Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Announcing the National Adoption League!

Image1 If you are a Hopscotch Adoption family – even better news.  Hopscotch Adoptions is a National Council For Adoption Member and thus anyone we refer to the National Adoption League can use the promo code MEMBER10 to receive 10% off their first year’s membership. Act fast! This promotional code will only be valid through October 31st.

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It's Coming... ‪#‎WorldAdoptionDay‬!

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Sexual Abuse Prior to Placement Webinar

Advice for Adoptive Parents

43 Wednesday, October 15, 2014
7:00PM Central
Q&A: 8:00PM

It is a terribly sad reality that children adopted internationally or through foster care may have suffered sexual abuse.

Join Mary Jo Bennett as she provides insight to parents on:

  • Recognizing signs of past abuse in your child
  • How to respond if you suspect or know abuse happened
  • Protecting the child you are welcoming home and other children in the home
  • How to talk to your child about sexual rules or norms in their new home

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Maybe Orphanages Aren't So Bad After All, Study Says

Source: http://time.com/3194832/orphanage-study/

By Belinda Luscombe

“In the U.S. there is a movement to see long-term residential care as detrimental to all children..."

Author of biggest study to date says the institutions have been unfairly stigmatized

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Orphanages, as we all know from Charles Dickens, studies of kids from former Eastern Bloc countries and the musical Annie, are bad for children. Except, as a few studies are now beginning to find, when they’re not. The latest study looked at children from five not-so-wealthy countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa over the course of three years and found that being in an institution did not necessarily make them much worse off.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Check Out This Video

This video is dedicated to MattyB's little sister Sarah Grace who was born with Down Syndrome. Sarah is the most beautiful girl in the world and she is an absolute joy to everyone's life she has impacted.

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Love In The Time of Kindergarten.

Source: http://callmefluffy.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/22/

By Khatia Esartia

797743a0c557af962cec9e4e1648bca3 In 1984 I spent one year behind bars of a Kindergarten. To say that I hated it is an understatement. I was marginalized as one of the ‘republic’ kids and my teacher plainly hated me and made us take naps every day. I don’t mean like curled up on a mat with a pillow under your head and a blanket to cover you type of naps. I am talking about strip down to your underwear in front of everyone, change into pajamas in front of everyone, and get into your bed and sleep on command for two hours. I did everything I could to get out of those naps. I lied to my teachers about my dad having to come pick me up before nap time. I involved my mother, my grandparents, imaginary relatives. Basically I ran through the family tree before I too was shoved into the ‘nap’ room. It wasn’t the nudity I was so scared off, it was the other little overdeveloped girls (who has boobs at age of 6????) who would point at my flat chest and laugh.

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