On Saturday, August 3, 2013, a reunion was held in Lancaster County (PA) for families who had adopted children from Armenia through Hopscotch Adoptions. As the Executive Board President of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR), a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children throughout the world, and the father of a child adopted from Armenia, I was invited to attend.
On Saturday, SOAR participated in the festivities by creating Armenian name tags for the attendees, providing Armenian coloring books donated by the Armenian Sisters Academy, and teaching the children several Armenian songs and dances. I was able to answer questions about SOAR and, most humbly, was able to meet many SOAR supporters in person for the first time.
The reunion was a wonderful opportunity to interact with other parents of adopted Armenian children and to share a multitude of experiences. What bonds us all is the country itself that provided us a special part of our family and the desire to perpetuate the Armenian culture through food, literature, language, and the arts. My girls had a wonderful time, and my middle daughter, Sophie, took with her Armenian currency to give to a new friend. Josie D. was the lucky lady. The perfect example of how in any environment Armenian children can bond and become friends.
George S. Yacoubian, Jr.,
SOAR Executive Board President