Take Adoptive Families’ Cost & Timing Survey for the chance to win a charitable donation in your name

22e17329-0631-4481-baca-36b238367676 Did you adopt a child in 2013 or 2014? If so, please share the cost and timing of your adoption by taking Adoptive Families‘ survey. You’ll help prospective adoptive families by providing up-to-date information.

Each year, Adoptive Families polls readers to get the real story on the average cost and length of time it takes to complete an adoption. We frequently hear from families just starting out in adoption that our Adoption Cost Breakdowns, based on the final survey results, are immensely helpful to them.

We’re pleased to once again offer a special giveaway to encourage more families to share their adoption experiences. If more than 1,000 parents who adopted in 2013 or 2014 complete this year’s survey, we will randomly select one participant and donate $250 to the adoption organization of his or her choice!

UPDATE: We are so close to our goal of 1,000 completed surveys—we need just 119 more parents to participate! Please take the survey today if you adopted in 2013 or 2014, and forward to any other families you know who did.

Take the 2013-2014 Adoption Cost & Timing Survey

Nappies For Nork Raffle and Fundraiser

Nappies%20for%20Nork%20Raffle%20WBanner%202015 Nork orphanage is in dire need of disposable diapers and while it should be the responsibility of the Armenian government to supply those basic necessities, we all know the reality and economic constraints.

Let’s do a little quick math. In the US, you can purchase a brand-name diaper for between 15 and 30 cents each. In Armenia, they are a bit more expensive, so for ease of calculating, let’s say it’s 25 to 50 cents, depending on the size and brand. That means that for $1.50 to $3.00 a child at Nork can be clean and comfortable for an entire day. For around $70 a child has diapers for an entire month. Approximately $135 will keep every child at Nork in fresh diapers for a 24 hour period.

SOAR has already set up a diaper fund and you can make a tax deductible donation here: http://soar-us.org/donate.html. If you make a contribution in any amount between now and Easter Sunday and let me know at viviane8@yahoo.com, you will be entered into a drawing for these and other items:

News from Armenia: Congrats to our Hopscotch family on their successful court today!

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Hopscotch Values Our Membership with the National Council for Adoption

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It was such a pleasure to visit and reconnect with the staff of NCFA.  Together we attended the USCIS Intercountry Adoption Stakeholders Meeting on March 17, 2015.  It was nice to meet in person with the Children’s Issues officers.  Meeting in person allowed for a fresh perspective on the work they do within the constraints of each country and also within our own country’s limitations.  We can truly appreciate the magnitude of work they are undertaking to insure legal and ethical adoptions take place in the best interest of all children.  Thank you Megan Lestino for picking me up from the airport and getting me back on my way home.   Looking forward to seeing all of you again in June for the NCFA/JCICS conference!  

Children Are Waiting: Every Child Is Worthy of a Permanent Family

Orphans of Serbia

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A Giant Shadow

Source: http://www.si.com

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Aaron Levi wanted to know who he was, where he came from, where he belonged. His curiosity was born of a feeling that he was different. He was a biracial child adopted by a white couple when he was six months old. Taller than his schoolmates at almost every age, he was 6′ 5" by the time he left high school. He was also gay—and, he said, desperately trying to hide it.

At South Eugene (Ore.) High in the early 1980s he passed himself off as a New Waver, shaping his hair into a flattop, listening to British reggae. He loved to draw, and he began to identify as an artist. Because of his height and color, he said people assumed that he played basketball. But he had little interest in sports.

Classmates often asked him, “What are you?” Some figured he was Greek, Italian or Middle Eastern. When he grew older and moved to Northern California to attend art school, a few people spoke to him in Spanish, assuming he was Latino. He noticed how African-Americans gave him a brotherly nod.

He imagined his biological parents as romantic partners happy to have given him flesh and blood. He learned later, through his own experience, the pain of the adoption process, both for himself and for his birth mother. “When you are adopted,” he said, “rejection is woven into your DNA.”

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Watchtower of Morocco on Vimeo

See video.

Walking through the streets of Marrakech, Essaouira, Fes el Bali and Casablanca.. taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful place. I just wish my camera had shown the true beauty of Morocco.

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Children Are Waiting: Every Child Is Worthy of a Permanent Family

Family Meeting

This is the moment we were finally given Eman to be a part of our family. We were at the Southern Fried Chicken in Accra, Ghana.

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News From Armenia: 6 Families Were Invited to Officially Register With Their Waiting Children!!!

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Revised Forms I-600A and I-600 News

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Dear Stakeholder,

We would like to inform you that a revised Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative and Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, are now available for use.

Applicants may begin using the revised forms today. Applicants may continue to use other previously accepted versions until March 23, 2015, at which point only the most current version will be accepted.

Kind Regards,

USCIS Public Engagement Division

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