Donations Needed for Armenian Children!

Health. In Armenia, the need is more than ever before.  Orphanages and other care facilities have asked for goods that we are sure can be obtained in large quantities from various vendors or non-profit clearinghouses that look to donate to charities, supporting impoverished children.  Urgently needed items include, diapers and other baby supplies; over the counter medications, new clothes/shoes/sneakers, athletic supplies, soap, food, and toys/games. 

If they can be located and secured, the shipping point A to B can be organized at no expense to the donor, so don’t let that hold you back from making any offers or asking for any donations.  Can you or do you know of anyone that can be asked for support with these donations?  Donations would qualify for a tax deductible letter from the Society Orphan Armenian Relief, a registered 501c3 organization and friend to Hopscotch Adoption, Inc.

Contact us at and


Nappies For Nork!

Last year, through the great generosity of many donors, we raised $12,000 for SOAR to purchase diapers for Nork orphanage in Yerevan.

For eleven months, thousands of diapers were delivered to the children living there, but the funds will run out after the final delivery this month.

Therefore, please join us in Nappies For Nork 2016, a collaboration of SOAR, Hopscotch Adoptions, and adoptive mom Viviane Martini whose son lived at Nork from early 2009 until summer 2011.

Please send your tax-deductible donation by check to:

Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief
ATTN: George S. Yacoubian, Jr.
150 N. Radnor Chester Rd.
Suite F-200
Radnor, PA 19087

Or via Paypal on the SOAR website:

Please earmark your donation for the 2016 Nappies for Nork diaper fund.

Read the whole story and get information on the raffle here!

Donate Now: Easter Celebration For Orphaned Armenian Children


Annually, approximately 200 orphaned children are brought to the Mother See in Holy Echmiadzin for an Easter celebration. Father Marcos Mangasaryan, who assists us with the Bible Study Program at Warm Hearth and Shengavit Kindergarten, asked if we would assist with funds for new clothes, stationary, an Easter gift, and new Bibles for the children. The total amount requested is $4000 ($20 per child).  Transportation and entertainment for the day have already been assumed. 

Would you like to support this special Easter Program for the Children?  Donate Here.

*Donation Memo should note Armenian Easter Program 2016

Support for Women & Children at Shelter in Armenia (Domestic Violence Survivors)

‘Tis the Season to Support a Safe House in Armenia

Women’s Support Center is a non-profit organization that is considered one of the most professional centers dealing with victims of domestic violence in Armenia. Established in 2010, the center is led by a small group of feminist activists and community leaders dedicated to the mission of creating a safe space for survivors of domestic violence and ending violence against women in Armenia.

Internationally, holidays tend to be the time when domestic violence support centers receive higher numbers of survivors seeking refuge and support. We run one of two shelters in all of Armenia for women and children survivors of domestic violence. Because the Armenian Government does not offer a shelter or any support to NGOs carrying out this work, we are the lifeline to these women. For that reason, we NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

When women come to our shelter, they are fleeing extremely dangerous situations and often bring nothing with them. For this reason, we provide them with basic necessities, such as clothing and hygiene products, in an effort to help them back on their feet and regain their dignity.

We need to raise $6,000 to make 200 welcoming kits for all women and children who need shelter services in 2016.

These $30 kits will include a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner, a comb, feminine hygiene, undergarments, towels, and more.

With your support, we can continue providing survivors of domestic violence with shelter services and adequate resources.


Every day women and children receive healthy snacks and meals at the shelter.

How Else Can I Support this Campaign?

Here are 4 ways you can show your support and engage others in our project!

1. Utilize your SOCIAL MEDIA networks! Share the link to our campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram using #WSCshelter with each post! You can also SHARE OUR WEBSITE or FACEBOOK with friends and family. Engage them in our mission to end domestic violence!

2. Send an email to your network about our mission. Tell friends, family and colleagues about our plans for growth through this campaign!

3. Think of BUSINESSES THAT ALIGN with our vision to provide refuge to women and children survivors – your local Armenian center, church, university, etc. and reach out to them with a personalized letter, a call or visit their business inviting them to contribute to this campaign!

4. If you can’t support the campaign, consider donating women and children’s clothing to us. You can be in touch with us via email or Facebook to drop off clothes at our center.

Grant Deadline for HelpUsAdopt


GRANT DEADLINE: Becky Fawcett is now accepting adoption grant applications for the FEBRUARY 2015 grant cycle. 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.

FRUA Memberships Drive

The Family Focus – Digital Edition               
FRUA e-Newsletter supplement to The Family Focus

October 2014
Vol. 1, Issue 1

We are excited to launch the first issue of The Family Focus – Digital Edition.

The Family Focus digital edition and printed journal are membership publications. Our printed journal has more in-depth articles. Our new digital edition is meant to be a quicker read with online links to information.

Thank you for being a part of the FRUA adoption member community. We journey together with our successes and challenges.

FRUA Membership: Hope, Help, and Community

Fall Membership Drive – Special Offer – NOW

This is FRUA membership month! Until November 8th, we are offering a special promotion for those who renew their FRUA memberships for one or three years. Next month, we will focus on National Adoption Month and attachment issues.

Renew through November 8th, and receive a FREE educational course or webinar from Adoption Learning Partners.  

Recent News

FRUA National news update . . . from our Chair.

Follow along with Jan Wondra on her recent trip to Moscow for FRUA. . . FRUA National Board Blog.

FRUA regional chapters recently hosted representatives from several of our children’s birth countries. Events were held in the DC area, Minneapolis and Seattle. . . FRUA regional events.

FRUA advises about its global outreach programs in e-blast (9/5/14). . . FRUA Increases Global Outreach , Global Outreach FAQ.

IN THE NEWS. . . A recent article in The Washington Post noted a pending New York court case involving two minors who are Russian adoptees. FRUA has been asked by members about its position regarding this issue. . . FRUA Issues Position Statement on NY Court Case (10/20/14).

Resource Links

FRUA National & Regional 

World events, and ensuing media attention, can negatively impact our children, and attitudes from others. FRUA developed an education document to help parents and teachers talk with children who may have worries about what is happening in Ukraine and Russia. Our parent-educator tool has been recently updated. Parent-Educator Tool for Ukraine Crisis

We now have ten regional chapters in the U.S. covering all fifty U.S. states, so every FRUA member is now associated with a region based on where they live. Regional Chapters List and Contacts


It is important the voices of our FRUA members are heard with key national adoption leaders. Continuing our mission of awareness building, FRUA is in regular contact with opinion leaders at adoption organizations around the country. National Adoption Policy Groups

Kazakhstan Post-Placement Reports Update

For more information about inter-country adoptions:

  • U.S. State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Children’s Issues,

Web links of Interest

As noted below in our disclaimer below, and in The Family Focus printed journal, FRUA does not endorse or recommend resources, but rather provides information about resources. What works for one family may not work for another.

Member Reminders

from FRUA National Board Chairs . . . 

National Board Chair: Please remember to submit your post-placement reports.

Vice Chair: Reach out. You are not alone. Talking with other families who have already made the journey is extremely helpful. This is why I am here, as a parent and a FRUA volunteer.

Education: We are looking forward to celebrating National Adoption Month in November, and focusing on attachment issues, with a members-only live webinar with Deborah Gray. More details to follow.   

Membership: Receive a FREE educational course or webinar from Adoption Learning Partners when you join or renew your FRUA membership by November 8th. Fall Membership Drive – Special Offer

Development: Help support FRUA’s mission. Donate Now

The Family Focus: Our next printed issue of The Family Focus is FRUA’s 20th Anniversary Edition due out in January 2015. Click on The Family Focus Announcement form to learn more about submitting your photos or text for this issue.

Disclaimer: In providing links to non-FRUA sites, FRUA does not guarantee, approve or endorse the information, services or products on these sites. Resources are provided by FRUA members for information purposes only.

Join us for AFG’s Trip to Georgia October 2-15, 2014

Dear Friends,

We are very excited about this trip, which was specially arranged for AFG by Ia Tabagari of Living Roots, who is a local expert with years of experience sharing a passion for Georgian culture, wines and cuisine    

Travel with AFG’s Executive Directors in Georgia this fall to see a beautiful country firsthand and visit our innovative projects, eat delicious food and taste the finest Georgian wines. We have arranged a tour from October 2 – 15, 2014. Please join us!

For more information click on the link below for a PDF brochure of the trip:

Email Marusya Chavchavadze at to reserve your seat on the trip.

The Itinerary

Oct. 02 Thursday: Depart from USA

Oct. 03 Friday: Arrive in Tbilisi. Full day in Tbilisi

Oct. 04 Saturday: Tbilisi to Sighnaghi

Oct. 05 Sunday: Sighnaghi to Telavi

Oct. 06 Monday: Kakheti area

Oct. 07 Tuesday: Kakheti to Tbilisi

Oct. 08 Wednesday: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Nikozi – Kutaisi

Oct. 09 Thursday: Kutaisi to Svaneti region

Oct. 10 Friday: Svaneti area

Oct. 11 Saturday: Svaneti area

Oct. 12 Sunday: Svaneti to Tbilisi

Oct. 13 Monday: Tbilisi to Kazbegi

Oct. 14 Tuesday: Kazbegi to Tbilisi

Oct. 15 Wednesday: Departure from Tbilisi

Please consider a gift today to support AFG’s successful, life changing projects.

Thank you so much for your generous support of AFG projects that are giving hope to traumatized people facing great difficulty.


Marusya Chavchavadze and Lena Kiladze

News From Georgia: Three Success Stories And A Gift For You!

Dear Friends,

With your support, AFG has been helping Georgians in need for 20 years! Since our founding in 1994, AFG projects in Georgia have provided food, medicine, shelter, education, health care and most of all, Hope, where its needed desperately. We look forward to continuing this help, fostering grass roots projects that provide direct assistance.

Three Success Stories:

Alona, David and Elizbar received care and housing through the Dzegvi Orphanage & Bediani Village Homes project which serves abandoned street children with nowhere else to go. Today they are blossoming professionals getting

ready to contribute to their community’s future! Their pictures and stories are below. We are so happy to share this good news and in honor of International Children’s Day, on June 1st in Georgia and June 8th in America, we are having a week long celebration.

First Shelter Dzegvi Orphanage in early 1990s

Homes for street children as they grew and became educated were purchased in the village of Bediani


Please join us in celebrating our week of honoring International Children’s Day ( ICD) by sending a tax deductible donation to AFG. The first donor to send $100 or more by June 8 will receive a bottle of fine Georgian wine as a gift!

Our Thanks to Mamuka Tsereteli and for donating this beautiful, well-balanced choice from the Kakheti region.



Pictured below is Alona. She lived at Dzegvi Orphanage with her three siblings, one of whom was a twin. She studied painting at the Fine Arts Institute and currently works as an Art and Music teacher at Bediani Public School.


Below is David. In the first photo he is newly arrived at Dzegvi. In the second he has moved to Bediani and in the third, he is studying dentistry at the Mukhadze Medical Institute ( pictured with his friend Elizbar). He is now working as a Dental Technician for Procelain Prosthetics at the Eka-Dent Clinic.


Third is Elizbar. On the left you can see his love for animals in Dzegvi. In the middle, he is in Bediani with his dog and his sister. On the right, he is pictured while studying at the Mukhadze Medical Institute. He also studied at the Georgian Agrarian University. He worked at Zooplaza veterinary clinic and currently runs a family farm with his wife in Kakheti.

Since 1995, AFG has helped Mother Mariam and her lay volunteers raise 120 street children outside of Tbilisi in Dzegvi Orphanage and in Bediani Village. Over the years, 25 of these 120 have been assisted by AFG with scholarship funds and living stipends to continue their post secondary education.

Please consider a gift today to support this successful, life changing project.

For more information and background on this project please visit:

Thank you so much for your generous support of AFG projects that are giving hope to traumatized people facing great difficulty.


Marusya Chavchavadze and Lena Kiladze

Thank you for your donation!

We can’t do it without you!

Thank you to everyone who donated.

Our Waiting Child and Special Needs Grant Fund is filling up and it has everything to do with you!   We also received numerous donations for our other programs and cannot wait to put them to good use!

Special thanks to: Jason Bramblett, Viviane Martini, Norman and Lisa Garcia, Tonya Mershon, Sheila Johnson, Nancy Crews, Susan Derderian, Edward Kevorkian, Kristin Dadey, Sandra Buscarino, Kelly Huff, Christine Walters, Allan and Paulette Feeser, and last, but most definitely not least, Steve and Kelly Madden.

You can help out all year…

Whether it’s time, services, or financial, every little bit helps!

Share this email with your friends.


Last Chance to Help in 2013!

Time is running out…    

There is not much time left to make your donation count in 2013.  Any donation received by December 31, is tax-deductible and 100% of your donation is applied to the Hopscotch Waiting Child and Special Needs Grant Fund.

Want to donate?  Click here.

Meet a success story… "From barely surviving to thriving!"

A diagnosis of spina bifida hasn’t kept this active little girl down.  She’s been a fighter from the word "go". Thanks in part to donations from people like you, she joined her family 2011. 






Every little bit helps!

Waiting Child & Special Needs Program

Hopscotch is dedicated to finding permanent and loving homes for children with special needs from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Ghana, and Morocco.

Learn More…



The Waiting Child & Special Needs Grant Fund allows Hopscotch to financially aid families pursuing the adoption of children with special needs.

We can’t do it without your support!


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