Grateful for Relationships Formed Thru Gladney

Posted by Lindsay Hatcher, LMSw on 11/28/22 6:15 AM

November is a time for reflection, thanksgiving, and National Adoption Month! As we gather around the table reflecting on what we are thankful for, I am especially grateful for relationships that formed over my time with Gladney- both professionally and those with families. Over the years, I have had the ability to watch families grow -- individuals becoming parents and children growing into their teen and early adult years!

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Topics: Superkids, Taiwan Adoption, National Adoption Month

Twin Boys-A New Life

Posted by Heidi Bruegel Cox on 11/24/22 1:26 PM

In this month that honors the gift of adoption, we must pause to also honor, and to thank, the courageous birth parents who make the difficult decision to voluntarily place their children for adoption. Difficult, not only because someone else will be raising the children they love, but also because too many in our society make birth parents out to be victims. When done well, with licensed, ethical professionals, adoption can be an empowering decision, that opens a new life for the birth parents in addition to new possibilities for these cherished children.

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Topics: Adoption, Gladney Birth Parent

Heart Gallery Display at The Parks Mall

Posted by Heart Gallery of North Texas on 11/20/22 2:02 PM

Heart Galleries are a community engagement initiative that uses professional portraits of children in foster care to help connect with families interested in adopting children. Each photo in the Gallery captures a child's spirit, bringing to life their wonderful personalities in ways that words cannot. Every child deserves a loving and caring family.

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Reflecting on Supporting Adoptees During National Adoption Month

Posted by Leta White on 11/18/22 8:45 AM

The crackle of a camp fire, the smell of s’mores, fun and games, crafts, and lifelong friendships comes to mind when I think of summer camp. This past summer, I had the opportunity to meet an amazing group of kids through Gladney’s Camp Forge and spend quality time with 4 girls as their counselor. The girls in my cabin embraced the “camp life” and had a great time participating in various activities offered, especially pool time. Nothing beats the Texas heat other than a cool dip in a pool! By the end of camp, several of the girls built friendships with one another and were already talking about when they could see each other again. Watching each of the girls bloom and grow over the week was the highlight of my week.

The week long camp was a chance for Gladney adoptees to come together, have fun and build friendships. Children placed through our Domestic Program, International Program, and New Beginning Program were represented at camp. Even though the campers came from a wide range of backgrounds, each have the shared bond of adoption.

Throughout National Adoption Month, I reflect on the importance of supporting adoptees with building their adoption community and how camp is a great option for families. The dedicated time and space for adoptees to meet other adoptees is important, and I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in such an incredible program.

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Topics: National Adoption Month, Camp Forge, Adoptee

Meet Jeffrey {Taiwan}

Posted by Superkids Team on 11/17/22 6:45 AM

We are excited to introduce Jeffrey! Jeffrey was born in 2018 and is 4 years old. 

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Topics: Superkids, Taiwan Adoption, Waiting Children

My Mind Always Goes to the Children Waiting

Posted by Mary Chapman on 11/16/22 6:45 PM

As I think about National Adoption Month, my mind always goes to the children who are waiting. For the children in Taiwan, they have often been removed from their birth families at no fault of their own, or their birth families made the difficult choice to place them for adoption due to their medical or special needs. A huge part of our job at Gladney is to shine a light on these children to find them a loving and caring family.

To find the family who is the best fit for each child, we must advocate for them – and that means we must get to know each individual child. You can only learn so much about a child by reading their profile provided by their birth country. Through Gladney’s Superkids program, we try to learn what is special and unique about each child. The best way to do this is to meet the child in person. We get to talk to them one-on-one, we get to hear their sweet laughter, we get to see them show off their amazing athletic talents or their incredible puzzle-solving skills. You can learn so much about a child by just spending a few moments with them and allowing for their personality to shine through. 

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Topics: Superkids, National Adoption Month, Waiting Children

MATCHED!! Meet Nina & Nicole{Taiwan}

Posted by Superkids Team on 11/15/22 7:30 AM

We are excited to introduce siblings Nina and Nicole! Nina was born in 2015 and is 7 years old. Nicole was born in 2017 and is 5 years old. 

Nina and Nicole do not have any diagnosed medical conditions. We have the full profiles for families to review who meet Taiwan's adoption qualifications.

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

Meet Noah & Neil {Taiwan}

Posted by Superkids Team on 11/10/22 10:04 AM

We are excited to introduce siblings Noah and Neil! Noah was born in 2014 and is 8 years old. Neil was born in 2017 and is 5 years old.

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

Heartbreaking & A Miracle

Posted by Emily Byford on 11/7/22 8:45 AM

The road is never smooth. It winds and dips. Sometimes there are hills so steep we aren’t sure we’ll reach the top, or the path is so dark that we have to slow down to a crawl, squint and search what just in front of us for a glimmer of light. Sometimes we hit a dead end and must double back and find a new road. 

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Topics: Expectant Parent, Adoptive Parent

Gladney University ... My Favorite

Posted by Ashley Ellington on 11/3/22 8:30 AM

Gladney University… my personal FAVORITE educational opportunity we provide at Gladney, but maybe I am biased. 😊

I get the privilege of speaking with expert presenters from around the world who speak on various topics within the child welfare spectrum.

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Topics: Gladney University, Podcast

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