A Newsletter from Families Thru International Adoption, Inc.
Adoptive parenting used to
be simpler. Now , many adoptive parents routinely face challenges such as
adopting across cultures, adopting children born with HIV or drug addiction, or
adopting older children who may be "set in their ways" or who have
survived sexual abuse. Along with the "standard" challenges of grief
and loss, these issues can interfere with the ability of parents and children to
bond in their new families.
China by Tina J
We’re very happy to
announce that the CCAA has lifted the China quota for 2003! This is great news
for FTIA and the families we serve. This means we can now accept applications
for married couples through out 2003. However, we are not accepting any
additional single family applications at this time, as we did fill those few
Guatemala by Chris
2002 has been a year of
growth for the Guatemala Program. We completed over 100 adoptions this year! As
you all know, we have had some tumultuous times with ever-changing policies in
the Procuraduria as well as the US Embassy. We have weathered the storm and
continue to have faith in our program and in our attorneys.
Vietnam by Megan
January 2nd is here and
this is date we have been told will be when Vietnam’s new adoption laws will
go into effect. Still, there is much uncertainty as to how adoptions from
Vietnam by US families will be affected after January 2nd. Vietnam is requiring
that all countries, including the US, that wish to allow their citizens to adopt
Vietnamese children sign an agreement. The agreement between the US and Vietnam
is likely going to be in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding. The US State
Department is responsible for negotiating this agreement with the Vietnamese
government and the progress on the MOU is uncertain. FTIA is pleased to be a
member agency of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services
(JCICS), an umbrella organization for adoption agencies. JCICS sent a letter on
November 21, 2002 to the US Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues,
urging progress on an agreement with Vietnam. Additionally, there has been a
petition that supporters of Vietnamese adoptions may sign also asking for
action. (You can access this petition by visiting FTIA’s web site under Hot
Brazil by Keith
We continue to have several
parents working on their paperwork to adopt from Brazil. According to recent
conversations, we expect to soon receive dossiers that will be forwarded to
Brazil. I (Keith) recently spoke with the Executive Secretary of the State
Adoption Commission in Rio and she is anxious to receive our paperwork and
complete her first adoptions with FTIA. At this time we are still expecting a
referral in two to five months after the paperwork is submitted to Brazil, with
travel to be within 30 days of the referral.
India by Keith
India is much like Brazil in
that we continue to have families preparing their paperwork for India. One of
our families has already submitted their letter of application and home study,
which are the first documents to be submitted to India, with a dossier following
when complete. We hope to hear in the near future about their referral. Like
Brazil we hope to have our first adoption from India completed in the first half
With regards to new regions, we continue to have families travel on their first and second trips. Adding new regions this past fall has allowed the invitation process to begin moving regularly for our adoptive families.
A "thank you" to everyone who sent us a Christmas card, pictures or special goodies. Every card is read, every photograph is looked at many times and all goodies quickly eaten. We hope everyone had a blessed holiday season.
Please provide us with your correct email address. For our parents, who have completed your adoption, we still send out emails on important and relevant issues. Postage gets so expensive, we prefer email. In addition, we hope to email our newsletters before the end of 2003. Again postage and printing costs are so expensive, but we want to stay in touch. Please email us your current email addresses to email@example.com. Thank you.
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