What’s New With You and How To Record It

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is pleased to introduce a new version of our online tool that allows customers to change their address more quickly and easily.

Beginning today, the easy to use Change of Address tool is online at www.uscis.gov. Customers will simply complete a single form with questions that guide them through the process. In addition, the updated tool is now compatible with multiple Web browsers and confirms the change by email.

The enhanced Change of Address tool is the result of customer feedback. Along with this improvement, we are soon enhancing other customer service tools on the Web and offering new options for customers calling our National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283. As a reminder, USCIS offers its customers a number of online self-help tools. Applicants and their representatives can check case status, find average processing times, submit a case status inquiry (e-Request) or find a USCIS office any time at www.uscis.gov.

On November 1, USCIS will host a webinar for stakeholders and customers interested in learning more about the enhanced Change of Address tool and other online self-help tools. For more information and to register, please view the attached invitation or visit www.uscis.gov/outreach.

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Thinking About Adoption?

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Wanted: A Family Of My Own

SOAR and Adoptive Families Provide Therapy Equipment for Armenian Orphan

photo Considering the millions of orphans around the world, it is impossible to expect that one individual or even one organization could touch them all. However, there are many opportunities every day for people and groups to impact the life of just one child in need.

When adoptive mother Viviane Martini learned of a preschooler with mobility issues in an Armenian orphanage, she jumped into action. She knew that the little boy was receiving physical therapy and had been telling his caregivers that he was determined to learn to walk, despite his limited control over his head, neck, arms, legs and torso. Martini started searching for equipment that could help stabilize his core, so the child could focus his energies on building muscle and skills in his arms, legs and neck. She came across the Theratogs PTA systems and contacted the manufacturer for advice. A few emails later, Martini knew which product would work best for the little boy. She was prepared to fundraise the several hundred dollars in cost, but in stepped SOAR Chairman George Yacoubian. Without hesitation, Yacoubian offered to have SOAR pay for the stabilizing garments. A fellow adoptive family soon on their way to bring home their daughter from Yerevan volunteered to carry the items to Armenia. Martini purchased a few fine motor toys to go along with the Theratogs equipment and this week all were delivered to the young child who was not only excited, but also thankful for the gifts.

In the months to come, the little boy and his therapists can use the donated items to work on improving his gross and fine motor skills. And maybe just maybe while they do so, they will know that half a world away, there are people who care deeply about making a difference, even if only for one child at a time.

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Many children like this little one are waiting for a family, just like yours to open their hearts and home to him. If you are interested in adopting visit our waiting child page, or contact us via email waitingchild@hopscotchadoptions.org

Our Time on Nightline

We are asking everyone who cares about kids and family to promote
an ABC News Nightline episode on international adoption.

Airing Tuesday night | October 29, 12:35 AM ET

Cynthia McFadden anchors the episode which exposes the complexities of international adoption. The show will include material and footage from the STUCK tour, and the heartwarming conclusion of an adoption saga of two children, a single mom, and the struggle they endured to become a family.

This show is important as it continues the conversation the STUCK tour started. Our campaign is growing and this media event supports our efforts to make children living outside of parental care a relevant social issue.

Both Ends Burning promotes family as the best solution for at-risk kids. We believe communication can change and influence kids’ lives. The Nightline episode is part of an important communication platform.

Please watch this show, and tell everyone you know to do the same. It is one more step in the journey to get more kids into families.

Forever families — A family of my own – Forever.

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A Hopscotch Halloween

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News from Bulgaria: TWINS!!

hand%20print%209 Congratulations to our Hopscotch family that left today to bring their beautiful twin girls home!!!  We could not be happier for the family.

Congratulations to Guilford Nonprofit Consortium Nonprofit Management Institute 2013 Graduates

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Guilford Nonprofit Consortium Nonprofit Management Institute 2013 class members: Maria Hanlin, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro; Debra Harrison, Executive Director for Happy Girl Ministries, Inc., Jeff Horney, Executive Director for Theatre Art Galleries; Jennifer Jacobs, Administrator for Greensboro Police Foundation; Ken Keeton, Director of Development and Community Involvement for Triad Health Project; Audra Volpi, Manager of Greensboro Housing Coalition; Susan McLawhorn, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro; Janet McNeal, Assistant Director of Journey to Medical Careers; Brenda Mewborn, Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of Guilford County; Laura Peoples, Executive Director of Bicycling in Greensboro (BIG); Robin E. Sizemore, Executive Director of Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc., Kerry Sparks, Director of Organizational Development for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro Scott Logan, Program Director for After Gateway, Inc.

The Institute is an educational and training program designed to meet the professional development needs of local nonprofit professionals and maximize their impact in serving our community. Participants focus on specific topics in nonprofit management and organizational development, which may be put to immediate use. These practical skills are designed to help participants enhance the capacity of their organizations.

The Institute is made possible through a collaborative effort with High Point University. it is hosted and facilitated by High Point University (HPU) and the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium. The Department of Human Relations, Sociology and Nonprofit Studies at HPU provides the participatory hands-on training and development curriculum that is the primary resource for the participants’ professional development experience.

Supporting Children and Families When Adoption Dissolution Occurs

Source: https://www.adoptioncouncil.org/publications/adoption-advocate-no-62.html

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Published August 2013 by Jon Bergeron, Jr., Ph.D. and Robin Pennington
Nicole Callahan, Editor
Chuck Johnson, Editor

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Disruption or dissolution is something that no one involved with an adoption wants to happen, and much has been written about the prevention of this occurrence. The reality is that some adoptive families, despite years of effort and multiple and varied interventions, find themselves unable to remain together as a functioning family. A small yet increasing number of these families seek dissolution as a result of the relational and functional crises their family faces.

The focus of this article is adoption dissolution, which occurs when parents that have finalized an adoption relinquish their parental rights to that child; the child is then either adopted a second time by another family, or placed in the state foster care system. The term adoption disruption is also sometimes used in this context; however, technically a disruption occurs when a family is planning to legally adopt a child – who is typically in their custody as a foster child – but decides not to complete the adoption finalization. Disruptions typically occur within a matter of months after a child is placed in a family, whereas dissolutions can and do occur years after the adoption.

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Think About It

Morocco%20Robin%20holding%20baby%202013 Think About It: "When a birth mother or family in the United States chooses adoption, our society respects, even applauds the selfless decision and action because we accept the decision in the context of what is best for the child… However, when this similar scenario plays out in third world countries, we criticize and question a mother’s and families’ decision to place a child up for adoption due to harsh practical realities." –Revealing A Dichotomy: by Craig Juntunen

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