PodcastOne: How Government Is Killing International Adoption


children-goldenkpOverregulation of international adoption is driving the industry into extinction. Jayme Metzgar, senior contributor at The Federalist and founder of the adoption non-profit Romania Reborn, joins Ben Domenech to discuss major issues with the State Department’s adoption policies and the failure to advocate for adoption overseas.

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AdoptTogether’s Top 5 International Adoption Agencies – Humbled and Honored To Be Included!!!


We have compiled what we hope to be a helpful list of agencies that specialize in international adoption. DISCLAIMER: This list is in no way a comprehensive list of all the good adoption agencies in the US. There are plenty of great agencies out there that are not on our list and we kept it to the top 5 simply for the sake of providing parents with a concise list.

We made our selections based on our research of each agency’s reputation, efficiency, and reviews from adoptive parents. Each agency is COA & Hague approved. Best of luck to you and your family as you find the best fit for your needs!

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Why I Choose to Parent Two Children With Down Syndrome by Hopscotch Adoptive Parent Kelly Lahey


If you have considered adopting a child with Down syndrome, we would welcome the opportunity to share information with you about so many beautiful waiting children in Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Serbia and Ukraine.  There is no waiting to adopt a child with Down syndrome that needs a permanent family, sadly only the children are waiting for a family to find them. Are you that family?  Talk to us today!  336-899-0068 or info@hopscotchadoptions.org

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Mom pens moving thank you note to theme park staff for how they treated son with autism during ‘meltdown’


A mom is applauding the “magical” staff members at Universal Orlando Resort for their compassion and expertise in making her son’s experience at the theme park special during his first visit.

Lenore Koppelman posted a heartwarming story on Facebook about her family’s trip to the theme park in Orlando, Florida, on May 29, during which employees were responsive to her son Ralph’s needs every step of the way when he had what she called an “autistic meltdown.”

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State Department Making It Harder For Orphans To Find Families by Jayme Metzger

Adoption advocates ask the courts to block a crippling new State Department policy that would harm waiting families and children.


Jacques and Emily Rancourt have the kind of family you don’t see every day. Not only are they raising seven children—five through adoption—but most of their adopted children have life-threatening congenital heart defects. The Rancourts have spent so much time in cardiac care at Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. that they and another couple started a charity for families of children in cardiac crisis.

“Lily can connect with these children in the hospital like no one else can,” Emily says of her 9-year-old daughter, whose remarkable story includes receiving a heart transplant at age four. “She’s using the gift she was given to the maximum. She blesses people everywhere she goes.”

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Being Kind To Yourself and To Others

downloadThe man doesn’t know that there is a snake about to bite the woman.

The woman doesn’t know that there is a stone crushing the man.

The woman thinks: “I am going to fall! and I can’t climb because the snake is going to bite me! Why can’t the man use a little more strength and pull me up!"

The man thinks: “I am in so much pain! Yet I’m still pulling you as much as I can! why don’t you try and climb a little harder?!"

The moral is: You can’t see the pressure the other person is under, and the other person can’t see pain that you’re in unless you communicate!!

Credit: Sharon Wilkening, LPC, LCAS, CCS, LMHC

Celebrating 25 Years With Delicious Georgian Food

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Dear Friends,

Georgian food is increasingly being recognized as one of the world’s most delicious cuisines, and was named 2019 Cuisine of the Year by USA Today.

Georgian restaurant Chama Mama has been making a splash on the New York culinary scene, and we are so excited to announce that Chama Mama will be sponsoring our Spring Cocktail Reception! They will be generously providing hors d’oeuvres, including Imeruli khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread) and beet pkhali on mchadi. Thank you Chama Mama and our wine sponsor Georgian Wine House for helping us celebrate 25 years in such delicious style!


We are so grateful to all our generous event sponsors!

Ukrainian Institute of America

Ruby Sponsor Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff

Diamond Sponsor Elizabeth Zaldastani Napier

Double Diamond Sponsor Jonathan Nelms

of Supra Restaurant in Washington, DC

And a special thank-you to our committee members who are helping to make this event happen!

Tatiana Sarandinaki-Kadaria, Gillian Eddins, Bob Eddins, Ana Alavidze, Ana Lejava, Teya Beradze and Eka Dzadzamia.

Thank you!

Experience & celebrate Georgian culture

Don’t miss performances from dancers The Pesvebi Ensemble, and polyphonic singer Nana Mzhavanadze, beginning at 6:40pm!

Your ticket makes a real difference!

Proceeds from the Spring Cocktail Reception will directly benefit AFG’s projects supporting Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens, including shelter communities for low-income children (like theBediani Center, pictured at left) and individuals with disabilities, a hospice program for the elderly, a higher education scholarship fund for former street children, and much more. Learn more about our work at afgeorgia.org

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FREE Webinar to Increase Your Child’s Self-Regulation Skills! Learn How on 4/30


Harmony Family Center’s free April webinar, I Feel Angry in My Tummy: Increasing Self-Regulation in Traumatized Children will be held on:

Tuesday April 30th from 8:30-9:30 pm, EST

You can register by following this link!

"Just as a thermostat can break, if it gets overused, this too can happen to a child’s ‘brain thermostat’ when there is too much stress. The thermostat or ability to self-regulate, simply gets overwhelmed." –Dr. Stuart Shankar

Join Harmony Family Center’s Education and Training Coordinator, Allison Cooke Douglas, for a deeper look at self-regulation in children with trauma histories.  We will discover what self-regulation truly means, how a child’s history impacts these skills, the relationship between self-regulation and behavior and how committed adults can assist kids in building these vital skills.

Department of State Continues to Wash Hands of Humanitarian Disaster


In this report, the State Department washed its hands of any responsibility for the decrease, citing external factors and mismanagement by U.S. adoption service providers.

But many international adoption advocates in the United States argue the report masks the real story – one in which the number of orphans languishing in institutional care and parents willing to adopt them has increased while onerous regulations and costs have strangled compliant, ethical U.S. adoption service providers.

Georgian Car Enthusiast with James May in Georgia!


Our son, perhaps like many of your own sons and husbands, is a modified car enthusiast. Our Kelley Tornike, happened to come across this great article which included an interview with Akaki Khamaldze about his experience in meeting James May. There is footage of their street racing encounter through beautiful Georgia and most importantly, Khamaladze’s gratitude for the James May’s crew in highlighting the annexation of Georgia, by Russia, literally every single day by physically moving barbed-wire fencing further into Georgia over-night. Khamaldze explained that one day you are Georgian and overnight, the barbed wire fence with Russian soldiers standing guard is on the other side of your property, now you are Russian.

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