Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Recently in China Adoption News

  • CCCWA has matched families with LIDs through September 21, 2006.
  • CCCWA has reviewed dossiers with LIDs through February 28, 2012.
  • CCCWA has issued Travel Approvals for 1 Gladney family in August!
  • Three Gladney families travelled to China to adopt their children in August!
Congratulations to the Minneman, Oehler and Porter families!
Hope is now home with her family! Welcome home Ellis!
The newest Porter sleeping soundly with Mom!
Gladney's Guang Ming Program 光明
Advocating for Children Who Wait
New profiles of available children from Jiangxi Province are arriving! Our photolist page has more photos and information about several children in Jiangxi province who all very much need a family. Email Judy Hayes at for the password, or ask your Gladney Asia caseworker.
Join us on September 20th at 7pm EST for Part One of a special webinar presentation with Pat Marcus, Superkids volunteer, as we show pictures and talk about children available for adoption through Gladney's partnership with Jiangxi Province. Register here for the webinar.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Introducing our Jiangxi Referrals - Part 2!

Please join us for part two of an informational webinar series where we will talk about new children that are available for adoption through Gladney’s Guang Ming program! We will be joined by Pat Marcus, a pediatric physical therapist who volunteers her time and talents visiting children in orphanages with medical needs through Gladney’s Superkids Charity. The webinar will focus on new children that are available from Jiangxi Province as Pat recently met many of these children that are in need of loving families.

Please pass this invitation along to friends and family members that may also be interested. We hope everyone will be able to join us! Be sure to register for the webinar today!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Gongzhan on NY1

Last month, Gongzhan and Wendy gathered with three Gladney families for the filming of a special local news segment "New Yorker of the Week". It turned out to be a really fun and special day! As luck would have it, the families had all received their referrals from China on the same day four years ago in 2008. Coming together for this shooting was a surprise reunion; not only did the kids have a great time, but the moms did too! It was so nice to spend the day enjoying each other's company and being part of this news segment honoring Gongzhan as an outstanding New Yorker. Please click here to view the news segment.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Asia Waiting Child Face Book Parent Group

My name is Juliette Howard, and I am an adoptive mom getting ready to go to China to adopt our son, Zhao Chen Pin, 7, who was on Gladney's Waiting Child list. I really want to connect with other Gladney families, so I recently opened up a Face Book group called "Gladney's Guang Ming Families" as a means to reach out to other Gladney families who are adopting or have adopted through the Asia Waiting Child Program. I wanted to create this group specifically for Gladney families so we could talk about the Gladney process from beginning the paperwork chase to Forever Family Day. I think we could use this group to meet many needs of adoptive families who may just want a tight group to help answer questions from deciding to adopt a special needs or older child, as well as support while in China and when we get home.
Pat Marcus
Pat Marcus, who meets the Guang Ming children in China, is also an active member of this group. She has traveled over to China many times and is willing to share her experiences and answer any question she can. She is also a wonderful source of support. Please check us out on Face Book and come join!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Join CCCWA Delegates in NYC

A delegation from CCCWA (China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption, formally CCAA) will be visiting the New York area on the heels of the Mid-Autumn festival. Due to the very positive feedback from the 2010 NYC Harbor Cruise - we are planning for a 2nd cruise on Sunday, October 14th! We hope that all families in the Tri-State area (and beyond!) who have adopted children from China will consider coming aboard! This is a wonderful occasion to celebrate your family's Chinese heritage and the well-being of the children with other adoptive families, along with the government officials and orphanage directors who work to support international adoption from China.
Click here for a detailed invitation/registration. We hope to see you on the cruise!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

GFA Kickoff Events - Happening Now!

Lion Dance at GFA
Chinese New Year Party
Throughout September, Gladney families are coming together across the U.S. at local GFA Fall Kickoff events. These social events give families a chance to get involved in their local adoption community and meet other adoptive families.

The GFA Kickoffs include visits from Gladney Leadership, introductions to local GFA board members and announcements of upcoming events including Chinese New Year Celebrations.

To find the date of your area's GFA Kickoff event click here.

Monday, September 10, 2012

China Winter Tour

Gladney Center is very excited to be part of the CCCWA "Celebrating Culture and Experiencing China" Winter Tour from December 23, 2012 - January 2, 2013. Gongzhan Wu, from the Gladney Center, will be joined by NCFA President Chuck Johnson to lead the tour that will begin with four days in Beijing. From there, tour participants will travel to several cities throughout China, including Xi'an, Chengdu, and ShangLi. The full itinerary and a list of frequently asked questions can be accessed at All families with children adopted from China are invited to be part of this trip. It is possible for older, mature children to attend the trip unaccompanied by a parent.
If you are interested in participating, talk with your family today and start making plans! The best time to purchase international plane tickets for this trip to China will be during the months of September and October. So, dust off your passports and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
For more information please contact Gongzhan Wu at

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Teen Service Trips Provide Lifelong Lessons

Community Service hours are a requirement these days for teens, whether for school, scouts or religious education. From serving meals at a local soup kitchen to traveling to foreign countries and helping local people, the lessons teens learn are both rewarding and lifelong.
Gladney has had a number of opportunities for adoptees to give back to the adoption community, including one recent Teen Service Trip to Colombia that Gladney President, Frank Garrott wrote about in his blog. Click here to read Frank's blog and see wonderful trip photos.