Friday, October 19, 2007

Somali - Eritrean tension

There have been reports coming out of Ethiopia concerning the Somali - Eritrean tension. Remember that Ethiopia is about twice the size of Texas and that most of these incidents are taking place in the outer districts (near the border) and are being provoked by non Ethiopian citizens. Also remember our media is in the business of sensationalizing events in order to whet the appetite of the American public, after all when was the last time you saw something positive about an African country?

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 .

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

Just $75 bucks!

A pair of shoes. A round of cocktails. An evening at the movies.

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

Young Ethiopians Looking for Hope in America

Read the article published in Hood County News, Granbury, TX on August 1, 2007.

Young Ethiopians Looking for Hope in America

Friday, August 03, 2007

An Important Message From the CDC

Over the past month the CDC has received several reports of cases of Hepatitis A associated with recent adoptions from Ethiopia. Hepatitis A is caused by the Hepatitis A virus and is spread in feces. Children will generally not show symptoms but can easily spread the disease to others. The condition is generally more serious in adults and has been documented in a number of recent adoptees and their new family members.

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 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 ( ).
  • 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 ( 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

Ethiopia and Coffee

It is said that coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia over 1000 years ago. The story goes that an Ethiopian shepard named Kaldi noticed that when his sheep ate red “cherries” from a certain green plant that the sheep would become hyper active. He tried the “cherries” himself and found that he received the same effect. The coffee beans were later developed into a drink, and it has been enjoyed in Ethiopia ever since. Nowadays many people drink coffee, in one form or another, on a daily basis. One of the more popular drinks is a Machiatto; about half coffee, half steamed milk, with sugar added. Many households in Ethiopia have daily coffee ceremonies where neighbors gather to socialize and enjoy hand-roasted coffee and popcorn together.

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

Immediate Needs for Orphanages and Foster Care Facilities in Ethiopia

Please have the items you purchase shipped to:

Ethiopia Adoption Program

Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76132-4122

  1. Huggies Baby Shaped Diapers Club Case - Size 1 or 2: $34.99 each (no tax or shipping on Use Referral Code: THCE5959 and get $2.00 off the order.
  2. Pamper Baby Fresh Wipes; 616 count; $18.99 (no tax or shipping on
  3. Nestle Good Start Essentials; 25.7 oz. can (case of 6 cans); $77.96 per case (no tax or shipping on
  4. A + D Original Ointment, Diaper Rash and All-Purpose Skincare Formula; 1 lb.; $9.49 on
  5. Purell Hand Sanitizer NXT Refill, 1000ml Item # 2156-08EA $10.95 ea.

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.

Link to Registry:

Friday, May 11, 2007

Stuffed With Hugs: Hugs Sweet Hugs!

Gladney Center for Adoption, through the Joint Council on International Children's Services is proud to join with Build-A-Bear Workshop to make bears for children in need of a loving family and to celebrate adoption around the world. We hope to see you on May 19th!

More Information

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Gladney received this thank you from the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Ethiopia for our financial contribution to the recent flood victims in Ethiopia.

P.S. If you look at the date, don't be surprised because it is still 1999 in Ethiopia. They have their millennium celebration on September 11th at which time they will be in the year 2000.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Bright Futures Camp 2007

Exciting things are happening this year with Gladney's Bright Futures Camp! We're having three simultaneous camps from July 1 - July 15, 2007. The camps will be in Smithtown, NY, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, and Brenham, TX.

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