GWCA 17th Anniversary

This week, Great Wall China Adoption celebrates it’s 17th anniversary!

GWCA is so happy to have helped over 6,000 children come home to their forever families.  We are excited to continue serving our families and children for many more years to come!

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Philippines Children Looking for their Forever Families!

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URGENT: Tom Needs a Family!

At GWCA/CAN we know that sometimes waiting kids just need a little bit of extra advocacy and support. We know that their future family is out there, we just haven’t found them yet! That is why sometimes there are special circumstances when we like to highlight a specific kiddo that comes across our desk. Tom is one of those cases. This little guy from the Philippines needs a home desperately. Can you help us find one?

Name: Tom
DOB: 01/2008
Age: 5 yrs
Gender: Male
Tom was born with a cleft lip which has been corrected. He was unable to receive proper care from his birth mother and was removed from the home by a social worker. Tom was brought to a development specialist at 3 years old for a language delay. He has been diagnosed with an overall Global Developmental Delay. Tom suffers from hearing loss in both ears and needs the use of hearing aids. He is able to use single words. 

Tom enjoys gong to the development sessions at the Early Childhood Care and Development Center. His is described as friendly and affectionate. He enjoys meal time and feeding himself. Currently, Tom resides with a licensed foster family. 
**For more information on Tom please contact leighanne@gwca.org**
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Siblings Max & Mandy Need a Home!

At GWCA/CAN we know that sometimes waiting kids just need a little bit of extra advocacy and support. We know that their future family is out there, we just haven’t found them yet! That is why sometimes there are special circumstances when we like to highlight a specific kiddo that comes across our desk. Max and Mandy are one of those cases. This sibling set from the Philippines needs a home desperately. Can you help us find one?

 

**The birth mother left the children in the custody of their birth father  The birth father had difficulty providing the needs of the children and sought the help of an institution. The birth father decided to relinquish his parental rights over the children for adoption. Efforts were exerted to locate the birth mother  The birth mother appeared in the institution and disclosed that she cannot take custody of her children as she has no stable income. She decided to surrender her children for adoption.**

Max is a Grade 5 pupil in a public school. He is reported to do well in school. He can read and write English and Filipino words. His teachers reported that he is active in class discussions. The child is assessed to have Average intellectual functioning. At the center, he relates well with the other children. He does not want conflict with other children and would refer to his house parents when confronted by his peers. He enjoys playing basketball, football, and indoor games. He aspires to become a scientist in the future. Max is 13 years old.

Mandy is a Grade 3 pupil in a public school. She is reported to have good grades in school. She actively participates in class discussion and has good relationship with her classmates. The child is assessed to have Low intellectual functioning. At the center, she has good relationship with the other children. She follows instructions of her house parents but would at times, refuse to comply. She enjoys playing with her friends, swimming and indoor games. Mandy is 11 years old.

If you would like to speak with someone about Max and Mandy, please contact leighanne@gwca.org for further information. 

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Media Monday

Well the weekend is officially over and everyone is back to the grind at work! With the next week in sight, what better time to catch up on all of your current adoption news from the past week—including country and domestic updates, relevant articles, book recommendations, interesting websites, even how we are seeing adoption being talked about in movies, television, the media, etc.

At GWCA and CAN we know that you, the parents, are our experts so we are calling for your help. Our desire is to make this as interactive as possible, so if you ever have any suggestions about things to add please comment below or E-mail them to Mary at mary@childrenofallnations.com.

This past week in adoption:

  • U.S. State Department on Intercountry Adoption
Last week the U.S. State Department issued two different alerts to prospective adoptive parents. One from India, and the other from Serbia. On Thursday, the 28th, The Central Adoption Resource Authority of India (CARA) informed the State Department that it is accepting new applications for intercountry adoptions from prospective adoptive parents in foreign countries, including the United States, seeking to adopt children habitually resident in India.  On Friday the 29th, U.S. Embassy Belgrade received reports that one or more U.S. adoption agencies may be giving prospective adoptive parents misleading information about the process of adoption in Serbia.  Serbia places a priority on domestic adoption.  The only children who are generally available for intercountry adoption are children with special needs.  There are no adoption agencies authorized to offer adoption services in Serbia, and families should not seek to work with an intermediary.
  • The Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra of Kinshasa
Many of our families are currently in process to adopt children from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world, while famine and disease (including AIDS) are leading causes of death in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving thousands of children without parents. It is estimated that 15% of children under the age of 18 are orphans in this country of 68 million people.However despite all of the brokenness, this is a story of beauty from the ashes. In Kinshasha, the capitol city, “Maestro Armand Diangienda, a former pilot, began an orchestra with neither teachers, instruments, musicians nor anyone who could read music.” Now boasting over 200 players in the orchestra, these individuals are “defying the poverty of their war-torn country by learning and performing classical music.”

  • Oklahoma couple hopes documentary speeds up foreign adoption
This is a testimony from an Oklahoma couple covered by a local news station. They share about their experience with international adoption and the documentary “STUCK.”

 
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URGENT: Maxwell needs a family!

At GWCA/CAN we know that sometimes waiting kids just need a little bit of extra advocacy and support. We know that their future family is out there, we just haven’t found them yet! That is why sometimes there are special circumstances when we like to highlight a specific kiddo that comes across our desk. Maxwell is one of those cases. This little guy from the Philippines needs a home desperately. Can you help us find one?

Maxwell was abandoned by his birth-mother at the hospital where he was born. The director of the hospital, who is a doctor took care of the child and stayed in the hospital until he reached 5 years old. At the age of 5, Maxwell was transferred to the custody of a distant relative of the doctor until he reached 7 years old. After which, he was then rescued by the social worker of the City Social Welfare Office after a case was filed against the former custodian who allegedly physically abused the child. He was then transferred to an institution for proper child care management and proper intervention.

At the age of 12 years old, Maxwell is very active. He speaks clearly and can express his feelings. He is very friendly and talks with respect to elders. At Grade 6, he performs well in school. He can easily comprehend. He has positive outlook in life. He is responsible and learned to do household chores.

At present, he is 13 years old and 1st year High School. His dream is to become a pilot someday. He is good in abstract reasoning and is looking forward to have his own family. 

 

For more information on Maxwell and his file please contact Kristy immediately at kristy@childrenofallnations.com. 

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The STUCK Tour Visits Austin!

This time last week, CAN staff had the great privilege of viewing the STUCK documentary at our home-base in Austin, Texas.  Weeks prior to the showing, we were able to join alongside efforts pioneered by our good friends at Both Ends Burning to advocate for the orphan. Both Ends Burning produced STUCK with a clear vision of changing the landscape of present-day international adoption. We are proud to know and support people like them. The STUCK bus is currently on a 67-city tour across the nation. Check out the site here to see when the movie is coming to a theater near you! We can honestly say that you won’t want to miss it. In the words of their fearless Founder & Producer Craig Juntunen, “GO SEE STUCK BECAUSE IT MATTERS!”

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Reports from the Field: Ghana

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