Central Adoption Registry (CAR)
Synopsis: Since Texas is a closed records state concerning adoption, Gladney is not at liberty to disclose the identity of birth family members. However, the Central Adoption Registry (formerly the Texas Voluntary Adoption Registry) was established in 1984 as a means for adult adoptees and birth family members to pursue contact in instances of mutual consent. A "match" occurs when both an adult adoptee, age 18 or older, and a birth parent/sibling independently register. To learn more about the Central Adoption Registry, please visit the DSHS/CAR website.
Links to Adoption Resources Location: DSHS/CAR website
Request for Adoption Records
Synopsis: If you were adopted from Gladney and are interested in requesting copies of your Gladney post adoption records, please click on the link below that describes your adoption, print the appropriate form and mail it to the address on the form. Gladney is happy to provide you with information in your Gladney adoption file.
Links to Adoption Resources Location: Request for Adoption Records
Adoptee Support Group
Synopsis: The Table DFW offers a space for birth parents and adoptees to gather, connect, gain support, share their stories and find healing from community.
Links to Adoption Resources Location: The Table DFW
Russian Adoptees Traveling To Russia
Links to Adoption Resources Location: Traveling to Russia As a Russian Adoptee Can Be Challenging
Synopsis: Traveling to Russia as a Russian Adoptee can be challenging which is why we asked one of our Gladney Russian Adoptees to share how she accomplished it.
Adult Adoptee Adoption Resources
Links to Adoption Resources
Location: The Declassified Adoptee: Exploring the Richness of Identity: My Conversation with Susan Harris O’Connor about the Harris Racial Identity Model for Transracially Adopted Persons.
Synopsis: I asked Susan what prompted her to write The Harris Racial Identity Theory. She told me that Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao asked her for her thoughts on racial identity after having heard three of her narratives. “I had read most of the literature out there” Susan said.
Books Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients Title & Author: Through Adopted Eyes, Elena S. Hall
Synopsis: This book explores the world of adoption from the viewpoint of adoptees. Russian adoptee Elena S. Hall shares her own story and thoughts on the subject of adoption in addition to interviews from their adoptees of different ages, heritages, and perspectives.
Books Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients Title & Author: Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, David Brodzinsky, Marshall Schechter, and Robin Marantz Henig
Synopsis: This book illustrates common developmental pathways of adoptees as they occur throughout the life span. It probes the complex issues that are involved in this ongoing life process. Five themes run throughout this book: the experience of adoptees; developmental perspectives; normality; search for self; and sense of loss.
Adoption Reunion for the Adult Adoptee
Books Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients Title & Author: Ithaka, Sarah Saffian
Synopsis: This book is about a girl, Sarah Saffian, who after 23 years receives a phone call from her birth mother. Sarah takes you through the upside-down world of emotions while she tries to figure out family, identity and self. Sarah takes you through her painful journey of confusion, anger, acceptance and finally reunion. It takes her three years of soul searching to finally come to the acceptance and reunion part of her journey.
Please note: Referral lists are provided by Gladney Family Association families who have used the services of these professionals, and not a recommendation of these professionals by the Gladney Center. The links are provided as useful resources and not recommendation of the site, person, or product.