Adoption Stories by Gladney - Adoption Reunion

ABC Adoption Program ReunionWe adopted our daughter, Rachel, through Gladney's ABC adoption program in 1998.   We live in Vermont, and her birth mom, Glenda, lives in North Carolina. Glenda sought adoption through Gladney's regional office in North Carolina, and we sought adoption through Vermont Children's Aid Society, who had a contract with Gladney.

We were supposed to have a semi-open, non-identifying relationship, but before Rachel was born, Rachel's birth mom Glenda and I quickly moved things up to fully open. We are the best of friends. But we live very far away. We keep in touch online, and this past May we went to North Carolina and stayed with Glenda, her husband and four other children.

The photos are from our reunion. We all went to Cracker Barrel because when we first adopted Rachel at two days old, and were waiting for our ICPC (which involved 3 states, so took 2.5 weeks!), we would often only be able to get out of our hotel room about once a day around 3 p.m. to eat and run errands and would often eat at Cracker Barrel. (I'm in the green sweater. Glenda is in the white lace top.) As Glenda put it, "it was the best weekend of our life!"

We will be visiting them again very soon!

Your Story

We want to make it easy for you to also share your stories with us and with other families who are going through this process. If you adopted from one of Gladney's adoption programs and would like to share your photos and stories, here are some story starters:

  • The first time I saw you . . .
  • Our placement day . . .
  • We chose Gladney because . . .
  • Our adoption journey . . .
  • Our rollercoaster ride . . .
  • Not knowing what to expect . . .
  • Gladney helped us . . .
  • The trip home . . .

Please email those stories and photos to us at adoption@gladney.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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