BENEFITING: Gladney Center
ORGANIZER: Gladney Center
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
Dear Friends & Family-
It has been a long-time dream of mine to run the NYC Marathon. I have been very fortunate to have been provided that opportunity this year thru an amazing charity organization, the Gladney Center for Adoption. I hope that thru your support not only will you be able to fullfill a dream and passion of mine but more importantly change the lives of the children with special needs in orphanages throughout the world.
Please take a moment to read below what your donation could mean to those children who cannot help themselves.
The deadline to raise funds is July 31st.
Thank you for your support.......Jenna
Gladney Center for Adoption’s Superkids program is a humanitarian aid initiative that provides developmental screenings, caregiver trainings, and adoption advocacy on behalf of children with special needs in international orphanages. Since 2007, over a dozen trips have been made to China with Gladney staff and volunteers, including physicians, early childhood development specialists, and teachers. The lives of more than 1,700 institutionalized children in 10 Chinese orphanages have been impacted and improved by Superkids. In Fiscal Year 2014 alone, over 135 children in 9 orphanages were visited by Superkids volunteers, and over 70 of those children have either already been adopted or matched with families now in the adoption process!
As a result of specific relationships with caregiving organizations and partner orphanages, Gladney’s Superkids teams gather real and up-to-date information on waiting children, which helps us to advocate to find homes for children who would otherwise live a lifetime in orphanages without the love and care of families. In addition, we are able to improve outcomes for children who may never be adopted. Superkids provides caregiver training to advance attitudes towards children with special needs so that they develop beyond previous expectations and reach mobility milestones. Superkids also provides direct support, such as delivering specialized bottles for children with cleft lip/palate, training caregivers on their use, and arranging transport for children in need of surgeries and follow-up care.
Our dream is for Superkids to be present within every province in China within the next five years, and plans are in place to extend Superkids into other countries as well. The world of intercountry adoption has changed significantly and continues to evolve with the majority of children available for adoption being waiting children, who are older children and children with special needs. It is Gladney’s hope to find loving homes for as many of these children as we can. Obtaining hands-on, eyes-on developmental screenings of waiting children by Superkids volunteer specialists and then identifying prospective couples who have a parenting heart for these special children is necessary, valuable, and costly.
By having your partnership, our goal is to send Superkids volunteer teams more frequently and with more medical and early childhood development professionals, in order to make a positive impact on the lives of these children by getting to know them, advocating for them, and placing them in permanent, loving adoptive families. We invite you to join together with Gladney Center for Adoption and our 2015 New York City Marathon Charity Runners in making a difference. THANK YOU for your support!