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Every Day Is Full of Wonder

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 6/30/20 8:30 AM

Our Adoption Story

We are a couple madly in love with each other. We knew each other for nine years and were married for four of them before we came to the decision that we very much wanted to grow our family and share our love with a child. We were fortunate to come across Gladney in our search for an adoption agency. After our initial orientation meeting, we knew Gladney was the right fit for us. Gladney’s history, longevity in the adoption field, and the professionalism of the staff all gave us confidence that we were in good hands.

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Topics: Domestic Infant, Adoption Stories

Gladney's 2019 Annual Report - A Letter from the Board & President

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 5/1/20 6:45 AM

Dear Friends,

Our passion and belief were as strong in 2019 as they were in 1887. Every Child Deserves a Loving and Caring Family. Because of you, 211 children started their new lives in a forever family last year. Whether from an orphanage or foster home, or from a courageous expectant parent making an adoption plan, EVERY one of these children deserves the security and love of a family, and you made that happen.

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Topics: Gladney Leadership, Gladney Culture & History, Development, Annual Report

Gladney Coloring Sheets

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 4/25/20 9:00 AM

On the lookout for activities for your kids? We have some new coloring sheets as a gift for you! Really, they’re not just for kids—coloring is a fun and calming activity for adults, too.

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Topics: #wearegladney, Artwork Contest, Social Distancing, Tips

Unexpected Joy

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 4/23/20 8:38 AM

This April, 37 years ago, the day began as a normal one . . . heavily in the throes of tax season, getting ready for some meetings, and taking care of things for my father as my mother had passed away not quite two weeks earlier. Then at 9:00 am, the phone rang, and news that our baby girl was here was on the other end of the line. It was Mrs. Stafford, our Gladney Caseworker and "the very most important person in our lives.” In our minds and those of many of our friends, she held the key for our future as a family. Now having years of history with Gladney, I know Mrs. Stafford and many other very wise professionals were part of a very educated, emotional plan for the creation of our family and, needless to say, a plan for our children’s' birth mothers.

It was now about 10:00 am. I had laundered the gown I had purchased for this baby and was ironing it for some crazy reason - would she ever notice? Probably not. The doorbell rang, and it was a precious friend, bringing me flowers to lift my heart for missing my mother. She was greeted instead with huge tears of joy because our daughter Claire was now here!

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Topics: Adoption Stories, #wearegladney, Development

From a 2020 Gladney Senior

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 4/22/20 9:40 AM

Who would have thought I would be standing in the kitchen with my family in mid-April of my senior year when the governor made the announcement we were done? Deep down, I had a feeling this was coming, but it does not make it any easier. I left my high school on March 12, 2020, for spring break, unaware I would never walk back into the school as a student again. It leaves me... well, it leaves me heartbroken.

In August 2016, I began high school as a wide-eyed, nervous, awkward, metal-mouthed, and excited freshman. I had no idea how the next four years would shape me into the person I am today... a strong, confident, God-fearing, young woman, ready to take on the world.

I am the person I am today because of the people and experiences I have had over these past four years. I have had experiences that not many other high schoolers can say they have had, and I have met people who have pushed me to be the very best I can be.... people who encourage me to chase my dreams and improve every day.

From leading a student organization I started during freshman year to marching in the Rose Bowl Parade last year, I leave knowing I gave these past four years all I had to offer. I am walking away from high school knowing what it means to work hard and to persevere through hardships. I am walking away knowing the power of the connections you make with others and how those connections can lead you to do really great things.

I am crushed. I really am. I had no idea I would not see my third graders again and would not have any more study sessions at "my special table" at the top of the main stairs, where I spent many 4th periods, class times, and even after school hours. I did not know I had my last college math class in room 2465, where we stood outside and talked until the bell rang, forcing us to go in and get to work. I am going to miss the high fives from coaches in the hallway, my classmates, my teachers, and even parking in Timbuktu and walking in after interning at the elementary school. It hurts a lot knowing I am not going to have these experiences anymore, but I am looking forward to the day when I can go back in and reminisce on all of the memories high school gave me and talk to teachers again who made a huge difference in my life.

Over these past four years, I have learned to follow my heart in anything and everything I do. I have learned to try new things and put myself out there, even when I was afraid to do so. Most of all, I have figured out what I want to do in life. I can see beyond all of this and am excited for where I am headed. Is this year ending the way I wanted it to? Not at all, but there is no better feeling than closing one chapter, knowing I did all I could do.

Here's to the future, here's to more memories, and here's to adulthood. School may be done, but like they always said, "Once a jag, always a jag."

God Bless & Go Jags!

Zhanna, Gladney Adult Adoptee

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Topics: Adoption Stories, #wearegladney, Bright Futures Publication, Development

The Contagious Laugh of Lien {China}

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 2/26/20 7:15 AM

There is no shortage of fun when Lien is around! Three year old Lien shares joy with all he comes into contact with!  When he is happy, he moves his hips.  When you touch his face, he laughs happily.  His laugh can be heard on video in a game of chase and is simply contagious!  Lien is lively, gentle and always smiles when he sees people. 

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Topics: Superkids, China Adoption, Waiting Children, Waiting Child

Six Days Before Turning 18

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 1/23/20 7:45 AM

Late last year, WFAA shared a wonderful update in their Wednesday's Child segment. Eric, a 17-year-old boy in foster care, was featured in October 2019. That appearance inspired a Gladney Family to take action. By November, just six days before his 18th birthday, Eric officially became a member of their family. 

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Topics: Adoption Stories, Adoption Advocate, Adoption Finalization

Ask A Pro - Visiting Gladney's Campus

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 11/19/19 2:18 PM

Each week Gladney's Team of adoption professionals receives and answers many questions. This week our pros answer the question from an adoptee about visiting Gladney's Campus.

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Topics: Post Adoption, Ask A Pro, Gladney Campus

Gladney Holiday Artwork Contest

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 10/31/19 3:36 PM

Traditions make the holidays a special time for children and their families, and we have traditions at Gladney, too!

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Topics: Gladney Adoptee, Artwork Contest, Holiday Card

Boots & Buckles Concert

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 10/18/19 9:51 AM

Fall is here, and we are looking forward to the cooler weather and the opportunity to raise awareness during National Adoption Month! Vince Gill will be joining us for an intimate performance, celebrating in true southern style on the new stage of the Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine.

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Topics: Gladney Event, National Adoption Month

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