Thursday, January 17, 2019

Check out this great resource from Creating a Family!

As we put the old year to rest and begin the new our thoughts turn to taxes. And if you have adopted recently your thoughts should be turning to how to maximize the Adoption Tax Credit 2018.
Adoption Tax Credit 2018
We asked Becky Wilmoth, Enrolled Agent and Adoption Tax Credit Specialist at Bills Tax Service, to provide an introductory guide to the Adoption Tax Credit 2018. If you need more detailed information, check out our one-hour online course, which provides specific information on all aspects of the Adoption Tax Credit 2018.

Hopscotch’s Ukraine Adoption Informational Webinar

Ukraine Webinar Info
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3112
Access Code: 917-212-477
First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Gift of Adoption Fund: Families Should Apply Now.

Happy New Year! Help us achieve our New Year’s Resolution
Our New Year’s Resolution is to reach a record number of children and families with the Gift of Adoption. As much as we try to get the word out about our grant program, we often hear from families who struggled financially to complete an adoption but did not hear about our grants until after their adoption was finalized and it was too late to apply for a Gift of Adoption grant.
Please tell your clients about Gift of Adoption. Any U.S. citizen with an approved home study and a financial need is encouraged to apply.
We also invite you to include information about Gift of Adoption on your website, on your social media, on blogs, and in info packets given to clients. We can provide verbiage for your website and brochures or 1-pagers to include in info packets. Just reply to this email and let us know what we can provide.
Gift of Adoption – the Universal Granter
Did you know that Gift of Adoption relies solely on the home study to determine a family’s financial, physical, and emotional fitness to parent the child(ren) they are adopting?
Gift of Adoption does not consider ANY of the following when reviewing grant applications:
  • Number of children in the home
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Fertility
  • Nationality
  • Child’s country of origin
Gift of Adoption is the oldest and largest provider of adoption assistance grants awarded without consideration of an applicant’s religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, race, or nationality.
We want to help your clients complete their adoption journeys. Please encourage them to apply. The application process begins here:

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Why Pre-Adoption Education Is Imperative When Preparing to Parent a Child Through Adoption.

Acknowledging the child’s grief, sitting with them in their pain and walking the journey to attachment together, cannot be stressed enough as necessary to successfully attach.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

State Department Continues Its Cruel War On Adoption Agencies

SaveAdoptions_BRIDGE__3_Jayme Metzgar, a Senior Contributor with The Federalist, has written another stirring article about the State Department and its war on Adoption Agencies. The article was printed today and you can read it here. Please be sure to not only read this article, but share it with your contact list and forward it to your Congressman.
Thank you!

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Rockies, the Alps, the Caucasus? Georgia Plans for the Future

By Gabriel Leigh
This country has beautiful mountains, dependable snow, hearty food and welcoming people. Now they just need to decide how to build a tourism industry.
The slopes in Gudauri, Georgia, not far from the Russian border in the Caucusus Mountains.CreditOla Lewitschnik
The slopes in Gudauri, Georgia, not far from the Russian border in the Caucusus Mountains.CreditCreditOla Lewitschnik
I was descending a Georgian mountain pass in a rented Renault Duster when, rounding a curve with six-foot snow drifts to either side, a dark and narrow tunnel came into view. Looking down the mountain, I could see the other end of it — and an apparently endless convoy of eighteen-wheelers making their way up, entering in the opposite direction. I couldn’t imagine how we’d fit alongside each other, but I pressed on, only to find myself in a black hole. The headlights illuminated nothing. I rolled down the window — one of those useless things you do when beginning to panic — and realized that we were in a cloud of black truck exhaust so thick it was blinding.
I’d come to Georgia to ski — attracted by images of the towering Caucasus Mountains and reports of affordable skiing without the crowds. Those who knew Georgia tended to describe it warmly: exotic and undiscovered, with great food, situated at a crossroads full of history, and changing — its young population striving to show off a post-Soviet identity to the world.
Shacks selling food and drinks on the mountain at the Gudauri Ski Resort.CreditOla Lewitschnik