Saturday, June 23, 2012

Reduction in Adoption Visa Application Fees

The U.S. State Department has reviewed fees associated with the issuance of various types of visas. While some visa application fees have gone up due to increased costs associated with the processing, the good news for adoptive parents is that the processing fee for your child's adoption visa has gone down almost $200! As of April 13, 2012, the fee to process adoption related visas is $230.
For parents adopting from China, this fee is submitted by the Gladney Center to the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China prior to the issuance of your "Article 5 letter' by the U.S. Consulate. Parents adopting from Taiwan will pay this $230 fee directly during their visa interview appointment at the AIT office in Taipei, Taiwan at the end of their adoption trip. Click here for the State Department notice.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gladney Family Association's Annual Larchmont Picnic

Sunday, June 3rd was a beautiful day for the 14th annual Gladney Picnic at the Larchmont Yacht club in Westchester, NY. It was wonderful to see many families from the area enjoying their families and friends. There was no shortage of activities for kids of all ages!
If you missed this GFA sponsored event, but would like to join us for another activity -- please put September 22, 2012 on your calendars for the Fall Season GFA kickoff event for the NY Metro area. Click here for the GFA Event Calendar which lists GFA activities around the country.

Monday, June 18, 2012

China Heritage Tours

Have you travelled back to China since you adopted? The Gladney Asia website has a wonderful section "Stories and Photos" for children and families to share their heritage tour experiences. If you have a travel journal, photos, or helpful information you would like share on the website, please contact to us at

Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Frank Garrott with Gladney Dads and their daughters
enjoying a beautiful day at Yankee Stadium

On a sunny day in May, Gladney's President Frank Garrott joined Gladney families for a New York Area Gladney Family Association event at Yankee Stadium. The event began with a fun, picnic style lunch buffet in the Turkey Hill Ice Cream Picnic area. Then, off to watch the game where the Yankees played the Cincinatti Reds.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Beth Evans Shares Her Personal Adoption Story

Beth Evans is a social worker acting in a volunteer capacity to provide additional support to Gladney families during their adoption process in Taiwan. An Asian adoptee herself, Beth was raised in Michigan and has been living in Taipei since May, 2011.

Recently, Beth shared her personal adoption story which was published in "Centered on Taipei", an online magazine for the international community of Taiwan.

Click here to read Beth's article on page 20.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Waiting Child Webinar Tomorrow!

Don’t forget to register for tomorrow’s webinar! The webinar will be held at 1pm EST. The webinar will include information about our Waiting Child Program and also will share information about children who are currently available for adoption – including children who were recently designated to Gladney through our partnership with Shanghai Children’s Home.

Pat Marcus, a pediatric physical therapist, will also be on the webinar to discuss her upcoming trip to China as a volunteer for Superkids charity. She will be able to meet and work with some of the children who have been specifically designated to Gladney through our partnership with the Shanghai Children’s Home. She will also share about her past trips where she met some of the children who are currently on our designated list.

For more information about our webinars and a list of upcoming webinars, be sure to visit the Attend a Webinar page!

Monday, June 11, 2012

2012 Summer Campaign for Guang Ming 光明

Advocating for Children Who Wait
Gladney's Asia Team is thrilled to announce a new campaign to raise awareness of Gladney's Guang Ming program and the upcoming June Superkids trip to China!

Over the next six weeks, we will strive to get the news out about the Guang Ming/China Waiting Child program and the children who are waiting for a forever family to call their own. During this time we will be blogging, emailing, webinar-ing, tweeting and sharing our excitement with as many people as we can. Our hope is that the enthusiasm will continue to grow as you, our partners and advocates for adoption spread the word exponentially!

This month's Guang Ming webinar will feature Pat Marcus, a volunteer pediatric physical therapist with Superkids, as she prepares to leave for China this month to meet with children in Shanghai and Jiangxi province. Join us at 1pm EST on Wednesday, June 13th to learn more about Gladney's program and the important work that Pat does through Superkids Charity! To register, click here.
New profiles have been posted!
Gladney continues to receive profiles of children through our partnerships in China. Check our Asia Waiting Child blog for the newest profiles of girls and boys that are available through the Gladney Center for Adoption.

Run Run and her friends are
waiting for a forever family!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Recently in China Adoption News

CCCWA has matched families with LIDs through September 11, 2006! Congratulations to the Gladney families who have received referrals this month.

CCCWA has reviewed dossiers with LIDs through September 30, 2011.

Two Gladney families travelled to China to complete their adoption in May! Congratulations!!