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The number of waiting children in China seems to grow every day. At Great Wall China Adoption, it is our priority to help as many of these children as possible find loving homes. We see adoptive families who have been changed forever by the love of these kiddos, and want to spread that experience to many more families.

China’s international adoption program has been stable and efficient for many years, and we are privileged to work with them. If you are interested in adopting from China please email a counselor at info@gwca.org, or call 512-323-9595 to speak with us today!
We are excited to hear from you!

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In our years processing adoptions and running heritage tours, we have often been asked what it is like for Chinese adoptees in other areas around the world. So we created our Adoptee Cultural Exchange Program, A.C.E.

This exchange program provides Chinese adoptees a chance to explore their heritage and meet other children who have the same life experiences as they do all within the safe confines of a host family who also adopted a child from China.

All the American girls are very well integrated in their families and they get along really well with the Spanish girls. They are becoming very good friends.

Each family is doing different things in different parts of Spain: they are going to the beach, to the swimming pool, to the mountains, doing cultural visits… They really want the girls to have fun and enjoy their stay in our country.

Our Program Coordinator in Spain

This is one of the most unique cultural exchange and heritage tour opportunities available for a Chinese adoptee, and we are the only U.S. agency currently offering this opportunity.

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Connecting children with their cultural heritage can be so helpful for children and your family. A great place to start is at home, and what better way than to host an exchange student!

Meet the Wynn Family!

Last year, we hosted Iris- a 17 year old student from China. We were lucky because she was able to teach us all about China and shared so much joy with us! It was especially exciting for us because our daughter and son are adopted from China! Iris was able to teach us to cook some dishes, share some Chinese traditions with us, and introduce us to the Chinese community in our city!


She was wonderful to host and we had an incredible year with her and were able to share things we loved with her too! She joined a basketball team and did very well in school. We are so thankful that Iris shared such a special relationship with our children. She was like a mentor and our daughter especially looked up to Iris. We took her trick-or-treating, on road trips to the beach, shared all of our holidays and celebrations with her and our kids loved to play with her!


Host families should offer their students a place to sleep, 3 meals a day, and support as they adjust to their new school. While exchange students are expected to have a reasonable command of English, adjusting to classes does take a little time and families should be patient and resourceful to help their students. Overall it is a very rewarding experience, and I highly recommend everyone to check it out- even if only for a few months or a semester to start off. What a fun way to bring culture into your home!


Ms. Wynn, host parent with Student Ambassador Exchange

Hosting an exchange student is a great way to connect over shared and new experiences. Students come to the US to study at a US public high school, and live with host families. These students are ambassadors in their host communities. Students are encouraged to share their country, and culture with their host family and their community. Plus, Great Wall China offers its own program called Student Ambassador Exchange!

Students are from nations all over the world and are between 14-18 years old and have a wide variety of interests. Students are selected for the Student Ambassador Exchange Program based on their academics and comprehensive English abilities.

Host Families can host for a few months, a semester or a full school year.

And there are NO application fees or direct costs for hosting! The only things host families have to provide exchange students are:

  1. A bed in a shared room, with a child of the same gender or in their own room.
  2. Three meals a day. (Students bring their own money to cover meals when going out)
  3. Transportation to school and activities if a school bus is unavailable.
  4. A supportive and caring home.

Start your hosting journey today by meeting our exchange students and filling out our FREE, NO COST application and you can bring cultural exchange home to you!

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Did you know there are over 600,000 orphans in China?
That number is staggering. Many of these children are labeled “Special Needs”. This means they likely have a health or medical diagnosis, whether it be minor or more severe. These children are the ones who are eligible for international adoption, and they are all deserving of loving homes.
We are overjoyed about helping match so many families with these children, and now we get to see them thrive in families who give them the love and support they need. We want to see more children experience this!
If you would like more information on China adoption please contact us at info@gwca.org or call 512-323-9595 to speak with a counselor.

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We have six new children listed on our photolisting! Please see a short bio for each below.

Hannah is a precious 4 year old girl who was born with Marfan’s syndrome. She is very active, outgoing, and friendly. She is self-independent and loves to read! She is a fast learner and has been described as a curious and smart little girl!
Landon is an adorable 2 year old boy who was born with a clubbed foot, which he received surgery for, and spastic hemiplegia that effects the muscles on the left side of his body. He is involved in daily rehabilitation training. Landon is an introverted little boy who loves to play with all sorts of toys!
Charlie is an adorable 8 year old boy who was born with a language disorder, but he has made great strides in his progress. He can now express his needs, cite poems, and sing! Charlie is self-independent and has been described as a handsome, outgoing, and active boy!
Tommy is an adorable 5 year old boy who was born with epilepsy. He is a self-independent boy that can express his needs, have simple conversations with others, and understand simple instructions. Tommy loves to watch cartoons and his favorite toys are trains!
Megan is a precious 2 year old girl who was born with a strabismus in her left eye and a need related to her brain. Megan is more of an introverted little girl who is closest to her caregivers. They’ll put a towel over their head and Megan will pull it down and they’ll laugh loudly together!
Isaac is an adorable little boy who just turned 4. He was born with was born with a cleft lip, palate, and an arachnoid cyst. Isaac has been described as an active and clever little boy! He is closest to his caregivers and loves to cuddle.
To learn more about any of the children above, you can request a file today!

Please note you may request a file of a child even if you have not begun the adoption process, so please contact us to learn more.

Resources
Visit the China Waiting Child photo listing
Contact a China adoption specialist
Learn more about China adoption

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