Join Us!!!!! Hopscotch Adoptions Family Reunion 2017

It’s time for… Hopscotch’s 2017 Family Reunion!

Hi, Everyone,

The 2017 Hopscotch Reunion is less than seven weeks away.  Now’s the time to register.  Your registration form is attached and due, along with the per person reunion fee, on June 25, 2017.

The fee will cover a pizza party and dessert on Friday night, a catered al fresco breakfast at the park on Saturday morning, the rental of a canopy tent/tables and chairs to keep us shaded and comfortable at the reunion hub, as well as arts/crafts/activities for the children.  Depending on the number of attendees and final costs, the fee may stretch to cover a Sunday morning breakfast as well.

Hopscotch has generously sponsored a catered dinner at the park for Saturday evening.

Additional activities, such as a visit to the water playground at the park, boat/bike rentals, and a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo or other local attractions will be paid by individual families as they go.  If there’s interest to form a group for a Sunday outing, please let me know and I will gladly assist with the planning.

If you are flying to Cincinnati to attend the reunion, your closest airport is CVG.  You can also fly into DAY, SDF or IND.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions,

Viviane Martini, Family Coordinator and Advocate
Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc
Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Ghana, Guyana, Morocco, Serbia and Ukraine
Pre & Post-Adoption Services available to NY and NC residents
Ph: 336.899.0068

This year’s reunion will be hosted at Winton Woods, Cincinnati, Ohio!

A blog about camping at Winton Woods

2017 Family Reunion Registration Form – Register Now (Word Doc)


Armenia: The Road Less Traveled: Best Friends’ Reunion

Best Friends’ Reunion

IMG_7152 The day we met Ella in May 2014, she told us, "I have a best friend named Lilit and I want you to meet her."  The next morning, we had the opportunity to do so and it was immediately obvious to us that these two girls were very close.  We knew that their friendship would likely be Ella’s biggest emotional loss caused by our adoption.  By the time we picked up Ella in October 2014, Lilit had been transferred to an older child orphanage where they would probably have gone together had we not found Ella in time.

Over the next year and a half, as Ella learned English and was able to share more about her life in Armenia, she continually spoke to us of Lilit, of her love for her, her worry about her health, the day they were separated, and the experiences they had together.  Ella requested we place Lilit’s picture on the wall beside her bed and even wondered if Lilit could become her sister via adoption.

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International Search and Reunion: A Conversation with Susan Soonkeum Cox

By Susan Soonkeum Cox


Every adoptee has their own personal and unique adoption story. That history is a part of who they are, and remains a part of them as they move from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood.

As intercountry adoption has changed over the years, more international adoptees have become interested in searching for information and trying to learn more about their families, countries, and cultures of origin. An adoption search and/or reunion for an intercountry adoptee may look very different from one undertaken by a person adopted in the U.S. Typically an international adoption search will require working with officials in another country and dealing with complex legal issues, language translation, and cultural differences. To better understand the international search and reunion process, NCFA asked Susan Soonkeum Cox, Vice President of Policy and External Affairs at Holt International and a Korean adoptee, to share some of her own personal experiences.

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Reconnecting Siblings Separated by Foster Care System


By Rheana Murray

34f2d313864b256e2555ef169be217eb Brothers and sisters torn apart by foster care or adoption get to see each other for one glorious week every year, at a summer camp that aims to reconnect separated siblings.

For one counselor, the reunion was so touching she decided to take three campers home – permanently, so they would never be separated again.

Tammy Gerber, a realtor in Las Vegas, told ABC News she had no idea what she was getting herself into when she signed up to be a volunteer at Camp To Belong for a week in 2009, but had no doubts about starting a family when she met three inseparable siblings, two boys and one girl, who all lived in different foster care homes at the time.

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Celebrating Bulgaria Adoptive Families Reunion 2014


Bulgarian Recipes from the 2014 Potluck

Our reunion potluck is always made extra special by the dishes contributed by our native Bulgarian friends.  One of my favorite parts of the reunion each year is hearing some of our older Bulgarian kiddos get really excited about eating food they used to enjoy in their birth country.  If you want to make these treats for your family throughout the year, here are the recipes shared by Dani G. and Anna G.

Cucumber soup ("Tarator") – serves 8-12 (unless born in Bulgaria, then fewer 🙂

1 big container of yoghurt (organic varieties & Greek Gods taste more like yoghurt in Bulgaria)

1 long/European cucumber (diced or grated)

1-2 tbs olive or sunflower oil

1-2 cloves garlic, minced (may substitute with garlic powder)

12 oz water (add more if you prefer rarer soup)

1-2 tbs dill (fresh is better)

1 tbs grated walnuts or pecans

salt to taste

Serve chilled.
There is a salad version of the soup with the same ingredients as above minus water, however, the yoghurt is strained in a cheesecloth for a few hours and the cucumber may be substituted for diced pickle ("Snejanka").
Pastry ("Banitsa") – recipe from Anna

1 pack FILO dough

4 eggs  + 1 1/2 cups of milk mixed

Feta cheese

Layer 2-3 sheets of FILO, sprinkle w crumbled cheese, fold into a roll and place in a pan, then repeat with more FILO, more cheese until FILO is over. Cut in small squares, spill over the milk and eggs mix, bake at 425 for 45min. Alternative fillings are a mix of cheese and spinach/diced leeks or grated pumpkin mixed with sugar. Old Bulgarian women do not use Filo dough but spread the dough, which is made of water, salt and flour with a rolling pin until almost transparent (idea for next year’s activities!)

Peppers Burek ("Chushki Byurek")

4 big red peppers grilled well from all sides and peeled

2 cups Bulgarian feta cheese

2 tbs unsalted butter (optional)

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 tbs dill

1/4 ts or less black pepper

other spices if desired

3 eggs &

5 tbs flour

Mix the cheese, butter, garlic, dill and black pepper. Fill the red peppers with the mix. Cover with the eggs & flour and fry.

Lazy casserole version (adjust quantities to fit pan) – instead of baking fresh peppers, buy fire Roasted Yellow & Red Baked from Trader Joe’s (or another brand that does nor contain vinegar). Layer of eggs/flour, layer of peppers, layer of cheese mix, another layer of peppers and top with eggs/flour. Bake until there is a nice golden crust on top.


1 pack FILLO dough

1 cup melted unsalted butter (or coconut/olive/etc oil)

9 oz walnuts

1 tbs cinnamon

1 1/2 lbs sugar/brown sugar

1 lemon

20 fl oz water

Coat a pan with the butter. Two layout options: 1) layer 2/3 of the FILLO dough in the pan, cover with the walnuts and cinnamon and put the rest of the FILLO dough on top, then cut into 2×2" squares; 2) take several sheets of fillo dough, spread some of the walnuts and cinnamon on top and fold the FILLO dough into a roll, then repeat with the remaining ingredients until the pan is full. Bake on medium heat until golden. Boil the sugar and water for 2 minutes, then add the juice of the lemon. Cover the baked fillo with the sugar syrup. Leave in the fridge for a night.

Georgian Children’s Reunion to be held in Atlanta, Georgia May 9-11, 2014


Georgian Children’s Reunion to be held in Atlanta, Georgia May 9-11, 2014 – Program and details to follow – mark your calendars and clear your weekend for a great time re-connecting to families with children/teens from Georgia and to our children’s culture and community!

Georgian Children’s Reunion to be held in Atlanta, Georgia May 9-11, 2014


Georgian Children’s Reunion to be held in Atlanta, Georgia May 9-11, 2014 – Program and details to follow – mark your calendars and clear your weekend for a great time re-connecting to families with children/teens from Georgia and to our children’s culture and community!

Celebrating Bulgaria Adoptive Families Reunion 2013

A letter from the Bulgarian Family Reunion 2013 Co-chair, Yvonne Villemure:

Where in the world did February, March and April go? I was commenting yesterday to Viviane that it felt like it was the beginning of March here in Southeastern Michigan…. maybe that is because of our cold and crummy weather… we are just this week having a solid week in the 50’s… just yesterday I had to scrape a frosty snow layer off my car. I want to cry… it is just not far to be so cold for so long!!!! I am over cabin fever and ready for our camping weekend!! Maybe we will be fortunate that June will prove to be a beautiful balmy month and not quite the sauna from the past two years. 🙂

So Topics of today-

1. FEES- The deadline for Reunion fees is May 1st. Please keep this in mind. I am open to Paypal or checks in the mail… whichever is easier. I can tell you guys that Viviane and I cannot move forward right now until the fees are in. We are dead in the water (because we have received a limited # of fees) so please get them in so we can make this a successful event!! If you have sent your fees, thank you! If you haven’t please, please send them today!

2. FORMS- Thank you to those of you that have sent me your forms either in the mail with your payment or electronically. These forms help us immensely…. if you haven’t signed up for a potluck item, let me know and I will give you a few ideas of what may still be needed…. pretty sure we still need hotdogs and hamburgers! (Hotdogs, hamburgers, smoked pork and buns are now covered though it would help with costs if another family or two would sign up for hamburgers. If anyone wants to bring chicken, please remember to pre-cook it. We could use another green salad – Yvonne is making shopska- and possibly a tray of hamburger/hotdog fixings like tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles, and condiments.)

3. T-SHIRTS- We will be ordering the shirts earlier this year, the past two years we have cut the deadline close.  In the past 2 years I have allowed people to order t-shirts almost up until the week of the reunion… I am ordering the t-shirts the first week of May. This means that I need the t-shirt sizes ASAP… send me your forms so I can organize this! 
***NOTE: If you are a family that is still waiting for travel dates and are putting off sending fees, please contact me ASAP so that we can work out the t-shirt order. I can always ship your t-shirts to you if you are unable to attend. But I would really hate for anyone to not have the reunion shirt for our pictures! BTW, I will not be ordering extra t-shirts this year. Last year I ordered extra and we still have a few left. If you are interested in purchasing a 2012 t-shirt for $5, please e-mail Viviane for the sizes that are left! ***

2012 Invitation: Bulgarian Adoptive Families Reunion

WHO: Families who have adopted, are submitted and waiting to adopt, or considering a Bulgarian adoption.

WHEN: June 22-24, 2012

WHERE: Winton Woods near Cincinnati, OH.


  • Bulgarian Cultural Activities
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Water Activities
  • Hiking
  • Bonfires
  • Families sharing their adoption experiences
  • Kids connecting to their heritage


  • Because we have adopted, are considering adoption, or are waiting to adopt an orphan from Bulgaria.
  • Because we will all have adoption experiences to share.
  • Because it will be wonderful to meet and share stories
  • Because it will let our little Bulgarians/Americans hang out and understand that they are not alone in their journey and assimilation into American culture.
  • Because we plan to incorporate Bulgarian culture to keep our children’s heritage alive.
  • Because the siblings of our Bulgarian children need to hang out and share their own stories about the adoption of their Bulgarian brother(s)/sister(s).
  • Because it is a great excuse to get away and to just have a… great time!

Please place your family’s response in the comment section of this invite or e-mail your family’s response and include the following basic information: Click here.

  • Family name
  • Number of adults and children
  • First names, (include age & gender for children)
  • Accommodation Type: deluxe cabin, camper cabin, tent camping, RV camping, hotel or other. (w/site #)

We will be sending a registration form shortly for more information.

******Please provide a status response by Wednesday March 9.********

Do not wait to make your reserations! Campground and cabins are getting booked for the June 22-24 weekend and I do not want anyone to miss festivities! If you are a “maybe” check the local hotels and reserve a room that may have a better cancellation policy than the park.

Click here for more information.

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