Countries That Built Our History

The Gladney Center for Adoption scans the globe looking for countries to work with to help adoptive families complete their family through international adoption.  We have been fortunate to be able to work in many countries throughout our history. Even though these countries are no longer accepting applications, every child, family, and country is a unique part of Gladney's heritage.

The Toys and Their Stories

Whether it's flying a dragon kite across the skies of China or revealing the secrets inside a Russian nesting doll, children all over the world have a special place in their hearts for toys. At Gladney, we have a special place in our hearts for children all over the world.

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Bulgaria Bulgaria has a very rich tradition in woodcarving. Many Bulgarian children learn about their country's rich history through handcrafted toys.


Ethiopia Many toys in Ethiopia are made by children from found objects. Western culture has influenced the creation of all kinds of toy trucks, boats and planes.

Honduras Honduran children play games that require little or no equipment. The Maromero (also known as the wooden acrobat) does flips and turns when the handles are squeezed.

Mexico The balero, or ball and cup, is a popular Latin American toy. The object of the game is to catch the ball inside the cup. While it seems an easy task, it can sometimes require many hours of practice to perfect the technique.

Nepal national board game is bagh chai, which literally means 'move (chal) the tigers (bagh)'. The game is played on a lined board with 25 intersecting points.



Philippines Adoption ProgramPhilippines Sipa, or kick volleyball, is the National sport of the Filipino people and is one of the most popular games in Southeast Asia. The player kicks a small round, wooden ball and tries to keep it in the air as long as possible. When playing with competitors the sipa is passed to the next player who must catch the sipa with his foot and continue kicking it.

Russia Matryoshka dolls were created in Russia in 1890. These nesting dolls are often designed to follow a particular theme, the most common being an ample woman and her children.

Rwanda Rwandan women make soft plush toys that are inspired by the majestic animals native to Africa. The African elephant is a unique creature that is continually threatened by poachers for its impressive ivory tusks. There have been many wildlife reserves established that have successfully helped to increase the elephant population.



For more information about our current adoption programs, call 1-800-INT-ADOP and request a free, comprehensive Adoption Information Packet, or you may request and receive one on-line.













Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive | Fort Worth, Texas 76132-4122

Headquarters: 817-922-6000   Pregnant?: 1-800-GLADNEY
International Adoptions: 1-800-INT-ADOP
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