Saturday, July 11, 2009

A call to action and an article

NCFA (National Council for Adoption) is pleased to announce that the introduction of the Families for Orphans Act(H.R. 3070*) and the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act(S. 1359 and H.R. 3110), both of which are a result of NCFA´s collaborative involvement in the Families for Orphans Coalition.** Both proposed acts represent a potential victory for millions of vulnerable children from around the world who need a permanent family and for child welfare advocates who proactively work globally to address the permanency needs of children.
I also joined a new facebook group. Pass the FACE act. Go to the following link for more information about EACH and the legislation that they advocate for internationally adopted children.

The article on Kyrgyz was about the children and the Kyrgyz government adopting the Hague Convention. J summarized it well. This is from her weekly newsletter. See B's blog for the full article.

There was a rather lengthy news report, but it did not
say anything new... there is discussion of adoption, and a strong defense of
adoption by the representative from Bishkek who came to visit the US, but
nothing concrete has been done. It was mentioned that the 65
waiting families are essentially ready to complete, but no timeframe
given. The Parliament is still discussing the Hague Convention and
remarked, again, that adoptions cannot be completed with either an inter-country
treaty or Kyrgyz become Hague compliant. It is hard to decipher
under what principle they will allow the waiting children to be united with
their US families, or when. If the election goes smoothly, I hope they
will address the question and resolve the issue of the waiting families
immediately thereafter. However, there are no guarantees that the
political situation will lend itself to adoption matters following the
election. The US is cultivating a better relationship with Kyrgyz,
however, and that helps. Although we cannot directly tie adoption
to diplomatic relations, it is certainly true that if a rapport and good
working relationship exists, it benefits

Friday, July 3, 2009

As most of you know

As most of you know I am getting ready to start this all over again as I plunge into my 2nd adoption, this time domestic. In preparation and support for this new adventure, I now have a new Wiget on my blog. The Chip In website allows for friends and family to contribute, via PayPal, to my next foray into motherhood. I have a bit to go and was asked to find a way to allow friends and family to help with the funding. So here is my plea. If you want to contribute, click the link, every dollar counts! I am also going to start making bookmarks again. I have been so busy at work I have had no time for 'fun stuff'. I enjoy making bookmarks and earrings and am going to make sure to make the time to do something fun. Stay tuned. B

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone. No real news to speak of we got an email update with pretty much what we already knew. The note did include mention of a possible proposal on our behalf, maybe being presented to Parliment. I had thought this was done (previous post) but we havent heard anything. Not extremely encouraging but at least we are still on the radar. Presidential elections are July 23rd so we are still on the assumption that we wont hear anything til after then.

So to pass the time, I am getting a little remodeling done. It all started with my desire for a new refrigerator. I wanted a bottom freezer with water and ice in the door. So I needed to hire a plumber to add a water line. That lead to moving the laundry room and making a little office for Mom. Then I decided, since the market sucks and I wont getting a bigger house any time soon, I also needed to carve out space for me to have an office. When B comes home I will be working from home *big smile*. So I am losing my walk in closet...*frown*. Its 5x10 so it will work just fine for an office, near the potty, can shut the door for conference calls. So where will I put my clothes and shoes, you ask? I am getting 2 closets built in the bedroom which will actually work better for me. Suprisingly, its not making my room noticibly smaller. Its still a good sized room woo hoo. The next two weeks will be a mess in my house but then we will be more comfortable. Oh, I am getting the new refrigerator too!!!

I will keep you posted.