You’re Invited!! Kybele, Inc and Novant Present the Global Health Symposium, Saturday March 5th

Print Kybele, Inc. in partnership with Novant Health’s Maya Angelou Women’s Health & Wellness Center invites you to join us for the inaugural Novant Global Health Symposium, Saturday March 5th from 8am – 4pm in the Novant Health Conference Center. The event is FREE with the donation of a first-aid item or items.

The objective of the conference is to inform local healthcare providers and the general public about global health opportunities, how best to prepare, how international service builds cultural competency, and why global health is important to the local community.  The keynote speaker from a Center for Disease Control will focus on the issues of fighting Ebola from the front lines, the cultural implications for the local communities and the logistics/strategies involved with coordinating multiple organizations/agencies to prevent the spread of the disease.
Also attending, physicians from three countries (Ghana, Armenia, Serbia), which have benefited from the global health involvement of Piedmont Triad based physician and nursing staff.  In addition, there will be a “Marketplace” of local organizations, faith-based groups, and service organizations dedicated to serving vulnerable populations domestically and abroad.

To register, click here.

To learn more, click here.

International Search and Reunion: A Conversation with Susan Soonkeum Cox

By Susan Soonkeum Cox


Every adoptee has their own personal and unique adoption story. That history is a part of who they are, and remains a part of them as they move from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood.

As intercountry adoption has changed over the years, more international adoptees have become interested in searching for information and trying to learn more about their families, countries, and cultures of origin. An adoption search and/or reunion for an intercountry adoptee may look very different from one undertaken by a person adopted in the U.S. Typically an international adoption search will require working with officials in another country and dealing with complex legal issues, language translation, and cultural differences. To better understand the international search and reunion process, NCFA asked Susan Soonkeum Cox, Vice President of Policy and External Affairs at Holt International and a Korean adoptee, to share some of her own personal experiences.

Continue Reading.

Building Attachment From Day One In Country: by Melissa Nichols and Todd Nichols

Child%20holding%20adult%20parent%20arm%20sad Do you have a game plan for building attachment when you travel to meet your future child?  The Family Attachment Center of Minnesota has some great games and resources for families just beginning and those that are already home.  Whether your child is at risk for attachment disorder or not, these are great games to reinforce intimacy between the parent and child relationship.  Be sure to print this and take it with you when you travel!  

Download PDF.

Armenia: Checkmate!

543cc02249cb411872d4b22d4220e3bd Armenia: the cleverest nation on earth.  Click here to learn more.

NCFA’s 2016 Policy Priorities and Adoption-Related Legislation

By Megan Lestino and Erin Bayles


Since our inception in 1980, National Council For Adoption (NCFA) has served as a strong and principled advocate for children outside of family care, adopted individuals, adoptive families, birth parents, and the public at-large. Motivated by the belief that every child deserves to thrive in a loving, safe, and permanent home, NCFA continues to support laws, policies, and practices to help promote permanency for the many children worldwide living without permanent families.

Our January Adoption Advocate is always dedicated to presenting NCFA’s policy priorities for the coming year and related legislation. NCFA rarely endorses specific legislation, but instead prioritizes educating key legislators and policymakers on the policies and practices that will provide essential services and the best possible support for children outside permanent family care, adopted individuals, birth parents, and adoptive families. At present, we are beginning the 2nd year of the 114th United States Congress, which began January 3, 2015 and continues until January 3, 2017. As we outline our priorities generally in this article, we will also take the opportunity to mention current pending legislation that is related to NCFA’s legislative priorities.

Continue Reading.

Empathy & Encouragement


What Is Adoption Medicine? (by NCFA)

Adoption Medicine: Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Adopted Children

By Dr. Emily Todd First, let me answer the question on everyone’s mind: What is adoption medicine? Children who join families through adoption may have special health, behavioral, and developmental needs. Adoption medicine addresses those needs with the family in all phases of the adoption journey. Those of us in adoption medicine are typically pediatricians, but we have a variety of additional training beyond pediatrics, in areas such as genetics, infectious diseases, global health, and developmental or behavioral pediatrics. We apply our skills in all phases of the adoption journey – both before and long after an adoption to help children adopted via all types of adoption.

Within the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there exists the Council on Foster Care, Adoption, & Kinship Care (COFCAKC). This is a group of pediatricians with a special interest in adoption, kinship care, and foster care. These pediatricians are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children and youth in foster care and kinship care, as well as those who have been placed in permanent adoptive families.

Read more (PDF)

FREE to Hopscotch Adoption Families: Your Adoption Finance Coach News and Tips

News and Tips from the Coach

Happy 2016!

Welcome to News and Tips from the Coach, a new monthly newsletter which we will be bringing you every month, filled with financial tips and news to share with your clients and staff.

We realize that putting together the financial side of the adoption process is complicated and confusing.  Our experienced coaches work with families everyday helping them to work through some of the complex areas such as the Adoption Tax Credit, updated loans and grants and how to create a financial strategy that doesn’t wipe out their savings or put them into debt! 

There is no simple answer, as we tell most of our families, but it’s a lot easier if you have a plan — and that’s where our team of Adoption Finance Coaches come in! Each family is assigned their own Coach who has expertise in helping them to create a comprehensive plan that fits their budget 

We hope you’ll find this new resource helpful! We look forward to bringing you each month the most up-to-date adoption financial information, tips and tidbits to share with your team and your families!

Enjoy our first edition and here’s to a prosperous and healthy New Year!

Your Adoption Finance Coach Team
Kelly, Brandi, Elicia, and Cathi

Your Adoption Coach Radio

Even though our radio show is no longer doing LIVE broadcasts we still maintain the content on the show in replays each week.

Each month we’ll be highlighting one of our favorite broadcasts to share with you! 

This months highlight: Adoption Tax Credit, with Becky Wilmoth. Becky and the team at Bill’s Tax Service continue to be a valuable resource to us for information about the Adoption Tax Credit.  Becky as appeared several times on our show to share updates and information about the tax credit.  Click on the image to hear Becky talk about this important topic!

It’s January…start thinking about your TAXES!

Probably THE most asked question that our coaches get is how does the adoption tax credit work and how much is it?  We sponsor twice a year, Becky Wilmoth from Bill’s Tax Service who does a live webinar for our families.  It’s a very popular session, Becky is one of the experts in this area.  If you are a current affiliate agency then your families can register via the agency portal.  All of our webinars are FREE to our families and agencies.

For completed adoptions in 2015, filing in 2016 the Adoption Tax Credit amount is $13,400.  What most do not understand is the fact that it is a credit not refundable and that trips most people up.  A credit reduces the overall tax liability and may or may not produce a refund but in most cases it does.  If you expect your adoption to be complete in 2016, then the credit goes up to $13,460.  This is a small increase compared to previous years, but an increase nonetheless.  If you’d like to learn more about the Adoption Tax Credit, here are some valuable websites and resources for you: 

    Don’t forget to check your State — many have additional tax credits that can be applied to completed adoptions! 



neglected-child-brain We were well into the third year of our family’s new normal, before I had come to the realization that things really were different for us. That no, all kids really don’t do this-whatever “this” may mean at the moment-and that we were not imagining the stress. We were not imagining the frustration. It took nearly four years to accept that the challenges we were facing couldn’t simply be dealt with by working harder or doing more. It took nearly four years to come to terms with the fact that living in a family with children who have experienced early childhood trauma(s) can be an isolating, lonely, and oddly enough traumatizing endeavor, with very unique and difficult challenges. So few on the outside can understand what it’s like to live inside our walls. That is not to suggest whatever is inside our neighbor’s walls is more or less difficult, just different perhaps. Below is my imperfect attempt to give words to some of our family’s daily struggles.

Read more.

We’ve Got Your Back: Lilit In America!


The Green Light – January 22, 2016

_62A6622 After reviewing all information, Dr. Caridi and his team decided that Lilit is, indeed, a candidate for spinal surgery that will significantly enhance her quality of life as well as prevent additional health problems in adolescence.

Lilit’s ten-hour surgery will be complicated, removing several ribs and vertebrae and inserting a metal rod to reduce the 120 degree curvature of her spine.  If all goes as planned, Lilit will not need additional surgeries or follow-up care in the future.  Rehabilitation could take as long as two months, however.

Lilit’s surgery is scheduled for January 27.

Learn more about Lilit’s journey.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 248 other followers

%d bloggers like this: