Gladney Center for Adoption

A nonprofit organization

$22,679 raised by 49 donors

91% complete

$25,000 Goal

Your North Texas Giving Day donation will support our Adoptions from Foster Care program and the Gladney Home.

Gladney's mission is rooted in the belief that every child, without exception, deserves a loving and caring family. Every means every, whether they are healthy babies, medically fragile infants, or toddlers whose birth parents need the option of adoption. It includes children who have endured loss, abuse, or neglect, waiting in state foster care or international orphanages. Our mission encompasses all 33,000 children Gladney has united with adoptive families since its establishment in 1887. In essence, every child deserves a place they can call home and a family they can call their own, forever.

Our commitment to advocating for waiting children in foster remains unwavering. We seek loving and resourceful adoptive families for children with medical needs, those who have experienced abuse or neglect, school-age children, and sibling groups. Unfortunately, the reality is that abuse, neglect, and trauma have profound effects on a child's development, behavior, and understanding of the world. This holds true for every child who has endured the foster care system. That’s why our pre-adoption training equips parents to understand trauma and meet their children's emotional, physical, and cognitive needs, fostering trust and connection within their families.

In addition, our Gladney Home program provides foster care and adoption advocacy for pre-teen and teen girls. Our objectives include ensuring security, nurturing, and normalcy for these girls, with the goal of finding adoptive families or helping them transition to adulthood. The girls actively participate in the process, empowered to voice their needs and desires.

Even with trained parents and nurtured clients, ongoing professional counseling is key to our families’ success. Accessing these services, however, can be a daunting challenge for our families. There is limited access available to trauma-informed, adoption-competent mental health providers who accept Medicaid and other insurance plans. Recognizing this pressing need, we launched a pilot program in the summer of 2022, offering counseling services to our clients. We currently provide post-adoption counseling for families adopting children from foster care and counseling for teen girls in the Gladney Home. The aim is to expand these services to birth parents, adoptive families, and adult adoptees, extending support to more children adopted from the foster care system.

As we look ahead, they are committed to building on our legacy of hope, helping children find permanent, loving homes, and providing families the support they need to thrive.

I have learned so many things in my job--if I had to simplify it to one phrase, it would be, "Never underestimate anyone." Because of your support, I saw 24 children start healing from trauma they experienced in their past and 13 families go beyond what they thought they were capable of to meet the needs of their new children. 

- Kara Leon, LMSW; Caseworker, Adoptions from Foster Care

IN 2022

children from state foster care were placed with Gladney adoptive families.

children in state foster care were placed with Gladney foster-to-adopt families.

teen girls in state foster care were served in the Gladney Home.

girls were placed with adoptive families.
girls needed a higher level of care.
girls are still living in the Gladney Home.

"The Gladney Home staff are grateful for you!. You help us provide a safe, nurturing, and loving environment for all of our residents whoa re teen girls in foster care. Because of your support, our supply closet is stocked with essential items for each girl as their needs arise, and you enable us to give the girls new experiences through community events and social activities."

- Ann Spriggs, MAFP; Residential Supervisor, Gladney Home

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Gladney's mission of Creating Bright Futures Through Adoption is based on a belief that every child deserves a loving and caring family.

2023 marks Gladney's 136th anniversary. Since 1887, we have seen hope lived out through more than 33,000 infants, children from state foster care, and children from international orphanages, whose lives have been enriched by Gladney adoptions; hope fulfilled for birth mothers who placed their babies safely and embarked on a new start in life; and hope of a new generation for adoptive parents who wrapped their arms around their newly adopted children. They are all connected to Gladney as Family for Life as we seek to support them each step of their journey.


Every child deserves a loving and caring family, and every means every. Every child includes a healthy baby, a medically fragile infant, or a toddler being placed for adoption by their birth mother. Every child includes a child who has experienced loss, abuse, or neglect and is waiting in state foster care or an international orphanage. Every child needs a place to call home and people to call family. Forever.

By helping end the wait for children in foster care, together, we will impact their lives and our community as a whole. We will help these children heal from their past traumas, bond with their new families, learn to trust and be loved, and just be kids. Rather than being focused on surviving, they will have the opportunity to thrive.

Equity Statement

We believe every child deserves a loving and caring family. As part of this belief as an organization, we must make sure we are being culturally respectful and inclusive in our words, actions, and mindset. This includes creating a diverse environment and a culture of inclusion that better represents and supports our clients both inside and outside of Gladney.

Organization Data


Organization name

Gladney Center for Adoption

Tax id (EIN)




Social Services, Women & Girls, Youth & Children

Operating Budget

$3,000,000 - $9,999,999

Counties Served

Wise, Tarrant, Somervell, Rockwall, Parker, Palo Pinto, Navarro, Montague, Kaufman, Johnson, Hunt, Hood, Grayson, Fannin, Erath, Ellis, Denton, Dallas, Cooke, Collin

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


6300 John Ryan Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76132



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