In our house, we have many holiday traditions. We get our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, we attend our local Gladney breakfast with Santa, and we bake! This year, I hope you'll join us as we add a new tradition—having our kids submit an entry for Gladney's holiday card.
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This just in! Gladney’s Superkids Program is excited to share new updates on Joshua! Read his previous post. As of now in October 2021, Joshua is nearing 8 years old, and he is a true ray of cheerful sunshine! Joshua loves going to school and is a ‘teacher’s pet’. His teacher often praises him and has given him the job of distributing student workbooks because he has memorized the names and student numbers of all his classmates. Joshua is still eager to go to school and has adjusted to taking online classes daily due to the pandemic. We also learned that Joshua looks up to the mayor of his city. During an annual dinner party for foster families, Joshua received a red envelope and homemade cookies from the mayor. Joshua cherished these gifts deeply and when he saw others taking pictures with the mayor, he asked the mayor to pose for a picture with him!
Check out our National Adoption Month calendar for suggestions and ideas on how you and your family can honor adoption this month.
As of now, October 2021, June is getting ready to celebrate her 2nd birthday! We have several photos and videos that we can’t share publicly, so please be sure to join our Taiwan Waiting Child Advocacy group on Facebook to see June.
Gladney Center’s Superkids program is excited to be a proud volunteer participant in the June 2022 Special Olympics in Orlando Florida. Gladney’s participation in the Special Olympics is a great way to celebrate opportunities for children with special needs.
As of today in October 2021, Justin is 5 and a half years old. Justin is a kind young boy who is not shy and develops relationships easily. Even though he is full of energy, he obeys instructions well. Justin has a big appetite and gets along well with his foster sister. He is currently in kindergarten and talks to his foster mother about his friends at school. He recently showed interest in Angry Birds, so his foster mother bought him a 50-piece puzzle. Justin was so excited to show the completed puzzle that he accidently knocked it over. He looked stunned and said ‘it was overturned’ with embarrassment, but with just a little encouragement, he was able to complete the puzzle a second time!
As of today, October 2021, Joanna is 4 years old. Joanna has a gentle personality. She likes to ask for hugs and often acts cutely for affection. She is not shy with strangers and has no stranger anxiety even when she is held by a stranger, or when her caregiver leaves the room temporarily.
Have you ever considered adopting an older child? Older children like Jason are still adorable, have many talents, and can have meaningful conversations!
As of today in October 2021, Jason is 7 and a half years old. He can ride a bike with two wheels, perform magic tricks, and is a talented basketball player. Jason is described as attentive and thoughtful. For example, he takes the initiative to care about others, especially his foster mother. Jason is not picky about food and performs daily self-care without needing assistance from caregivers. Although he is afraid of the dark, he sleeps soundly throughout the night. Jason likes going to school and states he has many good friends at school. We also hear he has high self-esteem.
We have an exciting new sibling announcement! Abel, who recently participated in our Virtual Superkids has a little sister, Allie, who is now waiting to find her forever home as well. Abel and Allie are currently living in separate foster homes, but it is understood that they will be placed together. We also have several photos and videos of Allie that we can’t share publicly, so keep reading to learn more about this sibling group and how to request their profile!