For more than 125 years Gladney has been a pioneer and leading voice for improving the lives of children, adoptive families and birth parents. With unwavering commitment, through good economic times and bad, we have focused on our mission and made a difference in the lives of birth parents, families and children here and around the world.
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125th Anniversary. Gladney Center for Adoption. Where Hope is Born.
Singer/songwriter April Geesbreght wrote the single "On Their Own." Proceeds benefit ON THEIR OWN, a humanitarian aid initiative of Gladney Center for Adoption.
The Gladney Center received Hague Accreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA) in March 2008. The Hague Convention is a set of internationally approved standards for countries involved in intercountry adoptions. In addition to being Hague Accredited, Gladney is one of the few agencies that offer Hague approved training for adoptive parents.
Gladney opens its doors to a new campus and celebrates 115 years of creating bright futures through adoption. This includes a states-of-the-art maternity home offering services to birth mothers such as counseling, education and more. Gladney's maternity program has been helping birth mothers for decades.
Gladney's current international adoption program began in 1992. Today, Gladney maintains programs in Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Honduras, Russia, Rwanda, and Taiwan
Gladney became a charter member of the National Council for Adoption (NCFA), which was organized to promote agency adoptions.
Gladney introduced its 1-800 crisis pregnancy hotline. It is believed to be the first such hotline in the country.
Edna Gladney successfully argued that adopted children should have the same inheritance rights as biological children.
The movie "Blossoms in the Dust" starring Greer Garson highlighted the accomplishments of Edna Gladney. The story of Mrs. Gladney's work on behalf of children became the movie, Blossoms in the Dust, starring Greer Garson as Mrs. Gladney and Walter Pidgeon as Sam Gladney. Blossoms in the Dust was in the Top Ten films in 1941.
Edna Gladney, Superintendent of the Texas Children's Home successfully fought to pass a bill in the Texas legislature to remove the word "illegitimate" from birth records.
The Gladney Center had its origins in the orphan train movement of the mid-nineteenth century, when New York, Philadelphia and other large East Coast cities were inundated with orphans and abandoned children. Those orphaned children were sent on trains throughout the Midwest, where they were placed with adoptive families.