Top 10 Gladney Facts

  1. The Adoption Department receives around 5,000  inquiries each year from those interested in adopting. Are you interested in starting your adoption journey? Request Gladney’s free adoption information packet today.
  2. Gladney Center for AdoptionIn April 2002, this Gladney flag was part of the Official Flight Kit for STS-110 – the thirteenth space shuttle flight to the International Space Station.  Visitors to Gladney’s Fort Worth Campus can view the flag close to Mabee Hall.
  3. Gladney went on-line in December, 1995, one of the first adoption agencies in the country to do so. 
  4. Dr. William Pierce established the National Committee For Adoption’s (now National Council for Adoption) first office in Washington, DC – named the Ruby Lee Piester Center for Adoption – to educate policymakers on adoption.
  5. The average age of birth mothers today is 24-26.   Read  Muthoni’s adoption story
  6. The Gladney campus on Hemphill Street was built around the original West Texas Maternity Hospital, which was located between the health clinic (formerly Duncan Memorial Hospital) and the Nina B. Reese Counseling Center.
  7. The movie Blossoms in the Dust premiered at the Worth Theater in Fort Worth on July 18, 1941. The theater was highly decorated in pink and white gladiolas in honor of Edna and Sam Gladney. MGM was said to have purchased every gladiola in the state of Texas for the event! 
  8. Mrs. Gladney’s famous argument on removing the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records before the Legislature: "There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents."
  9. In January of 1963, the Gladney Home was selected by the University  of Texas Graduate School of Social Work as a field placement raining agency for graduate students.  Are you interested in interning at Gladney? Find out about open opportunities
  10. In addition to being Hague Accredited, Gladney is one of the few agencies that offer Hague approved training for adoptive parents. The Hague Convention stipulates that families who are adopting internationally must have ten clock hours of training covering specific topics. Gladney has incorporated all specified topics in the Hague trainings which are available online.




Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive | Fort Worth, Texas 76132-4122

Headquarters: 817-922-6000   Pregnant?: 1-800-GLADNEY
International Adoptions: 1-800-INT-ADOP
Domestic Adoptions: 1-800-687-3097
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