A Very Special Girl

Posted by Sarah Hansen on 2/29/24 1:30 PM

Maleah has been waiting for a family to call her own for far too long.  Our staff spent time with her last February, and we have been working hard to find the perfect family for her since.

The day we met her, she walked in with her head held high, displaying the perfect ‘this is lame’ teen strut.  She was trying her best to let us know this meeting was boring, and she’d rather be doing a million other things.  But she slipped up when she briefly made eye contact with both of us, letting down her tough teen façade just for a moment, and giving us our first glimpse into the amazing young woman that she is.  She knew why we were there, and it wasn’t hard to see her vulnerability behind the valiant attempt of only giving off teen ‘tude.

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Topics: Waiting Children, International Adoption, Older Child Adoption

2024 Hosting Program to Transform the Lives of Children

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 2/29/24 9:10 AM

With over 153 million children in alternative care worldwide, the need for loving families is more pressing than ever. In 2024, our hosting program aims to bridge this gap by bringing international children who are eligible for adoption to the United States from June 28 - July 14. This unique experience transforms the lives of these vulnerable children and leaves a lasting impact on the hosting families.

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Topics: Hosting International Children

Meet Sarah {Taiwan}

Posted by Superkids Team on 2/12/24 12:00 PM
This is Sarah!
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Topics: Superkids, Taiwan Adoption, Waiting Children, Waiting Child

Gladney is Growing! GCA welcomes the staff of Madison Adoption Associates and several new programs to the Gladney Family

Posted by Mark Melson on 1/29/24 12:30 AM

We are thrilled to share some remarkable news with you – the staff of Madison Adoption Associates will be joining the Gladney Center for Adoption family! This union demonstrates that GCA is growing and that our work is now expanding to new parts of the world. In fact, this partnership will give GCA the largest footprint of diversified adoption and wrap-around services in the country. 

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Topics: Support, Culture & History

Join us for a Lunar New Year Celebration!

Posted by Superkids Team on 1/18/24 10:00 AM

Dear Gladney Family,

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Topics: Superkids, Lunar New Year

Interesting Facts About Gladney Center for Adoption You Might Not Know

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 1/1/24 10:47 AM
  1. Gladney's Humanitarian Aid efforts began in 1996, when Gladney began providing the funding for a "baby home" in Can Tho, Vietnam.  Gladney placed our first baby from the orphanage in October 1996.
  2. The movie, 'Blossoms In The Dust', was in the Top Ten films in 1941. 
  3. At the first Gladney fundraiser hosted by the Houston Auxiliary (nka the Houston GFA), adoptive parents gave Mrs. Gladney a platinum ring with five diamonds in honor of her twenty-fifth anniversary as superintendent of the Home. For once in her life, Edna, a fighter with such a tender heart, got up to the microphone to make a speech. Instead, she cried. 
  4. Actress Greer Garson, who played Edna Gladney in the movie Blossoms in the Dust, died in 1996. Shortly thereafter, the E.E. Fogelson and Greer Garson Fogelson Charitable Foundation in Dallas gave $500,000 to The Gladney Fund in support of endowment.  
  5. I.Z.T. Morris was among the first adoption advocates to focus on the interests of the child. He traveled and sought out children in need, interviewed prospective parents and raised money.  Today, Gladney continues that legacy of helping children in need. In our International Adoption program, we find families for children ready to be adopted in Colombia and Taiwan.  Learn more about some of these children.
  6. The Gladney Center for Adoption has relocated five times since founded in 1887.
  7. The child who portrayed Tony in the movie 'Blossoms in the Dust' was a 4-year-old named Pat Barker. It was only when Pat came to Fort Worth to celebrate the movie's premiere that the world discovered that Pat was actually Patricia. 
  8. Prior to its former site at 2300 Hemphill Street, Gladney was located two blocks North at 2110 Hemphill Street. The Board of Directors purchased two old apartment houses in the early 1960s, which were converted into apartments and a recreation center. Administrative offices were housed in an adjoining home. 
  9. Gladney fought two important legislative battles on behalf of adoption. Thanks to her efforts, in 1936 Texas legislators passed a bill that made Texas the first state in the Southwest to legally remove the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records. 
  10. When the first dormitory opened in 1948 at 2110 Hemphill St., furniture was purchased from the Army Surplus Store. Tables and dressers cost $3 each and chairs were 50 cents!  
  11. Edna Kahly married Sam Gladney in 1906, and they honeymooned in Havana, Cuba, for one year where Sam also had business interests.  
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Topics: 130th Anniversary, Culture & History

Making a Difference in Adoption: Gladney's Impact in 2023

Posted by Mark Melson on 12/29/23 8:00 PM

You are an important part of our strategy as we strive to make adoption better now … and in the future. 

For 136 years, the Gladney Center for Adoption has never wavered on one thing: our steadfast belief that every child deserves a loving and caring family.  

Adoption has evolved over the past century, and friends like you have enabled Gladney to adapt the ways we support those whose lives are connected to adoption. Thank you.

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Topics: Support, Gladney Home, Post Adoption Support, Counseling Services

We Simply Could Not Do Our Work Without You

Posted by Mark Melson on 12/28/23 1:15 PM

Please make a gift to Gladney today and help us create more bright futures in the year ahead. 

As a Gladney supporter, you’ve helped make life-changing opportunities possible for hundreds of children and their families.   

We simply could not do our work without the support of friends like you. Your generosity bridges the gap to help us meet the needs of all of our clients, regardless of fees. 

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Topics: Support

Help Us Create Even More Bright Futures In 2024

Posted by Lisa Schuessler on 12/27/23 9:45 AM

Your monthly gift will make an incredible impact for Gladney all year, helping us create more bright futures through adoption. 

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Topics: Support

Supporting Gladney: How Your Donation Can Make a Difference

Posted by Kristin Porter, LCSW-S on 12/26/23 8:15 AM

Your donation today will help us ensure each child we serve has the care and support they need to thrive. 

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Topics: Support, Gladney Home, Post Adoption Support, Community Support

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