for November 2004
is working diligently to ensure that Kids at Heart 2004 is a huge
success. Over the last five months, NCFA has been busy working with
King Features Syndicate, one of the world's premiere distributors
of comics, columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles, and games to newspapers.
King Features partnered with NCFA as part of its re-launch of Popeye
on his 75th anniversary to promote adoption awareness through this
unique event, since Swee'pea was never formally adopted by Popeye.
Judge Mathis of Warner Brothers' “Judge Mathis” TV show, will preside
over the adoption ceremony.
addition, Dana Delany, star of the hit television drama “China Beach”
will serve as Honorary Chair and join the fun at Kids at Heart 2004.
a reminder, this year's event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 21 from
1 – 4 p.m. at the historic Puck Building in New York City. If you
or someone you know is interested in volunteering for this very
special event, please contact Megan Lott at (703) 299-6633 or e-mail
to stay tuned for more on Kids at Heart 2004!
more information on Kids at Heart, click here.
U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Adoption Tax
Relief Guarantee Act (H.R. 1057), by a vote of 414 to zero. H.R.
1057, sponsored by Rep. Jim DeMint, would repeal the sunset on the
expanded adoption benefits authorized in the Economic Growth and
Tax Reconciliation Act of 2001. Senator Jim Bunning has introduced
identical legislation (S 1931) in the Senate.
Senate should act quickly to support this compassionate, commonsense
policy. If the sunset is not repealed, fewer children will be adopted
into loving, permanent families, especially children with special
learn how you can help, read NCFA's Action Alert. .
learn more about this bill, click here and type in “HR 1057.”
Council on International Children's Services (JCICS) and the National
Council for Adoption (NCFA) sent a letter to the State Department
to address the concerns regarding current international adoption
policy and practice.
the recent concern over escalating threats to international adoption
systems over the last several years, NCFA and JCICS have committed
to working together to advocate for reform regarding international
adoption action as needed.
hopes that this letter will help to convey the growing concern over
escalating threats to international adoption systems that has been
developing over the last several years, and to respectfully request
a more pro-active US response. By joining forces, both JCICS and
NCFA hope to work more closely with the State Department in order
to establish and enforce ethical international adoption practices.
NCFA and JCICS champion international adoption as a positive option
for children in need around the world.
read the full letter, click here.
more information on international adoptions, click here.
processing was interrupted in Belarus following President Lukashenko's
request of his government to look into international adoptions.
According to the Department of State (DOS) and the Belarusian National
Center for Adoption, adoptions for which a child had already been
identified were to be processed, while clarification was needed
with regard to adoptions for which a child had not been identified.
The Belarusian government has not issued any official clarifications
about the status of adoptions there, despite the fact that there
have been cases in which courts have refused to hear an adoption
already approved by the National Center for Adoption.
has been in contact with the American Embassy in Minsk, as well
as with the Belarusian National Center for Adoption and other government
officials. NCFA maintains frequent contact with the DOS, and updates
its Web site (www.adoptioncouncil.org) as soon as information becomes
here for the most current DOS notices.
Department of State (DOS) notified the adoption community recently
that Sierra Leone will no longer waive the requirement for parents'
personal appearance at the court hearing. Additional changes are
here to read the October DOS notice.
the DOS Website for future updates by connecting here.
Jersey's mandatory openness bill, SCS S1093-S620, would violate
birthparents' privacy rights by opening their confidential adoption
records without their knowledge or consent, unless they filed a
request for nondisclosure within 12 months of the bill's enactment.
For all birthparents prospectively, this harmful legislation would
completely eliminate the option to choose a confidential adoption,
and impose onerous reporting requirements, and penalties if the
requirements are not met.
legislation has passed a Senate committee and is likely to come
to the Senate floor for a vote within several weeks. Similar legislation,
A3237, has been introduced in the Assembly and been referred to
the Family, Women and Children's Services Committee.
express your concerns regarding this legislation, especially if
you are from New Jersey, contact the offices of Senate President
Richard J. Codey, at (973) 731-6770, and of Assemblywoman Mary T.
Previte, Chair of the Assembly Family, Women and Children's Services
Committee, at (856) 857-0777.
you are from New Jersey, please also contact your own senator and
Assembly representative as well. You can find them at:
offered its Adoption Specialist Training to attendees of this year's
Care Net National Pregnancy Center Conference held in Vienna, VA
from September 22–25. This 11-session workshop was led by three
seasoned Master Trainers from Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. All
participants who completed the training were awarded certificates
and are now certified as Adoption Specialists. During its three-year
Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program, NCFA trained more than
100 Care Net employees as Adoption Specialists nationwide.
Net is a nonprofit organization that supports a network of over
750 pregnancy resource centers in the United States and Canada.
These centers offer free pregnancy tests, peer counseling, post-abortion
support and other practical help to empower men and women facing
pregnancy related concerns.
learn more about Care Net, click here.
October 21-22, Family Life hosted the “Adoption and Orphan Care
Summit” at its offices in Little Rock, Arkansas. The summit convened
over 25 leaders committed to inspiring people of faith to live up
to the biblical mandate to care for orphans. Summit participants
represented adoption agencies, orphan care ministries, churches
with adoption and orphan care programs, foundations, and advocacy
organizations. The group discussed ways of preparing church members
to consider adoptive parenting, foster care, and other ways they
can personally care for orphans. Collectively, summit participants
possessed: (1) working models for church-based adoptive parent recruitment
and orphan care ministries; and (2) personal and communications
networks for organizing the movement and inspiring others to the
calling. Participants had the sense that the summit may prove to
be a turning point in a cause that has the potential of benefiting
many thousands of children around the world.
learn more about Family Life's Hope for Orphans, go to
years in the making, Butterflies in the Wind: The Truth About Latin
American Adoptions, by Jean Nelson-Erichsen, LSW-MA, spans the lives
of three children adopted at infancy and elementary school age.
With sensitivity and humor, this personal record tells of their
development, along with the couple's Caucasian son. The book, re-published
by popular demand, was first published in 1992. Every parent wonders
what to expect from family life. Butterflies in the Wind gives us
a glimpse of a delightful childhood, a complicated adolescence,
and a well-rounded, successful adulthood. Nelson-Erichsen says,
"I wrote this book to enhance the lives of adoptive parents in societies
where color still matters. The message I want them to walk away
with is, 'Never give up.' "
will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2005. NCFA has been a champion
of adoption since its founding in 1980. Please help us celebrate
this milestone in adoption history. Be sure to mark your calendars
for April 7 when we host our 25th Anniversary Adoption Hall of Fame
2005 Awards Banquet at the beautiful Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
in Washington, DC. It will be a stellar event.
following the 25th Anniversary banquet will be NCFA's National Adoption
Conference on April 8-9, at the Washington Court Hotel.
more information on these event, please contact Megan Lott, vice
president of development at (703) 299-6633 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue to visit NCFA's Web site (www.adoptioncouncil.org) for
updates on these special events.
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