January 2018
China and Taiwan Program Newsletter
Ringing in 2018 with family and friends!
Happy Lunar New Year!

Join us next month to celebrate!

Gladney's Annual Chinese New Year Party
in New York City's Chinatown
Sunday, February 11, 11am - 2pm
Jing Fong Restaurant
Register here

Asia Families Gathering in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
Sunday, February 25
Join Gladney's Asia program staff who will be in the DFW area for a casual and fun Chinese meal together to celebrate the New Year!
Invitation coming soon!
In the meantime. . . .Please email Wendy.Stanley@gladney.org if you would like more info OR have a venue to suggest!
Welcome Home!

Hold that thought -- and view the Superkids of 2017 video below to see the children we welcomed home through the Gladney Center in 2017.

Note that the video also includes children matched in 2017 who will be coming home this year!


China Program Update:  Since our last newsletter, two families in the program have received Letter Seeking Confirmations (LSC) and four families have received Travel Approvals (TA) and are planning their trips! Gongzhan hosted seven families for a travel call last week - everyone is excited about getting closer to meeting their children!

As of January 1, 2018, CCCWA has officially ended the partnership/"one-to-one" program between agencies and orphanages. Currently we are in a transition period as many files were being processed before the end of 2017, so partnership children are still being advocated for and matched with families! However, we are also looking forward and concentrating on utilizing the "shared list" database as much as possible as a means for matching children to families. In theory, children on the shared list have maximum visibility to agencies, however in reality, they often get "lost" in the shuffle. It is our mission at Gladney to shine a light on children who wait and we will not waver in this dedication. Now, more than ever, families must consider their ability to love and care for children with more complicated needs - the children are ready and waiting... who will be there for them?
Taiwan Program Update:  We currently have five families matched to children, and seven families with pending matches to waiting children! One family will be traveling tomorrow (yes, tomorrow!!) to attend their court hearing this month. 

2017 was a great year for the families that matched through the Taiwan program! Many matches were with children that were met on our Superkids trips - other matches were 'direct referrals' from our partner agencies in Taiwan. Several of the children featured in our 2017 Superkids video are from Taiwan!

We are looking forward to all that 2018 will bring - 2 Superkids trips to Taiwan, more children coming home to their families, and hopefully many more waiting children being matched to their forever families.

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!
Adoption News

It's Not Good-bye...

Early last month, Gladney announced President and CEO, Frank Garrott's retirement. After serving as Gladney's leader for the past 10 years, Frank shared that he felt the time was right to move on to the next chapter in his life. Fortunately for us, Mark Melson was ready to step into the position as an established leader at Gladney for a smooth transition as of the first of the year.

Frank spent time meeting with staff and sharing his vision for the next stage in his life. It is clear that adoption, specifically International adoption, will always be a top priority and focus for him. We wish him all the best as he moves forward, leaving Gladney in experienced and capable hands. We are confident our paths will cross again soon!

Read Gladney's full press release here .

Click an image below to read more about these waiting children from China!
22 month old Russell
Baby Orin is turning 1 this month!
Click an image below to read more about these waiting children from Taiwan!
Kaden is turning 10 next month!
10 year old Mark

The Superkids of 2017!
In keeping with our New Year tradition of compiling a 'year in review' video - please enjoy the Superkids of 2017 ! It is inspiring to take a look back at the faces and lives that Superkids has touched over the calendar year. It is a marvel at these amazing children who mean so much to us have found their permanent families through adoption!
Upcoming Events
1/19: Houston Educational Dinner
1/21: Austin Teen/Tween Social
1/23: Fort Worth Adoption 101
1/28: New York Rock the Guac!
1/28: Capitol Area Educational Event
1/28: New York GFA Annual Planning Meeting

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

The Gladney Center for Adoption, Asia Program, 850 7th Avenue, Suite 801, New York, NY 10019