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U.S. Government Raises Fees

The Washington Post released the article below on February 16.   Parents Adopting Children to See Higher Fees, New Rules by David Crary NEW YORK — The U.S. government has raised fees and made a series of regulatory changes recently for American families adopting children overseas, fueling resentment toward the State Department among agencies who fear further reductions in the already dwindling number of foreign [...]

U.S. Government Raises Fees 2018-02-19T13:45:05+00:00

Free Information Meeting in Lansing!

Join us as we Explore Adoption on March 13 at 6:30 pm! Bring your questions and join us on March 13 for this free information meeting. Adoption Associates staff will be on hand to provide valuable information about their Domestic Infant and International adoption programs. For more details or to RSVP, please contact Nancy Cannon at 517.327.1388 or lansing@adoptionassociates.net.

Free Information Meeting in Lansing! 2018-02-19T13:44:45+00:00

Your URGENT Action is Needed! Call Today!

PLEASE HELP advocate for intercountry adoption on FEBRUARY 7 & 8! On February 1, 2018, adoption service providers were informed of substantial mandatory fee increases associated with obtaining and maintaining accreditation by the federal government. These fees are scheduled to go into effect on February 15, 2018. The fees will all go to an exclusive new accrediting entity and will increase the cost of intercountry [...]

Your URGENT Action is Needed! Call Today! 2018-02-07T10:44:29+00:00

It’s Going to be an Eventful Year at AAI!

Did you know that we count on donors for 10% of our budget? And that we receive no government funding? Our income derives primarily from fees for service, yet in order for us to keep living out our mission, we need additional support. YOU can get involved in supporting AAI! (If you are a current client of AAI, this is for information only and should [...]

It’s Going to be an Eventful Year at AAI! 2018-02-02T11:49:55+00:00

Waiting Family Quarterly Newsletter

Networking and the Power of Social Media The waiting time is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about adoption and some of the issues that may need your attention as your child grows. We hope you use this as a learning tool to enhance your adoption journey preparation. Don’t forget, after you have read and reviewed this material, log onto www.MyAdoptionPortal.com to complete a summary [...]

Waiting Family Quarterly Newsletter 2018-02-01T12:34:07+00:00

Putting the Pieces Together: The Significance of the Child’s Story

BY: DEBBIE WYNNE, MSED., LPC-S, LCPAA, RPT-S (Originally posted by the National Council For Adoption on December 1, 2017) Curiosity about who we are, where we came from, and our significance in life is universal. Today, opportunities abound to search family history to fill in the missing pieces of the past, whether a family member shares stories from one generation to the next or we [...]

Putting the Pieces Together: The Significance of the Child’s Story 2018-01-23T11:43:22+00:00

Helping Adopted Children Develop a Healthy Racial Identity

By Tara Bradford Originally published by Focus On The Family I remember the first time I saw others who looked like me. My Scandinavian family walked into an Asian restaurant when I was 4 years old. Warm beige skin color, straight black hair, flat-bridged noses and almond-shaped eyes were not what I was used to looking back at me. The women in the restaurant were [...]

Helping Adopted Children Develop a Healthy Racial Identity 2018-01-17T10:24:06+00:00

Ethiopia Bans Intercountry Adoption

Ethiopia's parliament has passed legislation banning intercountry adoption. NCFA's Ryan Hanlon joined BBC World Service Radio to discuss how this decision places unparented children at risk. NCFA believes that a global child welfare continuum should prioritize reunification, kinship adoption/guardianship, and in-country domestic adoption options, all before intercountry adoption is considered. Unfortunately, Ethiopia's reunification and kinship placement efforts are limited, and there are not enough Ethiopian adoptive homes [...]

Ethiopia Bans Intercountry Adoption 2018-01-11T15:27:55+00:00

Niche’ Chose Adoption

I was 16 when I got pregnant. I was very scared and confused. At the beginning of my pregnancy I planned to keep my child. Toward the end of my pregnancy reality set in. Neither my parents nor the birth father were supporting me. My parents wanted me to give my baby up for adoption. Honestly, I don’t think the birth father cared. I chose [...]

Niche’ Chose Adoption 2018-01-08T14:59:21+00:00

Moxie Matters

Attention moms!  We want to share an event you may be interested in attending. Many of you have heard of Jen Hatmaker, adoptive mother, author, and motivational speaker. Jen will be appearing along with Nichole Nordeman on their Moxie Matters Tour at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 7:00 pm. Click here for a link to purchase tickets [...]

Moxie Matters 2018-01-03T16:06:12+00:00