Adoption Stories by Gladney - I'm a Gladney Dad!

I Am a Gladney Dad

A simple phone call can mean nothing to one person and the world to another. In our adoption story it was the foundation of pure joy. In September 2010, we received a phone call from Gladney about a preemie born a few weeks ago. He was born at 26 weeks weighing only 1 lb. 14 oz. They wanted to know if we would consider adopting him. Within a few hours we gave a resounding yes!

We waited and prayed that the birth mother would choose us. Then we received our second phone call of joy.  She had chosen us and wanted to meet! The happiness in our home was something that could never truly be put into words, but it was soon followed by another phone call.

The birth mother changed her mind and wanted to keep the baby. This broke us even though we understood her desire to parent her baby. In a matter of 24 hours we went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. We continued to talk with our caseworker who informed us to just stay patient.   

Then one morning, our caseworker called to say the birth mom decided to let us parent her baby. She wanted to know how fast we could make it to Texas. Our answer was: FAST!

There are really no words to describe the feelings we experienced. We had such peace. We were nervous, scared, excited and shocked!  We were so grateful to the birth mom for allowing us to become the parents of her child. 


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 We look forward to hearing from you!

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

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International Adoptions: 1-800-INT-ADOP
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