In January, Gladney proudly welcomed its latest addition – Adoption.com.
Kristine will be turning 6 years old this summer. She is an active little girl and loves playing on the sports fields at the nearby school. Kristine likes to color and told the social worker that she is practice not coloring outside the lines. She also enjoys when her foster mother reads storybooks to her. Her foster mother describes Kristine as curious, persistent and friendly.
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.
We got to meet with sweet 11 year old Miranda again during our Superkids trip to Taiwan in November. When she walked in the room I was struck by how tall she had gotten – she had easily grown several inches since we last visited with her. While I was excited to spend some time with her, I was sad to think about how she should be growing and thriving in a forever family.
Spring typically brings sights, sounds, and feelings of renewal. I love flowers, and spring brings a theme of growth to my mind. As we deal with COVID-19 and social distancing, I personally feel like some areas of life are on pause, while other areas are busier than ever. There is underlying anxiety for most of us, along with grief and loss for many.
Whatever this season looks like for you, please know we are so grateful for you thinking of and supporting Gladney. While most of our staff members are currently working remotely from home, our caseworkers are continuing to serve expectant mothers who are making an adoption plan, care for teenage girls in foster care in the Gladney Home, advocate to find adoptive families for waiting children in state foster care and international orphanages, and be with adoptive families when their new children are placed with them. Our mission continues.
Even in this challenging season, Gladney daily witnesses a spectrum of growth—babies literally growing and meeting developmental milestones; children who have experienced hurts understanding what it means to be loved and cared for and learning to trust; adoptive parents acknowledging they need support and reaching out for connection and resources; and birth mothers processing their grief and loss, while being proud of who they are and of their children.
Thank you for your support and involvement in their growth. Because of you, Gladney will be present and meet their individualized needs in a personal way—step by step, through changing seasons of life … during their adoption process and for years to come.
Soon to be 3 years old, Guy's file was prepared in September 2019. At the time of file preparation his file states that he was thriving under excellent care by his caretaker. Guy is able to walk and run on his own. He is able to take off his shoes and put them on the shelf unassisted. He is able to locate his favorite toy on the shelf - the ones that make music - and play with them on the mat. He likes to dance and move his body when he hears music playing. He is reported to giggle with excitement when he dances! Guy offers a hand when playtime is over and helps clean up. His favorite activity is playing outdoors. Wouldn't it be amazing to have Guy home with your family next spring, right before his next birthday, playing catch in the yard and swinging on his swing set?
Howard's file was prepared in the summer of 2019, when he was 1 1/2 years old. An update request has been made to find out more information about his health and developmental progress.
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.