New Beginnings Program

Meet Our Staff: Joy Barnes


Joy BarnesWhat inspires you the most when you meet families who want to give forever homes to children?

I am inspired by these families because of their versatility. Many of the children that we place come from a rough place and I find it amazing the number of families that we have that just want to help our kiddos!

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Adoption Stories by Gladney - We Are a Gladney Family


We Are A Gladney FamilyAfter researching our options with all of the Gladney programs, our hearts led us to the New Beginnings program. During our home study, our caseworker mentioned two young boys whose case had been forwarded to her; but she had very little information. At that time, we had no idea that “those two young boys” would find their way into our hearts and our home.

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Meet Our New Beginnings Adoption Staff: Melinda King


What do you enjoy most about your job? 
Being a part of the process that creates Forever Families. I enjoy the entire journey- PAT class, the home study, finding great families for great kiddos, walking with the family through the selection process, placement, supervision, and standing before the judge at finalization. I genuinely enjoy each aspect of the journey!

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Adoption Stories by Gladney - and 4 More Siblings Makes 11!


. . . and 4 more siblings makes 11!

Eleven former Texas foster care children now call themselves The Simpson Family, including the pictured younger sibling group of four adopted through Gladney's New Beginnings program.  (Two oldest children not pictured.)  Children and parents John and Harriet are now back in the New Beginnings program, hoping to adopt another sibling group of five into their happy family.  Stay tuned!

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125 Facts: New Beginnings Heart Gallery


In 2011, Gladney's New Beginnings Program brought The Heart Gallery to Gladney's campus. The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit created to find loving, forever families for children in foster care.

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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
Domestic Adoptions: 1-800-687-3097
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