Gladney Center for Adoption is excited to present AdoptED. This program was born through a collaborative effort of both community leaders and Gladney staff who believe that education is empowerment for students to be able to navigate their futures, goals, and dreams.
AdoptED is designed to address the issues of teen pregnancy and school dropout rates, while offering factual information about adoption as one option to an unplanned pregnancy. This ground-breaking program works with educators to provide interactive presentations in the classroom setting. AdoptED gives students parameters for goals setting, decision-making, and healthy life choices. Gladney’s goal is to introduce solutions to the problems that students are facing today and to empower them with factual information that can inspire them to make positive life choices.
This innovative curriculum is written for schools and meets the TEKS objectives for a variety of classes ranging from Health, Family Economics, and Child Development, to other Public Service coursework. The AdoptED curriculum includes interactive lessons and hands-on activities that teach students about goal setting, decision-making, the option of adoption, the adoption process, and careers in the adoption field.
Anna received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marriage and Family Studies from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Spring of 2017. Anna has always had a passion for non-profit organizations and helping families within her community. Anna joined the Gladney Center for Adoption in 2017 and is excited to be working with an amazing organization.
Anna is the Education Coordinator for AdoptED and loves supporting this incredible program. Anna is also responsible for AdoptED To Go, which is our free TEKS based adoption curriculum that teachers can implement in their own classroom. Through her work at Gladney, Anna has seen the impact that adoption has on everyone involved and loves sharing this message of hope through the AdoptED program and AdoptED To-Go.
Ginny received her Master’s Degree in Family Psychology at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in a variety of settings, mostly with teenagers in crisis situations. Through her work with teenaagers, she noticed a need for preparation and education to prevent unneeded crises. She believes knowledge is power. If a person knows all of their options they are more likely to make an informed decision.
Ginny has worked at the Gladney Center for Adoption since November 2012. At Gladney, Ginny has worked with adoptive parents completing their home studies, post placement visits, and helping families through a time of transition. In August of 2015, she transitioned into the Adoption Education Specialist position for the AdoptED program. Ginny has a heart for teens, education, and adoption. She presents in classrooms all over Dallas/Fort Worth and has seen a positive change in students’ perspective on adoption. She is excited to be a part of Gladney’s AdoptED program. She believes it educates students on making important life decisions, and offers hope for those facing an unplanned pregnancy.
Kerry received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University in 2000. She spent fourteen years in the classroom as a teacher in FWISD and was chosen Teacher of the Year in 2007. Kerry joined the Gladney Center for Adoption in 2015 and is thrilled to work with such an amazing organization.
Kerry’s primary goal for AdoptED is to educate students and the community about the power of adoption by empowering and inspiring them. She has confidence in the AdoptED curriculum and believes it provides important lessons on decision making, goal setting, and positive life choices for students. With the support of her husband and two young sons, Kerry is excited to bring this fun and hands on curriculum to schools.
Noah received his Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication Media Studies as well as minors in Physics and Music from Texas A&M University in 2016. He quickly realized his passion for film as his hobby turned into a profession. Noah was hired as the full-time Videographer and Content Creator for the Gladney Center for Adoption in 2016.
He has a passion for good storytelling and especially loves the opportunity to tell the stories of those who might not have the voice or ability. There is no lack of beautiful stories at Gladney and he has been tasked with translating these stories into informational, inspirational and educational pieces of media to be used as part of the AdoptED curriculum, teaching students and professionals about the option of adoption and its power to change lives. Noah also manages the social media platforms which allow AdoptED’s message to reach beyond the classroom.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has cited that, “Nearly one-third of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite early pregnancy or parenthood as the key reason. Only 40 percent of teen moms finish high school, and less than ten percent of teen mothers finish college by age 30.”
The high school dropout rate in this country continues to be a crisis; nearly one in four Americans and four in 10 minorities do not complete high school with their class. In addition, the national graduation rate increased by 3.5 percentage points between 2001 and 2009 (from 72 percent in 2001 to 75.5 percent in 2009).
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