Colombia Child Hosting Opportunities for North Carolina and New York Families!

Children’s Home International shared the great news of their upcoming Colombian hosting, in partnership with Frontier Horizons Hosting Organization.  This is just in time to bring a child home for the Christmas Holidays in December, and opportunity to share your family traditions and learn about the child’s cherished traditions as well.  Approximately 15 children have been prepared for this experience and any family that may possibly be open to adoption or may know other families that may also be open to adoption, is encouraged to quickly contact Children’s House International. This group of children ready for being hosted, consist of individual boys, individual girls and sibling groups comprised of both boys and girls.  

This is a great way for family to have these children in your home and to experience a glimmer of what life could be with a new child in your family. After the hosting experience, should both the child and family wish to pursue the adoption, the family would work with Children’s House International, as the designated Primary Provider for this program.

Host families are required by the Colombian government to undergo a Hosting Home and Safety Visit and Report.  Families will also be provided specialized education prior to the arrival of the host child and will be supported by the hosting organization for the duration of the hosting period.  If the adoption is determined to be the family’s and child’s next steps, a prospective adoptive family would then undergo a fully Hague compliant home study.

Interested host families should directly contact Kathy at Children’s House International OR Vincent at Frontier Horizons for more information. 

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc. is prepared to conduct the necessary Hosting Home and Safety Visit and Report and maybe, should your hearts be so inclined, Hopscotch will have the honor of preparing your family for an adoption, completing your fully Hague compliant required home study and required post adoption reports for your future new family member. 

Download “Adoption from Columbia” to learn how you can adopt a Columbian child (PDF)

Download “Waiting Children in Columbia” to view children awaiting a home (PDF)

Hopscotch is pleased to announce the successful Accreditation by the Central Authority of Ghana

NCFA Launches New Research Project

Profiles in Adoption is an ongoing research project intended to explore the demographic characteristics and personal experiences of adoptive parents and adopted individuals.

Calling all Adoptive Parents! NCFA invites you to participate in a national survey of adoptive parents. This survey is Part One of the Profiles in Adoption Project and is intended for all adoptive parents*, regardless of how long ago the adoption was completed or the type of adoption (intercountry, private domestic, and adoption from foster care). This research is intended to fill some critical gaps in adoption data that will strengthen the work of policymakers and adoption professionals and better support adoptive families. 

We will make the results free and publicly available so they can be used to improve adoption education and training, to advocate for needed post-adoption resources, and to inform policymakers and other decision-makers as they craft legislation and policy changes regarding adoption. Survey participants will have the opportunity to be entered to win one of 150 Amazon $25 gift cards. For more information about the Profiles in Adoption research project, including our plans to do a second survey for adopted individuals, please visit Profiles in Adoption – this page provides a complete overview of the research project and includes social media graphics you can save and use to help us spread the word about the survey.

*This project is not intended for stepparent adoption situations.

Take the Survey!

New Trainings from Harmony Family Center!

New Harmony Family Center Trainings announced!

See full schedule and register at this link.

7/26/21: Advocating for Your Foster/Adopted Child at School

7/27/21: De-escalation Tools and Techniques

8/10/21: Sensory and Somatic Strategies for Regulation

8/30/21: Therapeutic Parenting 101: What’s Up with My Kid and How Can I Help?

9/16/21: Therapeutic Parenting 101: All About Attachment

9/27/21: How to Talk to Your Child about Suicide  ::always a free class::

Certificates of participation will be emailed to those who attend webinars.

*Please note: Current Tennessee foster families and those who have adopted via foster care in TN, please inquire for special registration instructions. Tennessee families will receive a certificate of attendance for the live event, certificates will not be issued for watching on-demand recordings.

BULGARIA: US Embassy Update for Adoptive Parents

This is an update of the U.S. Embassy policy regarding the visits of the fully vaccinated adoptive parents to the Embassy (that is, two weeks have passed since they received the full course of COVID-19 vaccination).

Under the updated policy, the fully vaccinated adoptive parents do not need to be in Bulgaria for five days prior to their appointment at the Embassy if they do not have symptoms and have not been in contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive.

Anyone not fully vaccinated must still wait 10 days after entering Bulgaria before entering the embassy. 

Good News!! New Medical Grant for Adoptive Families!

Source: https://adoptioncouncil.org

What if we could further journey with families, once adoption has been finalized, by offering Medical Care grants to help offset healthcare expenses?

This was the question Show Hope Founders, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, asked themselves when dreaming how to further address the medical needs of children who are in need of a permanent, loving family through adoption.

That dream, which began percolating in the early days of 2020, became a reality later that fall when Show Hope awarded its first two Medical Care grants.

Of the more than 15 million children who have been orphaned around the world—having lost both parents—and the estimated 125,000 children in the U.S. Foster Care system who have had parental rights terminated, a majority of these children have complex medical and special needs. In 2014, one report showed that 88.5 percent of children involved in unrelated, domestic adoptions had special needs, and according to the adoption agency Holt International, 68 percent of the intercountry adoptions they processed in 2019 involved children with special needs.

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Notice to Adoptive Parents From The US Embassy In Sofia, Belgrade

Entering the summer season we continue to deal with staffing gaps in addition to scheduling challenges related to COVID-19. We will try our best to schedule interviews on amenable dates, but we ask you to remain flexible. There may be situations where we will need you to reschedule appointments within a reasonable timeframe.

Our foremost goal remains keeping applicants and Embassy staff safe during the pandemic. The current U.S. Embassy Sofia-wide COVID-19 safety protocols require that anyone not fully vaccinated must wait 10 days after entering Bulgaria before entering the embassy, and then they may visit the embassy if they do not have symptoms and have not been in contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive. If an individual is fully vaccinated (that is, two weeks have passed since they received the full course of COVID-19 vaccination) and are symptom free, we may be allowed to grant an exception allowing them to enter the Embassy five days after arrival. If an individual is vaccinated and needs an appointment in less than five days, please email iv_sofia@state.gov.

If you process adoption cases where the adoptive parents have already scheduled final interviews or you have cases that may be scheduled for final interview in the near future, please check whether the parents would meet the requirements of the above embassy policy. The situation with Covid-19 in Bulgaria remains fluid. As the situation evolves we will update you on any protocol changes.

We take this opportunity to remind you that all visitors over two years of age on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Anyone who feels ill on the day of their appointment should reschedule their interview and not enter the embassy.

Gift of Adoption Clarifies When A Home Study Is Not Required To Apply For An Adoption Grant

We have received questions about our Home Study requirement and if families who are not required to have a home study are eligible for a Gift of Adoption grant.

Yes – if a home study is not required in order to complete an adoption, the family is eligible to apply. We will ask the agency or attorney to provide a statement attesting that a home study is not required for the family to upload as part of their application packet in lieu of a home study. 


See more information here or contact bmurphy@giftofadoption.org with any questions.

S.O.S: The Adoption Tax Credit REFUNDABILITY Act is back!

Adoption Tax Credit Working Group 
Outreach from the Executive Committee

We all extend our sincere thanks to Representatives Danny K. Davis (D-IL) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) for introducing the bipartisan Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2021 (S. 1156/H.R. 3031). Please find a press release here.

We think this bill has the best chance we’ve seen recently to become law. But we need your help! Please take a few minutes to spread the word and ask additional Members of Congress to co-sponsor this important legislation. And please forward this email to your friends, neighbors, colleagues, clients, members and others you think might be interested, so that they can also reach out to their Senators and House members on this new co-sponsorship opportunity!

Here is what YOU can do to turn this bill into a reality for children and families:

  • Encourage your lawmakers to support the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2021. Find your Member of Congress by clicking here.
  • Spread the word and share the press release however you can (social media, newsletters, etc.). Encourage every to contact their members of Congress today to ask them to cosponsor the bill. Check out the ATCWG social media posts here and here.
  • Tweet your own messages and retweet the ones we will be providing (@AdoptTaxCredit). Tag your Members of Congress.
  • It’s particularly important to reach out to Members of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways & Means Committee.

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 heritageuki@gmail.com.

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