Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Scott Brown, our Executive Vice President is traveling to Ethiopia the end of October for nearly three weeks and will be traveling to Gunchire which is about 3 ½ hours southwest of Addis. Also remember that Gladney has an American couple on staff in Addis who have been stationed there since November 9, 2006 and another American couple traveling the middle of November, 2007 to assist you with your travels and adoption. Gladney does not feel any hesitancy in those couples fulfilling their duties in Ethiopia at this point. This is not to say that things can’t or won’t change, but we see no reason to be alarmed at this point. The State Department has a website to inform interested parties of situations occurring in-country. At this writing, Ethiopia is not even on the list. If you would like to monitor the State Department site for information, go to http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html .
As a Gladney family, please rest assured you will be kept informed of circumstances which may affect your travel, your adoption or the well being of your child through information we obtain from our “feet on the ground” in-country and through our friends in the U.S. government.
For the orphans of Ethiopia,
The Ethiopian Program Team
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
It’s so easy to blow through $75, but did you realize you could actually give another human being the gift of hope, mobility and freedom?
The company of one of Gladney's families adopting from Ethiopia was offered the special opportunity to write and produce a 60 second commercial for a non-profit group called the Wheelchair Foundation. This incredible organization provides FREE, high quality wheelchairs to people around the world who've lost use of their legs but are simply too poor to even purchase a wheelchair. Imagine, in today's day and age, over 100 million people worldwide literally crawling on the ground to get from one place to the other. Shocking, but sadly, quite true.
This new commercial will be airing on TV and the hope is it will make it's way across the internet (so please feel free to post on your blogs and spread the word. If you can’t get this to play, we have it on You Tube). There are so many ways to give to others, but what we love about this organization is how one gift of just $75 will give another person a lifetime of mobility -- something we so easily take for granted. (And if money is tight, you can do payments as low as $7.50 a month!)
THIS SPECIFIC COMMERCIAL is tagged with a unique 800# (800 584-0796) that will track and ensure ANY DONATIONS via this specific 800# will provide free wheelchairs specially for those in need in ETHIOPIA. So PLEASE call the number once you watch the commercial and buy someone a wheelchair. Make sure you order from the 800# so we can track how many chairs go specifically to Ethiopia. If you order from the website, you'll still be donating to a wonderful cause, but your donation won't necessarily be earmarked for Ethiopia.
Over the coming weeks you can get updates on Drew and Carey's blog to reflect how many wheelchairs for Ethiopia have been generated to date.
Watch the video!
Monday, August 06, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
This situation has served to highlight the range of travel related health issues families need to consider associated with all international adoptions. Anyone traveling to pick up the child should visit a health-care provider or travel medicine specialist as soon as travel is considered to ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date and to obtain pre-travel advice tailored to their own medical history. Health consultations should also be considered for any additional family members not traveling as well as caretakers to ensure that they too are up to date on relevant immunizations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has several resources available to the public that may be of assistance to you as potential adoptive parents.
- Travelers’ Health Website www.cdc.gov/travel contains a wealth of information on health issues pertaining to international travel including information on destination countries, recommendations regarding immunizations, and Travel Notices such as the one recently posted regarding hepatitis associated with adoptions from Ethiopia (http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentHepAEthiopianAdoptees.aspx ).
- Health Information for International Travel 2008 ( aka The Yellow Book), is a compilation of CDC recommendations and general information tailored to travelers. It includes sections that specifically discuss international adoption (wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/yellowBookCh8-Adoptions.aspx) as well as traveling with children. The Yellow Book is available on line as part of the Travelers’ Health website and in hard copy.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Whether you are a coffee connisseur or not a big fan, tasting Ethiopian coffee is a must and an important part of the cultural experience while in Ethiopia.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Please have the items you purchase shipped to:
Ethiopia Adoption Program
Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76132-4122
- Huggies Baby Shaped Diapers Club Case - Size 1 or 2: $34.99 each (no tax or shipping on www.1800diapers.com). Use Referral Code: THCE5959 and get $2.00 off the order.
- Pamper Baby Fresh Wipes; 616 count; $18.99 (no tax or shipping on www.1800diapers.com).
- Nestle Good Start Essentials; 25.7 oz. can (case of 6 cans); $77.96 per case (no tax or shipping on www.1800diapers.com)
- A + D Original Ointment, Diaper Rash and All-Purpose Skincare Formula; 1 lb.; $9.49 on www.drugstore.com.
- Purell Hand Sanitizer NXT Refill, 1000ml Item # 2156-08EA $10.95 ea. http://www.cwimedical.com/purell-hand-sanitizer.html
Letters 1-4 are of highest importance!
Our Bright Futures registry at Target includes the items above as well as additional items for our foster care facility and Bright Futures Camp kids. All items will be shipped to the Gladney Center.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Thirty precious children will have the opportunity of traveling from an Ethiopian orphanage and spending 14 fun-filled days with prospective adoptive families. They range in age from 7 - 11 years old. All of the children have been medically cleared by a U.S. Embassy approved doctor.
If you are interested in sponsoring/adopting one of the children, please fill out the Information Sheet located at http://www.brightfuturescamp.com/info_form_eth.html.