Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Watch Me Now: Determination, Grace, Unlimited Talent = Miss Lusie!

URGENT for ADOPTIVE FAMILIES: USCIS Proposed Fee Increases and How to Respond

USCIS has announced via the Federal Register proposed fee increases for some of their services, including those that impact adoptive families. You can view the full proposed fee increases at the federal register here.

Specifically, the fee changes that will impact adoption are the following:


NCFA has reached out to USCIS to get further clarification on the impact on adoption and are planning to submit comments regarding the negative impact of these fee increases on adoptive families. Of particular concern is the 95% fee increase for Certificate of Citizenship.

We strongly encourage anyone with concerns about this change to provide your comments on the Federal Register by the July 5th deadline. We also hope you’ll contact your Members of Congress and ask others in your network to advocate and express their concerns.

Ways to Respond


Money%20Fee%20Funds%20Cash%2020151. Alert your Members of Congress (Senators and Representatives) that you are concerned about this proposed rule and ask them to respond.

Don’t know how to contact your Members of Congress: Find their info here:

2. Alert Adoptive Families and Advocates. Ask the adoptive families and other supporters in your community to reach out to their Members of Congress and provide comments on the proposed rule.

3. Provide Comments on the Proposed Rule

a. Submit Comments online at the Federal Register. Find the proposed rule here and click “Comment Now” (Blue box, upper-right of screen). An easy-to-complete form is provided. You may insert comments there or upload an attachment

b. Submit Comments by email. You may email comments directly to USCIS at Include DHS Docket No. USCIS-2016-0001 in the Subject line of your message.

c. Mail comments. You may send comments by mail to:

Samantha Deshommes, Acting Chief
Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20529-2020

d. Hand Delivery/Courier. You may submit comments directy to USCIS by having them delivered to:     

Samantha Deshommes, Acting Chief
Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20529-2020
Contact Telephone: 202-272-8377

Comment Tips 

1. Clearly share what you disagree with in the proposed rule and where it is located in the rule.

2. Include a clear explanation of why you disagree.

3. Make a detailed request for what you’d prefer the change to be.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Watch Me Now: Girl Receives Doll with Matching Prosthetic!



The gift of a new toy is met with enthusiasm by most children, but for one Texas girl, a doll that looks just like her triggered tears of joy.

Courtney Fletcher Bennett gave her daughter Emma a new American Girl doll that was custom fitted with a prosthetic right leg, just like hers.

Read more.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

NC Adoption Support Alliance Welcomes Summer!


Support – We all need it!

Providing support for adoptive and foster families is one of Adoption Support Alliance’s main goals. We have offered support groups for parents over the last year and had great success. We are now offering a unique opportunity for adoptive and foster children to receive support with our new Kids Club program this summer.

Kids Club is a way for adopted and foster children in elementary school and middle school to be in community with one another and spend time talking about what it means to be adopted. We will therapeutically work with the kids to help normalize the adoption experience all while having fun!

The ASA Kids Club will be held from July 18-22nd at the Project 658 building located at 3646 Central Avenue. The cost is $150 per child. The elementary aged students will meet from 9am-noon and the middle school students will meet from 2-5pm.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at You may also reserve your child’s spot by clicking here.

Space is limited so sign up soon!


Adoption 101

Adoption Support Alliance is coming to Davidson on  June18th! We will be hosting our introduction to adoption at the Davidson Library (119 S. Main Street) from 1-4:30. The cost is $60 per couple or $50 per person. We will share information on the processes of domestic adoption and international adoption as well as look at issues of grief, trauma, birth family relationships and talking with others about adoption. Hear from adoptive parents about their personal experience and have your questions about adoption answered! Reserve your spot by June 10th by emailing us at You may sign up directly by clicking here.


We Need Your Help!

ASA will be hosting a teen panel in August where adopted teens can hear from and ask questions of adult adoptees about their experiences as an adopted person. Erin and Charlie are meeting with adopted teens and parents of adoptive teens this summer to learn more about what they would like to know about the adoptive experience. If you are willing to talk with us, please contact us at

Friday, May 27, 2016

I Love You More Than I Care If You "Like" Me

Apparently this mom has been eaves dropping in on my house – my kids have heard this exact same speech from the beginning of time. I love them more than to care if they ‘like’ me. This is great.

See video.