Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Gladney Center for Adoption 2012 Service Awards

On Wednesday, February 22 I was fortunate enough to attend the 2012 Service Awards and Appreciation Luncheon. Since this is my first year at Gladney, this was my first time to attend. The luncheon was an amazing experience, and not just because it was catered by Joe T's. :) The day started with recognition of the fabulous Gladney volunteers. 26 men and women were recognized, myself included. After the volunteers, Tanya Houk presented the Transitional Care Parents. All of these families have the biggest hearts and are essential to the service that Gladney provides. Peggy Jones is a Transitional Care Parent who was honored for her 5+ years of service. She got behind the podium and told the room what being a Transitional Care Parent meant to her and how much she loves Gladney. Following Peggy's moving speech, Frank Garrott began presenting the Service Awards for the Gladney Employees. 6 people were honored for 5 years of service, 3 for 15 years of service and 1 for 20 years of service. All 10 of these employees have impacted many peoples lives and dedicated their time and energy to making Gladney successful. Judy Hayes was honored for her 20 years of service - You rock Judy!!


Emily Silva, Marketing Intern

Thursday, February 23, 2012


JORDAN ADAIR’s BLOG: I love my internship.

I am a graduate student from the University of Texas at Arlington where I am currently perusing my Master’s degree in the field of Social Work. For my degree, I am required to complete a total of 400 hours in a placement of my school’s choosing.  Honestly, I was skeptical at first about the “potluck-style” placement of my internship but once I learned I had the opportunity to work at Gladney Center for Adoption I was ecstatic. 

I felt an initial connection to this placement because adoption has had a huge part in my life. I was adopted by my parents when I was 6 days old from an agency in San Antonio and for as long as I can remember, I have heard from my family how beautiful and precious adoption is. I’ve heard it described as so many things; a miracle, a prayer answered, a blessing for adoptive parents (especially for those who may not be able to conceive children of their own) …and yet none of those words completely describe what it feels like to actually be one of those children who was so perfectly matched.

Even within the first week of working at Gladney I have learned that their reach extends so much further than just helping people like my mother and father become parents. Gladney also goes abroad to help children internationally from places all over the globe, they help finalize local/ private adoptions, and there is even a program called New Beginnings that helps children with disabilities find loving and caring families. Their NewBeginnings Program also works with foster Care, older kids, and children with medical needs New Beginnings. Gladney is an incredible organization, I feel so lucky to be placed here.

I have so much love and respect for the process of adoption. It holds a very special place in my heart. I can’t believe how much good Gladney does for families like mine ...and I am so thrilled to be a part of it! J

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pathways Training

Earlier this month we had International Pathways Training. This is a required training session to help prepare soon to be parents of children adopted internationally and between the ages of 2-16. The international program at Gladney is pretty amazing, they help children from all over the world find homes. I came away from Pathways with a better understanding of children and their needs and fears (especially children who have been through a tough experience in early childhood). I am not a mother and am not planning to become one any time soon, but after this training I felt prepared enough to!  The couples who came sat through the two-day training session full of activities, movie clips, professional speakers, child rearing techniques, and even left with a parenting tool box filled with more useful information. I was really lucky to start my internship when I did because I was able to attend the Pathways, I enjoyed it so much!

-Jordan Adair
Family Services Intern

Friday, February 17, 2012

Stylin' Profilin'

I spent all week creating online profiles for our hopeful adoptive parents. We use three different sites, Facebook, Pregnancy Hotline and Parent Profiles. On these profiles we post the parents stories and pictures for birthmothers to see. Katye Tankersley likes to call this "Stylin' Profilin'"! Creating parent profiles is definitely the best part of my job! I love creating them & learning about all of our awesome adoptive families!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I love my internship.

I am a graduate student from the University of Texas at Arlington where I am currently perusing my Master’s degree in the field of Social Work. For my degree, I am required to complete a total of 400 hours in a placement of my school’s choosing.  Honestly, I was skeptical at first about the “potluck-style” placement of my internship but once I learned I had the opportunity to work at GladneyCenter for Adoption I was ecstatic. 

I felt an initial connection to this placement because adoption has had a huge part in my life. I was adopted by my parents when I was 6 days old from an agency in San Antonio and for as long as I can remember, I have heard from my family how beautiful and precious adoption is. I’ve heard it described as so many things; a miracle, a prayer answered, a blessing for adoptive parents (especially for those who may not be able to conceive children of their own) …and yet none of those words completely describe what it feels like to actually be one of those children who was so perfectly matched.

Even within the first week of working at Gladney I have learned that their reach extends so much further than just helping people like my mother and father become parents. Gladney also goes abroad to help children internationally from places all over the globe, they help finalize local/ private adoptions, and there is even a program called New Beginnings that helps children with disabilities find loving and caring families. Their NewBeginnings Program also works with Foster Care, older kids, and children with medical needs. Gladney is an incredible organization, I feel so lucky to be placed here.

I have so much love and respect for the process of adoption. It holds a very special place in my heart. I can’t believe how much good Gladney does for families like mine ...and I am so thrilled to be a part of it! J

- Jordan Adair, Family Services Intern