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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.