Splitting Twins?? What’s your opinion??

By Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | ParentingWed, Sep 18, 2013

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When “My Fair Wedding” reality-show host David Tutera announced last week that he and estranged partner Ryan Jurica would split up their infant twins as part of a custody arrangement, tweeters and bloggers responded by calling them “crazy,” “selfish,” “wrong” and deserving of feeling “ashamed.”

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Children In Families FIRST!!

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It’s Day 5 of CHIFF Week!

Each day this week I’ve been sending you a note with one thing you can do that day to support CHIFF.  Here’s what you can do today – Day 5 of CHIFF Week.

CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TODAY

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Surveys show that only 20 calls from constituents are needed for a bill to get the attention of our elected officials.  So if you only do one thing, please call.  Here is a sample script you can personalize for making that call! 

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Tell your Members of Congress you want them to support the Children in Families

First Act of 2013!  Here’s a template letter but be sure to personalize it.

Thanks for being a Joint Council Partner and for helping us make a historic change in the way the US government serves children and families.

Best Wishes,

Tom DiFilipo

P.S.  If you didn’t see Day 1 through 4 click here to find out what you missed – it’s not too late to catch up!

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CHIFF Week

Day 1 – Register for the CHIFF Webinar.  If you missed it, click here for a recorded version.

Day 2 -  Become a CHIFF Sponsoring Organization.  Send an email to   

info@childreninfamiliesfirst.org stating “NAME OF ORGANIZATION is a CHIFF Sponsoring

Organization. 

Day 3 – Like CHIFF’s Facebook page and post about CHIFF on yours.

Day 4 – Send out a Call To Action and rally your troops.

Day 5 -  Call your Members of Congress!

Enhancing Adoption Competence Among Mental Health Professionals

Source: Author: David M. Brodzinsky, Ph.D./ Published: 2013 August, New York NY: Donaldson Adoption Institute

8001779 As part of its ongoing efforts to improve the lives of children and families, the Donaldson Adoption Institute issued a new, research-based report today recommending that mental health professionals should receive more and better training on adoption-related issues.

The 63 page report, titled " A Need to Know," points out that one of the most frequent complaints from members of adoptive and birth/first families is an inability to find psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and related practitioners who understand the unique, adoption-related issues that can affect their identities, their relationships and other important components of their lives.

For a variety of reasons, mental health professionals typically do not receive the training required to fill adoption-related counseling needs and, too often, either do not fully understand why such training is necessary or mistakenly believe the knowledge they already have is sufficient. To address that reality, this report by the Donaldson Adoption Institute seeks to raise the level of professionals’ awareness about the nature and importance of adoption clinical competence, heighten their desire to receive such training, and identify various means by which the relevant knowledge and skills can be obtained.

"The negative experiences of some adoptive families in seeking help underscore the reality that therapists lacking adoption competence can, at times, do more harm than good," said David Brodzinsky, Ph.D., the Institute’s Research & Project Director and author of the report.

The Adoption Institute’s recommendations in "A Need to Know" include:

  • Develop certification for adoption clinical competence, so clients know that the professionals with whom they are working have the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to meet their needs.
  • Expand training programs nationwide by replicating already effective models and through more use of technologies such as webinars, " flip teaching" and " massive open online courses."
  • Develop outreach efforts to inform mental health providers about the need for adoption competency, the opportunities for enhancing their knowledge, and the benefits of doing so.
  • Educate insurance providers about the unique nature of adoption issues and advocate for expanded coverage, which would greatly help those who need competent services.
  • Encourage graduate training programs and post-graduate clinical training centers to include more information about adoption and foster care in their curricula, since so little currently exists.

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Spread the Word: Let’s Adopt

I want to make you aware of a wonderful new effort to help Russian children who are being victimized by their country’s senseless ban on adoptions by American families.  As you know, these children are living in dismal conditions, with little hope of a permanent family except through inter-country adoption. These children have parents in America who want to bring them home, but instead, they are now suffering – even dying – in institutions. 

To take a stand against this tragedy, my good friend Laura Ingraham released a compelling video appeal to President Putin to reverse the ban. 

I know her video will inspire you as much as it inspires me:

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In addition to Laura’s efforts, there is a growing coalition of like-minded leaders, advocacy organizations and everyday people who are standing up to give a voice to orphaned and unparented children, not only in Russia but throughout the world.

Last week I led a coalition of nine other senators from both sides of the aisle to introduce Children in Families First (CHIFF).  We believe the U.S. government needs to do a better job of helping to ensure that all the world’s children grow up in safe, permanent and nurturing families.  CHIFF is about bringing our diplomatic influence and resources to bear to preserve families, reunify families, or create families through kinship, domestic or international adoption.  CHIFF does this by reallocating resources and realigning some government agencies to make the government more effective without any extra spending or bureaucracy.  

Watch our press conference introducing CHIFF.

Although CHIFF already has a lot of support from many key organizations and individuals, we need more to pass this important piece of legislation. If you would like to learn more about CHIFF and how you can become involved, please visit landrieu.senate.gov/chiff.  And of course, you can always reach out to me and my staff: Whitney Reitz at whitney_reitz@landrieu.senate.gov  or Libby Whitbeck at libby_whitbeck@landrieu.senate.gov.

Sincerely,

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Untangling the Web

We need your help on an unprecedented study – and it will only take 15-20 minutes of your time. The Internet and social media are forever changing adoption – and our lives – yet we know little about their impact on the millions of us who are affected. So the Adoption Institute is launching a new study seeking relevant information from adopted persons, adoptive parents, birth/first parents and child welfare professionals. Please complete a survey – and spread the word to colleagues and friends, in emails to your contacts, on Facebook and Twitter, in newsletters and blogs, and any other way you can think of. In an effort to improve policy and practice, we are charting new territory – and we need your input to do so. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s important; just click here to get started. This research follows up on the Institute’s 2012 report Untangling the Web.

How Can I Get My Child’s Original Sealed Envelope Documents Back From USCIS?

134029 When you bring your newly adopted child into the U.S., you hand over a sealed envelope at Customs and Immigration.  This envelope, given to you during your child’s visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you adopted, contains a copy of the foreign birth certificate, adoption decree, etc.  You can apply for return of the contents of the envelope, at no charge, by filing the G-884 with the USCIS.  Processing time will vary, depending on the specifics of the case and the officer case load.  Don’t expect it to be very quick.  To obtain the G-884, you can down load it from the USCIS website.

News from Bulgaria: IAC 256-257 Results

iacresults113020111_thumb The following referrals were issued in IAC Session 256 which was held on July 23, 2013.

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News From Bulgaria

image%20(2) News from Bulgaria: Congratulations and welcome home a beautiful young lady. Today she is forever the daughter of a family that cherishes and loves her to the end of the world… just as all children deserve.  We are all so happy for your family!

Adoption Alert: Guidance on Filing Online Immigrant Visa Application Form DS-260

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This adoption notice serves to announce the introduction of the DS-260 Online Immigrant Visa Application and Registration.  The DS-260 replaces the paper-based DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration for all immigrant visa applications, including those filed for children seeking to immigrate to the United States as “orphans” or “Convention adoptees,” effective September 1, 2013.  Anyone filing an immigrant visa application as of this date must complete the electronic DS-260 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration and DS-261 Choice of Address or Agent online instead of filing the paper DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (Parts I and II) and DS-3032 Choice of Address and Agent.

If you are a prospective adoptive parent or adoptive parent (petitioner) with an approved Form I-600A, I-600, or I-800 that arrived at the National Visa Center (NVC) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you will need a case number and an invoice ID number to complete the DS-260.  Starting September 6, 2013, NVC letters to petitioners include both a case number and an invoice ID number.  If you received a letter mailed by the NVC prior to September 6 or if you have lost this letter, you should contact the NVC at NVCAdoptions@state.gov or +1-603-334-0700 to request your case number and invoice ID number.

Below is specific guidance for petitioners:

If you filed a Form I-800 (in the United States) or Form I-600 (in the United States or with a USCIS office overseas) that arrived at the NVC:  You should receive a letter from the NVC confirming receipt of the petition and assigning a case number and an invoice ID number.  You will need to use this case number and invoice ID number to log into the CEAC to file the DS-260 for the child identified in the petition.  If you are unable to log into the CEAC with the numbers, please contact the consular staff at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to confirm that they received the petition and that the case is active in the visa processing system.

If you previously filed a Form I-600A and it arrived at the NVC, you also received a case number and an invoice ID number in the first letter.  Do not use the Form I-600A case number and invoice ID number to log into CEAC if you later receive a Form I-600 case number and invoice ID number.

If you filed a Form I-600A (in the United States or with a USCIS office overseas) that arrived at the NVC, and you plan to file the Form I-600 at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas:  You should receive a letter from the NVC confirming receipt of the petition and assigning a case number and an invoice ID number.  You need to inform via email the consular staff at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that you plan to file the Form I-600 at that U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Once the consular staff makes the case active in the system, you can then use this case number and invoice ID number to log into the CEAC.

Important note for petitioners who are adopting multiple children based on a single approved Form I-600A:  The Form I-600A NVC case number and invoice ID number will be valid for only one child’s DS-260.  You need to inform via email the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that you are adopting multiple children and will be filing the Form I-600s with that U.S. Embassy or Consulate or a USCIS office overseas.  The email should include the children’s names, dates of birth, and places of birth.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will create a case in the visa processing system and let you know the case number for each additional child.  You will be able to log into the CEAC to file the DS-260 for each additional child using the U.S. Embassy or Consulate case numbers and each child’s date of birth (YYYYMMDD) in the invoice ID number field.

If you filed a Form I-600A (with a USCIS office overseas) that did not go through the NVC, and you plan to file the Form I-600 at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas:  You will not receive a letter providing an NVC case number or invoice ID number.  After you inform via email the consular staff at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that you plan to file the Form I-600 there, they will create a case in the visa processing system and let you know the case number.  You will be able to log into the CEAC using the U.S. Embassy or Consulate case number and the child’s date of birth (YYYYMMDD) in the invoice ID number field.

If you filed a Form I-600A (with a USCIS office overseas) that did not go through the NVC, and are filing the Form I-600 with a USCIS office overseas:  You will not receive a letter providing an NVC case number or invoice ID number unless the USCIS office elects to send the petition to NVC.  After the consular staff at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate receives the Form I-600 from USCIS, they will create a case in the visa processing system and let you know the case number.  You will be able to log into the CEAC using the U.S. Embassy or Consulate case number and the child’s date of birth (YYYYMMDD) in the invoice ID number field.

Additional notes:

You will be asked to provide the child’s passport information when filing the DS-260.  If you do not have the child’s passport yet, select the “Other Travel Document” option instead.  Please contact the consular staff at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate once you obtain the child’s passport.  The consular staff will then “unlock” the case so that you may update the child’s passport number, passport date of issuance, passport date of expiration, and any relevant medical information before the consular staff reviews the case documents before the visa interview.

If you are adding information on your adoption service provider in the DS-260, note the adoption service provider as a “third party agent.”

If the child you are adopting or have adopted is covered by the vaccination exemption, indicate “No” when asked whether the child has received vaccinations in accordance with U.S. law.  Please note that you will need to submit a DS-1981 showing that the child is exempt from the vaccination requirements when the consular staff at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate request it.

If you have a “pipeline” case already at the visa processing post overseas, or in which the DS-230 has already been submitted, or in which you have been instructed to file the DS-230, you will generally continue processing using the paper DS-230.  To determine if you will use the new online form, and to access the DS-260 and DS-261, please visit the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website.  Please review the DS-260 FAQs, our Online Immigrant Visa Forms page, or contact the NVC if you have questions about completing the online DS-260 form.

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