Thursday, June 30, 2011

I'll be in D.C. from July 5 - 8 attending the National Council for Adoption's annual conference. Gladney co-founded NCFA in 1980.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This Thursday, I will be a guest on Andrea Harrington's radio blog at 2:00PM Central time talking about the challenges that adoptive parents face, as well as the adoption community as a whole. Stay tuned for info on how to join in.

Morale

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

As everyone in the field of international adoption is aware, placements from Ethiopia have slowed dramatically in 2011 and the outlook remains unsettled. As a non-profit organization which has been focused on building families for 125 years, Gladney plans to continue our noble mission for the next 125 years. In order to be in a position to do so, we have been forced to reduce staff. Any time an organization reduces staff, morale is impacted, perhaps even more so in a close-knit social work environment.

So we are taking steps to strengthen morale. At a recent staff meeting, we posed the questions: What does great morale look like and how can we get there?

It prompted me to personalize the question – What does great morale look like for me? When is my morale at its peak?

My morale is highest when:

• I am making a difference for an organization that is making a difference
• I feel valued and appreciated; my contribution is recognized
• There are reasons to be optimistic about the organization’s direction
• I enjoy my co-workers
• The work environment is fun
• I feel like I’m part of a team that is pulling in the same direction
• I’m proud to tell people who I work for
• There is shared ownership and a sense of urgency in the mission
• I have confidence in the integrity and vision of leadership

Question

Monday, June 13, 2011

Does a child’s right to a family trump a country’s right to a child or vice versa ?