Ukrainian Embassy Open House in North Port, Florida, May 15

Ukrainian Embassy representatives will be in North Port, FL to handle various administrative processes for Ukrainian citizens.  They will also have an Open House on Saturday, May 15.  Adoptive families and young adults are invited to attend. 

For more information, contact  FRUA professional member Bohdana Puzyk, at

Are intercountry adoptions in children’s best interests?

By Robyn Wolfson Vorster

February 2021 was an awful month for intercountry adoptions. First, the Netherlands suspended them, then social development declared that children are better off in institutional care in South Africa than in family care outside the country. Without evidence, both decisions have been deemed in children’s best interests. But, has anyone asked the children?

It’s been almost two months since the Netherlands’ shock decision to halt all intercountry adoptions. The unilateral decision by then Minister of Legal Protection Sander Dekker, in response to the Joustra Committee’s report on the issue, is temporary and will not affect adoptions currently in process.

But experts warn that in an election year it may be months before a new government is able to re-evaluate the ban, and that because intercountry adoptions are so lengthy, delaying the screening of new adoptive parents may result in children spending much longer in institutional care.

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The Adoptive Difference: New Evidence on How Adopted Children Perform in School


A child who has been abandoned or removed from the care of both birth parents can gain much from being adopted into a loving family. Adoptive families typically provide the children in their care with residence in a safe, supportive neighborhood, attendance at a well-functioning, high-achieving school, and love, emotional support, and intellectual stimulation at home. These environmental benefits should enable the young person to rise above the loss of their birth parents and any adverse experiences and enable them to flourish—or so current models of children’s development would lead us to believe.

Yet adopted children and their parents often encounter unexpected difficulties, especially when the child gets to school. Our analysis of newly-released data from the U.S. Department of Education shows just how prevalent learning and behavioral issues are among adopted students in elementary, middle, and high school. The data derive from a 2016 survey of the parents and guardians of a nationally-representative sample of 14,075 students in public, private, charter, and home schools across the country. The sample included 436 adopted students.

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Happily Ever After!

Heart of the Matter Book List

Heart of The Matter Education shares a compiled list of their favorite children’s books and would like to share it with you. These books contain easy-to-understand lessons in family dynamics, touching stories of love, and adorable characters to help children understand what it means to be loved.

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Trust-Based Relational Intervention 3-Day Workshop

When: March 03, March 10, Marc 17 @8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Live via Zoom

Trust-Based Relational Intervention Workshop

Could your child or students’ behavior be willful of survival? Gain insight and learn strategies that deepen your connection, and empower a child’s internal and external environment. Lastly, gain proactive & responsive strategies when addressing behaviors & dysregulation.

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Understanding the Adoption Tax Credit


While Americans have a very positive view of adoption, a majority describe private adoptions as either expensive or very expensive. The Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) can help offset the cost and fees of an adoption process. But it is essential that prospective adoptive parents understand the basics of the credit before they can determine how much it can help them.

In this updated guide to understanding the adoption tax credit, we explain what the ATC is, how it is different from a tax deduction, how it works, and what the eligibility and qualifying expenses are. We also discuss proposed legislation to improve the ATC’s ability to help more families and strengthen opportunities for more children to thrive in permanent, loving families.

Note: This information is provided for general educational purposes and is not meant as tax advice. This is a general summary and does not cover each family’s unique situation. Consult a competent tax adviser for individual advice regarding your own situation.

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Bring Agnes Home

International Adoption is in danger of becoming non-existent at the hands of the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. It’s unconscionable how little regard they have for American families and their adopted children waiting abroad.

Take a moment to learn of one family’s 2 year stalled journey to bring their son home. Keep them in your prayers and consider sharing.  

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#BringAgnesHome #SaveAdoption

CDC Expands COVID-19 Testing to All Air Travelers Entering The US Effective January 26, 2021

We wanted to bring the following notice to your attention as it impacts families traveling for purposes of international adoption.

Please especially note the following:

“Before departure to the United States, a required test, combined with the CDC recommendations to get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days post-travel, will help slow the spread of COVID-19 within US communities from travel-related infections. Pre-departure testing with results known and acted upon before travel begins will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes.

Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.”

The requirement goes into effect on January 26th.

Free Webinar for Prospective Adoptive Parents

Adoption Finance 101: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Prospective Adoptive Parents

Monday, November 16th at 5pm ET/4pm CT

Feeling overwhelmed by the financial costs of adoption? Wondering where to start with grants, loans, and budgeting? Trying to figure out how the Adoption Tax Credit works? We are here to help!

In recognition of National Adoption Month, NCFA and Your Adoption Finance Coach are pleased to offer this FREE webinar for prospective adoptive parents.

Get the practical resources and up to date information you need to prepare for and navigate the complexities of financing an adoption.

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants, but if we hit capacity there will be an option to sign up for the wait list and receive a link to the recording.

Click HERE to register!

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Click here to download the “Discipline” PDF.

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