Today we had the great pleasure of meeting the Child Wellbeing and Success Coach Team. If you live in Ashe, Alleghany, Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Watauga or Wilkes county, you can access their services for FREE! They are funded with a grant from the state of North Carolina and are one of only five agencies in the Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG). Be sure to visit and like their Facebook page regardless if you reside in any of these counties or our state. The agency posts great resources and videos for all families to utilize for free!
Supporting and Preserving Adoptive Families: Profiles of Publicly Funded Post-Adoption Services: This publication, funded by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is part of the Institute’s national "Keeping the Promise" initiative. It provides the most extensive examination to date of what post-adoption services states are providing, who is eligible to receive them and how they are being funded.
If you do not receive a decision on your case within the published processing time for the new service center, you may submit an inquiry online or call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 800-375-5283 (TYY 800-767-1833). When asking about your case status, please provide us with your receipt number and specify that your case was transferred to a new location.
If we send you any notice (such as a Request for Evidence), please read the notice carefully and follow the instructions provided.
If you move while your case is pending, you must inform USCIS of your address change. You may file a change of address on our website or by calling the NCSC. It is important that you notify us of any address change as soon as possible, so that you continue to receive notifications from USCIS.
Do you know someone considering adoption? Share this Free Multimedia Guide on Choosing an Adoption Agency or Attorney
Do you know someone considering adoption? One of the first things they need to do is choose an adoption agency or attorney. Let them know about our FREE Multimedia Guide on Choosing an Adoption Agency or Attorney. We walk you through the process from soup to nuts and provide plenty of resources to make this process as easy as possible.
By: Nicole Strickland
Thirteen years ago, I left the hospital as a proud new mom. Unlike most new moms, though, I also left the hospital with empty arms and a broken heart, as I had just placed my newborn baby boy into the arms of his adoptive mom and dad.
I went home and, for weeks, just tried desperately to navigate this “new normal.” Having a baby is always a life-changing event, but most new parents are overwhelmed by around-the-clock feedings, diaper changes, and sleep deprivation. In my case, I was overwhelmed with grief, sadness, and solitude. Although my family and friends were supportive of my decision to place my child for adoption and sympathetic to what I was going through, most had no idea what I was really experiencing. I felt so alone, and for many weeks was struggling just to make it through my day-to-day activities.
Unlike many birth mothers, I did not place my child through an adoption agency. Instead, I placed through a private adoption attorney, who only provided me legal services. This meant I did not have a social worker or counselor at the agency to whom I could reach out.
GRANT DEADLINE: Becky Fawcett @helpusadopt.org is now accepting adoption grant applications for the FEBRUARY 2015 grant cycle. HelpUsAdopt.org supports ALL families including Muslim, Jewish, LGBT and single parent families.
Click for a FREE application. Please share– someone you know might need help with the cost of their adoption.
UAA Transition Case Guidance and Example Cases
This notice provides a link to new UAA transition case guidance for cases begun before the effective date of the UAA – July 14, 2014 – and completed on or after the effective date.
Topics include guidance on
- Cases that are UAA grandfathered;
- Primary provider requirements in IR-3 cases that are not UAA grandfathered in which no adoption services were provided on or after July 14, 2014;
- Providing adoption services on or after July 14, 2014, in an IR-3 or IR-4 case that is not UAA grandfathered; and provides
- Seven UAA transition example cases laying out case scenarios and application of the UAA transition guidance to each case.