Adopting from Taiwan Webinar

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman, to learn about Gladney’s Taiwan Program! We will discuss the adoption process for Taiwan, and the different ways families can be matched to children. We’ll also take an in-depth look at the children who are most commonly available for international adoption. Finally, we’ll be announcing some very exciting news about our Taiwan Program and Gladney’s Superkids!

There will be a Q&A time at the end of the webinar to ask follow up questions from the presentation.

When: Wednesday, August 26th at 1pm EST

Register Here!

Meet Bill!

BillSome of the best resources Gladney has to offer are right here, among our amazing staff. We want to highlight our “Employee of the Month” from the month of June, Bill Porter.

Bill Porter is a licensed professional counselor and an immeasurable asset to the Gladney community. He is a huge emotional support for the staff members he leads. He is always willing to listen and talk through the intense emotions that are an inevitable part of adoption work.

Our staff members are better equipped to serve families in large part because of Bill’s professional support. Bill also has given incredible support to our families through direct counseling. He always puts people first, which is evident in his exceptional services to our community.

We are lucky to have Bill as a colleague and friend!

Introducing a New Webinar Series!

We are excited to announce that we are launching a new webinar series! Our pediatric physical therapist, Keely O’Dell will be speaking about common medical needs seen in children available for adoption.

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This month we will be focusing on limb deformities/differences. We have Suzanne Meledeo joining us to share her family story of adopting three children with limb difference. You don’t want to miss this one!

When: Thursday, August 20

What time: 3:00 PM EDT

Register here!

We will have a Q&A time at the end of the webinar to ask follow up questions from the presentation, or general questions about Gladney’s China Waiting Child program.

NEW YORK CITY MARATHON 2015

Gladney is an approved charity partner for the November NYC Marathon!

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Our team of runners is fundraising to support Gladney’s Superkids program!
Introducing our team (pictured above):

Colleen Christi Willett- Gladney Mom (China program)
Keith Martin- Gladney Dad (China & Kazakhstan Programs)
Jenna Shapiro- Friend of a Gladney Superkids Family
Ashley Simon- Gladney Birth Mother and Gladney Caseworker
Lisa Stevens- Friend of a Gladney Superkids Family
The team has a required fundraising goal of $12,500!   Please join our runners in support as they continue to raise charitable funds and awareness for Superkids!

Ready, Set, Go Donate! 

China Service Trip Reflections

July 13th:

  • garden1Fuzhou- saw The Lingering Garden and the bonsai trees
  • Boat ride through the canals in Fuzhou
  • Silk factory- saw how silk thread and fabric is made
  • Cruise ride in Shanghai on the Huangpu River
  • Walking on the Bund at night

Day 11 of the China Service Trip. Sadly, it was our last day before going home. What made this day different was the fact that Vivian wasn’t with me to enjoy it more. We got on the bus in the morning and traveled to Fuzhou. The coolest part of The Lingering Garden was the bonsai trees, each a unique shape. Around the perimeter of the garden, there were rocks that looked like animals, mountains, etc. My mom took a picture of a rock that looked like a buffalo. We saw mosaics along the pathway and most of them were shaped like animals. One had a design with bats circling around it. Our guide told us it meant something about longevity and wealth.

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Next we moved on to the silk factory. We saw how silk thread was made in ancient times and in the present, and even live silk worms eating mulberry leaves. A lady who was “quality control” tossed the bad cocoons in a basket and left the good ones to keep making their way down the conveyor belt. Automated spinners spun tiny threads from 5-6 cocoons at the same time to make thicker thread on a roll. Then, the thread was thickened again by spinning 5 rolls together into one big roll. I was the last person to exit the room because the machines were so fascinating! In another room, we saw ladies stretch layer upon layer of silk to be used for blankets, comforters, etc. The layers of silk that were laid out felt soft and fluffy. A few of the girls got to try out stretching the silk. Since it was their first time, they didn’t stretch it quite right so the ladies had to help them. Finally, it was time to buy some silk products. All the girls bought something. Even Mr. Wu bought two new ties! We bought two scarves for friends and I was able to get a black velvet Qipao with red silk piping and frog buttons for Christmas.

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Later that night, we went on a scenic cruise in Shanghai on the Huangpu River. I was so glad that Vivian and her mom were able to rejoin us. My mom and I took close-ups of the cool buildings. They looked exceptionally amazing at night because they were lit up with colorful lights. After we got off the boat, we walked on the Bund. It was very exciting and there were people everywhere. As we were walking by, we saw several brides and grooms getting their pictures taken with the colorful buildings behind them. Two brides were wearing red bridal gowns because that is a Chinese tradition. We even saw brides in purple and green dresses!

– Mia, age 13

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Superkids Reflection — “Oh My Goodness”

billyandlilaI haven’t been on a Superkids trip.  Well, at least not a trip to China.  But I recently was on a New York City based “Superkids” trip when I had the chance to spend the day with Lila and Billy who were adopted by Dwight and Cassie Richmond earlier this Spring.

I think there are a lot of similarities between a China Superkids trip and what I was lucky enough to experience one day in my hometown.  “What?!” You might say….”How can 8 hours in New York City with two children compare in any way to a two-week trip to China travelling to multiple provinces and meeting numerous children who live their days in a social welfare institution?”  Acknowledging all the obvious differences — I think some of the big similarities (the important ones) are the following:  1.  That each of us who cares about adoption and chooses to get involved can make a big and positive difference in the life trajectory of a child and a family; 2.  That meeting others face-to-face promotes careful care and natural interest in helping someone based on unique strengths and needs; and 3.  That life is validated by children – they champion what is interesting and enjoyable — and when in their presence, adults can’t help but to do the same.

So, these were some of the BIG similarities which I took away from that day.  But, it is also the small things that happened that will make me smile all year long.  When I take my kids next time to the Central Park Zoo – I for sure am going to remember searching for the giant “tuzi”, Billy feeding the goats with every grain pellet he could find (bought or borrowed!) and Lila exclaiming “Oh My Goodness” (just like her mom does!) numerous times in the bird sanctuary!

-Wendy Stanley

Director, Asia Program Social Services

China Service Trip Reflections

Day 8:

shanghaiAs a result of the typhoon warning in Shanghai, our first day in this city was one of our more relaxed days out of the entire trip. Having arrived at our hotel around 2 AM, we enjoyed the luxury of sleeping in our first morning. At noon, our group met in the hotel restaurant and enjoyed a Taiwan-style lunch including delicious green tea pudding-like desserts! Once we finished lunch, we decided to be “daring” and walk through the rain and wind to the Bund, which was approximately a 10 minute walk from our hotel. Armed with our ponchos and umbrellas, we walked through the streets of Shanghai. Although the news stations were reporting that the typhoon was hitting Shanghai the hardest, the rain and wind were not that treacherous. In spite of our umbrellas flipping inside out a few times, we had a great time walking through the city. Even though our typhoon adventure lasted only 15 minutes, I will always remember laughing while walking through the empty streets with the rest of the CST members!  This first day in Shanghai might have been a short one, but I had lots of fun walking around and hanging out with my friends in the hotel! I guess it’s true that the simple things in life are often the best!

– Claire, age 15

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