Faith International Adoptions http://faithadopt.org Child Placement Agency Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:03:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Moon Festival in Tacoma http://faithadopt.org/moon-festival-in-tacoma/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=moon-festival-in-tacoma http://faithadopt.org/moon-festival-in-tacoma/#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:39:29 +0000 http://faithadopt.org/?p=1281 Dear families,

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 [...]]]> mooncake with tea

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Dear families,

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 be entertainment featuring stories musical presentations, and cultural highlights with a focus on the Chinese moon legends. There will also be moon cakes, vendors and many kid-friendly activities.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to celebrate one of the biggest Chinese festivals, emerge yourself in the Asian culture, and enjoy fascinating performances. Many cultures of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam will be represented through various activities taking place through out the celebration. Get your Chinese name in calligraphy, lion dance, martial arts and dance performances, tea ceremony, and dragon boat  just to name a few. The lantern parade led by the Moon Princess taking place at night is especially anticipated by everyone.

Bring your family and enjoy a great weekend in Tacoma.

Tacoma Moon Festival
September 29, 2012
2:00PM – 9:00PM
Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park
1741 N. Schuster Parkway, Tacoma, WA 98403
www.tacomachinesepark.org

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Lead Poisoning Prevention Information for Parents & Prospective Parents of Internationally Adopted Children http://faithadopt.org/lead-poisoning-prevention-information-for-parents-prospective-parents-of-internationally-adopted-children/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lead-poisoning-prevention-information-for-parents-prospective-parents-of-internationally-adopted-children http://faithadopt.org/lead-poisoning-prevention-information-for-parents-prospective-parents-of-internationally-adopted-children/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:17:10 +0000 http://faithadopt.org/?p=1269 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 [...]]]> 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 their home countries.

Risk of elevated blood-lead levels

There is no safe level of lead in the body. Often, symptoms are not obvious, so lead poisoning frequently goes unrecognized. At low levels, blood lead can cause health problems or behavioral or learning issues (4,5). In very extreme cases, it can cause seizures or death. A blood lead concentration at or above 10 micrograms per deciliter is currently considered high and requires monitoring or medical intervention.

Why should I be concerned?

Recently in the United States, a small number of internationally adopted children have been found to have elevated blood lead levels.

How do I know if my child was exposed to lead?

The only way to know for sure is to have your child tested with a simple blood test.

How can I have my child checked?

Request that your child’s doctor perform a blood lead test during the child’s medical examination in the U.S. or contact your state or local Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Contact information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/ programs.htm

Who can I contact for more health information?

You can contact either your doctor or your local health department. Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics inform doctors about the full medical checkup for internationally adopted children.

Additional Resources

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch. Search engine keywords: CDC lead poisoning prevention program
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. Search engine keywords: CDC international adoption immigrant health
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway: Intercountry Adoption. Search engine keywords: child welfare information gateway intercountry adoption
  • U.S. Department of State: This site provides information and guidance to U.S. Citizens seeking information about international adoptions. Search engine keywords: US Dept of State intercountry adoption from A to Z 

 

Source: National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Emergency and Environment Health Services.

Click here to download this article in PDF.

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Charitable Projects for Ghana http://faithadopt.org/charitable-projects-for-ghana/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=charitable-projects-for-ghana http://faithadopt.org/charitable-projects-for-ghana/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:28:37 +0000 http://faithadopt.org/?p=1176

 

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 well [...]]]> Help children in Ghana

 

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 well cared for throughout the various orphanages.

Orphanage in Ghana

Overall, the visits with children in the orphanages were excellent. Food supplies, while limited, seemed to be okay, but water is a continuous problem. We look forward to installing water purification systems in several of the orphanages, but in the meantime we need to focus on getting large containers of purified water into the orphanages. We also noticed that there are many older children that have passed the age of being adopted. They were all very polite and going to school. Many have dreams of going onto college and pursuing admirable careers.

kitchen at orphanage in Ghana

As a result of these findings, we will be initiating three charitable projects in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare.

  1. The first project will be supplying medical insurance cards for the children in the orphanages. For $25 we can purchase medical insurance cards for a child in the orphanage, which will allow the child to be brought to a hospital or medical clinic for treatment. Without the insurance card, the orphanages do not have the money to pay for the medical evaluation and treatment. As a result, the children go without medical treatment and suffer unnecessarily.
  2. The second project will be the installation of ultra violet water purification systems in the orphanages we work with. We have previously installed these systems throughout orphanages in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal and Panama. It is amazing how important clean water is in keeping children healthy. The leading killer of children is water-borne bacteria. The children in the orphanages in Ghana tremendously need clean water, and we look forward to providing them with this necessity.
  3. The third project will be the establishment of a sponsorship program for the children that have passed the age of being adopted. These funds will assist the teenage children with clothing and school supplies.

Classroom in Ghana

We encourage you to participate in these projects or to help us by passing this information along. Your contributions will help improve and change many children’s lives, and your generosity will be greatly appreciated. Please contact us at faith@faithadopt.org for more details on the charitable projects for Ghana or if you wish to help.

Faith Team

* Picture of children in this article is  for illustration and not for adoption purpose.

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Reduction in Adoption Visa Application Fees http://faithadopt.org/reduction-in-adoption-visa-application-fees/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reduction-in-adoption-visa-application-fees http://faithadopt.org/reduction-in-adoption-visa-application-fees/#comments Fri, 04 May 2012 16:24:28 +0000 http://faithadopt.org/?p=1160 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 [...]]]> 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 after receiving approval notice on the Form I-600 or I-800. The visa applicants must pay the fees in effect on the day of payment, not the day of visa interview. Therefore, anyone who has already paid the combined $404 fee will not receive a refund even if the fee decreased by the time of their visa interview.

Source: U.S. Department of State

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International Adoption Webinar http://faithadopt.org/international-adoption-webinar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=international-adoption-webinar http://faithadopt.org/international-adoption-webinar/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:07:20 +0000 http://faithadopt.org/?p=1152 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 [...]]]> 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 adopted parents practical insight into how they can best support their children to form a healthy sense of self.

  • Learn the challenges your children may face when forming their identity
  • Hear stories and examples of how others have faced these challenges
  • Pose your own questions to the panel

Live Webinar

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
7:00PM Central
Q&A: 8:00PM

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Ghana Update – April 2012 http://faithadopt.org/ghana-update-april-2012/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ghana-update-april-2012 http://faithadopt.org/ghana-update-april-2012/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:18:45 +0000 http://faithadopt.org/?p=1140

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 mainly [...]]]>

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 mainly involves timelines once a child has been referred.  As such it is difficult to provide a “general” time frame for each adoption. There are currently 12 families in our Ghana program.  Three families recently returned home with their children and all are doing extremely well. One family recently made their 1st trip to meet their daughter and looks forward to traveling to bring her home over the next few months.

HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE REFERRAL OF A CHILD?
A family’s wait for a referral officially begins after they have completed their dossier which includes receiving their I-171(H) Approval Notice from USCIS. In many cases there are waiting children that each family can consider. In that case a referral happens very quickly.  But what if waiting child list does not include a child that the family wishes to adopt? In that case we contact the various regional offices of the Ministry of Social Welfare and inquire if they have a child available that meets the requirements of the prospective adoptive family (PAP). In some cases a child may be readily available but in other cases it may take some time to receive a referral. We have not yet had a family have to wait for a referral so it is hard to estimate what the timeframe will be.

We are seeing that it appears that more boys are available than girls. We are told that this is due to the fact that Ghana is a matriarchal society where inheritance is passed down the matriarchal line as opposed to the patriarchal line. We advise you to prepare to wait 9-12 months or longer for a referral. It is much better to emotionally prepare yourself for a long wait and be pleasantly surprised if things move faster than expected than to anticipate a short wait and be disappointed when delays arise. In all cases where there is not a waiting child immediately available we will advocate for your referral with the Ministry of Social Welfare.

Kaden Ghana Waiting Children

WAITING CHILDREN:Please remember we still have waiting children from Ghana. Please check in with us if you would like information on any of the waiting children.

APRIL WAITING CHILD
“Kaden” is a handsome 8 year old boy with a great smile and a charming personality. He is healthy and has been waiting for a family since 2009. We would love to see him find the family that is meant to be his. If you know of a family who might be a great fit for this young boy, or any other waiting children, please refer them to our agency. We’d love to speak with them about the Ghanaian adoption process and would be happy to share the files of waiting children with them.

Please feel free to view and share Kaden’s attached photos. In addition, we currently have waiting children listed on Rainbowkids under our agency name. You will need to create a username if you do not already have one.

With each and every adoption program around the world, one’s patience is tried over and over again. So much of the inter-country adoption process is out of our control. That includes the processing in the foreign country as well as the processing with the USCIS. Time frames can vary from one family to the next. So patience, while hard to maintain at times, is critically important to each of us. “The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.”

Faith Team

faith@faithadopt.org

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India Adoption Update – March 2012 http://faithadopt.org/india-adoption-update-march-2012/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=india-adoption-update-march-2012 http://faithadopt.org/india-adoption-update-march-2012/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:58:00 +0000 http://faithadopt.org/?p=1123 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 website. [...]]]> 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 website. And then, a photocopy of homestudy needs to be mailed to CARA to complete the registration. There are just 100 applications allowed in each month for healthy (normal) referrals, and the registration starts at 10AM (Indian Central Time) on the first Monday of the month. This quota is for all countries, not just the U.S. That means if I cannot register a family in this month because the quota is already met or their homestudy is not ready, I have to wait for another registration opening in next month. However, this quota is not applied for special needs adoptions, and I can register a family applying for a child with special needs at anytime as soon as their homestudy is complete.

There have been a lot of conversations between adoption agencies about the new CARINGS website and Indian adoption system. Many find that the CARINGS website does not function well and CARA does not response to any inquiry. This creates stress and difficulties for agencies to process the adoption appropriately. Adoption professionals come together and share their experiences and advices at the India adoption forum of Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS). While successful stories are a few, many errors and complaints are reported. Dean Hale, JCICS Co-Chair, has gathering comments from all agencies and will forward them to CARA and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi at the next meeting.

CARA will hold a meeting with RIPAs at the end of March. We hope that RIPAs will receive adequate training from CARA on the new CARINGS website as well as the new adoption system. This may help adoptions be processed more effectively.

There is no issue from the U.S. Government. The I-800A is still expected to be reviewed and approved by USCIS within 90 days. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi continues to be responsive and corporate to process adoption cases in timely manner.

Please remember that timelines for referrals, processing of the approvals by CARA, and particular court proceedings are very inconsistent and unpredictable. The processing at each stage is much longer than what we are told by CARA and other Indian organizations.

Warmly regards,

Faith Team
faith@faithadopt.org

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Ghana Update – March 2012 http://faithadopt.org/ghana-update-for-march-2012/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ghana-update-for-march-2012 http://faithadopt.org/ghana-update-for-march-2012/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 22:18:03 +0000 http://faithadopt.org/?p=1038 Dear Faith Families,

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. If [...]]]> Dear Faith Families,

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. If anything is unclear, we would be happy to clarify.

FAMILIES: We had one family return home from Ghana with their son in the past month. We were excited to see that the Embassy issued their son’s visa and printed it the same day following their appointment. We are hopeful that the Embassy will continue to move quickly in this regard. We currently have one family who are returning TODAY with their son :) Their visa interview took place on Monday, with a visa print date of Friday.

We have three families who have received their I-600 approvals. One family is currently in-country and one will be making the second trip over the next two weeks to bring their children home. We also have one family who will be making their first trip in March. In addition, one family has recently submitted their dossier and we currently have 9 others working on their dossiers.

There are many children still in need of permanent and loving families. If you know of anyone who is interested in learning more about our Ghana program, please direct them to our agency and/or website. We are also advocating for a few Ghanaian children on Rainbowkids.com, so feel free to share that website as well.

REMINDERS: ALL original paperwork, such as adoption decrees, child records from the orphanage, etc. MUST remain in Ghana. None of these original documents should be removed from the country at anytime, as it will result in delays in the adoption process. Families will receive certified copies of the adoption decree, which they are welcome to take home. In addition, any medical, court, and immigration records can also be copied.

All requests for interviews and appointments during your trip to Ghana should be reviewed and cleared by our agency prior to submitting them to the Embassy or Consulate. We must arrange for airport pick-up and drop-off, as well as for Boat to accompany your family while in-country, so these arrangements should be approved before requesting them. In addition, some appointment requests require specific wordage and/or a specific format. We are happy to work with you in an effort to request all appointments as quickly as possible, so please abide by this policy.

We have recently learned that the Regional Director in Volta will be resigning, which is why it has been difficult to communicate within this region. He will be transitioning out of the position in March and the current Assistant Director will be taking over. The new Director is eager to assist our adoptive families in the completion of their processes.

We are hopeful that 2012 will continue to be a successful year for our Ghana program. We are very eager to see many children united with their forever families. We are thankful that you have allowed us to take part in such a special journey and look forward to working with you throughout the remainder of your process.

Sincerely yours,

Faith Team
faith@faithadopt.org

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U.S. Department of State to delay resuming adoptions in Vietnam http://faithadopt.org/u-s-department-of-state-to-delay-resuming-adoptions-in-vietnam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=u-s-department-of-state-to-delay-resuming-adoptions-in-vietnam http://faithadopt.org/u-s-department-of-state-to-delay-resuming-adoptions-in-vietnam/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2012 23:11:28 +0000 http://faithadopt.org/?p=885 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 [...]]]> 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 initiatives to strengthen its child welfare system and ensure the integrity of its domestic and international adoption process, it does not yet have a fully Hague compliant process in place. We continue to caution adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents that, to ensure that adoptions from Vietnam will be compliant with the Convention, important steps must still take place before intercountry adoptions between the United States and Vietnam resume. Adoption Service Providers should not initiate or claim to initiate, adoption programs in Vietnam until they receive notification from the Department of State that it has resumed adoptions in Vietnam.

Source: United States Department of State

Message from Tom Dililipo, President and CEO of JCICS, commenting on the notice from U.S. Department of States:

February 2, 2012

It is our understanding that a primary issue is that specific Vietnamese provinces are not supporting the principle of subsidiarity. While this is an issue with Hague compliance, we encourage both the U.S. and Vietnamese government to resolve outstanding issues and resume intercountry adoption in those provinces that are in compliance.

We encourage potential adoptive parents and adoption service providers to use caution as no timeline has been stated by either government regarding the resumption of intercountry adoption between the U.S. and Vietnam.

 

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Gifts to Orphans http://faithadopt.org/giftstoorphans/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=giftstoorphans http://faithadopt.org/giftstoorphans/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:09:30 +0000 http://faithadopt.org/?p=827

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 chosen [...]]]> Mia and her gifts to orphans around the world

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 chosen our agency, Faith International Adoptions, for this. Mia’s dream is to send these cookies to orphaned children.

We will be partnering with Mia and her Girl Scout troop to send cookies to orphanages overseas. If you are interested in donating any cookies or funds for shipping them, please contact Kelsey Melvin at kelsey@faithadopt.org. Cookies are $3.50 a box, and all funds must be received by Wednesday, February 1st.

Thank you in advance for helping Mia’s dream come true!

Kelsey Melvin
kelsey@faithadopt.org

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