

Kirk {Taiwan}

Kirk is a real cutie! He is 5 years old and we posted about his two older brothers, Kyle and Kristopher earlier. The boys can be placed in the same home or in separate families.



Kirk is described as mild natured and kind. He doesn't get upset easily even when his foster mom can't understand what he is saying and he needs to repeat himself he stays calm and repeats his words more carefully.



He has developmental delays but is receiving therapies which are helping him to make good progress.  He is in preschool where he is well-liked by his teachers and the other students. He can identify colors and count to 30.

This sweet little guy needs a family! If you think he could be your son please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org.

Stuart {Update!!}

We got an update for Stuart and he is so cute and doing so well that I just had to share it in a new post! This little guy is just adorable! Look at him "talking on the phone"!



He is walking now and running. He follows simple instructions and can point to body parts when asked. He isn't speaking clearly yet, but he is only 20 months old, so that is to be expected. He feeds himself snacks and his update states that is development is similar to other children his age.




This sweet little guy has cerebral hypoplasia according to his file. He has had a CT scan and we have the report from that scan. His right hand is a little bit stiff and harder for him to use, but by all reports we have received that is the only obvious issue he has.



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

Kristopher {Taiwan}

Kristopher will turn 9 soon and is a sensitive, observant child. He likes playing with Legos and balls. He can be quite active, but can also sit and concentrate on projects for a nice amount of time.



Kristopher had a heart murmur when he was younger, which seems to have self-corrected. He is a bright, healthy little guy! He is in 2nd grade and can already recite multiplication facts. He is at the top of his class in Mandarin and math.



He gets along well with other children and tries to help his siblings get along. He has an older brother (Kyle) and a younger brother who are also available for adoption. The boys can be adopted together or separately.

Kristopher sounds like such a sweet boy! Could he be your son? Please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Reed

Reed is only 2 years old and he is described as a lovely, smart little boy. 




He has limb differences that make certain things a little more difficult for him, but he can always figure out a way to do what he wants to do. He grabs balls and doesn’t want to let go. 




He is very sensitive to adult’s facial expressions and does not like it if his caregivers tease him and pretend to be upset at him. He looks at them as if to say, “Why are you getting angry, I have not done anything wrong?!” 




His file was prepared when he was around 18 months old and at that time he was crawling and could put blocks into a cup and take them out again. He could also scribble on a piece of paper with a crayon. 






Reed needs a family! Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org or more information.

Kyle {Taiwan}

Kyle is a 10 year old boy who is described in his file as mild and kind in nature. He will sometimes hug his foster mother to thank her for her care. He helps sweep the floor and wants to know when his foster father will be home. When his foster father comes home he gets his  indoor slippers for him because he is so happy to see him.



He has mild delays, and is in 4th grade at school where he is a B student. He received speech therapy and his ability to express himself has improved with time. He also is diagnosed with G6PD deficiency.

Kyle thrives with a predictable schedule and sometimes struggles to understand schedule changes. He dresses himself and otherwise cares for himself.



Kyle has 2 brothers who are also available for adoption. The decision has been made that the boys can be placed together or separately. We will be post about the other 2 boys this and next week.

If you would like to learn more about Kyle please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

Raina

Raina just turned 2 and she is is described as a quiet, gentle, happy baby girl who does not cry very often. It is easy to get a smile from this little sweetie. 



Her file was prepared when she was 11 months old. At that time she was sitting independent and recognized her name. She was also beginning to babble. She enjoys playing with toys that light up and make noises. She has postoperative meningocele and tethered cord. 



And her favorite things? If you have not already lost your heart to little little sweetheart you are about to! She loves to be cuddled! Wouldn’t it be a privilege to be the one to do all that cuddling? 

Raina needs a family who can provide the medical care she will need and who will help her reach her fullest potential. Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org if that could be you!

Antony {Taiwan}

Antony is a 7 year old boy whose caregivers describe as gentle and curious. He answered our questions and enjoyed talking with us when we met him in April. He was a little quiet, but did not seem shy.



Antony has DiGeorge syndrome and is a little delayed developmentally. He counts to 100 and says that math is his favorite subject. He is a talkative little guy, but sometimes his speech is a little hard to understand. When asked to do fine motor type of activities he often responds with, "I can't!" But with a little coaxing he often could do more than he thought.



He likes to play with dolls and, while he could not tell us his favorite color, he did name the colors of the crayons on the table.




Antony needs a family! Please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information.

And, as always, be sure to join our private Taiwan Facebook group for photos and videos we cannot share publicly.

Stuart

We are pretty excited that we got Stuart's file again! You can see our previous post about him here. He is such a little cutie and it is hard for me to imagine that he is still waiting for his family!



Stuart is 20 months old now and we are seeking an update. When we last received information about him it appeared that he was doing really well developmentally, already standing independently at 11 months is something we rarely see in children's files.




This sweet little guy has cerebral hypoplasia according to his file. He has had a CT scan and we have the report from that scan. His right hand is a little bit stiff and harder for him to use, but by all reports we have received that is the only obvious issue he has.



This little guy needs to come home! Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Family Friday

We are doing something a little different on the blog today, but we just can't wait to show you these adorable pictures! When we posted about Leeza we had so many people inquire about her and so many people have expressed interest in this darling little girl since then that we want to share some pictures with you.



The moment that a child becomes a part of a family is magical. It is often hard and scary and overwhelming in many ways, but one moment they are alone in the world, the next they are treasured members of a family. And there is magic there even if it is hidden under layers of grief and fear.

For Leeza that magical moment happened this week. This is it. This is why we all work together for these children. This is why we ask you to share posts. This is the moment we are working toward.



In this moment and all of the moments to follow, we want to wish Leeza and her family the very best! Thank you for allowing us to share in this bit of magic!

Atticus & Ari {Brothers from Taiwan}

My favorite thing about meeting these sweet brothers in April was the way Atticus, who is 8, was so excited to see Ari, who is 3. His whole face lit up when Ari came into the room and he was absolutely thrilled when we brought Ari back into the room later to be sure we got pictures of the boys together.



We often characterize relationships between young brothers as being rough and tumble, but Atticus was so gentle and caring for Ari! They played together and even wrestled, but atticus was constantly watching out for Ari. It was precious to watch! Right now the boys are in different foster homes, but they want to be in a family together.

Atticus is 8 and is described as pleasant and enthusiastic. He is on medication for ADHD. His foster mom says he sometimes struggles to express himself. He is an active title guy who describes himself as talkative.




Ari is 3 and his file indicates that his speech is delayed. When we met him in April we were told that he is speaking in 3-5 word sentences and receiving speech therapy. He is a sociable little boy who loves to be with other children and plays well with them.




These brothers need a family! They will add so much love and laughter to a home! Could they be your sons? Please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information!

And don't forget to join out private Facebook group where we can share photos and videos of the children from Taiwan that we cannot share publicly!

Ellie

Ellie is a lovely 5 year old girl who is described as having a quiet personality. She can make basic conversation with the teacher. In class, she is willing to play games and share food with her friends. 



She speaks clearly in  simple sentences. She is shy and sometimes hesitates to speak to people she doesnt know, but she enjoys speaking and playing with her friends and teachers whom she knows. She enjoys outside activities and her favorite toys are dolls. Ellie has Beta-Thalassemia. 

She attends pre-school in the orphanage, where she pays good attention and has learned many things. Ellie is a precious little girl who needs a family. Could she be your daughter? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.

Elijah

Elijah is a 4 year old boy who is described as bright and active. He is a little shy at first but warms up after he spends time with someone new. 




He is a talkative little boy who likes to imitate and sing songs. He speaks clearly in long sentences and is easy to understand. He can answer questions like “How many pieces is the apple cut into?" He walks, runs, jumps, and can catch a ball. He dresses himself and can button and unbutton clothes. 

Elijah has corrected mega-colon. He was small and sick when he came into care, but has done so well since he had his surgery. He is currently in a foster home and is very close to his foster family. 

This cute little guy is meeting milestones and would be an amazing addition to a family! Could he be your son? Please contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information.