Traveling to Adopt During Covid-19

We were ready. We had completed all of the paperwork and it was time bring home our daughter-to-be, Sofija! The countdown was on and we were leaving to adopt her in seven days!

Then came the news that President Trump closed the borders to travelers from Europe. Fearing the worst we immediately began communicating with our agency, Hopscotch Adoptions. Serbia was still open and the decision was ours. Travel or wait and see? We had a quick meeting with our family and the decision was unanimous – pick up Sofija now! But then on March 15, our plans came to a screeching halt when Serbia’s President Aleksander Vucic declared a state of emergency, and nearly every flight in the world was canceled due to Covid-19. We were in limbo as we watched the news and prayed.

Nearly two months later in mid-May, we opened our emails to amazing news! We had been invited to come to Serbia and begin the final stages of our adoption process in-country on June 1… if we were willing to follow certain requirements. Booking flights turned out to be more challenging than we expected, so much so that this mama emailed the White House about 15 times begging for a ride. Finally we got some help from Adoption Airfare who found us a route to Belgrade!

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Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) In Honor of Father’s Day

Thanks Viviane Martini for this great opportunity!

The Sizemore Family just made a donation in honor of all fathers of children with special needs, that are able to remain present and support their family, as best they can and to those who choose to be the father to children with special needs when their first fathers could not.

Happy Father’s Day!

9th Annual Gather for the Gift – Adoption Grants – Gift of Adoption Fund

Join us for an online auction extended through June 19, 7 PM (CST)

To continue to do our part during these times, we have made the decision to hold our 9th Annual Gather for the Gift event via a virtual giving model. The Online auction is extended through June 19, 7 PM (CST).

Win some amazing items while helping children be adopted in loving families! Please share this auction with anyone who may be interested in the available items or in supporting Gift of Adoption.

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The First-Ever Adopted Gerber Baby is Here & Just Look at That Face

Source: https://www.yahoo.com

By Amelia Edelman

Gerber has been making waves in recent years with its always-adorable, and now more diverse than ever, roster of spokes-babies. In 2018 we were psyched to report on its first-ever selection of a Gerber Baby with Down syndrome, 1-year-old Lucas Warren; 2019’s winner, 15-month-old Kairi Yang, was the first Gerber Baby of Hmong descent. And now the iconic baby food brand has made another powerful choice, announcing that its 2020 Gerber Baby is Magnolia Earl, who is adopted. Little Magnolia is the first adopted Gerber Baby since the company began this tradition back in 1928.

“This is incredible,” Magnolia’s mom Courtney Earl said on TODAY on Friday, May 8, when Gerber’s selection was announced. “It means that when people see our families, or if you see a family that doesn’t necessarily match, that you don’t have to question the belonging of anybody in that family.”

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NYTimes.com: An Adoption, a Pandemic and an Evacuation by Maria Abi-Habib

The Mosiers flew to India in March to pick up their daughter. The country locked down before they could leave.

Source: nytimes.com

By Maria Abi-Habib

The little girl, her black curls tumbling over her eyes and her slight frame uncomfortably splayed out on the airplane seat, hid crayons in her armpits the entire flight. She was puzzled how they, like the new people called Mom and Dad sitting next to her, now belonged to her.

Her new parents, Seth and Meg Mosier, looked to each other. Were they doing things right? It was not their first emergency evacuation — they had escaped war and violence before — but it was their first on a one-way flight from India sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And certainly their first with a little girl they had just adopted as a deadly pandemic swirled around the world.

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C.A.S.E. Offer’s FREE Code For May 2020 Webinar & More!

The Center for Adoption Support and Education: FREE code for May’s live stream webinar plus resources for adoptive, foster families!

View C.A.S.E May 2020 Newsletter

Adoption Is Not Cancelled

USCIS June 4 Extension of Closure: Now For The Good News – Adoptions Are Still Being Processed by The USCIS Texas Lock Box Location

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to re-open in compliance with local and state orders, on or after June 4. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public while the offices are temporarily closed. During this time, individuals may still submit applications and petitions to USCIS. Online filing remains the most convenient and interactive way to submit forms, check the status of your case, and receive notices.

Field Office and ASC Appointments, Naturalization Ceremonies, InfoPass
USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the extended temporary closure. When USCIS again resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule ASC appointments due to the temporary office closure. Individuals will receive a new appointment letter in the mail. Those who had InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public again.

Asylum Office Interviews
USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews. When the interview is rescheduled, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date and location of the interview.

Please check to see if the respective office has been reopened before calling the USCIS Contact Center.

In-Person Public Engagements
Additionally, USCIS is postponing all in-person public engagement and outreach events for the duration of the temporary office closure. Please contact public.engagement@uscis.dhs.gov if you have an immediate engagement question during this time.

For More Information
USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidance in response to this situation. Please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for updates.

Education and precautions are the strongest tools against infection. Get the latest facts by visiting the CDC’s COVID-19 website. Continue to practice good health habits, refrain from handshakes or hugs as greetings, and clean hands and surfaces appropriately.

Spread The Word: FREE Live Webinar Resource!

Would My Child Benefit From Medication?

 

While families are home practicing social distancing during this COVID-19 health crisis, they can still rely on Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) for guidance, support and virtual educational resources like our upcoming live stream webinar.

Spread the Word! Thursday, April 23, from 1:00pm-2:30pm EST, C.A.S.E.’s live stream webinar, “Would My Child Benefit From Medication?” will be presented by Consulting Psychiatrist Dr. Lisa Cullins. Parents will learn what to consider and what questions they should ask of their treatment providers when making decisions about appropriate use of medication for their child.

Thanks to our partnership with Jockey Being Family, the first 600 registrants are FREE! Certificates of Attendance are provided for all webinar participants who attend the live or extended access. This month’s webinar registration details are below.

We hope you would find this resource as a useful tool to share with your network of families in the adoptive, kinship and foster care community.

Live Stream Strengthening Your Family Webinar – April 23, 2020

Register Now

Would My Child Benefit From Medication?

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST

COST: Thanks to Jockey Being Family, the first 600 registrants are FREE with code MEDICATION*

PRESENTER: C.A.S.E. Consulting Psychiatrist Dr. Lisa Cullins

Extended access will be available from April 24 – May 24

*For professionals only, CEU’s are available with a $15 paid registration. Learn more.

Heart of the Matter Education: A Different Kind of Discipline Now Offered @ $35.00

Child DisciplineThis 1 hour course guides participants through key principles related to discipline and also provides concrete tools that parents can utilize in their own homes.

It discusses how families can provide firm, fair and loving discipline in away that is compatible with the science of child development.

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