Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Colombia Camp Program

Over a decade ago, Gladney began Bright Futures Camps as a way to raise awareness about older children living in orphanages. Thousands of children remain in orphanages, and sadly, the older a child gets, the less likely they are to experience the gift of family through adoption. With its first camp, 11 Russian children traveled to the Dallas/Fort area for an opportunity to stay with host families and experience family life. Since then, children from Russia and Ethiopia have traveled to the United States for a chance at one simple pleasure -- experiencing what it means to have a loving family and home.

Gladney is pleased to announce the Colombia Camp Program, and a change in destination. Rather than bringing children to the United States, this time adventurous prospective parents are invited to travel to Colombia. Gladney is looking for families who are willing to open their hearts to an older child from Colombia. Ranging in age from 7 to 14, healthy boys and girls can’t wait to spend time with a loving family. This year ten adventurous prospective adoptive families are invited to travel to Colombia in the Summer of 2014 for the Camp Program.

Based on Gladney’s successful U.S. based Bright Futures Camp, this camp offers a fun-filled week of camp activities including sightseeing and the opportunity to spend time with a loving prospective family. Being in Colombia offers some additional benefits to both parents and children. By going to Colombia, families can spend more time with their child before placement and have the opportunity to experience Colombian culture first hand –- both of these experiences will help build a strong foundation and bond. Additionally, because the children remain on familiar turf, they experience less culture shock and feel more at ease with prospective parents.

What an exciting opportunity to brighten the life of a child living in an orphanage, and experience the culture first hand!

For planning purposes, families must have submitted their application by February 1, 2014. There is a lot to do, but Gladney has experts to guide you through every step of the process. The first step is to get more information about the camp by contacting Judy Hayes at judy.hayes@gladney.org or 432.563.3344. Don't miss this unique opportunity!


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