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China Waiting Child, “Aaron”: Then & Now

We’d like to take a moment to highlight a waiting child we call “Aaron” on our AWAA advocacy page. We recently received several updates and videos, noting that he is in good health and has made a number of significant developmental strides! Please take a moment to learn more about this precious boy in the “then and now” update below and join us in praying that a family considering China adoptions would come forward for him soon.

THEN…china adoptionsDate Unknown

At intake, Aaron was diagnosed with congenital hypertrophic pyloric stenosis and malnutrition. He had surgery for a hiatal hernia in February 2014 and recovered well. An America World One Orphan mission team visited him in October of 2015 and shared that he was able to make some sounds, communicate through body language, and self-feed with small finger foods. At the time he was visited, he showed signs of cognitive delays and was unable to sit up on his own.

NOW…china adoptionsAugust 2018

Aaron turned 5 years old in February and continues to wait for a family. Recent videos show he is now able to walk, run, and do many daily living tasks independently.


He lives in a simulated foster family on the grounds of the orphanage, where he participates in the day-to-day activities at the orphanage but returns to a smaller family setting in the evenings. He gets along well with other children and makes friends easily. He likes to build with blocks and play with puzzles. His caretaker shared that he can be a little shy, but is a polite boy and says “hi” to those he meets. He shows care to the other children by helping them with their shoes or when they need help getting dressed. He enjoys singing, dancing, and reciting poems. It’s amazing what a difference a few years can make!

Please join us in praying that a family would come forward for his adoption!

If you are interested in learning more about Aaron or adopting a child from China, please email our China team at or by phone 800-429-3369 for more information.

Learn more about adopting a child from China on our China overview page, our China adoption requirements page, and our China adoption fees page.

Know that there are lots of resources to assist families with the cost of adoption.  You can find a list of ways to cover the cost of your adoption on our Financing Adoption page.

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