AdoptED Blog

Teacher Review of Adopted Virtual Classroom

Posted by Elizabeth Saldana on May 6, 2022 10:46:43 AM

We love to receive feedback from teachers and students on what they think of the AdoptED Virtual Classroom. The feedback helps us know what's working and what needs a tweak or two.

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Posted by Kerry Tobar on Aug 12, 2021 9:56:00 AM

In early May we interviewed a Gladney caseworker for our ShiftED podcast (you'll get to hear this episode soon!). The plan was for Yvonne to come and speak about her job as an options counselor and her day-to-day life speaking with women in unplanned pregnancies. I have worked with Yvonne for many years and even tagged along to watch her navigate a relinquishment in a hospital many summers ago. I was touched by her compassion immediately. Personally, I knew her to be a single mother to two handsome boys and I have watched them grow on Instagram over the years, but I didn’t know her story until recently.

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Topics: Unplanned Pregnancy, ShiftED Podcast, Virtual Classroom


Posted by Amy Smith on Aug 6, 2021 9:47:27 AM

Being a teenager today is hard. With non-stop exposure of the internet world, there is a constant stream of knowledge, information, and comparison. Bullying, hormones, love, break ups, unhealthy and high expectations on top of a global pandemic all effect our student’s mental health. Then there are additional traumas that some of them may have experienced. I think of all of this and what it would be like to face an unplanned pregnancy at this stage of life. Heavy.

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Topics: AdoptED

Chicken Pot Pie Conversations

Posted by Amy Smith on Jun 3, 2020 8:00:00 PM

This year was exciting for AdoptED. I felt that I had one year completed under my belt and was ready to make even deeper connections with students. Although our time in the classroom was cut short, I was still able to do just that. One student that really stands out was a senior at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. It was a full day of classes  between two teachers who were true advocates for their students. After my first 3 presentations, it was time for a lunch break and I was asked to  stay for chicken pot pie prepared by the nutrition class, no worries it was edible.

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Topics: In The Classroom

The Universe is Funny Sometimes

Posted by Kerry Tobar on May 25, 2020 2:24:00 PM

One of my favorite memories from this school year occurred at the end of a very long day. A student was sitting off to the side alone, so I went to speak with her once I had an open opportunity. As it turned out, it was her first day at this new school, so she was rightfully anxious. She told me she is a Gladney Baby and mentioned she has an open adoption with her birth grandmother. Other students heard her and started asking her questions and I watched this frightened young girl raise her shoulders up and lift her head.

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Topics: In The Classroom

2020 Field Trips To Gladney

Posted by AdoptED on Jan 9, 2020 8:38:00 AM

Yesterday the AdoptED Team hosted our first field trip of the semester on Gladney's Fort Worth Campus! Did you know we educate students not only on adoption but also on careers in the non-profit field?

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Topics: Field Trip

School Field Trips to Gladney

Posted by Anna Moody on Aug 9, 2019 11:02:00 AM

One of the many ways AdoptED is shared with high school students is through school field trips to Gladney in Fort Worth, TX. During these field trips students participate in an interactive and educational AdoptED lesson, a tour of our Adoption Museum, lunch and hear from a panel made up of an Adoptive Parent, Adoptee, Caseworker and a Birth Mother.

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Topics: Field Trip, Adoption Education

Who Needs A Hug?

Posted by Amy Smith on Jun 11, 2019 7:15:00 PM

I am a hugger. I love hugs and this year I somehow got to hug a lot of students who seemed to really need it. I hugged one student who shared her story of meeting her birth father in between the fall and spring semester presentations because she felt ready after my recommendation of seeking counseling prior in order to prepare for reunification. I also hugged a student who had a friend that placed her daughter for adoption and when the presentation was over said she was thankful we were there to share facts so that her friend felt accepted. She shared her friend was proud of her decision but that not a lot of their classmates understood it. My most memorable hug came when a young girl who approached me in tears and asked if her Grandma could adopt her because she didn’t want her biological Mom to come back and she  needed a legal guardian to put down on her FAFSA for college.

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Topics: In The Classroom

Changing Perspectives

Posted by Amy Smith on Jun 3, 2019 4:37:00 PM

It was in between 5th and 6th period after lunch as I began preparing the classroom for my AdoptED presentation. As I was passing out the colorful branded pens that we would later use for our assignment and chatting with incoming students, I noticed a young man walk into the classroom with his headphones on, look at my PowerPoint slide on the projector and walk out. I wondered what was going through his mind. He seemed upset. Did he forget his homework in his locker? Was he annoyed to have a guest speaker? Maybe he had an argument with his girlfriend at lunch? Or maybe he had a negative experience with adoption. I wasn’t sure but I was prepared to be mindful. Often in the classroom we don’t know what a student is going through that day or back at home. Just shy of the tardy bell, I saw the student return and slump down in his chair at the back sitting alone.

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Topics: Testimonials, Adoption Stories, In The Classroom

A Memorable Moment

Posted by Kerry Tobar on May 29, 2019 2:42:00 PM

“It changed my life.” These are words a student muttered to me after an AdoptED presentation.

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Topics: Testimonials, Adoption Stories, In The Classroom