Monday, December 17, 2007

Here Is Something You Don't Do Everyday!


Maya Silver is back in China with her sister, Melanie, and her parents, Phil and Lisa.


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Goodridges Visit Santa!!


Here is our pictures from our visit to Santa. Our Santa lets you bring your own digital camera and take some pictures. So we have the picture that we bought and the ones I took.


E was not scared, but got very quiet when Santa asked her what she wanted for Christmas. She said a yo-yo. I figured that Z would cry and he did. This picture captures him just as he is realizing that I'm not there with him. I think in the picture that we bought, he is all out crying.


Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Brueckel Children Celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving.






















Sarah is the pumpkin, Kathryn is the puppy (by her request!), and James is a Ninja Lord. The adorable turkey was made by big brother James.




Eliza Li Weiniger Wins School Wide Essay Contest!


Eliza Li Weiniger, Age 7, Adopted From Lodi,China
Eliza won a school wide essay contest at Jefferson Elementary School in Westfield NJ. The topic of the essay contest was:
If I could go anywhere on Earth I would go to ________.
There were many entries and one winner per grade. Eliza won the contest for the first graders.

Here is a transcript of the winning essay:
Eliza Li Weiniger
1st Grade-Mrs. Arkin's Class

EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY!
ESSAT CONTEST.
If I could go anywhere on Earth, I would go to China because I was born there. I want to see the sites.
I want to see the houses and the buildings. I may see a school there.
The Olympic games are going to be in China next year, 2008.

I want to learn how they speak their language. My mom and dad went to China to adopt me. They thought it was beautiful.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Favorite Fall Photos from the Gallagher Family







Some favorite fall photos from the Gallagher Family (Kevin, Jeannine, Kevin Jr, Sarah, Philip & Mei):





Hello from Nanchang



We arrived in Nanchang on Sunday afternoon and met Kiana (Shao Tong) about an hour after we arrived at the hotel. The first night was rough for this first time mommy. Everytime we picked her up or touched her she would cry..make that SCREAM! She did not want to sleep in the crib and spent the night in the stroller in front of the TV.

Day 2 we finally got a smile :) Now Day 5 is coming to a close...we have come a long way! Kiana now tolerates being held and sleeps well through the night. She loves going out and taking in the sights. We did the tourist thing and went to Tengwang Pavilion, August First Park, and shopping area.

-Amy & Kiana Lee

Whitney Visits Santa!


While picking out our Christmas tree earlier in the week, we had a visit with Santa! What a wonderful surprise to see Santa at the tree farm. Whitney is whispering her wish list: a toy shopping card and an apron! Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas :0).


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Go for Sam - Ted and Mira reporting from China!





It's Tuesday, November 2oth, 2007, Mira and her dad Ted left for China. She is going to write about her trip on her blog. In her first blog post, Mira wrote, "As my dad says, we are "go for Sam." We are on our way to China. I should have blog posts up on Thanksgiving day. Please visit then. I hope you enjoy the holiday. Click here to read their blog post from China.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Waiting Children from China

Gladney posts their waiting children from China at the below link. Check back periodically for updates. If you have interest in any of the children please contact gina.pariani@gladney.org for more information.

October Visit to Shanghai Children's Home a Big Success!










Superkids has just returned from a visit to the Shanghai Children's Home. Traveling were Dr. Eileen McAleer, a cardiologist, two pediatric physical therapists, Karen Teters and Pat Marcus, and founder, Janet Fink. The purpose of the trip was to continue training caregivers and volunteers in baby handling and therapeutic activities, deliver needed equipment, and to provide direct treatment to the children.

Superkids was thrilled that the caregivers and the large volunteer community had been following through with their picture directions to exercise infants. These directions were posted in the children's playrooms. They were able to revisit some of the children from their previous trip who were developmentally delayed and we could already see the progress due to the excellent follow through by the caregivers and volunteers.

Dr. MacAleer examined many children with cardiac conditions and many others with serious medical problems. Additionally she was able to help the therapists with medical consultations for the most serious cases. Through donations, they were able to provide a walker for a child with cerebral palsy and teach her how to walk. They were also able to provide a wheelchair for a child who could not sit up without the support of this wheelchair. Additionally, they taught a 7 year old girl with a severe skin disorder to feed herself and provided special coloring equipment so she could play. The therapists also saw many babies with minor medical conditions and developmental delay.

They provided fun therapeutic activities to decrease these delays. The therapists were able to directly treat over 25 children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. They were able to continue with training of the caregivers, rehabilitation staff and the volunteers in special handling and positioning for children with neurological disorders.

This coming spring, Superkids looks forward to expanding to a regular, non-special needs orphanage in another province. They also plan to return to the Shanghai Children's Home to continue their work.

To learn more about Superkids please visit their website:www.superkidscharity.org

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Superkids Wheelchair Project


















Pictured are four orphan teens living at the Shanghai Children's Home in Shanghai, China. All have spinal cord injury and desperately need quality pediatric wheelchairs. Superkids has not found any wheelchair companies willing to donate or give discounts. Charities able to donate do not offer the appropriate type of chair. These teens are already starting to develop scoliosis and breathing problems because they are not in good chairs. A good, pediatric wheelchair costs approximately $3,000 (includes extra supports and shipping). If they can raise the money, Superkids founder, Janet Fink and head therapist, Pat Marcus, will go to the Shanghai Children's Home to make sure the chairs are fitted properly to these children. They will also teach the caregivers at the orphanage how to care for and repair the wheelchairs if needed.

Donations are tax deductible. Thank you for taking the time to read about these terrific teens.

The Nutcracker

An invitation from Agnes Horowitz, whose daughter, Maggie, was adopted from China.
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Please Join Us
to cheer on
Maggie as Marie/Clara
in a lovely production of
The Nutcracker
presented by Valentina Kozlova's
Dance Conservatory of New York
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Saturday, December 15 at 4 and 8pm
at
Symphony Space
Broadway and 95th St.
Box Office: 212 864-1414

Bon jour Gladney Families,

This French Poodle, dubbed Fifi, is Lindy Li-Xiao Osborn from San Antonio, just shy of 2.5 years old at the time. Lindy had tons of fun this Halloween and didn't mind her costume (even though it was quite warm outside) because she knew the end result was CANDY. Maybe next year I'll remember it doesn't get very cold in south Texas!

Au revoir~
Fifi Osborn's mommy, Lisa

Snow White!


I thought you might enjoy seeing a picture of Olivia (ChangDe, Hunan) dressed in her Snow White Halloween costume!


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Trick-or-Treating Fun with Annick!


A picture of our daughter Annick (6, from Quzhou in the front) and Malia (5, local girl, with the white knitted top).


Fairy Princess


Here is a Halloween picture of Lena Stefan. She was dressed as a fairy, because her school teacher who organized this wanted to have non scary outfits.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Jiangxi beauty




she's a jiangxi beauty, adopted 05/04. her name is anabelle stella-rong and she's 4 yrs old.

doting mom,
christine accetta


Minnie Mouse!


Here is little Meghan Stancliff as Ms. Minnie Mouse.


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Happy Halloween and Reunion Fun from the Weiniger Family!







Eliza Li and her family just celebrated the sixth anniversary of her arrival in the United States with three other families from their travel group. The view the very happy reunion, check out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOhCvqCoq2Q






Introducing Snow White!


Mia, age 5 1/2 in her adorable Snow White costume!


Introducing Zachary, the Pumpkin!


Here is a picture of Zachary, who is almost 15 months now. He was a pumpkin, but his costume was made out of felt/fleece and it was hot in Texas on Halloween, so he didn't wear it for very long!


Re-Adoption Day for the Reeves' Family


I know you were asking for Halloween pics, but I wanted to send you our picture of re-adoption day from February. We adopted Hannah last year from Shanghai. She’s a wonderful little girl and is as happy as she appears in this picture.



Olivia, the Cutest Flower in the Pacific Northwest!




Here are a couple photos of the cutest flower garden in the Pacific Northwest! Olivia Breen, forever family on January 19, 2003……


Halloween Fun


Dear Gladney Families,



In case the wings do not give it away, Whitney was dressed up as a butterfly. However, she steadfastly refused to wear her butterfly hat :0). Whitney has already decided that she would like to dress up as a mermaid AND a princess next year! Perhaps watching Dora Saves the Mermaid influenced this big decision!


Beth Anne






Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Bringing Siena JieXian Home

An excerpt from the Riley's blog as they are traveling......
Gotcha Day
I really don't think anything could have gone better. We arrived at Civil Affairs before Siena did. When they walked in, I knew it was her. She looked up at us from another room across the hall, and smiled. I waved and she waved back. A few minutes later they walked over. She seemed a little nervous, but was still smiling. Ms. Zuang told her who we were and gently nudged her over to us. We gave her some presents, which she opened with Ms. Zuuang's help. She seemed to really like the purse and play make-up. Ms. Zuang kept talking to her the whole time, and she kept smiling. When she came over to us, she started pulling something out of her backpack. It was the little photo album I had sent her of us and our home. She pointed to the pictures and us smiling. When Ms. Zuang told her she needed to leave with us, I could tell she was a little nervous, but she took our hands and came along. Erminia

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Goodridge family brought home their baby boy at the end of July. Zachary has settled into his new home and family very well and below is an excerpt from their family blog. Thanks for sharing with Gladney!
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My son is learning how to crawl and walk





Here is Z trying to crawl! He can also pull up with our help and he has a semblance of walking with some encouragement. His motor skills continue to get better-especially when food is involved! We hope walking is only a few weeks away so he can chase his sister around.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Experiencing China, Embracing Beijing: CCAA Summer Camp

There are exciting camp updates! Go to http://www.chinainitiative.org/ for full coverage and many more photos. Gongzhan Wu and other chaperones have been journaling daily and the campers have already been featured in one of China's well renowned newspapers.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Experiencing China Embracing Beijing: Summer CCAA Camp 2007

As some of you may already know, the CCAA has, for the first time ever, invited Chinese adoptees to China for a Camp experience. CCAA is covering all in-country costs and has prepared an amazing itinerary for everyone involved. Campers and Chaperones embarked on their pioneer trip to Beijing on August 13th. All were welcomed warmly as they stepped off the plane into China.

CCAA has designated three English-speaking staff to be tutors, each leading a camp group of 10. They have also arranged 3 tour guides to take care all travel necessities, including rooms, meals, transportations, etc. They've even arranged a pediatrician from New Century International Children's Hospital to stay in the hotel who will be available available 24 hours a day.
We will be posting information regarding the trip as it unfolds so stay tuned. Visit http://www.chinainitiative.org/ for full coverage!
14 of the 30 campers

Adoption Education Program

Recently, Erik Shumar, a Ph.D. student at Columbia University's School of Social Work, was contracted by the Gladney Center for Adoption to offer additional adoption education services at Gladney. Beginning in September, these particular services will be offered at Gladney’s New York office and be available to any Gladney family who has adopted or is in the process of adopting a Chinese child from Gladney and considers themselves geographically close enough to attend program events.

Concurrent with these services, Mr. Shumar is conducting a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and interpret any benefit it may provide towards a child's development of a positive identity. For the purposes of this research, Mr. Shumar is looking for both parents and children who plan to take part in adoption education services AND those who will not participate in the program, but are still willing to take part in the study. Your assistance will help to make this adoption education program the best it can be. Many families have already taken advantage of this opportunity, but there is still room for any other interested families.

EVENTS OFFERED
* Monthly children's playgroups
* Real-time advice site
* Podcasts and Blog Spots
* Culture classes
* Book club
* Adoption movies
* Special guest speakers
* Mentorship program

If you are a Gladney family who has adopted or is in the process of adopting a Chinese child from Gladney and are interested in taking part in the adoption education program or at least filling out a survey to help advance the field of international adoption, please contact Mr. Shumar at AdoptEduc@gladney.org Also visit www.chinainitiative.org for more information and for a weekly educational column.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Back to Zhenjiang ( 4 ) - Sightseeing in Zhenjiang




Zhenjiang (4) – Sightseeing

By Mitchell Senft




We then checked in the lovely but thin-walled International Hotel, made appropriate arrangements, freshened and then was taken to the Golden Temple(?), a temple in a park by the river. It is in a new park along the river, a sort of cornice, with high rises along or going up along its far side -- urban renewal, except the temple was closed. So we headed out to an early dinner at the Mickey D's on the main shopping drag on which the hotel was located. Lily said, and proved, that my beloved DVDs were on the side streets off the main drag (which was essentially all retail). Two FF2s (at least one in English; second one an accident), a boxed set of relatively low-res Bond films (English with Chinese subtitles), Ocean's 13 and Pan's Labyrinth -- for a hopping 100 yuan. (Got the second FF2 by discombobulating the woman in charge making her show us that the advertised disc was actually in the package and that it was in English.) The main drag was certainly adequate, no hick town thing. Zhenjiang has grown up these past ten years. It's a popping little city now. Then home to sleep -- while Shayna stayed up with FF2, which was still awesome, she advised.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Maggie Horowitz wins Award!




Maggie Horowitz, a China adoptee, just won the Popularity Award in the World Ballet Competition in Orlando! Before that, she won Bronze in the Youth America Grand Prix.