Thursday, January 15, 2015

Adoption Orientations in Fort Collins, Colorado, 2015

FREE ORIENTATIONS ON INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO

 


Learn about Hand In Hand's International Adoption programs in the
Philippines, China, Bulgaria, and soon ... Brazil.

Orientations are held at First Presbyterian Church, Room 204, 531 South College Ave, Fort Collins, CO, from 6:30-8:30 PM.

Dates in 2015: January 15, February 19, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, 2015

Learn more about ...
• The 40-year history of our agency in helping children find adoptive families
• Our country programs in China, Bulgaria, and the Philippines
• Types of children in need of adoption
• Requirements for adoptive parents
• Processing of an international adoption
• Training we provide to adoptive families regarding issues they may encounter as
they raise an adopted child
• The services we provide to families throughout the adoption process and long
afterwards (such as Motherland Tours to the country of a child's birth)
• How families finance an adoption
• Our special work on behalf of children who are older or have special needs
• Our Summer Hosting Programs
• And meet one or more adoptive families who will share their experiences and eagerly and honestly answer your questions

Contact us for more information or to register for this free, no-obligations orientation.
Please RSVP to colorado@hihiadopt.org or 970-226-8948 at least 2 days in advance.

Adoption Orientations at the Indiana Office, 2015 Dates

FREE ORIENTATIONS ON INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION
ALBION, INDIANA






Learn about Hand In Hand's International Adoption programs in the
Philippines, China, Bulgaria, and soon ... Brazil.

Orientations are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Hand In Hand
office in Albion, Indiana beginning at 7 PM.

Dates in 2015: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15

Learn more about ...
• The 40-year history of our agency in helping children find adoptive families
• Our country programs in China, Bulgaria, and the Philippines
• Types of children in need of adoption
• Requirements for adoptive parents
• Processing of an international adoption
• Training we provide to adoptive families regarding issues they may encounter as
they raise an adopted child
• The services we provide to families throughout the adoption process and long
afterwards (such as Motherland Tours to the country of a child's birth)
• How families finance an adoption
• Our special work on behalf of children who are older or have special needs
• Our Summer Hosting Programs
• And meet one or more adoptive families who will share their experiences and eagerly and honestly answer your questions

Contact us for more information or to register for this free, no-obligations orientation.
260-636-3566 or lndiana@hihiadopt.org.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Waiting Child Spotlight! Philippines Sibling Group 9373-9374

Today's waiting child spotlight is on a young sibling group waiting in the Philippines. The children's full file and pictures are available. Contact Vickie at Indiana@hihiadopt.org for more information.





A: Male, DOB May 6, 2010, Ref. No. 9373
B: Female, DOB April 5, 2012, Ref. No. 9374
Report dated Sept. 13, 2013
Child A “is now three years and four months old… He enjoys taking a bath and playing with the other children. He can imitate adult activities like sweeping the floor, cleaning the table, etc. He can open and close the faucets and can also open the doorknob. ..He is not yet toilet-trained. …He is observed with delayed speech development, having a limited speech which could not be clearly understood. Thus, houseparents keep on talking to him to develop his speech. He appears to have drooling saliva which makes his neck and clothes wet. When he sleeps on his abdomen…he is banging his head on the pillows and if he sleeps on his back lying position, he is swaying his body until he falls asleep.” The medical report indicates expressive-receptive language delay and possible mental retardation. MRI was normal.

Child B “is now one year and five months old…. She is an active child. She can climb in her crib rails. She is found of rocking her body and banging her head in her crib rails. She still cannot walk on her own and talks only grunting sounds. She can walk if holding on to some support or if one had is held out.” The medical report showed that she has a heart murmur, global developmental delay and microcephaly. MRI was normal. Hearing test showed mild hearing loss in one ear, and moderate hearing loss in the other.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Waiting Child Spotlight! Sibling Group Waits in the Philippines

Today's waiting child spotlight is on a sibling set of three waiting in the Philippines. These children potentially could participate in the 2015 summer hosting program.

A: Female, DOB December 13, 2000, Ref. No.  9595 (13-0485)
B: Male, DOB December 21, 2001, Ref. No.  9594 (13-0484)
C: Female, DOB March 13, 2005, Ref. No. 9596 (13-0486)
Child B was found by a concerned citizen...and was brought to the M. Office and subsequently referred to an institution for proper case management. After two (2) years, based on the information given by Child B, he remembered his father and was brought by the social worker. His parents are separated and child has two siblings. The father expressed his incapability to parent his children who are in the custody of the birth mother. The social worker was able to locate the birthmother who eventually voluntarily surrendered the three (3) children due poverty condition.
Child A: She is described as friendly with her co-residents at the center and school. She is responsible and helps in household chores, if guided properly she could do better. She sometimes act slowly or hesitant to follow instruction. But with right motivation she immediately obeys. She is currently enrolled as Grade III pupil to a public school. Based on her teacher’s report she is diligent in her studies, though she needs guidance to focus on Mathematics and English subjects. Child is functioning within the Below Average range based on her Psychological Evaluation.
 Child B: He is fondly called “Jordan” taken from his favorite basketball player Michael Jordan and his favorite sport is basketball which he is really good in it. He is sensitive to the needs of others and generous in sharing his food or snacks, especially to his classmates who have nothing to eat during recess. He is currently enrolled as Grade III pupil to a public school. He is eager to learn how to read and speak English words. Education is important to him, he wants to finish his studies and fulfil his dream of being a soldier or astronaut. Child is functioning within the Average range based on his Psychological Evaluation.
Child C: She is friendly and happy to be with. She is sweet and loving. She enhances her reading and writing ability in English language through the assistance of her tutor.  Child is functioning within the Below Average range based on her Psychological Evaluation. The three children love and support each other and have close sibling relationship. 
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The full file is available and has many more details about the children, including that they participate in Mass and the Rosary at their institution, and pray for their birthmother and wish her well, and hope to eventually help other children in poverty who end up in a similar situation to theirs.
For more pictures and full files on these children, contact Vickie at Indiana@hihiadopt.org. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Resources for Adopting Visually Impaired Children

Hand In Hand was happy to receive information about Bethel China, an organization that advocates for visually impaired children. They have compiled the information below for those who are interested in adopting a child with visual impairment or those who would like to help advocate for these children. The information is also available on their webpage: Bethel China Advocacy Ideas

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Advocacy Resources

1. “Exposed to Hope” E-book (bethelchina.org/exposed-to-hope-book)
Exposed to Hope is an E-book available for $2.99 featuring the stories of 13 families who have adopted a child with a visual impairment from China. From babies, toddlers to teenagers, from children with cancer to albinism to eye conditions you’ve never heard of. Families share honest and beautiful accounts of family life, school, independence, attachment, surgery and more. We can offer a discount for adoption agencies who would like to promote the book amongst their families.


2. Pinterest (pinterest.com/bethelchina)
These Pinterest boards are full of information and hundreds of links to articles about family, education, craft, daily life, independent living skills, technology, toys, mobility, adoption, parenting and more. If a family has a question about braile, link them to the Braille board. If they have a question about a child becoming independent, link them to the ‘independent teenagers’ board. The craft and games pages are packed with resources to ensure a blind child doesn’t get left out of the fun.



What began as a way to keep sponsors updated with Bethel has become a tool to breakdown stereotypes and perceptions and replace them with positive images of blind children aged 1-14.
Potential parents can imagine a blind child who is an orphan, healthy and happy in a loving environment where they can reach their potential. Advocates can share photos of blind children swimming, hiking, riding bikes, recording songs, reading/writing at school, riding on public transport etc...




4. Videos
We have a number of videos on our Youtube channel of blind children walking to the store, riding the subway, beading necklaces, choosing products in the supermarket, and just having fun. We also have an interview with an 18-year-old adoptee who is independent, smart and funny. Videos can help children come alive and allow a potential to imagine life with a child who is visually impaired. Bethel China's "Happy" video by Pharrell Williams and our new Love is Blind music video are both fun to advocate with.

5. Wonderbaby.org
WonderBaby.org, a project funded by the Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you'll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they've learned about playing with and teaching a blind child. We focus on real-life advice and real-life experiences.

6. Reeces Rainbow (reecesrainbow.org)
If you have a child on your agency’s list who has a visual impairment who has a profile on Reeces Rainbow, please email it to adoption@bethelchina.org and we will add it to our Pinterest board for children with adoption grants. You can also link to Reeces Rainbow links on your facebook or blogs.

Happy Advocating! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Resources available for Boy 1014-7 waiting in China

We are thrilled to share that a wonderful family who adopted 3 children with a condition similar to this little one's has come forward and would be happy to share their experiences with interested families. They are advocating for this sweet boy and are willing to connect families to available resources.

You can visit their blogs at:
wewereledtoyou.BlogSpot.com
ourchinaangel.BlogSpot.com
Boy 5 years (1014-7) – This sweet little boy has an outgoing personality. He has large pigmented nevi (black spots) covering much of his body as well as a neurofibroma on his hip. He appears to be developmentally on target with his fellow mates. He enjoys singing, games, and playing with toys.
Report dated April 2013
UPDATE report dated May 2014:
This little guy's update reports that he is active and outgoing. He likes to talk with people he knows and enjoys cuddling with his caretaker. He especially likes playing outside and building blocks. He is healthy and developing normally. His neurofibroma is not growing larger and does not cause him any pain.

For information about adopting this child, contact Vickie at Indiana@hihiadopt.org