November  2016
CHINA AND TAIWAN PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
November is a time to reflect
on the many things we have to be thankful for.

"Family is not about DNA, but about loving and being loved."



Welcome Home

The Mack family welcomes Haley!
The Clary family welcomes Dawson!

The Clegg family on adoption day!

The Hoffman family welcomes Ellie!


Welcome home, Griffin family!


China
Program update:

With Thanksgiving week underway, we have a lot of catching up to do with news from our China program.  This month two families received their official referral or Letter Seeking Confirmation (LSC) from the CCCWA.  What great news for them to share through the holidays!  We also had five families travel to China to complete their adoptions this month, with two families finishing up with the Consulate in Guangzhou this week.  The Friday after Thanksgiving two more families will be boarding the plane for China to meet their children and complete their adoptions.  The adoption process continues to be smooth with no significant changes at this time.  We want to encourage any family thinking about adopting from China to begin the process as the year winds down. You will find this very helpful in terms of scheduling home studies and other appointments with a bit of a jump start on 2017!  Please contact   wendy.stanley@gladney.org if  you have any questions about the current China Adoption program.

Last month Gladney Staff were in China and Taiwan visiting with the children, their caregivers, and the staff of the organizations who assist with inter national adoptions.  Leta White, Gladness' current  China program caseworker was able to travel throughout Jiangxi province and meet with two families in Guangzhou who were completing their adoptions in  Guangzhou. Leta reflected on her trip saying, "While it was so insightful to visit the US consulate in Guangzhou to see the actual process, it was so wonderful to meet two of the children and see them with their parents.  It was really rewarding to meet the children I had been thinking about for months while helping their parents with their adoption process."
 
Wendy Stanley (pictured above with one of the children on the former shared list) was able to lead a group of volunteers to screen approx. 80 children available for adoption whose files are part of the Former Shared List Project.  Wendy is the social services director for Gladney's Asia programs.  Afterwards, she joined the Superkids Team working at our partnership orphanages in Tianjin and Ningbo.  While in Ningbo Wendy had the chance to meet little 'Noah' who is matched and will be coming home to NJ shortly after the Chinese New Year!  

Gongzhan Wu, VP & Managing Director of Gladney's China Program, left the U.S. for Taiwan in late September and will be returning back to the office in New York City as November closes.  Throughout this time he has been overseeing several volunteer trips for Superkids and the   Former Shared List Project .  This week Gongzhan is with a team of volunteers in Guizhou Province.  We are very thankful for this group of volunteers who are spending the Thanksgiving Holiday away from their families.  

With our trips to China almost all behind us - we are now sorting through update information and photos of the children we were able to see and who are in need of adoptive families.  Please continue to follow the our Superkids blog  as we post frequently!  

Wishing everyone a special Thanksgiving week with their families!

Taiwan
Program Update:    

Delaney, 8, is one of the children Superkids met for the first time in October
We have been busy in the Taiwan program this fall! We currently have 5 families matched with children. Three of these families are already in the court process, and 2 have been requested by the judge to attend court hearings. We also have 3 families currently being considered for matching to waiting children - two of these children are only 2 years old!

In October, Superkids had a successful trip to Taiwan. The team spent 2 days at Cathwel and 2 days at Chung Yi. While the focus of the trip was meeting and evaluating waiting children, we also had some wonderful opportunities to spend time meeting with staff at both agencies. Being able to share ideas on advocacy, and also care plans for the children with medical needs, is one of the many benefits of the Superkids program! 

Over the four days, Superkids evaluated 52 children. Some of the children we had met during our trip earlier this year, but many were new children - some whose profiles haven't even been fully prepared yet! We will be advocating for all of these children over the coming months. Make sure you are following the Superkids blog and are part of our Taiwan Advocacy Facebook group to learn more about these amazing kids! If you'd like to join the Facebook group, please send a direct message to Mary Chapman on Facebook or email her at mary.chapman@gladney.org
ADOPT ME!
Click an image below to read more about these waiting children from China
Click an image below to learn more about these waiting children from Taiwan!

Superkids
We are looking for someone special!
Is it you?  Or someone you know?
 
Gladney's Superkids program currently has an open part-time position for a Pediatric Specialist. 

Dr. Darla performing a screening in China
The role of this professional is to travel with our Superkids Team to perform screenings and review available information that will be used to advocate for adoption possibilities for children needing families.  To do this, the professional must have an understanding of medical, developmental and behavioral issues.  All candidates who apply for this position must be an advocate for adoption and believe that every child deserves a family.
 
Primary responsibilities of this position include:  Performing developmental screenings; Reviewing and writing summary reports; Ongoing discussions with adoption staff and Consultations with adoptive parents.  Applicants must have a graduate or post-graduate degree in a relevant field; Experience planning and performing evaluations and treatments; and Experience working collaboratively with a team of pediatric professionals (psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, neurodevelopmental specialists, educators.)
 
Please contact wendy.stanley@gladney.org if you would like more information or are interested in applying for this position.

Upcoming Events
     
December is full of fun events planned by our Gladney Family Associations all across the country! To see a full list of events and event details please visit the GFA Event Calendar

Dec. 3rd - Dallas Brunch with Santa; Fort Worth Brunch with Santa; Houston Symphony Christmas Concert

Dec. 4th - Pittsburgh Gingerbread House Party

Dec. 10th - NYC Holiday Cookie Decorating Party; San Antonio Holiday Cheer

Dec. 11th - National Capital Area Snacks with Santa; Oklahoma Snacks with Santa




Save the Date!

Gladney's Annual Chinese New Year Party in NYC will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22nd from 11am - 2pm. 

We hope to see many of our families there! The invitation will be included in our December newsletter and emailed as well!