REGISTER NOW! Empowered To Connect Simulcast April 7 & 8

We are excited to share with you a great educational opportunity. Hand In Hand is sponsoring the Empowered to Connect Seminar being hosted by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 5450 Lemay Ave Fort Collins.   The conference runs from 10am to 6pm (check in begins at 9:30am), April 7th and 8th.  While there is a lunch…

INCREASING FEES FOR USCIS SERVICES

IMPORTANT!!! The fee for a Certificate of Citizenship for your adopted children increases from $600 to $1000 on December 23, 2016. For those who lost your certificate of citizenship, please apply for the N565 before the fee also increases on December 23rd. It is very important that your child adopted internationally have their Certificate of…

WHAT ADOPTED TEENS WANT THEIR PARENTS TO UNDERSTAND

Contributed by a teen adoptee who wrote this for a school project When you’re adopted at a young age, you don’t think much of where you were born, your family history, any of that. You’re just happy that a family picked you and you get to leave. At least that’s how it was when it…

COUNTRY UPDATES

Bulgaria – Our Bulgaria program is open and we are eager to receive new applications. Please contact your local Hand In Hand office or Vickie Truelove in the Indiana Office. Children are of a rich, ethnic background: Bulgarian, Turkish and Roma. Children ages 1-15 years old, with the majority being over three years old; there…

Parent Tips: USE THE SUMMER MONTHS TO ENHANCE ATTACHMENT AND SELF-WORTH

by Kim Kuehner, PhD A high or low self-esteem is a measure of how we see ourselves and, more importantly, how we value ourselves. We all know that a healthy self-image allows us to navigate our world more positively and effectively. A positive self-concept helps us to be satisfied with where we are at and,…

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO ADOPT OLDER CHILDREN? CAN IT BE FOR ME?

With the increase in the number of older children who are being cleared for adoption and for whom we are advocating, such as with the Special Home Find program in the Philippines and the Summer Hosting Programs we are sponsoring, it seems fitting to share resources about “older child adoption.” 1. Rainbowkids.com is an excellent…

AN OPEN LETTER TO STAKEHOLDERS FROM USCIS

Dear Stakeholder: We are writing to address recent customer concerns about processing delays. We recognize that some cases are taking longer to complete than usual and apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. Current personnel resources do not align with the present caseload, but we are working to address the staffing shortages and…

ADOPTION CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER

Hello: My name is Shelly Roy and I am the social worker for the Adoption Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Our clinic consists of a Developmental Pediatrician, Dr. Larry Gray, an Infectious Disease Nurse Practitioner, Linda Walsh, and myself. We offer a wide variety of pre and post adoption consultation and medical…

EMOTIONS OF ADOPTION

Hello Mary Lee, My name is Deb Levindofske and I am a licensed social worker. I have spent the past nine years of my lengthy career working in international adoption. I spent those years running the HELP DESK of a nationally recognized agency. I believe that we would all agree that the need for ongoing…

NEW ADOPTION BOOK FOR CHILDREN

(Hand In Hand staff recently presented at a conference in Cincinnati and met the author of this book. It was incredible to hear her talk about her own adoption experience and her inspiration for this book.) Hello Hand in Hand! I am a children’s book author and recently published my first book on adoption entitled,…