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IAC 231 Results

The following referral were issued in IAC Session 126 which was held on September 18, 2012. Download the PDF here.

An opportunity to learn with SPOON: Upcoming Classes

Nourish, Nurture, Attach: The feeding relationship and adoption

Nourish, Nurture, Attach: The feeding relationship and adoption – Live Webinar

Event Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012 | Noon – 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Intended Audience: Prospective Adoptive Parents, Adoptive Parents, Child Welfare Professionals

Fee: $15 per participant; separate registration required for each participant.

Even parents with thriving biological children get frazzled when their kids refuse to eat or limit their diet to a few select foods. This frustration is compounded for adoptive parents who have the additional pressure of getting their children nutritionally “caught up.” Unfortunately it is not uncommon for children who are entering a new family through adoption or foster care to have difficulty eating, develop rigid eating patterns, or refuse food all together (a.k.a. food aversion). On the other end of the spectrum, it is also not uncommon for post-adopted children to hoard food in the initial period home.

The goal of this presentation is to provide parents with practical, research-based information on ending the power struggles and restoring a positive feeding relationship that promotes attachment, trust, good nutrition and healthy weight.

Learn More & Register…

Feeding and Nutrition Considerations for Children with Special Needs: An overview

Feeding and Nutrition Considerations for Children with Special Needs: An overview – Live Webinar

Event Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012 | Noon – 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Intended Audience: Prospective Adoptive Parents, Adoptive Parents, Child Welfare Professionals

Fee: $15 per participant; separate registration required for each participant.

When adopting a child who has been identified as having a special need, there is more to consider than just the medical or behavioral diagnosis. One of the basic, foundational issues that must be addressed immediately is the child’s feeding and nutrition, which will almost certainly be more of a challange than for a child without an identified need.

The goal of this presentation is to offer parents an overview of the aspects of feeding and nutrition that are unique to children with special needs including those with Sensory Processing Disorder, low muscle tone, cerebral palsy, and cleft lip and palate

Learn More & Register…

HR-6027 To Provide Universal Intercountry Adoption Accreditation Standards

HR-6027 To Provide Universal Intercountry Adoption Accreditation Standards has now been introduced in the House. Sponsored by Sires (D-NJ) and co-sponsors Hahn (D-CA) Manzullo (R-IL)

Here is the corresponding House Bill for S. 3331 sponsored by Rep. Sires

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc strongly supports this legislation and will be working to move this initiative forward.

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) have introduced the “Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012” to provide universal intercountry adoption standards.

Hopscotch Adoptions is grateful for their efforts to improve the standards for all intercountry adoptions to ensure equity and protection for children and families.

Hopscotch Adoptions will provide updates on this legislation as it is available and request your supports as the process moves forward.

Sakhioba Ensemble

Sakhioba Ensemble | On Tour:  Oct-Nov 2012

Full Itinerary Here

Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Vermont, Boston

To say that Sakhioba’s recent UK tour created a stir would be a gross understatement. Audiences across the country were thrilled by the ensemble’s dazzling display of ringing harmonies, virtuosic yodelling, and nifty footwork, interspersed with soulful laments and love songs that seemed momentarily to stop the universe in its tracks. -Caroline Bithell, University of Manchester

Dedicated to reconstructing authentic performances of traditional vocal polyphony, dance, and instrumentals from Caucasus Georgia, the Sakhioba Ensemble, which means “sweet singing”, debuts their abundant talent in a sweeping tour of the US Northeast. Stay tuned for public workshops and masterclasses given by director Malkhaz Erkvanidze, one of the foremost authorities on the history, practice, and revival of Georgian Orthodox polyphonic chant.

Click here for Tour Website

Audio and Video links

First Georgian School in the Greater Washington, DC, Announced

GEORGIAN ASSOCIATION
IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC.
a non profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, founded in 1932

Dear Friends,

The Georgian Association in the USA, in collaboration with the St. Tamar Georgian Orthodox Church congregation is pleased to announce that the first Georgian School in the greater Washington, DC area will resume classes on November 3. The purpose of the school is to preserve and pass on proud Georgian heritage, culture and history to the children of Georgian immigrant families. By attending the classes, children also will learn and improve their Georgian language skills of speaking, reading and writing.

If you are interested in enrolling your child/children in the school’s fall class, please let us know by October 27, 2011.

To meet parents’ expectations and provide the best possible learning experience, the Georgian Association, with the greatly appreciated assistance from  Mrs. Nino Meladze-Zullo will distribute a brief questionnaire for parents to fill out.  Nino has more than 11 years of experience working in early childhood education and has been running the Georgian Sunday School for the past three years. We also would be happy to provide you with more details about the school upon request.

In anticipation of a fruitful school year, we look forward hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Nino Aduashvili
Executive Director
The Georgian Association in the USA

Kybele E-News, Fall 2012

Greetings from Down Under! I had the pleasure of recently representing Kybele at the 71stNational Scientific Congress of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists’ meeting held in Hobart, Tasmania September 28-October 2, 2012. The theme of the meeting, “Pushing the Boundaries”, was indeed that, as friends and distinguished speakers from across the globe came to discuss improving healthcare standards in low and middle resource settings.

Prior to traveling to Hobart, I attended the 3rd “Global Burden of Surgical Disease” meeting in Melbourne. The goal of the meeting was to assemble surgeons, anesthesiologists, policy makers and others to discuss challenges facing surgery and anesthesia in developing countries.

On a global scale, few people actually receive the surgery they need, including emergency cesarean section and obstetric care, resulting in premature death and disability.  This gravely impacts the individual family, as well as society, in many parts of the world.

On a global scale, few people actually receive the surgery they need, including emergency cesarean section and obstetric care, resulting in premature death and disability.  This gravely impacts the individual family, as well as society, in many parts of the world.

Both venues offered rich opportunities for networking with other organizations and individuals passionate about improving the quality and capacity of global health. As a community, we need to learn and discuss which interventions really work! In September 2013, Kybele will have the opportunity to help shape a future interdisciplinary global health meeting as the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence will be organized by Kybele secretary, Dr. Holly Muir, at Duke University Medical Center.

Stay tuned.

Medge Owen, President
Kybele, Inc.

Read more…

Adoption Tax Credit News

Click here to download “Views on Adoption Tax Credit: Do you believe the government should offer an Adoption Tax Credit for families who adopt?” (PDF)

News From Ghana

Congrats and Hurry Home Hopscotch family.  Visas issued to two beautiful children today!!!  We could not be more happy for your family!!!

News From Armenia

Hopscotch loves how this organization is working towards changing the social responsibility and acceptance of children and adults with disabilities.  Armenia’s first group home is a great model of success for challenged adults!  This is a beautiful mini-documentary that respectfully portrays life for a small group of adults living together in Armenia’s first group home.

Out of Sight – Out of Mind from Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri on Vimeo.

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