Heather Rogers, Supervisor, Residential Services
This is why
The Gladney staff explains why they do what they do every day.
I started working in adoption right out of college with no prior adoption experience, no personal ties to adoption, etc. I worked in Gladney's dorm with the expectant women who were making an adoption plan. I thought that this would be a "short term" job in which I gained experience until I found my "real job". Almost 12 years later, I'm still here at Gladney. The women that I began working with in my first months and years at Gladney impacted me in a way that is hard to put into words. In that dorm, I witnessed such strength, vulnerability, heartbreak, and most of all—love. I developed a passion for adoption, for birth parents, and for making sure that these women, who were bravely making the most difficult decisions of their lives, would have an advocate and would be given the time and skills to be able to heal. In my current role, in post adoption, I am able to do everything in my power to promote healing and to provide support to grieving birth parents. It's truly an honor to witness their love and sacrifice daily.