Hopscotch Extends Our Deepest Condolences to the Quesenberry Family

Posted with permission of Natalie Hampton Quesenberry

635931996081468428-image1 For those that may not have heard through the adoption community, a wonderful Hopscotch family lost a devoted husband and father while in Bulgaria recently.  What should have been a joyous trip to bring home two very sweet boys they longed for, the unthinkable happened in Eric’s sudden passing.  The family was left without life insurance or a will and are struggling to provide the much needed stability to a newly transformed and vulnerable family.  Natalie, Eric’s wife of 24 years, is now navigating the infinitely complicated process of managing Eric’s estate, getting through the day to day life with two additional new children with special needs and planning Eric’s memorial and burial service – all while in the depths of grief.  Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve and find a new normal for their family.  In the event you feel led to support them further, you can do so at YouCaring.com

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Moroccan Orphans Without Hope Grow In Numbers By The Day: Muslim Families Desperately Needed!

May 27, 2015

Special correspondent Kira Kay reports as part of a partnership with the Bureau for International Reporting

Orphanages in Morocco face a unique challenge in trying to find permanent homes for children in their care. A recent law has made it nearly impossible for many would-be parents, especially under the Islamist government. 

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Hopscotch Adoptions, is honored to serve Morocco’s children and Muslim families, since 2010.  Hopscotch is dedicated to serving All children, All families and All Faiths. 

Raffle to Benefit Armenian Orphans

armenia We are raffling off four great items on November 14 to help raise money to benefit Armenian Orphans, they are:

  • A 30” Bronze Necklace & Engraved and Bronze Beaded Pendant Designed by Stephen Dweck. A $395 value donated by Simon Jewelers in High Point, NC
  • A $100 Gift Certificate from HYE Embroidery in High Point, NC. Donated by Rouben and Berjouhi Keshguerian
  • A $50 Gift Card for East Coast Wings on Tate Street in Greensboro, NC. Donated by Rouben and Berjouhi Keshguerian
  • A Bottle of Georgian Wine donated by Robin and James Sizemore
    1 ticket for $10, 4 tickets for $20, or 10 tickets for $50

Click here to buy tickets.

Raffle tickets can also be purchased in person at the SOAR Wine Tasting on Friday 11/14

Be sure to designate the donation to SOAR Raffle

Cutoff to purchase tickets is 5pm EST on 11/14/14

ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO SOAR TO BENEFIT ARMENIAN ORPHANS

Download PDF for more information.

SOAR & Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc -North Carolina Wine Tasting To Support Armenian Orphans

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When you see it in those terms you have to scratch your head and wonder why do we still have orphans and why do we still have so many waiting families – Encouraging everyone to give this some thought.

Today, the Lord to show each of His followers that we can each do something!

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Nobody Comes – True Adoption Story – Review Copy

Nobody Comes by Anthony Cleary

!cid_ii_1485617064f702a8Attached are the first five chapters of Nobody Comes, the story of a British Judge who went to Romania in the early 1990s – at the time that all the terrible news arrived of the way Romanian orphans were being treated – and against all the odds managed to successfully adopt a child.

Read a synopsis (PDF)

Here is how he recently described the experience in his own words:

http://www.adoption.net/adoptive-parents/blog/nobody-comes-the-true-story-of-the-rescue-of-a-romanian-orphan

The book can be bought here:

Paperback and ebook:

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk (29/30 Five Star reviews)

Ebook:

BN.com
Kobo.com
Apple iBookstore

DRC Adoption “Suspension” Re-Victimizes Orphans

Source: http://childrendeservefamilies.com/drc-adoption-suspension-re-victimizes-orphans/

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My heart keeps breaking every day since having to leave my daughter behind

What do you do when your youngest daughter wakes from her nap with terrified shrieks and sobbing?

What I did was run from the next room to pick her up and rock her, and tell her how much I love her.

What I did not do is tell her how I would always be there for her, and that I would never leave her. I couldn’t tell her these things because they’re not true.

Even after a few minutes of closeness, she clung to me so fiercely it felt like she was trying to crawl inside of me. She is terrified of being abandoned. Again.

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75,000 Orphans and Counting…

Source: http://childrendeservefamilies.com/75000-orphans-counting/

By Kelly Ensslin

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Kelly Ensslin has an insightful new blog post on the Both Ends Burning website about the newly released State Department adoption numbers, showing a drop for the ninth consecutive year in a row. The numbers over the past decade represent at least 75,000 orphans who have been deprived of permanent, loving families due to failed U.S. policy.

“Last Friday, the Department of State released its long-awaited annual international adoption statistics. As we had predicted, for the ninth straight year the number of children internationally adopted into permanent loving US families has fallen. In fiscal year 2013, only 7,094 children entered the United States on orphan visas. This number represents an 18% drop from the prior year and a 69% reduction since 2004, when international adoptions peaked at 22,884.

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Foreign Adoptions by Americans Decline Sharply

NEW YORK March 21, 2014 (AP)

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer

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The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged by 18 percent last year to the lowest level since 1992, due in part to Russia’s ban on adoptions by Americans. Adoptions from South Korea and Ethiopia also dropped sharply.

Figures released Friday by the U.S. State Department for the 2013 fiscal year showed 7,094 adoptions from abroad, down from 8,668 in 2012 and down about 69 percent from the high of 22,884 in 2004. The number has dropped every year since then.

As usual, China accounted for the most children adopted in the U.S. But its total of 2,306 was far below the peak of 7,903 in 2005.

Ethiopia was second at 993, a marked decline from 1,568 adoptions in 2012. Ethiopian authorities have been trying to place more abandoned children with relatives or foster families, and have intensified scrutiny of orphanages to ensure that children placed for adoption are not part of any improper scheme.

Russia had been No. 3 on the list in 2012, with 748 of its children adopted by Americans. But that number dropped to 250 for 2013, representing adoptions completed before Russia’s ban took effect.

The ban served as retaliation for a U.S. law targeting alleged Russian human-rights violators. It also reflected resentment over the 60,000 Russian children adopted by Americans in the past two decades, about 20 of whom died from abuse, neglect or other causes while in the care of their adoptive parents.

Moving into the No. 3 spot for 2013 was Ukraine, currently engaged in political conflict with Russia. Ukraine accounted for 438 adoptions, followed by Haiti with 388, Congo with 313 and Uganda with 276.

Despite the relatively high numbers of adoptions from the Congo, that African country has been the cause of heartache from some American families trying to adopt Congolese children. In several instances, U.S. parents have obtained court approval for adoptions and taken custody of the children, only to be denied exit permits that would enable them to bring the children to the United States. They face a choice of living in the Congo with their children or returning to the U.S. without them.

"It’s a terrible shame," said Susan Jacobs, the State Department’s special adviser on children’s issues.

Along with Russia and Ethiopia, the biggest contributor to the one-year drop was South Korea, which accounted for 627 U.S. adoptions in 2012 but only 138 last year. Jacobs said this decline was due primarily to new adoption procedures implemented by South Korea.

The last time there were fewer foreign adoptions to the U.S. was in 1992, when there were 6,472, and the downward trend has dismayed many advocates of international adoption.

Chuck Johnson, CEO of the National Council of Adoption, contended that the decline stems in part from the way the State Department has applied the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption, which establishes ethical standards for international adoptions.

The U.S. entered into the agreement in 2008 with strong support from adoption advocates who hoped it would curtail fraud and corruption, and then lead to a boom in legitimate adoptions. Instead, the decrease has continued.

"The U.S. has encouraged and in some cases strong-armed impoverished countries to sign the Hague Convention and then cites their inability to comply with strict Hague standards as a reason for not doing intercountry adoption with them," Johnson said.

Johnson expressed hope that Congress would support a bill introduced with bipartisan support last year — the Children in Families First Act — that would encourage more adoptions of foreign orphans. It would create a new bureau in the State Department assigned to work with non-governmental organizations and foreign countries to minimize the number of children without families — through family preservation and reunification, kinship care, and domestic and international adoption.

Concerns about corruption, child-trafficking and baby-selling have prompted the United States to suspend adoptions from several countries in recent years, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Guatemala and Nepal.

However, Jacobs said some adoptions from Vietnam — mostly involving children with special needs — were expected to resume soon. She said a Vietnamese delegation was due in the U.S. next month to interview U.S. adoption agencies with the aim of selecting some to operate in Vietnam.

"One thing that remains constant is our support for intercountry adoptions and our determination that they are done ethically and transparently," Jacobs said. "I can’t think of anything worse than for a child to be consigned to an institution when they should be with a family."

The State Department reported that 84 American children were adopted by residents of foreign countries last year — 35 of them went to Canada and 38 to the Netherlands.

State Department: http://adoption.state.gov/about—us/statistics.php

David Crary can be reached at http://twitter.com/CraryAP

What does W.I.S.E say about Orphans, Guardianship and Adoption?

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What does W.I.S.E say about Orphans, Guardianship and Adoption?

Adoption and the Care of Orphan Children: Islam and the Best Interests of the Child (PDF)

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