Gladney is doing well in China, Taiwan and Colombia. We are fortunate to have long standing relationships with caring government officials and wonderful orphanage partners, who readily acknowledge the benefits of a child being in a permanent, loving family and the detriment to a child of living in an institution for an extended period of time.
Progress in these three countries is encouraging, but we need to continue to advocate at the national level in concert with other organizations (NCFA, BEB, CCAI, CAFO) for every child’s right to a loving family to become more widely-accepted and embraced.
On Sunday, I will be traveling to Los Angeles to participate in the second Both Ends Burning symposium. The first took place 18 months ago at Harvard and 20 countries were represented.
This time, there will be child welfare leaders from 28 countries. The Department of State and UNICEF have accepted invitations from Both Ends Burning to participate.
I tremendously admire Craig Juntunen, the founder of Both Ends Burning.