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Superkids is a humanitarian aid initiative within the Asia Waiting Child Program of the Gladney Center for Adoption. Our goal: to improve the lives of children in Chinese orphanages via adoption advocacy, medical and rehabilitation services. Starting as a tiny team providing services to special needs children in a single facility in Shanghai in 2007, we've grown to a broad coalition of physicians, early childhood development specialists, teachers and volunteers who've aided 500 children in orphanages across China.
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New Files! {Oh Yeah!!}

Posted by Superkids Team on 5/27/16 11:28 AM

I just got that email that I love to get: New Files Assigned!

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Topics: Superkids, China Adoption

Five Cuties From Taiwan!

Posted by Superkids Team on 5/26/16 12:57 PM
O n our first full Superkids trip to Taiwan there was something palpable that needs to be shared: hope.  Kids are brought to Chung Yi and Cathwel to be protected.  But these organizations offer even more than that.  They offer rehabilitation; they offer love.  Yes, they are still orphanages, they are temporary, they can never provide what a forever family can.  But they are a very hopeful start.

We met several young children, toddlers and preschoolers, who are proof of what a supportive environment can do.  We met Dani, vivacious little Dani. She was a premie, born at just 23 weeks.  Let that sink in for a minute... that is very early. She has lived with her foster family for three years.  She has received consistent early intervention including OT, PT and ST, and support from her social workers. She is about to turn 4 years old and she is thriving!  She runs, talks in a raspy little voice, and has the most contagious giggle. 


We also met Douglas. He is just 19 months old and has the chubbiest cheeks you can imagine.  He's the kind of kid that is happiest to sit and watch... and cuddle whenever possible. But his nannies know this and are working to find ways to get him moving. He also gets early intervention services to stimulate his development. He has started to say a few simple words and use gestures like waving bye-bye.  


Next is Darla. She is 3 ½ years old.  She is adorable.  While the diagnosis is not official, she likely has mild diplegic cerebral palsy. This means only her legs are affected with movement difficulties. Again we were so impressed by how proactive her care was.  She had braces for her ankles to keep her feet in a good position so she can walk.  She has a mild eye weakness that they were addressing with patching. She gets early intervention services.  She was quiet, but did ask "why are you taking my shoes off?"  But she must be a talker because her nanny told me her favorite thing about Darla is that "she says really sweet things to us." When she wears her braces she can walk, run, climb furniture, even go up stairs by herself.  So much of her success with movement is due to the amazing services she has received!


Not to be outdone by the one and only Dylan.  He also has mild diplegic cerebral palsy.  He is 22 months old. He is an enormous flirt - he blows kisses at all the ladies in the room. He smiles and giggles about everything, most specifically bubbles.  He builds a short tower with blocks, does simple shape puzzles, kisses his reflection in the mirror.  He is starting to follow commands when they are accompanied by a gesture.  Dylan loves to rough house and be tickled. He wears braces (AFOs) on both feet that help him walk all by himself.
Finally, sweet little Damien.  This guy just turned two... and he had a hard start. He entered Chung Yi only three months ago.  He has received consistent caregiving, speech therapy and physical therapy.  And they have started to see him come to life.  He has made so much progress.  He imitates sounds and has started to babble with not just vowels sounds, but consonant sounds too. He also uses gestures to express his needs. He walks, squats and loves going up and down the slide.  He looks at his reflection in the mirror and is very interested in playing with and holding the baby doll. His is starting to be able to do shape sorters and stack cups with just a little bit of help.  The nannies said "kiss" and he puckered his little lips.  What a difference a supportive environment makes!

A ll of these kiddos have developmental delays.  Of course they do. These kiddos have had a rough start.  However, they are making loads of progress. And they are receiving the developmental supports they need to keep improving - the thing that would fully tip the scale would be a forever family.  The permanent love and consistency a family can provide is the one thing an orphanage setting can never offer.  But you can.  Maybe one of these kiddos is your child?

Superkis team and ChungYi staff
To learn more about any of these children, please be in touch with Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman at  mary.chapman@gladney.org
These are some of the many great kids waiting for a family!  For more information about Gladney's Taiwan Waiting Child program please contact  Mary Chapman or visit Gladney's  website or the Gladney's Superkids Facebook page.
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Topics: Superkids, Taiwan, Uncategorized, Waiting Child

This is Harrison!

Posted by Superkids Team on 5/25/16 12:30 PM
Harrison was another boy the advocacy team got to meet. He was a calm sweet guy. He was easy going and relaxed. He was easy to play with and talk to. 
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Topics: Superkids, Uncategorized, Waiting Child, China

Wordless Wednesday {Advocacy Camp- Baby Day!}

Posted by Superkids Team on 5/25/16 4:30 AM
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Topics: Superkids, Uncategorized, Wordless Wednesday, Advocacy Camp, China

Dashing Dylan! {Taiwan}

Posted by Superkids Team on 5/24/16 12:30 PM
Dylan is so darn adorable.  He came into the room sporting his little jeans and plaid button up shirt - full smile, with the tiniest hint of a dimple, and the most adorable ears! Ok so he stole my heart… He is petite but don’t let that fool you. He is full of laughter and fun!
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Topics: Superkids, Taiwan Adoption

Darling Darla {Taiwan}

Posted by Superkids Team on 5/24/16 4:30 AM
What a doll! Darla is a 3 1/2 year old, quiet, shy, sweet bundle of sunshine with a smile that can melt even the hardest of hearts. We had the pleasure of meeting her on our recent Superkids trip. She walked into the room with a cute little outfit & special hair bow, gummy bears in hand and b-lined it straight for the little red car. Her caregiver said that the car is one of her favorite toys.
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Topics: Superkids, Taiwan Adoption

An Update On... LILY!!

Posted by Superkids Team on 5/23/16 12:30 PM

Lily is 6 and she wants to tell you all about herself.

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Topics: Superkids, Uncategorized, Waiting Child, China

Meet Holden!

Posted by Superkids Team on 5/20/16 4:30 AM
Holden was one of the younger kids the advocacy team got to meet. He seemed very excited to meet us and explore all the toys we brought with us. He played a little bit with play doh, being very fascinated with how it felt in his hands. His favorite toy was a little recorder that would play music and had a microphone to sing along with it. He loved showing off his skills and showing others how to use it, especially those on the advocacy team. He did not hesitate to plop on our laps and sing along to a song on the recorder. He, also, enjoyed reading some books and was having fun pointing and laughing at the pictures. And boy can his laughter spill over and be contagious. 
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Topics: Superkids, China Adoption

An Update On... HENRI!!

Posted by Superkids Team on 5/19/16 12:30 PM
 
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Topics: Superkids, China Adoption

An Update On... HUNTER!!

Posted by Superkids Team on 5/19/16 4:30 AM
Hunter was a 9 year old boy the advocacy team got to meet. He was very shy and reserved on the first day. When we tried to find out why we were told he was embarrassed by his hand. He sat back most of the morning and just seemed to take everything all in and check us out it was not until after lunch he opened up. 


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Topics: Superkids, Uncategorized, Waiting Child, Advocacy Camp, China

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