South Africa Program Announcement

th Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is pleased announce a pilot network South Africa program in partnership with Spence-Chapin! Spence-Chapin is one of three agencies worldwide that has been accredited by the South Africa government to place South African children into permanent and loving families. Hopscotch will be working exclusively with North Carolina families ready to develop a dossier, to be registered in South Africa’s re-structured and Hague compliant adoption program.

Want to get started today?  You’ll want to click here to get your home study underway immediately.  Want to learn more about Spence-Chapin’s South Africa placing program click here.

Colombia Program Announcement

th Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is pleased announce a pilot network Colombia program in partnership with Spence-Chapin! Spence-Chapin is one of very few agencies worldwide that has been accredited by the Colombian government to place Colombian children into permanent and loving families.  Hopscotch will be working exclusively with North Carolina families ready to develop a dossier, to be registered in Colombia’s re-structured and Hague compliant adoption program. 

Want to get started today?  You’ll want to click here to get your home study underway immediately.  Want to learn more about Spence-Chapin’s Colombia placing program click here.

School’s In Session!

4 Keys to Help Your Adopted Child Thrive at School

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Live Webinar

Tuesday
September 17, 2013
7:00PM Central
Q&A: 8:00PM

Can’t make it on the 17th?
Don’t worry, we’re recording the webinar! Register for the live event and the recording will appear in your account as soon as it’s available.

Each school year can bring a new set of challenges to adopted kids, no matter how old they are. Facing new school projects and explaining adoption to new classmates can bring on different feelings as children grow.

Join us for a webinar featuring adoptive mom and adoption therapist Judy Stigger, LCSW and Carmen Knight, an internationally adopted person and teacher who works with many adopted kids.

Judy and Carmen will share both professional advice and personal experiences to help parents:

  • Understand what questions, concerns and capabilities children have at different ages/stages
  • Respond when projects or classroom discussions trigger adoption related questions
  • Gain insight into what to do when going to school and getting homework done is a battle
  • Educate teachers and school staff about all types of diversity: racial, blended families, adoption and more.

Submit your questions for us here or by tweeting them to @adoptiontweet using #ALPschool13

Live Webinar Details

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
7:00PM Central
Q&A: 8:00PM

PLEASE NOTE: If you purchase the certificate option, your certificate will be available upon successful completion of a post test. The post test will be in your Adoption Learning Partners account after the live event.

The audio for the live webinar can be heard over the phone or through your computer speakers. If you choose to listen through your computer, we recommend external speakers or headphones. If you call in by phone, it is a toll call. There are no refunds or exchanges for the webinar once you have purchased it. If you purchase, but are unable to attend the live webinar, a recorded version will be available in your account after the event. The recorded version broadcasts over your computer speakers

Coping with Infertility Grief After Adopting

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All For You!! If you are a Hopscotch Family, we have something great to share with you – for FREE! As a proud sponsor of Creating A Family website, our client families are provided FREE access to their vast library of radio podcasts. The library covers a vast range of adoption related topics that you will not find anywhere else. As a bonus, you can opt to receive educational credit hours and a certificate with a password issued to each of our clients – again, free to Hopscotch client families.

To access the adoption learning center on the Creating a Family website:

Hopscotch clients can access the adoption education courses by going to the learning center at http://www.creatingafamily.org/learning-center.html

Each individual will need to create an account with a username and password (see the blue link in the upper right hand corner of the webpage for creating a new account)

Once you have logged in with you individual username and password you’ll have access to listen to all the courses – for FREE!

As a sponsoring agency, our clients have access to the quiz/certificate option for each course.   You’ll just need to click on the quiz icon next to a particular course listing.  You’ll then be prompted for a course password that is unique to Hopscotch clients. You’ll need to contact Megan for your password to receive your certificate after completion of each podcast and quiz. Be sure to print your certificate after each podcast quiz.

Here’s a podcast sample:

Coping with Infertility Grief After Adopting

We tell people to work through their grief at not having a biological child or being pregnant or breastfeeding BEFORE they adopt. The reality is that sometimes after adopting a baby adoptive parents still crave the experience of pregnancy and still feel sad at not having a genetic connection to their child. Host Dawn Davenport will interview Carole Lieber Wilkins, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the field of reproductive medicine, adoption and family building options since 1986. She is known for helping patients transition to non-genetic forms of family building, such as donor conception or adoption. Having created her family through adoption and ovum donation, Carole brings a wealth of personal as well as professional experience to her work. Highlights from this show.

by: Robin Sizemore, Executive Director of Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc

South Africa Program Announcement

th Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is pleased announce a pilot network South Africa program in partnership with Spence-Chapin! Spence-Chapin is one of three agencies worldwide that has been accredited by the South Africa government to place South African children into permanent and loving families. Hopscotch will be working exclusively with North Carolina families ready to develop a dossier, to be registered in South Africa’s re-structured and Hague compliant adoption program. 

Want to get started today?  You’ll want to click here to get your home study underway immediately.  Want to learn more about Spence-Chapin’s South Africa placing program click here.

Colombia Program Announcement

th Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is pleased announce a pilot network Colombia program in partnership with Spence-Chapin! Spence-Chapin is one of very few agencies worldwide that has been accredited by the Colombian government to place Colombian children into permanent and loving families.  Hopscotch will be working exclusively with North Carolina families ready to develop a dossier, to be registered in Colombia’s re-structured and Hague compliant adoption program. 

Want to get started today?  You’ll want to click here to get your home study underway immediately.  Want to learn more about Spence-Chapin’s Colombia placing program click here.

Bumps in the Road: Why Adoption Takes So Long

Worthy and Reposted from Babble.com

By Diana Stone | July 6th, 2012 at 11:09 am

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Photo credit Babble.com

I’ve been told many times by parents who have adopted domestically or internationally, “Expect a lot of emotional ups and downs, waiting, and changes.”

Since starting our adoption from Korea almost 2 months ago, I’m just now starting to see what they mean.

Tuesday we got an email from our agency saying they’d received all our paperwork and were sending out background checks for us to sign and send on to Colorado, and attaching ones for California. That was the problem; they requires us to type all the info, then have the agency sign and send it back to California to run the check.

Our agency is 14 hours away. (Texas is so freaking huge.) It takes 2-3 days for the mail to get there unless we pay a crazy amount to speed it up. I decided to get it done and sent that same day.

The real holdup will be on California’s end though. Apparently they take a very long time to run background checks – so we’ll probably end up extending our homestudy time. This would be the same no matter domestic or international – everyone has to do a homestudy.

I was sad to hear this. Already a new law put into effect next month in Korea has slowed things down, and then on top of that Korea would like to end international adoption at some point, so each year less and less children are available. The same number are given up, but because of their desire to end it, the children are older once they come home. I don’t know what will happen to these kids once the program shuts down, but from reading other bloggers who have adopted from Korea recently, the children are left in (well cared for) orphanages until (and if) they are assigned a foster parent.

We are choosing to be open to siblings (twins), special needs, and “regular” special needs. All children from Korea have some kind of special need, just some are more moderate to severe than others that are considered normal neonatal conditions. Because of this, we may indeed get a child quicker, or we may be waiting for a while. It all depends on what child they think is a suitable match for us.

I know there is a plan in all this, but it certainly can be frustrating in an already long process to be told you’re going to be waiting longer. Many adoptive families deal with this, so we can probably expect a lot more of this to come. I can’t imagine how tough these kinds of things will be once you have a child waiting for you. And after reading some of the stories online, this is a small delay in comparison to what happens to some.

So we do our best, the quickest we can, and stay on the path set for us.

Hoping it’s more like the moving floor at the airport where you can walk and pass everyone twice as fast.

Visit with Diana! Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and their families’ Korean adoption in progress on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances.

School’s In Session!

4 Keys to Help Your Adopted Child Thrive at School

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Live Webinar

Tuesday
September 17, 2013
7:00PM Central
Q&A: 8:00PM

Can’t make it on the 17th?
Don’t worry, we’re recording the webinar! Register for the live event and the recording will appear in your account as soon as it’s available.

Each school year can bring a new set of challenges to adopted kids, no matter how old they are. Facing new school projects and explaining adoption to new classmates can bring on different feelings as children grow.

Join us for a webinar featuring adoptive mom and adoption therapist Judy Stigger, LCSW and Carmen Knight, an internationally adopted person and teacher who works with many adopted kids.

Judy and Carmen will share both professional advice and personal experiences to help parents:

  • Understand what questions, concerns and capabilities children have at different ages/stages
  • Respond when projects or classroom discussions trigger adoption related questions
  • Gain insight into what to do when going to school and getting homework done is a battle
  • Educate teachers and school staff about all types of diversity: racial, blended families, adoption and more.

Submit your questions for us here or by tweeting them to @adoptiontweet using #ALPschool13

Live Webinar Details

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
7:00PM Central
Q&A: 8:00PM

PLEASE NOTE: If you purchase the certificate option, your certificate will be available upon successful completion of a post test. The post test will be in your Adoption Learning Partners account after the live event.

The audio for the live webinar can be heard over the phone or through your computer speakers. If you choose to listen through your computer, we recommend external speakers or headphones. If you call in by phone, it is a toll call. There are no refunds or exchanges for the webinar once you have purchased it. If you purchase, but are unable to attend the live webinar, a recorded version will be available in your account after the event. The recorded version broadcasts over your computer speakers

Podcast Parenting Easily Frustrated Inflexible Kids with Challenging Behavior

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If you are a Hopscotch Family, we have something great to share with you – for FREE! As a proud sponsor of Creating A Family website, our client families are provided FREE access to their vast library of radio podcasts. The library covers a vast range of adoption related topics that you will not find anywhere else. As a bonus, you can opt to receive educational credit hours and a certificate with a password issued to each of our clients – again, free to Hopscotch client families.

To access the adoption learning center on the Creating a Family website:

Hopscotch clients can access the adoption education courses by going to the learning center at http://www.creatingafamily.org/learning-center.html

Each individual will need to create an account with a username and password (see the blue link in the upper right hand corner of the webpage for creating a new account)

Once you have logged in with you individual username and password you’ll have access to listen to all the courses – for FREE!

As a sponsoring agency, our clients have access to the quiz/certificate option for each course.   You’ll just need to click on the quiz icon next to a particular course listing.  You’ll then be prompted for a course password that is unique to Hopscotch clients. You’ll need to contact Megan for your password to receive your certificate after completion of each podcast and quiz. Be sure to print your certificate after each podcast quiz.

Here’s a podcast sample:

Parenting Easily Frustrated Inflexible Kids with Challenging Behavior

Interview with Dr. Ross Greene, Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children. How to help children, all kids, including adopted children, learn to control their frustration and anger. Highlights from this

Food Issues with Adopted Children

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If you are a Hopscotch Family, we have something great to share with you – for FREE! As a proud sponsor of Creating A Family website, our client families are provided FREE access to their vast library of radio podcasts. The library covers a vast range of adoption related topics that you will not find anywhere else. As a bonus, you can opt to receive educational credit hours and a certificate with a password issued to each of our clients – again, free to Hopscotch client families.

To access the adoption learning center on the Creating a Family website:

Hopscotch clients can access the adoption education courses by going to the learning center at http://www.creatingafamily.org/learning-center.html

Each individual will need to create an account with a username and password (see the blue link in the upper right hand corner of the webpage for creating a new account)

Once you have logged in with you individual username and password you’ll have access to listen to all the courses – for FREE!

As a sponsoring agency, our clients have access to the quiz/certificate option for each course.   You’ll just need to click on the quiz icon next to a particular course listing.  You’ll then be prompted for a course password that is unique to Hopscotch clients. You’ll need to contact Megan for your password to receive your certificate after completion of each podcast and quiz. Be sure to print your certificate after each podcast quiz.

Here’s a podcast sample:

Food Issues with Adopted Children

Join our guest Dr. Katja Rowell, The Feeding Doctor, and author of the new book "Love Me, Feed Me" to talk about some of the common food issues adoptive parents face: hoarding, gorging, pickiness, not eating, etc. Highlights from this show.

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