January 2019 Newsletter
China's most important festival and holiday time-it’s Chinese New Year! It falls on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, beginning The Year of the Pig. China's public holiday will be February 4–10, 2019. Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. Family members travel home and celebrate at this time. The New Year's Eve dinner is called reunion dinner and is believed to be the most important meal of the year. You can read more here .
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China
Interested in adopting but not sure if you want to adopt from China or Taiwan? You don’t have to decide now, you can apply to Gladney’s Asia program dual tracking! Through only one application and non-country specific paperwork you can see files from both countries. When it’s time to do your home study we can help you narrow down your country based on the type of file you’d like to be matched with. Keep your options open with our unique dual tracking system! Contact wendy.stanley@gladney.org for more information.

Program updates:
Three families have TA (travel approval) and are traveling to China this month to bring home young children to IL and TX, just in time for the Chinese New Year! A TA is the final approval needed from China before a family can make their travel plans. This is a very exciting step in the adoption process!
Mabry Dye playing with her new
Christmas presents.
Taiwan
We had one family take placement of their 4 year old son in December – congratulations to this family! We also had one family attend their court hearing in December. Currently, we have 17 families who are matched to children. In December, we learned that two of our families were approved for matching to waiting children. We currently have 2 families with pending matches to waiting children.

One of the unique things about the Taiwan program is that once a family is matched, they get to do Skype calls with their child! Participating in Skype calls is a great way to begin building an attachment and start the bonding process. Families typically get to Skype every few weeks with their child. The first call is always a little nerve-wrecking for everyone, and honestly, a little awkward – especially if you don’t speak Mandarin or Taiwanese! However, there is someone on the call to help translate and families usually report that although nervous at first, the calls always end up being fun. It can be exciting and joyous to plan activities for an upcoming call. Families can send care packages with games, books, and toys to use during their Skype calls. It’s always amusing to hear what creative activities families have come up with! As your family’s placement date draws closer, it can be helpful to get to talk to your child about your travel to Taiwan, what you’ll do while there, and help to prepare them for coming to the US. We have seen the Skype calls greatly diminish the child’s anxiety about the adoption – their new family members aren’t complete strangers, they’ve played, laughed, and talked together already!

We are currently advocating for over 90 waiting children from Taiwan. If you haven't already, don't forget to join our private Facebook group where we share photos and videos of waiting children from Taiwan! If you’d like more information on any waiting child, please reach out to  mary.chapman@gladney.org .
Mario is one of the children waiting for a family in Taiwan. He just turned five years old and has low vision. He is a quiet little guy who does well in Kindergarten and has a lot of friends. You can read more about him here .
Welcome Home Families!
The Kidwell family of IN welcomed home Caleb!
The Dye family of TN brought Mabry home just in time for Christmas!
Featured Waiting Children
Annabelle is a lovely 4 year old girl from Taiwan who is waiting for her family! She has Down syndrome and is a genuinely sweet child. You can read more about her here...
Claire is a precious 4 year old girl from China who is available for adoption. She has low vision. she is She has adapted to her vision issues incredibly well! She walks easily without assistance and is able to stack items through seeing them, not feeling. Read more about Claire here...
Upcoming Events
Don't miss the Chinese New Year events listed near the top of the newsletter!
Parents, please join us at Gladney Fort Worth on Tuesday, February 12th, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM CST for a presentation on Embracing the Heart, Mind, and Spirit of Transracial Adoption. Live streaming is also available.

 ALL GLADNEY PARENTS PAST AND PRESENT ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND FOR FREE! Contact your caseworker for your promotional code.