Every Child has a Story- Christopher

See this handsome boy?  We are calling him Christopher.  He is 10 years old and a sweet boy.  We met him on our 2013 trip and again this year.  He is handsome and sweet and Gongzhan really loved this child.  They spent time coloring together and they shared a banana. He liked the iPad too!  The orphanage told us he is the smartest boy in the orphanage.

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So this is Christopher’s story.  He has a degenerative disease.  He cannot move his legs and is not continent.  The orphanage knows how much he loves school so every day they put him in the car and drive him there.  They carry him in and place him at his desk.  He sits there until school is over.  He is such an amazing boy.  He like to turn his hat backwards and when he smiles he has a really special grin.  He looks so cute and so brave.

Gongzhan so wanted to help this boy.  He made him promise to eat more.  Drink enough water and try to get as strong as he can be.  So it took a long time for Christopher to have a file prepared.  He is such a wonderful boy who needs love.  IS your heart big enough to be open to a child with an issue like this.  Could you love him no matter what may come?  Could he be your boy?

 

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Every Child has a story and is an Amazing and Unique individual.

If you would like more information about Christopher please contact  patriciamarcuspt@gmail.com

 

Taiwan Brothers

This summer after Superkids China trip, a smaller team continued to Taiwan.  Our purpose was mostly to talk about the Superkids program with Gladney’s partner organizations in Taiwan.  We were able to meet a few children while we were there.  The Superkids enthusiasm for children seems to be infectious.  We were so excited to meet these children.  

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Today we are going to share about two brothers we are calling them David and Daniel.    David turned 9 years old today!!  Daniel, the little guy, is five.  We met David first.  He is a bit quiet.  He likes to play and is quite well-coordinated.  He enjoys outside games.  His favorite game is soccer.  He is just fun to be with.   His favorite subject in school is math.   David has ADHD that he takes medication for.  You can read more about him in his file.  The most important thing to know about this beautiful boy is he needs a family to love him.

Daniel came in next.  It was heartwarming to see him run straight at his brother and give him the biggest hug.  His big brother hugged him and then patted him on the head.  Such a sweet moment for these two brothers.  He and David do not get to see each other very much, they are in different living situations.  This little guy is a cutie too.  He loved to play and really liked the play dough.  We gave him several containers to keep. We made impressions and rolled the dough into snakes.  We were also copying shapes and drawing with crayons.  When we made a square he turned it into a face, gave it arms and a chef hat. He is so sweet and cuter than cute.  He has a handsome round face and a beautiful heart.

We cannot imagine these beautiful boys not having a forever family.  They need love and nurturing. It would so help these boys to be together in the same home.  Their love for each other was clear.  Could they be your sons?

  Every child has a story.  These brothers are unique and amazing individuals.

For more information about these amazing boys please contact, mary.chapman@gladney.org.

Adopting a child with Down’s Syndrome- A family story

One of our sweet Mom’s shared this blog she wrote.  She has a beautiful daughter with this need. She is one determined Momma and is so blessed to have this beauty in her life.  In life the hardest things reap the greatest rewards. Adoption is heard and challenges crop up but there is such a great reward to be changing a life.   We want to thank this special Mom for this wonderful story and adorable pics!

 

From a very young age, individuals with Down Syndrome (DS) have attracted my attention. As a result, I have spent more time with the DS population than the average 38-year-old woman. In June of 2012, when my husband and I came to a place where we were both ready to add a child through adoption to our family, we only checked ‘Down Syndrome’ on the special needs worksheet. We were matched off of the Chinese Shared List with an almost two-year-old girl named TuYuan. Her referral picture sealed the deal for the entire family—a cute, pudgy, rounded face crowned with two pigtails pointing straight up! We were in love. As with all adoptions, the paperwork separating us from our daughter took longer to complete than we imagined, but on May 27, 2013 our little girl who we named Pearl Katherine TuYuan, walked into my arms.

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We were amazed by her exceptional fine motor skills. Even though she didn’t know any English and we didn’t know any Chinese, she was able to clearly communicate exactly how she wanted things to happen! We began teaching her sign language, which she picked up immediately. After six months Pearl has mastered about 30 signs that she uses daily to communicate her needs. This has been my first experience using sign language with one of my children and YouTube and Signing Times are great resources for novices like me! We purchased an indoor trampoline which has been key to strengthening her leg muscles and core. She has learned to climb stairs, run and kick a ball. She loves the Kindermusik class we attend together each week and leads dance parties with her brothers and sisters.

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Pearl is a beautiful child. She attracts positive attention wherever we go. People seem to be drawn to her in some mysterious way. It is rather humbling to us to think that in China she was cast aside and considered a curse but here in our community she is a bit of a celebrity. God’s plans for her are so much better than any human plan.

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We haven’t been without struggles over these six months but I do not believe those have anything to do with Pearl having Down Syndrome. She has felt every loss she has experienced in her life to the same degree as a ‘normal’ child. She is still grieving those losses. The only marked difference I see between Pearl and other children her age is her language development. It will be a slow process with lots of help from trained professionals and a very determined Mommy.

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This kiddo just makes me smile.  Well could you  parent a child with Downs Syndrome?  Above all else these kiddos need families, Love and a happy future.

If you would like more info or to be connected to an advocate,  Please  contact patriciamarcuspt@gmail.com

Urgent advocacy for Adam

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You may remember several stories about Adam.  He is a sweet boy who has a congenital heart defect.  He is the sweetest of boys.  He loves to sing and play. He enjoys making new friends.  He is a basically happy boy.  We love Adam and really want him to find a family.  The Superkids team has met Adam twice.  The first time we met Adam with his best friend Austin.  This time he came with staff from his foster home. He seemed tired and a bit sad that day.  We don’t know if his impeding 14th birthday is of concern to him or if he was just tired from the day.  He is usually a laughing fun boy and told us last year how much he wanted a family but this year, there was no hope in his eyes.  Maybe because his best friend has already aged out.  There is barely time for his forever family to get to him.

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There is a little more to tell you about Adam.  He has had at least one surgery for his CHD.  He will need more.  You can read more about him in his file.  As a prospective adoptive parent you would need to be ready to face these challenges with Adam.  He is an older by who so desperately needs a family to love him.  Older boys are just not considered as much but are so fun.  He could be such a wonderful son.  He will age out in January of 2015. There is no aging out plan for these children.  Sometimes they can find a job. We don’t know what his life will look like with the guidance of parents.  Who will make sure he can have a good life.   Can you see yourself choosing this boy who loves to sing. He could be an amazing son!!!

 

Every child has a story and is a unique and amazing individual

If you want more information about Adam,  please contact Superkids program director,  Pat Marcus at patriciamarcuspt@gmail.com

Join Superkids in Honoring Martha Osborne !!!!

On November 7th 2014,  we will Honor Martha Osborne in NYC for her international adoption advocacy.  She has revolutionized the adoption landscape by creating a centralized place waiting parents can find out about waiting children, special needs and international adoption. She is the founder of rainbowkids.com.  It is our great pleasure to celebrate all Martha has done for international adoption.

So  save the date!!!!savethedate

 

 

Taiwan Waiting Children

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Did you know that there are many children, of all ages, in Taiwan waiting for their forever families?  There are many boys and girls, ranging in age from toddlers to young teens.  There are also many sibling groups of two or more children waiting to be matched with a family.  Some of the children waiting for families have special needs, but many of the school aged children are healthy.  Some of the most common special needs we see are children with ADHD, Hepatitis B, exposure to drug or alcohol abuse in utero, a family history of mental illness or disabilities, or children with a difficult social history.

Gladney learns about waiting children through our two partner organizations in Taiwan, Cathwel Services and Chung Yi Social Welfare Foundation.  We get thorough files on each child, including social history and medical reports, developmental checklists, photos, and very often, videos.  Once families are matched with a child or children, not only will you get updated reports on their health and development, but you’ll also get to have Skype sessions with your child while waiting to bring them home.

If you would like to learn more about the waiting children in Taiwan, please be in touch with Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org.  Let’s find these precious children the forever family they deserve!

Every Child has a Story- Charlie

Charlie is a cutie.  He is described as a happy boy.  He is 20 months old.  His favorite toy is the car swing but he likes to play with the ball too!  He crawls on hands and knees and will walk with you if you hold one hand.  His special need is cleft lip palate.  He has had surgery to repair his lip.  Charlie is eating porridge and steamed buns as well as rice.    Charlie is a happy boy with so much love to give.  Could he be your son?

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Mr Charlie is a boy on the move!!

Every Child has a story and is an amazing and unique individual.

If you would like more information about Charlie please contact  patriciamarcuspt@gmail.com

 

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