Several years ago, the Armenian government began a process of deinstitutionalization, which involved substantially reducing the number of publically-run orphanages, residential schools, and night boarding facilities in favor of placing children in home-based care (with a biological relative or in a foster or adoptive placement). In April 2016, the Human Rights Watch reported that there were nearly 3,700 Armenian children living in residential institutions, and 90% of these children had at least one living parent. Many children were placed in public care because they had a disability and needed extra medical and educational assistance. These children’s special needs made it harder for the Armenian government to reunify them with their biological families or adoptive families, due to the fact that homes and communities struggle to provide the resources and support services these children need.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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 available to meet the needs of thousands of unparented children. This ban will leave them to languish in long-term institutional care or life on the streets, and many with special needs face death.
Since 1999, more than 15,000 Ethiopian children have been adopted by American families. Adoption has given them a chance to thrive, despite unfathomable trauma and loss at a young age. In recent years, the global community has taken great strides to improve the safety and transparency of intercountry adoption, and diplomacy and dialogue is leading to stronger safeguards against corruption, exploitation, and abuse. We know this to be true; we’re part of that diplomacy in action. Every year NCFA meets with international child welfare leaders who are vigilantly and passionately committed to the children in their nations who need safe, loving homes. Children deserve families, and Ethiopia’s children deserve better. We will continue to advocate on their behalf. You can join us. Start by listening to our interview with BBC Radio here.
Friday, December 29, 2017
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Ho! Ho! Ho! and Happy Holidays!
We have some exciting news to share with you! Hopscotch Adoptions’ proudly introduces you to the first Make A Wish family to have received the gift of an adoption from the Make A Wish foundation, thanks to the North Texas Chapter. During this magical time of the year when we know the power of a wish, a gift and a miracle, you don’t want to miss this spellbinding podcast.
Audible is generously making a $1 donation for EVERY LISTEN of The Power Of A Wish podcast. One listen equals one dollar, up to $25,000 dollars! Road tripping for the holiday? Baking a million cookies? Listen and support the Make-A-Wish foundation and their important work. If you share on social media, don’t forget to tag your local Make-A-Wish chapter! The Power Of A Wish is family friendly so please share widely this simple way to support the organization.
You can listen online at Wish.org/podcast
or Apple Podcasts (aka iTunes) and give them a 5-star rating to help other listeners find the show.
“Abigail’s wish was a first-of-its-kind for Make-A-Wish. When Abigail was 13, she was adopted from a Bulgarian orphanage by her parents Dorcas and Tony. A bittersweet story for Abigail, because she left behind Caroline, her roommate and closest friend at the orphanage. When she was approached for a wish, Abigail asked her parents for their blessing to adopt Caroline. After two years and lots of support from the community, Abigail’s wish came true – the two friends were united – and a family is finally complete.”
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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