Sunday, May 30, 2010

International Children's Day at the Chinese Consulate!

On May 29, 2010 the Chinese Consulate in Manhattan, right on the Hudson at 42nd St., hosted a wonderful International Children's Day event! Kathryn, Sarah and James went with their dad and grandparents. (Mom--that's me--was working, unfortunately). Chris, their dad, took some wonderful photos , a sampling of which are below. Dozens of families enjoyed terrific live entertainment, balloons, and a sumptuous repast! It was a wonderful start to the long Memorial Day weekend.:-)

The consul's wife kicked off the festivities from the podium, and Haibo, the World Expo mascot, was a real crowd pleaser!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

May 25, 2010, Guangzhou, China...

GOTCHA!!! Mom Janet and big sister Julia welcome baby sister Jenna to the family. Jenna was adopted through Gladney's Waiting Child Program. For more information on this program, please contact April Lerch at In the meantime...Mom is ecstatic, Julia is proud and happy, and Jenna is beyond adorable!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New York Area GFA Educational Presentations!

You are invited to attend the upcoming New York Area GFA Educational Presentations!

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Pattye Hicks, Gladney Post Adoption Director, has planned an incredible Registry Panel Presentation including 4 Adult Adoptees who have all met their birth family and who all live in the NYC area.

10:30 AM during the Annual NY GFA Picnic at The Larchmont Yacht Club. The educational event is free of charge, however if you would like to RSVP and pay for the picnic, please click on the link below:

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Pattye Hicks, Gladney Post Adoption Director, has planned an informative TEEN Adoptee Panel

Presentation including 4 TEENS. Come listen to Gladney Teens share their adoption stories and hear an update on the Mexico Service Trip at the Gladney New York Office.

5:30 PM Social

6:00 PM Presentation & Pizza Dinner

For additional information or to RSVP please contact


Friday, May 14, 2010

Waiting Children - Shared List will be updated shortly

Next week, Tuesday night, the CCAA's "shared list" of children available for adoption will be updated. Children with diagnosed medical conditions, ranging from very minor to more significant, will be included on this list. Gladney has matched several children from this list, boys and girls, with our waiting parents. If you would like to learn more about this process and learn how you can be considered for this matching process, please contact

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Save the Date!

The 12th Annual GFA Family Picnic

at the

Larchmont Yacht Club

We are planning a fun filled day of activities for children of all ages, great music, good food and fellowship. We will also have a raffle with fun donations big and small.

You won’t want to miss the 1st Annual Gladney Staff vs. Teens/Tweens volleyball game

Don’t forget to mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you all there!

You are invited to click below to register for the picnic online.

Invitations will be mailed soon

Monday, May 10, 2010

Kathryn and Sarah have a weekend in the country!

Kathryn's and Sarah's grandparents invited them to Tarrytown House, a gorgeous estate in Westchester that is now a bed and breakfast, for an overnight trip! They enjoyed the train ride along the Hudson, the indoor pool and Jacuzzi, and exploring the grounds. And they were back in time to present me with their home-made Mother's Day gifts.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

Friday, May 07, 2010

China Monthly Update

The CCAA has not yet announced new referrals, but we wanted to go ahead and post our monthly update. As soon as CCAA announces referrals and updates their website with the new information, we will send out an email to all families.

Our next Gladney families to receive referrals have a LID of 4/26/2006. Since our last update in early April we have had 2 Gladney families from the special needs/waiting child program receive their Letters Seeking Confirmation. Congratulations to these families!

We currently have 2 families in China completing their adoptions. Several more families will be traveling later in May.

If you are a family who is "grandfathered" into the I-600 immigration system please be aware that you will continue to file your I-600 extension requests with your local state office. If you have visited the USCIS website lately you may have noticed that they have instituted a new centralized system for I-600A submissions (similar to the I-800A system). This new centralized system is only for families filing their I-600A's for the first time, therefore this does not apply to any of our families in the China program. Please feel free to contact your caseworker with questions.

The US Consulate in Guangzhou recently announced that they issued their 1000th visa under the Hague system! That means that 1000 Hague adoptions (I-800A) have been completed from China since the Hague went into effect on April 1, 2008.

GFA June Annual Picnics and Pool Parties!
The GFA annual family picnics are coming up! These are wonderful Gladney agency-wide events. It is great to see so many families through the years from all of Gladney's domestic and international adoption programs.

June 5th - Regional picnics/pool parties in: Houston, Delaware Valley, North Carolina, East Texas
June 6th - NY/NJ/CT regional picnic (Larchmont, NY)

Frank Garrott, Mark Melson, Wendy Lee and Pattye Hicks will all be traveling to join families for the Delaware Valley and Larchmont, NY picnics. The NY Asia program staff will also be joining the Larchmont picnic. We hope to see many of you during this weekend!

If you are interested in learning more about the GFA ("Gladney Family Association") and upcoming events in your area, go to or contact Wendy Lee at