Our Summer hosting program is coming to a close and our kids are heading back to China next week! These kiddos are still looking for forever families! Contact our coordinator today to learn more about these kiddos. Shannon can be reached via email Shannon@gwca.org or phone call 512.323.9595 ext 3101.
Matthew is a bright, outgoing, fun-loving, energetic, eager teenage boy. In the month that he spent with us, he had a lot of “firsts” – first time to ride a bike, first time eating foods from many different regions of the world, first time miniature golfing, first time driving a go-cart, first time picking berries, first time taking care of pets. The list goes on. Matthew was always eager to participate in any activity the family embarked on. Often the activities were simple, such as going for a walk to the park and feeding the ducks, or picking various summer berries either in our backyard or on a trail. Matthew found enjoyment in almost everything. You could tell because he would be smiling. There was rarely a time when our family’s activity didn’t produce a genuine smile. Matthew is an active teenage boy. When there was free time, he wanted to ride his bike, or shoot baskets, play ping-pong, or badminton. He was always eager to try a new activity like throwing a Frisbee or playing catch with a lacrosse stick. He would catch on quite quickly and seemed to be very athletic and coordinated.
Matthew was also very eager to learn. When our kids would sit down to complete a math activity to keep their brains engaged over the summer, he was happy to complete whatever I gave him. He easily sped through some elementary math worksheets. He also especially liked learning English. On a number of occasions he would grab his notebook and write the Chinese and English of the words or phrases we had translated using Google translate. Of his own initiative he would sit almost daily and use Duolingo app on the iPad to learn English. He seemed very motivated and was a quick learner. He very much liked routine. One of his favorites was sitting at night with our family to read. He followed along with the reader. When we would take turns reading scripture, he was excited to be able to take his turn and read scripture out loud in Chinese. He also loved to go daily with his host mom to the grocery store helping ensure everything on the list was purchased and getting to sample the various treats at the local market. He always made sure to help push the cart, carry the groceries, and manage the list.
He was learning what a mom and dad mean in a boy’s life. He mentioned in a letter that he appreciated his host mom when she cared for his scraped knee when he was learning to ride his bike. He enjoyed sitting with his host dad at night to read. He clearly respected his older host siblings and bonded easily with his host brother near in age. He was never afraid of our three animals: a small dog, cat, and kitten. At first he didn’t know what to do with them so he would just sit beside them and watch. As time went on he developed a real enjoyment of the dog and especially the kitten. He would snuggle, play, and care for them. He was eager to ensure they had food and water daily. Matthew tried and liked so many different foods while he was here. I’m not sure we had the same dinner twice the entire month he spent with us, with the exception of hamburgers (his favorite). He loved almost every kind of vegetable and fruit put in front of him and often ate those first before the main course. He happily ate Mexican, Japanese, Indian, Italian, American, and German food. He had a great appetite as evidenced by the seven pounds he gained while with us. The only three things we couldn’t convince him to eat were avocados, bell peppers, and macaroni and cheese. There was occasion to teach or modify his behavior. He accepted direction and correction easily. He wanted to please so it was relatively easy to show him how to properly do something. Natural consequences seemed to be effective as well. Matthew had a habit of racing down the stairs at home. On a number of occasions he slipped and fell. After several times or that it was easy to tell him to walk because he knew what was likely to happen if he didn’t. Matthew liked solving puzzles. He absolutely loved to have Rubix cube races with his host brother often winning. He was also quite adept at fixing bike problems. If the chain came off, or the gear needed adjusting, or the inner tube needed replacing, he would carefully consider what parts needed adjustment or how to put the pieces needed back together. He took responsibility for doing these things.
Matthew would blossom and mature quickly in a family where he has older siblings from which to learn. He would do well in an active family where he can develop his natural athletic abilities either playing a team sport or running cross-country or track. He has some great traits and seems motivated to learn. However, keeping his Chinese language and culture is important to him.
Paul is a handsome 9 year old. He was born with Hydrocephalus.
However a shunt was put in at a very early age. He does not appear
to be significantly behind. He is a very curious young man and quick
to figure out how things work. He is a very fast learner. Though he
has not been in school, I expect that he will learn very quickly when
given the chance. He has a beautiful smile and an infectious giggle!
He loves Mickey Mouse! Paul really wants to please. He loves to
help around the house. He likes to help with the cooking. He is
always first to wash his dishes. He also likes to help with the
laundry. Paul loves to play in the water (he does not know how to
swim and is quite cautious). He also loves coloring, using a pencil,
working on a puzzle, playing with cars, looking at books, and
listening to music. Though he was initially afraid of the pets (dogs
and cats), he has acclimated well. He loves to hold the cat. Where
once he screamed at the sight of the dog, he now pats him on the
head and says, “Hi” or “Ni hao”. Paul is very independent. He can
take care of most of his needs by himself. He gets himself dressed,
brushes his teeth, takes a bath, gets ready for bed with very little
He is such a quick learner and has already caught on to routines and schedules. He really looks forward to learning even more, he is always asking “What is this called?” Once he gets familiar with his surroundings he is VERY active and curious. He also wants to try everything! He loves watermelon and bananas! Chase loves to play with toys that you can learn how they work and remote control cars seem to excite him! He is always excited to go in the car he likes watching all the big semi trucks and buses! He is for sure all boy! He loves to help little ones, especially the little 2 year old! He already knows English numbers and colors. He truly is a fantastic little guy that would love a forever family with either lots of siblings or no siblings he is very adaptable! Chase is being hosted in Marlyand.
“Wynn” is a confidant, intelligent, outgoing social guy. He is helpful, caring and happy. He particularly loves our dogs and has had no problem integrating into our family. He loves our children who are just a few years older than him and he is a very typical healthy 12 year old child. He enjoys all sports activities, games , and family time. He has an excellent understanding of written mandarin and he has even learned some English in the short time that he has been here. It is his dream to live in the United States and to have a family he can call his own. We are confidant that he will be a wonderful addition to any family!
Sean is such an amazing 12 year old boy. He is deaf, but he is so resilient, confident, sweet, incredibly smart, and extremely well-behaved. He is so easy to have around. He picks up on things quickly and you usually only have to show or tell him once. He is very observant and willing to learn. He makes his needs and desires known. He is a good gymnast. Basketball is his preferred sport to play. He enjoys swimming and riding his bike or ripstick. He knows a lot of Chinese sign language and the written language. He is a very talented artist in any medium. He has the cutest laugh and the sweetest smile. He will be an amazing son!
Isaac (which means laughter) is 9 years old and is diagnosed with Nystagmus (which he now has glasses that helps him), and the neurological disorder Schizencephaly . His right side is weak, but he has good mobility in both his arm and leg and it doesn’t limit him much at all. He is staying with a host family in the US and is scheduled to see a Pediatric Neurologist while here. He laughs often and it is always from his belly, making everyone else around him laugh too! He has such a sweet smile and it always shines when you praise him. He has learned to say “good job!” and learned how to give high5’s. He is smart and very curious, active, catches on quickly to things and loves to explore and discover. He is all boy and all about karate (mainly Power Rangers)! His host family has him enrolled in karate classes and he loves it! He also enjoys bike riding, swimming, coloring, anything music, and puzzles. He transitions very well and is very resilient. He competes with kids his own size (around 5-6 years old) and is afraid of dogs, but he is getting much better in both of these areas. He is protective of the host mom and enjoys helping her around the house. He is able to attach to adults and children and enjoys receiving affection. He has come a long way in the short time he has been here and the host family feels he has a ton of potential in the right family! Issac is currently being hosted in Florida.