River

Four year old River is waiting for you!  She has a diagnosis of congenital cataract in the right eye. This does not stop River from getting to where she wants to go! She is fond of playing outdoors.  River can walk without support and can avoid obstacles when she is walking and is able to locate her bed at night.
River's cognitive and verbal development is delayed compared to her peers. She needs some assistance with feeding and dressing herself, however she can take off her shoes.

River is quiet and has a gentle nature. She is okay playing alone but will play with other children if they are around. She does not argue nor take toys from others. She likes the toys that can make sounds, and she likes outdoor activities.

River needs a family that will be able to give her one on one attention, help her develop a sense of security and help boost her self- confidence.

Could River be your daughter? Contact us at superkids@gladney.org for more information about River.

Kristoff - Update {Taiwan} Urgent!

If you watched our Facebook live video from ChungYi you heard me mention a little boy who rather urgently needs a family. His name is Kristoff and he is 9 years old. He likes to study computer science in school and wants to cook Western style food when he grows up. His favorite Western food is steak.



Kristoff is a little shy but warms up quickly and enjoys all of the puzzles and games we play with him. He likes reading, especially Chinese history books. He also enjoys outdoor games and playing with friends.

We found out during our recent trip that his file is going to be closed soon. This means that we will no longer see him or get updates on him. He will still be available for adoption, but it becomes harder to place a child without current information. Right now we have pictures, videos, and information. 



Kristoff has a diagnosis of Torettes, though he is going to be re-tested soon since there are several caregivers who doubt this diagnosis. Hopefully we can update this post once we get the results from the testing.

This amazing little guy needs and wants a family. He would like to have a brother, if possible, but the important thing is that he has a family to call his own.

Please contact mary.chapman@gladney.org for more information. And don’t forget to join our private Facebook group where you can see pictures and videos that we cannot share publicly. 


Rae

Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy Birthday sweet Rae. Happy birthday to you!



Rae will soon be two!  For her birthday, she would love nothing more than to have a family of her own in process to bring her home!  Rae's initial diagnosis was albinism and delayed development.  She has had some hospitalizations and additional diagnosis that are listed in her file.  We are seeking clarification and an update on her medical needs and development progress since file preparation.



Rae's file was prepared when she was a year old.  At the time, was she described as an introverted child who liked to be alone.  She has normal hearing and low vision- able to see things that are close to her.  She has noted developmental delays and we are hoping that an update will show her progress over the last year.

Interested in viewing Rae's file and being notified when her update arrives?  Contact superkids@gladney.org for more information on this sweet girl!

Avril - Update {Taiwan}

Last week in Taiwan we spent some time with Avril again. We met her the last time we were in Taiwan and introduced her in this blog post. It was so much fun to see her again and confirm our original impression that she is a precocious little girl. She notices everything going on around her and is very bright. She gave some great answers to the questions we asked her, expounding on the need for a helmet when riding a horse with understanding that few 4 year olds have.



Avril has a complicated heart condition. She has had 2 surgeries and has significant clubbing of her fingers and toes and is a dusky color. She needs a family who can get her the medical care she needs.



She communicates very well and uses long sentences with advanced vocabulary for a 4 year old. She likes to be active and had fun riding a little scooter around the room. She also played in the little playhouse in the room and forget hiding anything from her, she is tenacious and will keep looking until she finds what she is looking for.



She has a darling little giggle, which you hear quite often. She likes to eat cookies, I mean, who doesn’t?

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

The Final Day in Taiwan... For Now

Our time here is coming to an end for this trip. A final dinner together, a final night in our Airbnb, a final breakfast, and we will be back on our way to the US. We are glad to go back home to our families, but the time here changes you, no matter how many times you have come.





Each of us have tucked away memories that will stay with us and shape our thoughts and actions moving forward.



Some of those memories are precious. The children who are going home, the discussions we have had with staff members here in Taiwan and with each other, and the funny things that happen when you visit a country where you do not speak the language.






Some of those memories are poignant. The brothers who want to be adopted together; when we asked one of the boys what he wants to be when he grows up he replied, "take care of my family." His older brother has some delays and the middle brother looks out for him. I got some pictures of them hugging which I cannot post here, but this will give you a glimpse of the moment we witnessed. The boy whose file is soon to be closed (meaning that we will not see him or get updates on him, not that he cannot be adopted) even though he is only 9 years old and very smart. We do not know exactly why this decision was reached, but we know he deserves a family and that we feel a real sense of urgency to find his family while we have good, current information to share.





We are going home changed, as we always do. Determined to share these things we have seen and heard with you. Determined to tell the stories we have been entrusted with. Determined to change hearts, as ours have been changed.

Our First Day at ChungYi

Today was our first day at Chung Yi. It was a bit of a lighter day in regards to the number of children that we saw, but it wasn’t a shorter day! We met with a couple of matched children, as well as a few children with pending matches. We had a little more time than usual to spend with the children and their social workers, which was nice. The matched families are able to send specific questions, and we try to get as many detailed responses as possible in order to help the families prepare to bring their children home.

Little Dougie is matched!


We also spent time with a few children that we haven’t met before, including sweet Kassie whose profile we recently received. And of course it’s always fun to see the older children who recognize us from previous trips and are looking forward to their Lego sets. It’s nice to see the progress they have made in their development, or to hear about their new school year. It’s even better when we know there is a family waiting to bring them home.


Kassie

We also spent time meeting with the Chung Yi social workers discussing our programs and the various processes from each of our sides. At the end of the day, we all sit down to review the children we visited with. It’s always a good discussion – what can the caregivers do to help with their development now? What should the social workers be asking about from the caregivers in order to make more complete update reports? What is the progress we’ve seen since our last visit? So, as I mentioned at the beginning of the post – even though we saw less children, it was still a long day! Our beef noodles were well deserved!