Friday, January 27, 2012

Recently in Taiwan Adoption News

Program Update: Gladney received four referrals from New Hope over the last month, 2 boys and 2 girls! Three families received civil rulings in December and last week three families were in Taiwan completing their adoptions. We recently received two final rulings and both families will be travelling this month!
Ana Mei and Mom Alex, happy together in their Taipei hotel.
Congratulations to Michael, Alex and big brother Nate who recently
completed their adoption and arrived home with Ana Mei last week.

Legislative Update: On November 11, 2011, the Taiwan Legislative Yuan passed amendments to the Children and Youth Welfare Act. This legislation has been under consideration since the latter part of 2010. Gladney has been monitoring the legislation along with our partner adoption organizations in Taiwan over the last year and we have posted information to our website( as well as our blogsites to communicate this information to families in the process of adopting from Taiwan, as well as for those families who might be considering adoption from Taiwan.

The legislation addresses various aspects of child welfare, including adoption, and now requires the adoption of children, with the exception of adoption among relatives, to be arranged through a nonprofit, government-licensed adoption/child welfare organization. All organizations that Gladney works with, New Hope Social Welfare Foundation, Chung Yi Social Welfare Foundation and Cathwel Services are licensed organizations. In the legislation there are enhanced provisions governing adoption organizations and the approval of adoptive parents. The legislation states that domestic adoption is considered a priority over foreign adoption. More detailed guidance is expected in the upcoming year from the Children's Bureau in Taiwan regarding a uniform and nationwide system to ensure that children are available for domestic consideration before being referred for international placement. As we receive updates and new information, we will post the information to our web and blog sites, as well as update parents through individual phone conversations and email communications. Please contact Gladney's Asia Program Social Services Director at with any questions.
Home a month and happily settling into their new family life in the U.S., these
two sisters enjoyed hamming it up for their first professional photo session!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2003
It is time to prepare for Chinese New Year, to say good bye to the year of the Rabbit and pray for luck in the new Year of the Dragon, 4710 which begins on January 23rd. Also known as Chinese Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, this important holiday is celebrated around the globe starting with Chinese New Year's Eve, a day when Chinese families gather from near and far for their annual reunion dinner.

As I pack up the Christmas decorations, I am already looking forward to decorating for Chinese New Year! Over the last fifteen years, we have collected many beautiful and memorable decorations from numerous trips to New York's Chinatown, souvenirs from our adoption trips and China Heritage Tour and gifts from family and friends. Cleaning the house, buying new clothes, getting haircuts and bringing signs of spring into our home are some of the pre-celebration traditions we share with our daughters to help them embrace this special holiday!

Our plans to celebrate this year already include attending the Gladney Family Association New Year party and a get together hosted by one of our travel group families. I am sure we will also see our local Gladney friends for a luncheon at one of our homes, complete with a red velvet cake, or for one of our adventurous treks into Chinatown for a walking tour, a visit to the flower markets or a program at the Museum of Chinese Americans (MOCA)!

When our daughters were in elementary school, they enjoyed telling their classmates how we celebrated the holiday. At first they were nervous, but as time went on, they became more confident and enthused to tell their stories, teach a craft and share fun holiday facts. Of course their friends looked forward to receiving the red envelopes with chocolate coins or other goodies. Now that they are older, they are eager teach younger children some of what they have learned and share their excitement.

There are always so many festivals and parties hosted by local cultural organizations, adoption agencies, libraries and museums to choose from! Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to participate in one or more and enjoy your own family traditions.

The resources to learn about Chinese New Year are extensive, including books about Chinese holidays and traditions, articles on the internet and programs at libraries and museums. For a list of books you may find helpful, as well as a fun word search and coloring pages click here.

-- By Gladney mom with two daughters from China
Reprinted from January Asia Program Newsletter

Friday, January 20, 2012

Special Waiting Child Webinar

Last night Gladney held a special Waiting Child Webinar that highlighted a recent trip to China and Taiwan by Pat Marcus, a pediatric physical therapist, who volunteers with Superkids charity. She visited with many of the waiting children who are designated to Gladney. During the webinar she spoke about her experience meeting the children and gave specific insight on each child.

You can view the webinar here. For more information about our Asia Waiting Child Program, please be in touch with Judy Hayes at

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gladney Family Association's New Webite

Launched in December, this new, attractively designed website serves the GFA Community with up to date technology and the opportunity to go paperless where ever possible! Once members create a username and password, they have full access to the site. This includes the ability to browse and register for all the exciting GFA events, access to GFA newsletters and a members' only directory, which is updated daily rather than printed once a year! On-line registration and payment for events, as well as new memberships and renewals is simple, quick and secure.

The web address for this user friendly, standalone site is:
It is also accessible by choosing Family Association on the menu bar on Gladney's main website:

NOTE: There is still time to sign up for Gladney's Chinese New Year party in New York on January 22, 2012! To register, you can use the link to the Gladney Family Association's (GFA's) new website above.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Gladney’s New York Chinese New Year Celebration is Jan 22, please RSVP

Planning on attending Gladney’s New York Chinese New Year Celebration but have not yet RSVP’d? Please take a moment to do so now by clicking here. Come enjoy a dragon dance, a calligraphy demonstration, traditional Chinese dance and ballet and more! Final arrangements are being made with Jing Fong Restaurant (in Manhattan's Chinatown) and we want to include YOU!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Special Waiting Child Webinar

Please join us for a special presentation about Gladney's Guang Ming/China Waiting Child program! Special guest Pat Marcus, a pediatric physical therapist who volunteers with Gladney's Superkids charity will talk about her recent trip to Shanghai and the kids that she met during her trip that are available for adoption through Gladney.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 19th

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST

To register for the webinar, please click here. We hope you will be able to join us!