February 2018
China and Taiwan Program Newsletter
Happy Lunar New Year!
Let's Celebrate Together!

Join Gladney in New York or Texas to
Welcome the Lunar New Year!


NEW YORK:
Gladney's Chinese New Year Party is
SATURDAY, February 10, 11am - 2pm
in NYC's Chinatown
Space is still available! RSVP to Mary Chapman

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TEXAS:
Join Gladney's Asia program staff at our Fort Worth campus for a New Year celebration! Festivities will include crafts, face-painting and traditional entertainment!


Sunday, February 25, 2018
12pm - 3pm
6300 John Ryan Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76132

Register HERE


Parents are invited to join Gladney staff for a “pop-out” meeting at 1pm to hear updates on Gladney's China and Taiwan adoption programs, including our Superkids work!

Gladney staff will also be available to answer Post-adoption questions on various issues including re-adoption, and obtaining your child's certificate of citizenship (if you do not yet have one!)
Welcome Home!
The Roughly family met their daughter Zoe last month!

Christmas for the Keeler family of 5!

The Carnley's welcome Zhu Lin home!

3 year old Obediah with his family!

Bart and Toni are excited to welcome home Siena! 

China

China Program Update:  Since our January newsletter went out, 4 families in the program have received Letter Seeking Confirmations (LSC) and 2 families have received Travel Approvals (TA) and are planning their trips!

Three families have left and come back from China with their children and we currently have three more families in country right now! We wish them all the best as they meet and bond with their children.

With the New Year holiday, offices in China will be closed to allow staff to celebrate with friends and family. CCCWA will be closed from 2/15 - 2/21. The US Consulate in Guangzhou will be closed on 2/15 and 2/16.

As we transition from partnership referrals to utilizing the shared list database as an option for matching families, we are excited to share that we made a referral to one of our waiting families from the shared list just this morning! It is an exciting moment for a family to be presented with an unexpected referral and to consider the opportunity to move forward in the adoption process. We anticipate many more moments like this over the year!
Taiwan
Taiwan Program Update:  We currently have six families matched to children, and seven families with pending matches to waiting children! One family will be traveling later this month to complete the adoption of their 3 year old son!

Last month we had one family travel to attend their court hearing. We are finding that the courts in Taiwan are requesting that most adoptive families attend the court hearing. This is usually a quick trip, with adoptive parents spending about 4 days in Taiwan. While in Taiwan, adoptive parents get to spend a couple of days with their child/ren - which is a wonderful way to start bonding and to get a better sense of some of the immediate needs your child will have once they come home. Staff at our partner agencies help to prepare the adoptive parents for the court hearing, and also attend the hearing. The court process is usually finalized about 3 months after the hearing.

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!

Roots-Finding Trip!
Cathwel Service is excited to announce a Roots-Finding trip for Cathwel adoptees ages 18-24, July 30th-August 13th. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other adoptees and to experience Taiwan's rich culture.

For more information and the application, please visit Cathwel's website here . Applications are due by Feb. 28th.
 
Adoption News

Announcement from the Department of State

Recently, the Department of State sent out a notice to provide some clarity on families who need to file the N-600 and N-600K. They have updated their webpage on US Citizenship for an Adopted Child to answer some frequently asked questions. We will be answering questions like this at our gathering at Gladney Center on February 25, -- so review your child's file and swing by if you have any questions we can help you with!

Families who live abroad will especially benefit from reading and understanding these updates as they shed light on filing paperwork to receive a Certificate of Citizenship (COC)

Families who already have their child's Certificate of Citizenship do NOT need to file the N-600 or the N-600K!

If you are an Expatriate and have not yet received your COC from USCIS and are living abroad, please email Gongzhan Wu for information (whether or not you have a US passport for your child).
ADOPT ME!

Click an image below to read more about these waiting children from China!
2 year old Edmund
4 year old Lucinda
Click an image below to read more about these waiting children from Taiwan!
8 year old Abigail
11 year old Aldon
Superkids

Children of Jiangxi
We have 10 files for adoptable children from Jiangxi province. Many of these children were seen by Superkids! If you're interested in learning more about these children, email Lindsay Hatcher and reference this newsletter post!

Meet our Jiangxi kids:
Shane, age 22 months
Soleil, age 20 months
Cory, age 2.5
Scott, turning 8 next month!
Chuck, turning 3 next month!
Sanford, age 2
Stuart, age 2.5
Upcoming Events
2/8: Fort Worth GFA Dinner and Educational Opportunity
2/10: NY Chinese New Year Party
2/11: Arkansas Night at the Museum
2/15: N Y Metro GFA Baby Care Basics
2/16: Houston Lunch Bunch
2/17: Houston Sweetheart Soiree
2/18: Dallas Couples Night Out
2/18: Pittsburgh Educational Event
2/22: North Carolina Adult Date Night
2/25: Fort Worth Lunar New Year Party
3/3: Dallas Baby Care Basics
3/3: National Capital Area GFA Princess Ball
3/3: Oklahoma GFA Dining and Dancing with Daddy


To see all GFA events, click here to view the 2018 calendar!

  
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