Friday, July 30, 2010
The article covering the Teen trip to Mexico to volunteer at and orphanage should be up soon! But as for now, check out their Facebook post!
Now I'm going to research different ways we can improve our Parent Profiles to make them more appealing for birthmothers.
Thank you for such a wonderful summer and for everything you do for families and children!
Friday, July 23, 2010
The courtroom was decorated with balloons and stuffed animals and about twenty families gathered with their children, friends and relatives to finalize the adoption. Rather than feeling like a sober courtroom, it felt like a large family reunion with parents doting over their children. One by one each family (parents, children, extended family and friends) was invited in front of the judge to finalize their adoption papers. Then the excited new parents and child got to take a family photo with the judge holding the baby (or child). Each newly adopted child and his or her siblings left with a balloon and stuffed animals. It was potentially the happiest occasion to ever take place in court.
Every family was so beautiful and the occasion so wonderful, but I was particularly touched by the adoption of a sibling group of three African American girls. The girls appeared to be about ages 12, 9 and 7. It was so exciting to see them enter a forever family and I couldn’t help but think about how today has changed the course of their lives forever in a way that will allow them to grow together and reach their potential with the love and support of their parents.
However, through sitting all day in a cubicle by myself I have really enjoyed to opportunity to learn (as cliche as that sounds). One of the most interesting and disturbing facts I have recently discovered is the emergence of Ulipristal Acetate, or UPA, in the United States. UPA was created in Europe and has passed in 2009 with flying colors as the new emergency contraception for women. This new drug, named EllaOne by HRA Pharma, allows women 120 hours (5 days) for emergency contraception to take the pill after unprotected intercourse. Research has shown a decrease in the chance of pregnancy compared to the well-known Plan B in the United States and could possibly be distributed as an over-the-counter drug. Although the FDA has not approved EllaOne for US manufacturing, the advisory board for the FDA has passed the drug, signifying a positive approval for the drug in the near future. While this may sound like a new savior for confused teens not wanting a child, this new drug has potential to alter how many children are put up for adoption each year. In the eyes of Gladney and adoptive parents this drug is scary for the future generations of adoping children.
Today I went to a domestic adoption orientation. At the orientation I could see that these people going through the process of adoption are embarking on a selfless journey. It amazes me how complete strangers could gain my full respect with their attendance to learn about adoption with the hope of improving a child's life as well as their own.
I look forward to learning more about Gladney and the employees here because it is evident walking around how committed the employees are to making families happy.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Here's a list of some of my other recent projects:
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Here is a look at some projects I have been working on:
- New PowerPoint templates for International Programs - which include the country specific toy on the slides - a great idea we got from Angie!
- Connecting Facebook and Blogger
- Archiving photos in order to make pictures easier to find
- Updating the Birth Mother color pallate with some fun new colors!
Next week I will attend an Orientation for Adoptive Parents so check back to hear about how it goes!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I also just finished cleaning out the file cabinet, and threw away all the papers from couples who have finshed their adoption process. It went from a sea of white from over flowing papers, to black deep empty hole. After this chore I realized how many couples we have successfully helped start a family, and that was only a small portion of Gladney.
This is the beginning of my second week as an Intern in the Marketing Department at Gladney. Recently, I have been working on an e-mail to announce the International Adoption Webinar. The e-mail was sent to anyone interested in international adoption so they can visit the site and watch the informative and educational webinar.
The webinar includes:
- Country background
- Updated information
- Countries separated by region
- Information available at your convenience
Visit http://bit.ly/cpT3lp to see the new webinar.
In addition to working on spreading the word about the webinar, I posted notes on facebook with FAQ specific to the different countries. Check out the facebook pages using the links below!