January's Top 5 FAQs

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 2/3/19 10:53 AM

We love educating people about adoption and Gladney. Below are the Top 5 questions Gladney's Team were asked in January:

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Topics: Adoption, Domestic Infant, Unplanned Pregnancy, Waiting Child, FAQ

Mommy, Why Doesn’t My Hair Look Like Yours?

Posted by Emily Morehead, MA, LPC on 2/1/19 3:20 AM

“Mommy, why doesn’t my hair look like yours?!”

I turned on Sesame Street and found a beautiful episode that gave dialogue to this dreaded age-old question.  NPR reported that Joey Mazzarino a head writer for Sesame Street, who is an Italian Father of an adopted Ethiopian daughter, wrote this episode to help teach his daughter to embrace her beauty after watching her play with her doll.

While watching this episode with my son I quickly fell in love with the catchy song  “don’t need a trip to the beauty shop, ’cause I love what I got on top….”. As well as the message that promotes self-love, acceptance and awareness that we are all different.

I'm grateful for this father starting a dialogue that our society needs. His creativity ignited conversations in homes, schools and playgrounds around the globe. Continue the conversation by catching Gladney University's video on demand training led by author and speaker, Rhonda Roorda entitled "Embracing the Heart, Mind, and Spirit of Transracial Adoption". 

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Want to learn more about Mazzarino? Check out his interview on NPR.

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Topics: Gladney University


Posted by Mark Melson on 1/31/19 8:28 AM

This past weekend at Gladney's January Board Meeting, we celebrated the career of Ellen Wilson, Gladney's CFO for 19 years. 

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Topics: Insider, Gladney Culture & History

James {China}

Posted by Superkids Team on 1/30/19 7:47 AM

James is almost 3 and is as cute as a little button! He laughs easily and is always smiling.

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Topics: Superkids, Waiting Child, China

MATCHED!! Magnolia {Taiwan}

Posted by Superkids Team on 1/29/19 1:03 PM


Sweet, sweet little Magnolia! Her little smile was worth every bit of effort it took to coax it out of her. She was a little shy at first but warmed up with a little effort on our part. And her little face lights up when she sees someone she knows.

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Topics: Superkids, Taiwan, Waiting Child

NY Chinese New Year Event

Posted by Gladney Center for Adoption on 1/28/19 12:54 PM

The Chinese New Year is China's most important festival and holiday. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 begins The Year of the Pig. 

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Topics: China Adoption, Gladney Event

George {China}

Posted by Superkids Team on 1/23/19 5:00 AM

George is 5 years old and loves to play outside. He likes to learn new dances and picks them up quickly.

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Topics: Superkids, Waiting Child, China

Mason Update {Taiwan}

Posted by Superkids Team on 1/22/19 2:12 PM

Mason is a 9 year old boy with no known medical needs. He is a quiet boy who loves to play sports and dreams of being a professional athlete. 

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Topics: Superkids, Taiwan, Waiting Child

Puzzle Donations for Adoption

Posted by Emily Conway on 1/20/19 10:07 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 puzzle fundraiser. Each family or individual has the opportunity to “sponsor” a piece of the puzzle. In the end the puzzle can be a nice memento that can be hung on the wall. Here are some tips for organizing one:

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Topics: Adoption Finance, Adoption Fundraiser

Siblings From Taiwan

Posted by Superkids Team on 1/15/19 3:17 PM

Oh my, do we ever have the sweetest siblings to introduce today! There are 4 of them and they each have such precious, different personalities!

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Topics: Superkids, Taiwan Adoption, Waiting Children

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