Saturday, September 19, 2009

Calling All Artists!

Have a little artist in your home? Here's their chance to make their mark. Knowing that children have endless visions of sugar plums and candy canes, Gladney is looking to its "babies" to design its annual holiday card. Budding artists can submit cover art, the inside verse . . . or both!

Entry form.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Gladney Family Association in Florida

We are thrilled to announce that we have just officially established a South Florida GLADNEY FAMILY ASSOCIATION! This is a very exciting time and we would love to have you as a member.

Participating in the South Florida GFA is a wonderful way to meet other adoptive families, share your experiences throughout the different stages of adoption and have fun! As you are well aware, adoption touches all aspects of family life. That is why GFA membership may include grandparents, adult adoptees, friends (adoptive families through other agencies) or members of the community who are supporters of adoption. We are planning our Kick-Off event on Saturday, August 29th (location & time TBA) so please SAVE THE DATE! The dues to join are only $40 per year and the next dues will not be collected until January 1st, 2011, so if you sign up now, you will receive 18 months for the price of 12! You will then be included in every quarterly event we are planning this year as well as the South Florida GFA directory. Once you sign up, we will contact you personally to share more information about our Gladney Family Association. Don't hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions!

We are looking forward to meeting you personally in the near future.

Join today!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

SuperKids in Ethiopia

Gladney is so excited that Kelly Mortellite and Keely O'Dell will be volunteering their time this summer in Ethiopia as part of SuperKids. Both Kelly and Keely are physical therapists who have a passion for helping children!

Follow their journey through their blog.

Join the SuperKids cause!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Gladney Center for Adoption's Ethiopian Medical Mission Trip

The Gladney Center for Adoption and doctors from Cook Children's Hospital traveled to Ethiopia to provide medical care to children living in orphanages. Watch this heartwarming adventure. For more information about how you can help children, please log onto gladney.org.

View the video!

Monday, May 04, 2009

2009 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List

Each year, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announces a list of employers with the best adoption benefits in the nation. Rankings are based on the amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for employees who adopt. Honorees include the top 100, the top ten by size and the top five in each industry.

America's Top Ten

1 Wendy's International, Inc.
2 Citizen's Financial Group, Inc. / RBS Americas
3-TIE Liquidnet
3-TIE LSI Corporation
3-TIE United Business Media LLC (UBM)
6 Subaru of America, Inc.
7. Bowen Engineering Corporation
8. Timberland
9. Barilla America
10. Time Inc.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Fort Worth doctors, adoption agency team up in Ethiopia

Adoption officials say they see a new trend emerging. "Before, families adopted to grow their families," Lanter said. "With Ethiopia, a lot of churches have gotten involved, and many feel called to adopt through this country to help these people. People are now adopting for a new reason — for a humanitarian reason."



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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Procedures to Immigration Visa

Gladney has received information from the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia about new procedures related to immigration visa processing which will affect adoption agencies who are currently working in Ethiopia. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) wants to ensure that immigrants coming into the United States do not have active tuberculosis (TB). Therefore, all children adopted from Ethiopia (or any other country) by Americans must be screened for active TB, and any children who have active TB must complete 6 months of medical treatment prior to being issued a U.S. visa by the U.S. Embassy.

Gladney’s procedure has been and will continue to be for children to be seen by Gladney’s full-time pediatrician prior to referral. If a child is displaying symptoms of TB, the child’s condition is further evaluated by the pediatrician in order to determine if the child has active TB. If a child has active TB, the child begins 6 months of medical treatment, and Gladney waits to refer the child until after that treatment is completed.

Please click on this link to review the information from the U.S. Embassy regarding the new procedures related to active TB: http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/tb_testing.html.

Based on this information from the U.S. Embassy and Gladney’s procedures, it is Gladney’s understanding that this change will not cause delays for our adoptive parents. If we are made aware of information indicating the probability of delays in immigration visa processing, we would notify all adoptive parents in the Ethiopia Program in order to keep you updated.

In addition to this change in procedures related to TB, the U.S. Embassy announced a new schedule for adoption agencies’ Embassy appointments (the interviews that adoptive parents complete at the U.S. Embassy while in Ethiopia). Previously, each adoption agency had one scheduled Embassy interview day per week (Gladney’s Embassy interviews were every Wednesday), and the U.S. Embassy could process a maximum of 10 children’s visas per agency per week (totaling a maximum of 40-50 children’s visas per agency per month, depending on if a month has 4 or 5 weeks). According to the U.S. Embassy’s new schedule, each adoption agency now has one scheduled Embassy interview day every other week (Gladney’s Embassy interviews are now every other Wednesday), and the U.S. Embassy will process a maximum of 10 children’s visas per agency every other week (totaling a maximum of 20-30 children’s visas per agency per month, depending on if a month has 4 or 5 weeks).

Based on this information, Gladney’s in-country staff will be evaluating the number of adoptive families that they can reasonably host at a time (coordinating drivers, facilitating birth parent/relative meetings, coordinating cultural activities, and trying to make the trip as positive an experience as possible for adoptive families). Previously, adoptive parents traveled 2-4 weeks after their adoptions were finalized by the courts in Ethiopia (depending upon the day of the week that families’ adoptions are finalized, the # of families who are approved in court at any given time, the # of families that the Embassy can process at a time, and the # of families that our in-country staff can reasonably host at a time). The time period in between the court date and families’ travel dates is required for our in-country representatives to obtain the court decree from the courts, your child’s Ethiopian birth certificate, your child’s Ethiopian passport, and a U.S. Embassy appointment. Based on the U.S. Embassy’s new schedule, we expect that adoptive parents will typically travel 2-5 weeks after their adoptions are finalized by the courts in Ethiopia (again depending on the factors listed above). We will continue to keep adoptive parents updated on current time frames on the monthly conference calls.