Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks in Honor of National Adoption Month at the USCIS Citizenship Ceremony for Internationally Adopted Children
“…And I want to thank USCIS for – I want to thank you for partnering with this effort. We want to make sure that governments around the world play by the same set of rules when it comes to intercountry adoption, putting the health and welfare of children first.
And as we mark National Adoption Month, that’s what our embassies will be emphasizing. Because we think of intercountry adoption is an important matter of foreign policy. It provides the opportunity for loving parents to offer a permanent home and a family for children who need that. And it deepens and enriches our culture and builds on one of America’s greatest strengths, our diversity So this is a special time to welcome new members to the American family…”
Hopscotch staff attended the NC Infant/Young Child Mental Health Association Conference and Annual Meeting Exploring the Foundations of Parent-Child Relationships on November 9, 2012.
The conference was an invaluable experience, which we hope will translate into better support for our families, as you each navigate your way through parenting children that have experienced deprivation.
The guest speaker, Dr. Edward Tronic, presented his research, the Flat Face project. Notably, children residing in institutional care, being cared for by mothers suffering from post partum depression or poor quality child care, are at high risk for developing mental health challenges and developmental delays.
Hopscotch continues to value ongoing training and as we learn, we will share with you too.
Dr. Ed Tronick, director of UMass Boston’s new Infant-Parent Mental Health Program and Distinguished Professor of Psychology, discusses the cognitive abilities of infants to read and react to their social surroundings. The video is an excerpt from Lovett Productions’ , HELPING BABIES FROM THE BENCH: USING THE SCIENCE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD IN COURT.
Using the “Still Face” Experiment, in which a mother denies her baby attention for a short period of time, Dr. Tronick describes how prolonged lack of attention can move an infant from good socialization, to periods of bad but repairable socialization. In “ugly” situations the child does not receive any chance to return to the good, and may become stuck.
In 7 days, SOAR will be hosting an online auction to raise funds for the orphaned Armenian children in Armenia, Artsakh, Javakh, and Lebanon. We have more than 500 items available, all of which will make excellent gifts as the holidays approach!
We will feature art, books, clothing, hand-crafts by the orphaned children in Armenia, jewelry, sports memorabilia, and vacation packages. We will also offer many items for sale, including the funding of capital projects, sponsorships, and the hosting of Christmas parties for the 25 orphanages we support. Unlike those for bid, the full amount of these “straight sales” will be used exclusively and completely for that specific item.
The auction opens on November 20, 2012, and will continue through December 5, 2012. Please check out the SOAR Auction to peruse the wonderful items we have available.
Thank you in advance for your support of our orphaned Armenian children!
The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children. Working with a loyal donor base and a trusted network of partners, SOAR distributes clothing, educational supplies, medicine, and other essential resources to orphaned Armenian children throughout the world.
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