I’ll hold you in my heart…



Helpusadopt invites you to their NY meetup! See FAQ’s about this event below.



How can I invite a friend/family member/colleague to the event?

The more, the merrier! Feel free to forward this email to anyone who may be interested in attending.

I can’t attend for the whole time, can I still come?

Absolutely! Feel free to stop by when you can and stay for as long as you’d like!

I’m in the very beginning stages of the adoption process, should I still attend?

We invite all members of the adoption community to attend, even those just beginning the process!

Are children invited to the meetup?

We request that children not attend this particular meetup. As our meetups grow, we hope to have more targeted events and ones where children can attend!

Sayra Havranek, bCET
Manager of Communications and Development


Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP): Open Now


The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for the Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP).

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff point for these positions: These vacancy announcements will be open from February 19, 2019 to February 25, 2019 or when the application cutoff limit has been reached for each position. Each vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions is met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages. Veterans’ preference regulations apply.

(Student Trainee)



GS-04: HRSC/PATH-2019-0017
GS-05: HRSC/PATH-2019-0019
GS-07: HRSC/PATH-2019-0020

New York, NY


Student Trainees work closely with the U.S. diplomats and Civil Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. To witness and participate in U.S. foreign policy formulation and implementation, consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State.
The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions. This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Conversion to the competitive service is not guaranteed.

If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please contactPathways@state.gov or visit our forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.

Adoption saga: Americans forced to return Ugandan children

Accused. Ms Keren Riley, the director of
Accused. Ms Keren Riley, the director of Reunite, at the home of Mary Goretti Nakalanzi, mother of Viola Nakayondo, who was returned from the US. COURTESY PHOTO

What a tragic ending for the children and families! All the while, our Office of Children’s Issues are all too keen to take the word of anyone working against intercountry adoption vs   conducting their own investigation that would have dispelled false allegations of trafficking.

The Office of Children’s Issues has yet to validate a single trafficking case among any accredited US agencies.

Why has anyone in our own government not yet been held accountable for the destruction of these families? It’s time for our State Department’s leadership to be changed.

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Closure of Rwanda genocide orphanages exacts heavy toll

Closure of Rwanda genocide orphanages exacts heavy toll
Samuel and Solomon, lifelong friends, were separated when their orphanage closed [Anais Lopez/Al Jazeera]

Karongi, Rwanda -  Four years ago, Rwanda took the radical decision to begin shutting down all of its orphanages – a move that would have made it the first country in Africa to do so.

The 1994 genocide, in which almost a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred, had left the country with thousands of orphans.

Following the killings, foreign aid organisations set up dozens of orphanages, with the  number of institutions in the country rising from three to 34.

In 2012, the government announced that by the end of 2014 all of these orphanages would be closed.

The move followed a United Nations declaration that every child has the right to grow up in a family, and research showed that 70 percent of the children in care in Rwanda still had families.

The closures policy, whose deadline was extended in December 2014 and has still not been met, has been fraught with difficulty, however, both for the children and the institutions raising them.

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Armenian Children Waiting for Forever Families


Hopscotch is committed to helping every waiting child to have a forever family. Armenian children are waiting for families. With the lowest international fee ever, what’s holding you back. Give us a call to learn more.#adoption #specialneeds #downsyndrome #armenia #affordableadoption

Post Adoption Support for All North Carolina Families: Here Is Your Free 2019 Directory!

NC Post Adoption Support 2019

Applicants Can Now Request Certificates of Citizenship Online!

Filing on line for Citizenship_jpg 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that applicants can now complete and file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 online.

“One of the major burdens to both benefit seekers and the agency’s adjudicators is the costly, time consuming, and cumbersome process of traditional paper filing,” said USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna. “This addition to our online capabilities is yet another positive advancement toward a more efficient and convenient filing experience for everyone involved.”

Applicants can file Form N-600 to obtain a Certificate of Citizenship for themselves or their minor children if they:

  • Were born abroad and are claiming U.S. citizenship at birth through their parents; or
  • Automatically became a U.S. citizen after birth, but before they turned 18 years old.

Applicants can file Form N-600K if they regularly reside in a foreign country and want to claim U.S. citizenship based on their parents. Applicants must secure lawful admission to the U.S. to complete Form N-600K processing. Children of U.S. service members have separate requirements for naturalization under INA Section 322.

Forms N-600 and N-600K are part of the growing number of documents that USCIS has made available for easy and convenient online filing. This list includes:

  • Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card;
  • Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings;
  • Form N-400, Application for Naturalization; and
  • Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document.

To file a Form N-600 or N-600K online, an applicant must first create a USCIS online account. Through an online account, the applicant can securely and conveniently:

  • Complete Form N-600 or N-600K;
  • Submit accompanying evidence;
  • Upload passport-style photos;
  • Pay the filing fee;
  • Respond to USCIS requests for evidence;
  • Monitor the status of their application; and
  • Manage their contact information, including updating their address.

Attorneys and accredited representatives who have an online account can also file online for their clients and perform the above listed functions.

USCIS still accepts the latest paper version of Forms N-600 and N-600K. Because military service members do not pay a filing fee when submitting Form N-600 on their own behalf, they cannot currently file this application online.

USCIS is using innovation and technology to meet the needs of applicants, employees, and stakeholders. Regardless of the paper or electronic format of an application, USCIS is committed to ensuring a secure and efficient process for all applicants.

For more information on USCIS and our programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), and Facebook (/uscis).

See our Contact Us page for phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

U.S. Department of State Fall 2019 Student Internship Program (unpaid): Now Accepting Applications

The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Fall 2019 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Please visit the Intern page of our Careers site for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2019 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to learn about the selection process and which office may be right for you.

Visit USAJOBS.gov to view and apply to the announcement: U.S. Department of State Fall 2019 Student Internship Program (unpaid). Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is February 28, 2019.

We suggest that you submit your application as early as possible to insure that all documents have been uploaded properly and to account for any technical glitches that may occur.

U.S. citizenship is required. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

FREE Webinar Tomorrow: Expectations in Adoption and Foster Care


Often families enter foster care or adoption with unhealthy, unrealistic expectations that leave them feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and disappointed.

Join adoptive mom and Harmony Family Center’s Education and Training Coordinator at 8:30 PM EDT on Tuesday, January 29, for an hour long discussion of how trauma informed, developmentally sound expectations can create healthier relationships and promote healing in traumatized children.

Use this link to register: https://tinyurl.com/MeetingYourKids-WhereTheyAre

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