News from Armenia: One bundle of joy is on her way home from Armenia. Congrats to our Hopscotch family and welcome home beautiful girl!
By Matthew Lee
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday warned Russia against a military intervention in Ukraine as it renewed demands that Moscow withdraw troops from disputed enclaves in another former Soviet republic, Georgia. The U.S. also urged Georgia to further integrate with Europe and NATO in calls that come amid growing tensions between Russia and the West over the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president.
In pointed comments likely to fuel already heightened Russian suspicions over Western intentions in its backyard, Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia should be "very careful" in how it proceeds in Ukraine. In addition, he announced additional, but unspecified, U.S. assistance "to help support Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic vision." And, he denounced Russia’s continued military presence in the breakaway Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in violation of the cease-fire that ended the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict.
Patricia Martinez Dorner is an accomplished counselor, trainer, expert in mediation working with professionals and all member of the adoption triad.
Patricia Martinez Dorner MA, LPC, LMFT Adoption Counseling & Search
1. Trainings and Workshops
A professional speaker, Patricia is frequently invited as a keynote speaker. She is able to design a program to suit your needs and audience:
Trainings for professionals
Programs for adopted persons, birthparents, adoptive parents, persons interested in learning more about adoption
Some popular topics:
- Talking with your Child About Adoption
- Adoption is a Lifetime Experience
- Navigating Open Adoption
- Opening Closed and Semi Open Adoptions
- Open Adoption with Special Needs Children
- Understanding the Search and Its Impac
- Learning the Ropes of Searching-for Agency Professionals
- Ethics in the New Age of Adoption
- Open Adoption – A Family Systems Approach
- Am I Ready to Adopt?
- Birthparents Never Forget – Fostering Empathy & Understanding
- Birthfathers & Their Issues
- The Impact of Infertility in Adoption
Can be presented in English and Spanish
2. Adoption Exploration
Whether you are an expectant parent or a prospective adoptive parent, it is very important that you expose yourself to the issues that you may experience when adoption is your choice. Learn the realities and complexities involved in the adoption experience of all parties through the years. Through personal and professional immersion, Patricia demonstrates sensitivity to all parties, realistically teaching the issues that are consistently present regardless of the type of adoption you may have or consider.
3. Search and Reunion Assistance
Whether you are actively searching or considering a search, Patricia offers you her expertise. An expert in the field, she offers preparation to consider the dynamics you may face no matter what role you have. She also will act on your behalf, searching, making the contact and helping you to walk through the stages of this process. Many agencies contract with her, entrusting their files in order to provide these important services. Patricia also acts as a court appointed intermediary.
4. Opening Adoptions involving Minor Children
Families across the United States seek Patricia’s assistance in opening adoptions in order to establish contact between families by adoption and by birth. A leader in this area, Patricia has witnessed the multitude of benefits to the children and both their families when contact and relationships can evolve as in other families.
5. Open Adoption Education, Counseling and Support
Recognizing that truth and openness eliminate the need for secrecy, Patricia was a passionate voice and pioneer in the development of open adoption practice. She offers assistance at any point in time when you may wish to learn more about open adoption or seek support during the course of your adoption experience. She can assist you in the planning and exploration of a possible adoption between you as prospective adoptive parents and expectant parents who may be choosing adoption for your children.
6. Mediation and Short Term Counseling
Acknowledging the complexities of relationships, Patricia offers you mediation to assist your family deal with challenging situations. By giving you a respectful voice and problem solving skills, she assists you to arrive at a peaceful coexistence. She also offers you short term counseling.
New Course For Adoptive Families
Braids, Curls, Twists and Twirls
A How-To for Natural Black Hair Care
We’ve upgraded our hair care course! Braids, Curls, Twists & Twirls: A How-To for Natural Black Hair Care contains even more expert tips and new styles!
Your child’s hair is different than yours. It requires different care and styles, which can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming.
Recognizing and honoring these differences, and finding styles that look and feel good can make a big impact on your daughter’s sense of self. Learning to treat and style her hair can also help you feel better as a parent.
Using easy to follow how-to videos, our expert stylist walks you through basic care techniques and styles.
- Consider the impact hair care has on self esteem and cultural identity
- Learn basic techniques such as shampooing, conditioning and hair styling for different types of black hair
- Understand the myths vs. realities of caring for natural hair
Check out this clip from the course on flat twist styles:
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NOTICE: Bulgaria’s Ministry of Justice Announces New Guideline Enforcement for USCIS Approval After Expiration
Today the Ministry of Justice informed US adoption service providers of their decision regarding the registered prospective adoptive parents, whose USCIS approval for adoption has expired. Please note that pursuant to Art.29, par.7 of Ordinance No.13/2009, our foundation partners are required to present a new USCIS approval within 30 days following the expiration of the previous one. Otherwise the Ordinance provides for automatic removal from the register.
Until this decision, the Ministry of Justice demonstrated understanding and waited for prospective adoptive families to obtain a new approval and extended time for the prospective adoptive families to obtain a new USCIS approval, after the original approval had expired. The legal stipulation of 30-day’s is now in effect.
The Ministry of Justice will no longer accept statements from the prospective adoptive families or from the accredited agency representing them. According to the decision the Ministry of Justice will permit up to 60 additional days, ONLY if the prospective adoptive families present documentation issued by USCIS confirming that the prospective adoptive families have initiated the process of obtaining a new USCIS approval. Otherwise the prospective adoptive families will not be provided with an additional deadline and will be removed from the register after the expiration of the 30-day deadline stated in the Ordinance.