Adoption Stories by Gladney - We are a Gladney Family

We are a Gladney FamilyOur life-changing decision to adopt our children began in late 2007.  Waiting over four years for a placement is very trying and lonely, but the support, frequent status calls and updates from Gladney helped keep us informed and sane.

On January 3, 2012, we received a referral for our two daughters.  The first pictures we received were black and white photos of two young girls, one with an obstinate face that spoke, “I get what I want” and the other more innocent face that said, “I just want love.” Those pictures definitely told the truth! Two and a half months later when we became a family, our Maria was definitely a handful -- obstinate and bossy, while younger Estefany just craved attention and affection.

Our six-week stay in Colombia was quite the adventure. Familiarizing ourselves with two young girls, testing and establishing discipline, and experiencing all the quirky and unexpected day-to-day happenings (such as setting fi re to our hotel room, and my husband giving himself a concussion) really made our stay in Colombia unforgettable as well as challenging. We were well informed of all the steps needed to complete the adoption, and we had a wonderful tour guide who the girls still fondly remember.

I would compare the in-country stay to a very long vacation with someone else's children. It is not until you finally come home that the real trials and stress begin, as four very different individuals meld into a family. The first few weeks were extremely stressful while we juggled new schedules and responsibilities, as well as dealing with the girls showing more of their true personalities and also exhibiting stress from all the changes. After three long months of being home, it has really begun to feel like we are a family.

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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