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News from Serbia: Meeting With the Ministry of Labor, Veterans and Social Affairs, Department of Family Support and Social Protection

20150330_135207 News from SERBIA: Yesterday’s meeting with the Ministry of Labor, Veterans and Social Affairs, Department of Family Support and Social Protection. Incredibly progressive attitudes towards prevention of abandonment, family preservation, permanency planning and the Triad. This may be one of the few countries that actually supports open adoption and supports mediation when requested. Impressive!!!

More News From Serbia: Meeting with Center for Foster Care and Adoptions of Belgrade, Serbia

 20150331_152007 The meeting with the Center for Foster Care and Adoptions of Belgrade was excellent.  I have so much respect for their work and especially appreciated how they are using the P.R.I.D.E model in preparing and repairing children that have experienced loss, separation, neglect and abuse.

News from Serbia: The Kybele Serbian team returned to Novi Sad, Serbia for its third visit!

Some of the Kybele team members and host staff in the labor and delivery area of the Klinika za Ginekologiju i Akuserstvo.

Serbian Team Returns for Third Visit to  The Clinical Center of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia

Article submitted by Dr. Curtis Baysinger and Dr. Ivan Velickovic

The Kybele Serbian team returned to Novi Sad, Serbia for its third visit in as many years. Hosted by the Clinical Center of Vojvodina, team members Ivan Velickovic, MD; Ferne Braveman, MD; Curtis Baysinger, MD; Sarah Foggi, MD; Medge Owen, MD; and Lawrence Fordjour, MD, built upon work that had occurred during the previous two years with host Dr. Borislava Pujic and other staff members. As in past years, a weekend conference (which attracted participants from Serbia and other Balkan countries) was followed by clinical instruction by Kybele team members. For the second year, lecturers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. participated during the weekend lecture course only.

Dr. Velickovic demonstrating epidural placement techniques.

In contrast to past years where the five days of the visit focused primarily on clinical practice by the staff at the Novi Sad Center, practitioners from the surrounding community also participated, with host staff acting as instructors.  Thirty-seven regional blocks for labor analgesia were performed, using equipment donated by BBraun Serbia.

56f08ee9fbc65ee79e59edb7d86f6a3f Resident physicians who were rotating in obstetric anesthesia at the Novi Sad site were given hands-on training, as well as instruction provided both by Kybele members and host staff. The training model of host staff acting as instructors for resident hands-on training is not the current model for residency education at the Clinical Center.  The training may significantly change the current training practices going forward.

Protocols for regional labor analgesia, regional anesthesia for cesarean section, and regional opioid analgesia were developed with the host staff and were put into practice. Two mobile carts for storing supplies for regional anesthesia were donated by Kybele and both were stocked with supplies by the host.

Suggestions for evidence-based practice were made to staff obstetricians and neonatologists to help improve resource utilization and patient care. Return visits are planned for June 2015 and September 2015. 

During the visit, Pujic and Velickovic were interviewed on Novi Sad’s morning talk show "Good Morning Novi Sad" and discussed the partnership between the Novi Sad Center and Kybele as well as the progress toward increased use of regional analgesia. 

See MORE PHOTOS of this recent Serbia program.

News from Serbia: Celebrating our first TWO families’ referral match and acceptances.

News from Serbia: Celebrating our first TWO families’ referral match and acceptances.  Both families should be traveling soon to bring their children home.  Congrats Hopscotch Families!


Hopscotch Newsletter – May 2014

In This Issue

Quick Links

Still waiting….

The Waiting Child Program is the fastest growing program that Hopscotch Adoptions offers.  Unlike the typical track, time to placement usually takes less than a year from dossier submission.  Most of these children are Special Needs or older. We strongly urge you to check out these kids, regardless of the path you are taking. You never know who will grab your heart.

For more information on this program, contact Heather or go to the Waiting Child page and fill out the Privacy Declaration at the bottom of the page.


It’s almost summer time and we hope your family will be taking advantage of this great weather after our unexpectedly long winter! 

You’ve received our first ever on-line newsletter and we hope you’ll find it useful in getting relevant and supportive information and education articles more frequently.  

Families reported that they loved our full spread newsletter, but we found most families preferred less content and more frequency to better fit their busy lifestyles.   We call this newsletter ‘fun sized’.  

Education Spotlight:

Creating a Family

Education is one of the most valuable aspects of your adoption journey. To quote the public service announcements of the 80’s, "The more you know…" Creating a Family and Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc. have collaborated to allow our families access to a wealth of information through podcasts.

You can access the courses at

Any Hopscotch family can access the website.  In order to set up an account, contact Megan or Michelle.  They will be glad to set you up.

Small but Beautiful:

The Reality of Family

A Bulgarian Princess Comes to Texas

by: Dorcas L. Grubaugh

On August 16, 2013 we drove to Roman, Bulgaria to pick up our sweet daughter.  She was 12 years old at the time, soon to turn 13.  We were adopting a teenager!  We were not sure what to expect, except we had been told to not have any expectations of her whatsoever, just accept her as she was.  Of course, as in many things, this was easier said than done.  We were prepared for teenage things, and we had read all the assigned books and taken the required pre-adoption class credits.  But truly, we weren’t very well prepared at all.  Perhaps it was because this was our first child.  Maybe adoptive parents that already have other children in the home feel the transition goes more smoothly.  For us, it was a rocky first month or so.

We discovered that Abigail didn’t really know what to expect either.  She was disappointed th at we didn’t live next to celebrities.  She said our house was small … but beautiful, she quickly added.  And that is as it should be, because our sweet girl is also small but beautiful.  And she wishes we had other kids for her to play with, and was sad that our family is small ("we are only three" she says).  But she says we are crazy … and beautiful.  She has a wonderful sense of humor.  Everything is crazy to her.  That’s her word for silly, I think.  So that has pretty much defined our life over the past four months.  Crazy beautiful.  Abigail loves to take photographs.  I think we have more photographic documentation of the last four months of our life than the last four years since Tony and I got married.  You really have to be "on" because you never know when the camera is pointing your way!

She sings in the kid’s choir at church.  She is in an international newcomer school in our school district, which is specifically for children that come to the district with very little English language.  Now her English has progressed beautifully.  She has not learned too many complex words yet, but we can understand each other.  We only struggled for about a month with getting our point across.

The things we’ve learned so far:  A sleepy child cannot communicate
clearly … ever. 

No matter how close dinner was to bedtime, there still must be a snack beside her bed available.

She needs to be told that she is loved and beautiful a LOT!  I mean a whole

lot.  She asks all the time if we love her, and just about as often if we think she is beautiful.  We talked to some people who work with the kids in Bulgaria and found that the kids had a really nasty form of teasing each other there.  So we are working to reinforce positive words t

o overcome the negative words she heard from some peers.

The American school day is longer by several hours than the Bulgarian school day.  This has been hard on our daughter who feels like the week just doesn’t have enough time for other fun stuff she wants to do.  And we don’t even have her in any extra-curricular activities yet!

We’ve also learned that adjusting to a new family member is more than language, or getting along, it is giving up more of our time than we knew we had, giving up sleep, giving up everything else we wanted to do with our day … for our new family, for this precious child who needed a home.  How does adoption affect a family? It goes into the very center of it and wrenches out every last selfish strand of your soul and bares it before you.  What you do with the moment of deciding to be selfless or selfish varies with each passing day, but you are fully aware that you are making a choice.  This is the reality of adoption … you are choosing to make the life of another the priority over self.  And in the end, you discover that that is okay, because your family may be small, but it is beautiful.


Re-adoption in the United States:

I finalized before I came home, why should I re-adopt?

You just got off the plane with birth certificate and visa in hand. You’re tired and, if you are lucky, the child you waited for so long to bring home, is sleeping in your arms.  We’re done, your jet-lagged brain crows,

No more paperwork!

Sorry to burst your bubble, but there’s just a little more paperwork you should do. You need to re-adopt in the US.  Otherwise, that precious cargo you fought so long and hard for will have her work cut out for her in the future and so will you.

The goal of re-adoption in the US is to make sure you and your child will have access to the same paperwork most US citizens take for granted.  First and foremost, by re-adopting you will have a domestic Adoption Decree and Birth Certificate issued in a form that is accepted in all domestic courts and recognized by American institutions.  From kindergarten to college and beyond, you will be asked for this paperwork.  If you think the DMV is difficult now, imagine trying to get a license with a Bulgarian adoption decree.

If you have changed the name of your child after coming home, you have to re-adopt and re-apply to USCIS for a new Certificate of Citizenship to establish the revision.  Most visas and certificates bear the child’s name followed by the father’s first and last name and, surprisingly, most families really don’t want their little girl going through life with the middle name Gilmer.  I could be wrong, Gilmer is a very pretty name in some circles.

Re-adoption also guarantees your child’s right to inheritance in every state.  No one wants to think that far down the road but this little change at the beginning can make all the difference at the end.  Not all states recognize the validity of foreign adoption decrees in all legal cases and, if there is ever a question as to whether your child is eligible to receive an inheritance or other legal benefits, the re-adoption provides a domestic record of the child’s legal status.

Finally,  the "Accuracy for Adoptees Act," requires that a Federal Certificate of Citizenship for a child born outside of the United States reflect the child’s name and date of birth as indicated on a State court order or State vital records document issued by the child’s State of residence after the child has been adopted in that State. This means you will be able to change your child’s date of birth to reflect his true age.

We all hate paperwork and you have obviously done way more than your share but take these last steps.  You won’t regret it!

Introducing New Programs…


Serbia has just implemented Hague Treaty for Intercountry Adoption as of April 1, 2014.  If you are open to adopting children with moderate to non-correctable speci

al needs, you’ll find that Serbia is one of the most economical options to bring a child home. 

The process for learning more about the waiting children requires a letter of introduction to be submitted to the Ministry requesting approval and additional information.  Hopscotch provides the letter template and once it is completed, interested families would return the letter to Hopscotch and it will be submitted on your behalf.   There is no financial obligation for inquiry with the Ministry and our assistance with your letter of introduction. 

If you are interested in learning more about Serbia’s waiting children,  visit us on our Waiting Child page or contact us at, and we can provide a letter of introduction template to help you get started.


Hopscotch is proud to announce our new program in Ukraine.  Though the country is undergoing tremendous civil strife, children are still coming to the US via Hosting programs and finding forever families.  Hopscotch is working with excellent partners .  Contact us to learn if Ukraine is right for your family.   If you are interested in hosting, need a family assessment, home study or update to your home study in NC or NY, we can help.

So, how did you like it?  Let us hear from you and if you like this new format.  Expect to see more from us sooner rather than later, if so. 

Our next edition will include important information regarding the ramifications of the Universal Accreditation Act and a new story from a Hopscotch family that has had great success and benefited from an open (intercountry) adoption.

Until then,

Robin E. Sizemore

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc

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News From Serbia: Hopscotch welcomes home the Spring family’s newest addition from Serbia!


News From Serbia: Hopscotch welcomes home the Spring family’s newest addition from Serbia!  Just a few more days and Audrey will be surrounded with the love of her anxiously awaiting family.  We could not be happier for Audrey or her family. Hurry home!!! 

In a few weeks, Leah Spring will be joining Hopscotch Adoptions as our Family Coordinator for Serbia.  As an experienced adoptive parent and advocate, completed four Serbian adoptions of her own and assisted many other families since 2011, we are truly honored and excited to have Leah as the first person you’ll speak with when inquiring about adoption from Serbia.  Suffice to say, Leah knows a thing or two about Serbian adoptions!

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