This week, I heard a light knock on our office door - we didn't have any appointments scheduled, so I expected a visit from our building maintenance staff or a new mail carrier that didn't know they can just come on in! But instead, when I opened the door, I saw a friendly face, that I recognized, but it took me a moment to place where I had seen her before. Well, to be honest, I couldn't place her. She grinned broadly and said..."It's ANGIE from Tianjin!!" Wow! Wow! Angie, here in NYC!
Angie was our amazing local volunteer, a Physical Therapist who joined our Superkids team inTianjin last Fall. She was wonderful to work with. She connected to the kids with her warm heart and sunny personality. She was open to learning from, and collaborating with the US based medical team. She played with the children who were waiting, twirling and talking and laughing. And, so thoughtful - bringing special snacks for two older boys on our Day 2 visit. Remembering the boys with their snacks makes the whole team smile.
Superkids.... Who are we? We are a group of adoption advocates with varied skill sets and a passion to help children. We come together flexibly to rise to the challenge of learning about children in institutional care. Why? So that each child we meet can have a chance to be loved by a family of their own.
Our passion and commitment continues month to month and year to year. We are traveling to Taiwan in November and
are hopeful that before too long we will be packing our bags for China and crossing paths again with Angie and others.
At this time while there are no Superkids trips to China planned, we realize just how important these past trips are in helping some of the children find adoptive families this year and next year. The photos and developmental notes collected have all been saved and organized. Thus we can access information gathered during the Superkids trips at any time. We know this information can make a difference in adoption opportunities for many children whose profiles are currently on the CCCWA shared list -- and for children whose profiles will be listed in 2018 and beyond.