Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Recently in China Adoption News

  • CCCWA has matched families with LIDs through August 15, 2006! Congratulations to all of the families who have received referrals.
  • CCCWA has reviewed dossiers with LIDs through November 30, 2010.
  • CCCWA has issued a Travel Approval for one Gladney family in January!
  • Three Gladney families travelled to China to complete their adoptions in January!
Welcome Home!
Eliana and Dad
Eliana and Dad
Guang Ming Program
Guang Ming Boy 2Guang Ming Boy 1
These two funny, smart, and good natured boys are waiting for their forever families!
Gladney continues to receive profiles of children through our partnership program with Shanghai Children's Home. Check our Asia Waiting Child blog for more information about children that are available through the Gladney Center for Adoption.

To hear first hand about the children at Shanghai Children's Home and learn more about Gladney's partnership program, we hosted a special webinar presentation on January 19th featuring Pat Marcus, pediatric physical therapist and Superkids volunteer. Pat spoke about her recent trip to SCH and the wonderful kids that she met who are living at the orphanage and in foster care. The recording of this webinar can be accessed here.

Join us for one of Gladney's monthly webinars which give an overview of the China Guang Ming program and talk about children available for adoption. These webinars are normally scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1pm EST. Click here to register.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ania's Bat Mitzvah Project

Ania Lewis, adopted from China through Gladney, has been working hard to gather donations for orphanages in China. Below is a letter from Ania explaining her project. We are looking for Gladney families who are traveling to China to complete their adoptions to help Ania deliver her donations. If you are interested in assisting Ania with her project, please be in touch with her parents Bonnie and Greg at and to learn more.
Ania and Friends
Ania (white shirt) and her friends who have assisted with her project


My name is Ania Li Xiang Lewis (Zeng Li Xiang). I was born on December 6, 1998 in Changsha and I met my family on August 16, 1999 at Changsha SW1.

I've just turned 13 and am having my Bat Mitzvah on January 7th. This is a religious service where I become a young adult in the Jewish religion. I've gone through a lot of training which results in a very meaningful religious service (and party!) on January 7th. Also, part of the Bat Mitzvah experience is doing a "Mitzvah Project". A Mitzvah is a charitable act - an act of loving-kindness, a deed of compassion. Many of my classmates are doing volunteer projects but I wanted to do something more meaningful for me so I decided to collect clothes for the little girls at the orphanages.

A few weeks ago we had a big birthday party for all the little girls in the orphanages of China. Everyone brought lots of wonderful gifts for those little girls. I'm now sending these over so that they can enjoy them!

I am very happy and grateful to everyone for my wonderful life here in the U.S. with my loving family. I am hoping to share some of that with others!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gladney China Heritage Tours has a New Look!

Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
We are excited to introduce our redesigned Gladney China Heritage Tours website. Enhancements include sample itinerary modules with beautiful photographs. Get inspired as you plan a customized China Heritage tour! Now is a great time to begin planning for this summer! For more information, please visit GladneyAsia.Org.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Come join us as we celebrate Gladney's 125th Anniversary!

The New York Gladney Asia Program Staff - Gongzhan Wu, Wendy Stanley, Mary Chapman and April Uduhiri - will be in Texas from April 26 - 28th. The celebration is open to all Gladney families! Join us for this amazing event. For more information about the weekend's activites and schedule click here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Federal Adoption Tax Credit for 2011

The IRS has released the 2011 form needed to claim the Federal Adoption Tax Credit, Form 8839 along with updated, easier to understand instructions! To learn more, click here. Be sure to visit the site frequently, as the IRS is committed to making regular updates on the credit, including legislation enacted!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Comprehensive Health Evaluation of the Newly Adopted Child

New guidelines on adoptee evaluation and treatment were recently published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Click here for an abstract and the full article.

Monday, February 13, 2012

NPR Interview – Chinese New Year as an Adoptive Family

NPR host Michel Martin recently spoke to David Youtz, Gladney father of four adopted daughters from China, and his oldest daughter Sophie about clebrating Chinese New Year as an adoptive family. To listen to the show click here.

The Youtz family adopted triplets from China through Gladney; pictured here with the Chinese Consul General and his wife at an International Children’s Day celebration in 2006.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

GFA Chinese New Year Parties

Happy Lunar New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Everything prospers in a united family; though events do
not happen according to men's calculations. - Chinese Proverb

Dallas Fort Worth
On Saturday, January 14, over 50 people attended the Fort Worth/Dallas GFA Chinese New Year Party held in Gladney's Mabee Hall.  In addition to enjoying a catered Chinese dinner, the Fort Worth Chinese School performed a flag dance and Lion dance, and shared the history, traditions and customs of Chinese New Year. Two of the performers were Gladney "babies".
New York
On Sunday, January 22, over 140 Gladney parents and children gathered at the Jing Fong Restaurant in New York's Chinatown to celebrate Lunar (Chinese) New Year along with the Gladney Asia Program staff and Gladney Family Association's Wendy Lee, from Texas.  Chinese New Year is the time of year families get together, so it was really wonderful to see so many Gladney families enjoying this joyous holiday! 
As we enjoyed yummy Chinese food, an exciting lion dance, beautiful traditional Chinese dances, and fun arts and crafts projects, many generous families spread their joy all the way to Jiangxi Province by donating $500 to Gladney's Superkids charity.  With these donations, more children in need of therapeutic services will benefit.  For that, Gladney would like to give a big THANK YOU!  If you'd like to make a donation or learn more about this initiative, click here.

On Saturday, February 4, GFA members in Houston met for a small, casual lunch at Hunan's Restaurant.  The kids had fun coloring and decorating dragons while parents mingled.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Brooklyn, New York

James, aged 12, Kathryn, aged 7, Sarah aged 6, and dad Chris! Kathryn and Sarah were both adopted through Gladney's China Waiting Child Program.

In school, mom Stephanie read books about Chinese New Year to her daughter's classes: Bringing In The New Year by Grace Lin and The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine.

Big brother James took this photo of Kathryn digging into a plate of dumplings at grandma’s house.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Adoption Terms Quiz

In the adoption process there are many different acronyms that are used by adoptive families and agency staff. To further complicate things, each country/program has it’s own set of acronyms! It can be hard to remember what each acronym stands for, so to help refresh your memory take our fun quiz below! Extra points if you can name which country/program each acronym is for!

a.Legal Intended Dossier
b.Log In Date
c.Cover to a pot

2.L.S.C. (also referred to sometimes as L.O.A.)
a.Letter Seeking Confirmation (Letter Of Acceptance)
b.Legally Sealed Child (Legal Office Agreement)
c.License Signed Confirmation (License Of Acceptance)

a.Travel Agreement
b.Travel Approval
c.Travel Agent

4.C.C.C.W.A. (formerly C.C.A.A.)
a.China Center for Children and Waiting Adoptions (China Center for Adoption Affairs)
b.Chinese Consulate Center for Welfare and Adoptions (Chinese Center for Approved Adoptions)
c.China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (China Center for Adoption Affairs)

a.Adoption Institute in Taiwan
b.Adoptions In Taiwan
c.American Institute in Taiwan

a.Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
b.Texas Economic and Cultural Office
c.Taiwan Exceptional Certification Office

Answer Key:
1.B (China)
2.A (China)
3.B (China)
4.C (China)
5.C (Taiwan)
6. A (Taiwan)