Sometimes on a Superkids trips we meet a child who is so outstandingly sweet that we all lose our hearts. Most of the time we each have children who we fall in love with. Angie was one of those children we all loved. We just kept talking about how incredibly sweet she is, her personality really shone!
Angie is 12 years old and has developmental delays. She attends school, though it is hard for her. Her favorite subject is English and least favorite is math. She describes herself as lively, optimistic, and helpful. She likes jogging, riding a unicycle, and making others happy. She is helpful and a good worker.
I got out our little makeup kit and we had so much putting on makeup together. She was so proud of her beautiful fingernails and the photo I took and printed of her. She is just such a sweetheart!
Please take the time to really see Angie! She deserves to be seen for the lovely girl she is! She deserves a family to help her reach her full potential.
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This time next year, Rana could be home with your family enjoying the holidays! Rana is a lovely 5 ½ years old little girl. She has a diagnosis of cleft palate and mental retardation. Her physical and motor development are similar to her peers. She can walk, run, jump and go up and down stairs by herself. She can pass a ball when playing.
Her language development and mental development are delayed compared to her peers. She is able to say simple words family and peers’ names and use polite words. She knows the difference between big and small and inner and outer. At that time her file was prepared a year ago, she was not yet fully potty trained during nap and night time.
Rana is described as active. She enjoys playing with toys, listening to music is quiet and has a gentle nature. She has a ready smile and is energetic. She likes to play ball and pass the ball to her peers and caregivers.
It is always fun to see the notes various team members write on a child's assessment sheet. I know how it goes there and that people are adding notes without reading what others have written, so it is fun to see when different team members describe a child using the same words. For 5 year old Karson those words are: bright, inquisitive, smart, independent. And I'm just going to go ahead and add cute! Look at this little guy!
His file indicates that he has ADHD. He definitely was a high energy little guy, but he did focus well on tasks, completing puzzles very quickly and with ease. He is 5 and counted to 100 for us, he also wrote his name. He drew the cutest little person. With fingers and the lines on his little person's palms.
Karson's favorite toys are race cars and spinning tops. He did well with jumping, playing with balls, etc. but he told us he likes to play outside but doesn't like running very much.
Roger is ready to celebrate his next Christmas with your family! Roger is 2 ½ years old and has a listed need of CHD (PFO), hearing loss in both ears, and growth development delay. His file mentions that he uses a hearing aid.
Roger’s file was prepared when he was 14 months old. At that time, he was rolling over, could lift his head while lying on his stomach, and could follow moving objects. He expresses joy by moving his arms and stamping his feet and giggling. He asks for comfort when he cries and when he sees food, he gets excited to eat.
Roger is described as quiet and fond of listening to music. He enjoys playing games, and is close to his caregivers and classmates. His favorite toys are musical toys.
We are seeking an update on Roger and are hopeful to see some progress in his development.
It is time to announce matches! Most of theses children are from China, but the brothers are from Taiwan! Help us celebrate today by liking and sharing this post!
I was recently in Mexico and got to watch a baby sea turtle release. We all cheered them on as they instinctively headed toward the water. Something about the way we all stood there cheering them on reminded me of our Gladney Superkids team as we think of the children we advocate for (just stay with me, I know I'm being a little cheesy). We love announcing matches!
Kasper is an 8 year old little boy with one request: He wants a family. What do you say to an 8 year old boy when he asks you to find him a family? You can't say that you will. You stand there, your mind spinning, knowing full well the challenges of finding him one. And you can only promise one thing: you will try.
He sought me out, dragging an interpreter along, to tell me he wanted us to find him a family. I didn't know if he told anyone else, but when I read through notes we made while visiting with him last month I see that he did. Apparently he wanted to get the message to any of us he thought could make that happen!
Kasper likes to play with Legos, he is in 2nd grade and can read and write in Mandarin. He wrote his name for us and was very cooperative with what we asked him to do, until it got hard, then he balked a bit. What 8 year old likes to answer hard math facts? :)
Kasper's file indicates that he has ADHD, for which he is taking medication. He also has some difficult things in his background which break my heart when I read them. Some of his behaviors reflect the trauma he has experienced, which is to be expected.
This sweet little guy like hamburgers and french fries and likes PE, especially running, at school. He speaks in complete sentences and had some cute answers to questions we asked him. In one picture children are washing their hands and when we asked him why they need to do that he replied so that they will not get an intestinal flu or virus.
My family is so very thankful for the gift of adoption. We have seen such a transformation of this sweet girl who walked in to meet her new family July 30, 2018 for the first time. I don’t think any of us knew what to think and we were ALL scared.
As of today she gets amazing medical care, therapy, preschool, and a family who loves her. I know many tell us how we have changed her life but I can guarantee you she has made each of us better even in these short 4 months.
Thank you God for showing us the gift of adoption by sending your son, and thank you Gladney for helping us experience love like none other! We are thankful!
This year I have been blessed with the most amazing gift ever, my daughter Mia, who I adopted from China this past September. She has changed my world for the better and has put purpose to my life.
I’m thankful for the people who have been put in my life to make this adoption happen. I’m thankful to have a supportive family who loves Mia unconditionally! These things aren’t coincidental, it was meant to be, and for that I’m forever grateful.
With the addition of Mia to our family, Thanksgiving had taken on a new meaning. It’s a time to reflect on how truly blessed we are and a time to give thanks. Our family traditions takes on a new purpose, to show Mia the importance of family and friends and the love that connects us. To take the time to give gratitude to those who are with us and to those who are no longer. It’s a time to give thanks to the creator for all he has given to us.
Mia has added the key ingredients to show us that it’s a time in our lives to slow down and enjoy the little things. It’s a time to give thanks and to be at peace with what god has given to us. These are the moments I hope to share with my daughter!
My trip to Asia was both informative and insightful. I’ve been wanting to join a Superkids trip for a couple of years now and I’m so thankful I was invited to go on this one, with the added bonus of a week in China! Getting ready for the trip, I didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve seen so many children, post placement, that have thrived and done really well and their families have nothing but positive things to say about their experience. But then I also deal with the tough cases and have heard difficult stories our families and their children have had to endure. My hope before arriving was just to soak in as much information as I could but with all of the changes in China, I wasn’t expecting much. I admittedly thought China would just be a good thing for me to experience while mostly looking forward to my second week in Taiwan. However, I was completely wrong. I truly enjoyed my time in both places. It’s actually quite hard to compare the two!
My first stop in China was Shanghai. After a full day day of travel, I was exhausted yet strangely unable to sleep... I knew jet lag would be tough but really, I had no clue. I woke early and we were off to Shanghai Children’s Home to meet with the director. We had a really great meeting where I was able to ask any question I wanted and felt the director answered them honestly, which I really appreciated. I found out they have 600 children in the orphanage and another 800 out in the community, in foster care. That is such an alarming number to me when you consider it’s only one orphanage. After our meeting, I was able to go on a tour. First I saw the baby rooms, lined with cribs and occupied by several young ones sitting around tables eating their bowls of lunch. I peeked in their small wash rooms of large buckets and all the tiny little washcloths hanging up, instantly flashing to bath time at my house and how different of an experience the two are. Next we toured some play areas, classrooms, the library and a common area for the older children. The hallways were filled with children’s art work, so colorful and unique. Then I saw the cafe/store that the older children run in order to learn skills that will help them once they are living on their own. All in all, I was impressed by not only the size of the place but by how nice it seemed inside. They told me they have many donors, such as Disney, and it was apparent with all of the colorful artwork, toys, and Disney characters located throughout. I will say, it was quiet for such a large amount of children. I was told many of the children were at school but I couldn’t help compare to my home of four young boys and the extremely rare moments of quiet. We talk in Pathways about the “quiet” and lack of asking for your needs to be met, but it really drove the concept home for me to actually experience it. However, even with the quiet and silly comparisons, I was overall pretty impressed. I was expecting the dark, uninviting, impoverished building and it definitely wasn’t that. Yet it still puts into perspective all of the things we take for granted. After Shanghai, we traveled to Beijing and then Nanchang. I met with more officials and the orphanage director in Nanchang. I feel like I met almost everyone at CCCWA, although I know that’s not true, I was able to meet with several different departments which was helpful. I met with the post adoption department and saw the archives where I learned they actually do care if there are missing reports and do make them available for those interested to read. I met with the social work department and learned just how new social work is in China and how they want to learn from us to better inform their social workers out in the community and at their orphanages. In both Beijing and Nanchang I met the infamous Rocky and Mary, two guides I hear so much about. I was very excited to finally meet them. Lastly, Gongzhan was an amazing guide the entire week and ensured I got the full cultural experience. We toured some fun places and walked around the cities, eating local cuisine. I even got to see Gongzhan’s childhood home I loved every minute of it! My week in China flew by and then it was off to Taiwan.
In Taiwan, I was able to join the Superkids team at both Cathwel and Chung Yi. Both wonderful agencies filled with caring social workers and directors. It was apparent that everyone is invested in the children’s lives and truly care about them. We met caregivers, foster parents, and various social workers and you could just feel the difference in care, compared to China. Not that China was notably bad, but Taiwan has so many more adults involved in each child’s case and I believe better resources offered to many of the children. I was thoroughly impressed with the Superkids program and how well it run. The ladies are experienced professionals who make it run so smoothly and obtain such valuable information. We were able to meet several matched kiddos, which I admittedly was really excited to see those that I’d be seeing again after placement. We also saw children that haven’t been matched, and some new children the team hadn’t seen before. Each of the children were different in personality, some extremely nervous and some quite comfortable and outgoing, but each one brought a smile to my face.
We were able to staff cases at both locations. I was asked about some of the children I’ve seen post placement and how they’re doing...again, they really do care about these kiddos. I was also able to share about Gladney’s post adoption services and what I do with the program. I was able to offer some insight on certain behaviors they see and what to do about it. Overall, it was eye-opening and so informative to know more about the ins and outs of each program and their processes. I also thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the other women on the Superkids team and again, experiencing some of the culture. At Chung Yi, I was able to tour their children’s home. Quite a bit smaller than Shanghai but again, not a dark and scary place I had somehow put in my mind an orphanage would be like. I’m including pictures to be able to show both places I saw. I’m also including some fun photos from my time in both places. I had such a great experience and hope to be able to go back again in the future.
One of my favorite things is to get a new file and realize that we just met this child and have so much great information to share about them!
Today we get to introduce Kobe. We met him earlier this month and got to spend some time playing with him. He was a quiet little guy, but not really shy. He enjoyed playing with the little robots and toys in the room and was quite imaginative in his play.
Kobe is almost 4. His file indicates that he is developmentally delayed and has ADHD. He sorted colors with us and answered who, what, why type of questions. He speaks in complete, but short, sentences and, while his speech can be hard to understand, he communicates well.
He can walk, run, jump, kick a ball and do all the other active things 4 year olds love to do. He did well trying to copy shapes with a crayon and he can count to ten.
He likes eating grapes and other fruits and his favorite toys are dinosaurs and robots (I told you he has a good imagination!)
This sweet little guy needs a family to call his own! Could he be your son? Please contact email@example.com for more information.