If you are close to the Tacoma, WA neighbor hood, check out the Moon Festival scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park.
The Moon Festival is a popular Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness dating back over 3,000 years to China’s Zhou Dynasty. At the Festival, there will [...]Continue Reading →
Important Information to safeguard the health of your child, during early medical exams in the U.S.
The risk for lead exposure is higher in many countries from which children are adopted than in the United States. Sources of lead exposure vary by country. Concern exists about children adopted from overseas who have been exposed in [...]Continue Reading →
Faith staff recently traveled to Ghana and were able to visit with many of the orphanages and with the Regional Directors of the Department of Social Welfare. For several years now, we have enjoyed a cooperative working relationship with the Department of Social Welfare. The children were joyful and [...]Continue Reading →
The U.S. immigrant visa application fees have changed as of April 13, 2012. The fee for Immediate Relative and family preference applications (processed on the basis of an approved I-600 or I-800 petition) decreased from $404 to $230. Adoptive parents submit the visa application and fee to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in foreign country [...]Continue Reading →
Join Joint Council for a guided discussion on the impact adoption has on identity formation. A panel of adult adoptees will share personal stories from their childhood and teenage years, reflecting back on how adoption factored into their identity formation. Lead by Dr. Gina Samuels, a researcher, educator and adopted person, the panel will give [...]Continue Reading →
PROGRAM UPDATE: The Ghana program definitely continues to progress well but it is still in the “pilot program” stage. By that we mean that we continue to experience new events in the various regions of Ghana. It appears that while most regions follow the same procedures, each region has its own particularities. That [...]Continue Reading →
It is almost 3 months since India started accepting new applications on 1/20/2012. We have finally had some movements in the new process with the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), and I want to provide an update on our program.
With the introduction of CARINGS, all new families must be registered in this [...]Continue Reading →
I hope this message finds that you are doing well. We are doing our best to provide monthly updates for all of our adoption programs, as we feel this is helpful for waiting families. If there are any questions or concerns you have, please do not hesitate to contact us. [...]Continue Reading →
Notice from the U.S. Department of State on status of Vietnam Adoptions:
February 1, 2012
The United States has determined that it will not resume intercountry adoptions in Vietnam on February 1, 2012, when the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption will enter into force there.
Despite Vietnam’s [...]Continue Reading →
Meet Mia – this sweet little 6 year old was adopted through our agency from Vietnam! This kind-hearted little girl recently joined Girl Scouts in her home state of Mississippi. Each Girl Scout troop is responsible for choosing a cause or organization that they can gift cookies to. Well, sweet Mia has [...]Continue Reading →