Olivia {China}

Posted by Superkids Team on 9/19/19 11:34 AM

Olivia is part of CCCWA’s new Ambassador of Love program.  Prospective Parents are invited by the CCCWA to meet this child in China as part of the matching process.  For more information please contact superkids@gladney.org.

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Topics: Down Syndrome, Superkids, China Adoption, "Ambassadors of Love"

Fundraising to Support Gladney at the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon

Posted by Natalie Bowen, LMSW-TX on 9/18/19 3:58 PM

Matthew is a Gladney Friend, and he will be running the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon as part of Gladney's charity team. In addition to physically training, he is fundraising to support Gladney in creating bright futures through adoption. Thank you, Matthew!

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Topics: Support, New York Marathon, Adoption Stories

Juniper {China}

Posted by Superkids Team on 9/18/19 12:14 PM

Juniper is part of CCCWA’s new Ambassador of Love program.  Prospective Parents are invited by the CCCWA to meet this child in China as part of the matching process.  For more information please contact superkids@gladney.org.  

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Topics: Superkids, China Adoption, "Ambassadors of Love"

Grief & Transitions

Posted by Emily Morehead, MA, LPC on 9/17/19 12:44 PM

As Gladney’s staff reviews a case file for a child who has been in the Foster Care System we see that the average child in foster care has moved on average about 8 times before they find permanency through adoption.

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Topics: Foster Care System, Gladney University, Grief & Loss

Fundraising Through a Fantasy Football League

Posted by Emily Conway on 9/15/19 12:05 PM

The adoption process can be stressful. Although there are scholarships and grants available to help with the fees, sometimes they don’t cover all of them. However, there are many ways to fundraise! One idea is creating a fantasy football league. If your friends and family love football, this is a perfect way to bring them together for a good cause. Here are some tips for creating a league:

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Topics: Adoption Finance, Adoption Fundraiser

What Adoption Is Like

Posted by Gladney Intern on 9/12/19 10:08 AM

Emily Morehead talked with Ashley Whiteside, Domestic Infant Adoption Manager,  about reframing how we see adoption. Like any journey, the journey to adoption can be a bumpy road full of twists and turns. It requires patience, communication, and a lot of love before, during, and after a baby is welcomed into the world.

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Topics: Domestic Infant, reFRAMED Podcast

The Stigma of Trash Bags and Foster Kids

Posted by Brynn Obermeier, LMSW on 9/9/19 8:53 AM

Sometimes life is out of our control. When you are a child in Foster Care, that "sometimes" is most of the time. If you came into foster care with a suitcase or bag, it's gone after your first home. The majority of the time, the substitute is black garbage bags to carry your belongings in when you are moved to another home. Close your eyes and visualize your meager belongings stuffed into trash bags.

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Topics: Texas Foster Children, Foster Adoption, Foster Care System

Ambassador Trip to China for Volunteers - Dates!

Posted by Superkids Team on 9/9/19 7:30 AM

The first trip to Jiangxi, China, under the Ai Xing Da Shi (‘Loving Heart Ambassador’) program is being planned for volunteers during the Thanksgiving Holiday week of November, 2019.  Departure from the U.S. will be on Nov. 22, 2019 with return to the U.S. on Nov. 30, 2019.  Since this trip is only 2 months away – the first thing to do is check to see if your passport is valid (must be valid through June 2020).

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Topics: Superkids, Travel to China, "Ambassadors of Love"

Seven Things I Learned from Reading 'No Drama Discipline'

Posted by Lindsay Garrett, LCSW-S on 9/6/19 8:34 AM

No Drama Discipline by Dr. Dan Seigel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is a must read for parents who want to use connected, respectful, and positive strategies when it comes to discipline. I literally recommend it to every parent I know. Concise, clear, and practical, it gives specific examples and things to try when disciplining our children, all while explaining the neuroscience behind them. A refreshing take in the world of “perfect parenting”, Dan and Tina even give examples of when they lost their cool as parents, or times when they used all the tools in their toolbox and still had to put a screaming toddler in the car. I think we can all relate. Here are just some of the things this book taught me as a professional and a parent.

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Topics: Suggested Reading, Mindful Parenting

Family Is Family Whether You're Blood Related Or Not

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 9/4/19 8:52 AM

A Gladney Adoption Story

“One morning, my caseworker was on the phone telling me there was a family who wanted to adopt me. I remember crying and feeling shocked and excited at the same time. I was surprised a family wanted a seventeen-year-old as a daughter. How is that possible?

After meeting my new parents, I opened up a little to them and talked about some of my past, which was sorta shocking because I rarely ever tell anyone about it. Something in my heart told me I could trust them. As part of one of our visits, we went to see the movie Tomb Raider, and that’s how I came up with my new name: Lara. That was the name of the main character in the movie; and she was strong, incredibly brave, and also very adventurous.
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Topics: Texas Foster Children, Foster Adoption, New Beginnings, Adoption Stories, Success Stories

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