(Liaoning province: china.org.cn)
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Wasatch is pleased to announce our new orphanage partnership in Liaoning province! Staff members Kathy Junk and Jessica Wilson will be traveling next month to China to visit the orphanage, and will take video and photos of the children available for adoption. We have been told there will be some non-special focus children. Families interested in a non-special focus child should sign up with Wasatch soon to be one of the first families matched with one of these children!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
HAVE YOU BEGUN YOUR HOME STUDY?? This is one of the first questions anyone considering adoption will most likely be asked. Some adoptive parents don't know what a home study is, others may have questions on how to find a social worker to complete their study while others may have begun the process and are excited to be matched with a child. No matter which category you fall into, a home study is a very important first step to beginning an adoption.
1. What is a home study? Although every state has slightly different requirements for a home study the overall purpose is the same. A home study ensures that an adoptive home is a safe physical and emotional environment for a child. The adoption home study is a detailed written report of your family. compiled and prepared by a social worker. This can take three to six months to finish. The home study requires adoptive parents to gather different documents, answer several questions and explore their reasons for adopting. Through a series of visits and interviews the social worker can get a complete picture of who you are and what life is like in your family. The adoption home study is a part of the decision making process for both the prospective family and the workers and therefore a very important first step in the adoption process.
2. Where can I find a social worker in my state? A home study for adoption must be completed by a social worker licensed in his or her state and also must be working for a Hague accredited adoption agency. A list of these agencies can be found through this link (listed by state):
3. Why is a home study an important first step? Many families see a child on our blog or other advocacy site, fall in love and want to adopt them immediately. They want to do everything as fast as possible to ensure this child is matched with them. It is a good desire to want to bring a child home as quickly as possible so they are not in an orphanage any longer than they need to be. However, what families need to know is that if they do not receive a favorable home study, they cannot adopt. By falling in love with a child, having them matched to you and proceeding without having even talked to a social worker about the child you envision for your family, you are putting the "cart before the horse." A social worker will help you explore the age, gender, special needs if any of a child and also prepares the parents for realistic expectations regarding their adoptive child.
We at Wasatch put the child first. It is not in the child's best interest to have a family make a quick, uninformed decision with regard to a child that will come to live with them forever. There are times a decision may need to be made fairly quickly and steps taken to match the child but at the very least Wasatch wants the family to have communicated with a social worker and shared with them their plans, any issues that could be a problem and feel confident the social worker will approve them and have started the application process with them.
A home study is not meant to be scary. It is meant to be a helpful process to ensure both the parent and child have the best outcome possible.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
We are excited to announce our involvement with CCCWA's Journey of Hope Camp. This is a camp to bring attention to many of the waiting children that are often overlooked. Our China representative was able to travel to Jiangsu province and found 5 special boys for our agency. She was able to video and interview these children and while they are older, they all seem like wonderful children. You can read more about these great kids on our China Waiting Children page.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Look at this handsome guy!! He has been waiting for a family for a very, very long time. He is 11 years old, soon to be 12 and is considered "clinically healthy". Our country staff (including a therapist) visited him personally and shared that sadly Ivan is in "one of the worst" orphanages for older children. However the orphanage director says Ivan is one of the "good" children in the home and he listens to the staff and keeps the rules. There is fear however that very soon other children will begin to influence him in a negative way. He is currently in 5th grade. Literature is one of Ivan's favorite subjects. He was able to repeat the story of Little Red Riding Hood adding many details and telling the story correctly to our country staff. He has the sweetest, soft voice. (See video link below) They noted that he was one of the few children that they were able to lead a dialogue with. They said it was impossible with some of the other children because they did not even understand what they were being asked. Ivan is a friendly and calm child. He was able to share his experience and history events from the day and past. He loves soccer and wants to be a "soccer player" when he is older.
The final personal observation from our in-country staff was that Ivan is a naturally good child who needs personal care and attention to be distant from the unfavorable environment in order to have higher marks at school and to have better skills. Ivan is a respectful child. He has a positive emotional tone and attitude about everything. Ivan has a very beautiful and charming smile and we hope that he will has his chance to have a family of his own.
I am in love with this child and my plea is for a family to get him out of that orphanage now!! Agency fees are reduced, foreign fees are reduced and there is also a $2500 grant for qualifying families.
His video can be seen on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbzmwqIkRQA
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this wonderful child who needs a family fast!!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE CORA HAS FOUND HER FOREVER FAMILY!!!! SO HAPPY FOR THIS PRECIOUS GIRL. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED TO ADVOCATE FOR HER
We're featuring cute Cora today. Cora is 9 and has deformed hands and feet.
Generally she is a happy girl, but can be quiet because of her disability. She gets along with others children from the orphanage and school very well, and she likes to help out the nanny at the orphanage. She is welcome at the orphanage and school, especially at the orphanage, because she is older than most of other children, so she likes to take care of them, and the younger children like to stay and play with her.
She could be shy in front of strangers. But together with the teachers and nannies, she has a very good relationship with them, and they are willing to tutor her and help her with her self-confidence.
She has close friends from school. She is a happy and out-going girl.
Because her deformity and she is almost 10 years old already, she has started to realize more and more about her deformity and becomes embarrassed not. She needs a family to love and accept her as the beautiful girl that she is!
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Grant funding available to qualifying families up to $2500.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
This little sweetheart is Bodie. We are featuring him because he is such a great kid but sometimes it is hard to look past a child's face if it is not perfect.
Bodie has a congenital malformation of the face and because of this has hearing loss, although he compensates very well for it.
Bodie is very friendly and caressing. He loves to be cuddled and held. Bodie plays with the children from his group.
Because of his hearing loss, Bodie doesn't speak, but he quickly understands how to accomplish things. He deals very well and actively “communicates” with the other children – he gently taps them on the head – that’s his way for communication. He is looking for communication with the other children – they are interesting for him. He orientates well on mimics and gestures. He masters quickly, adapts very well and he is integrated in the group. Bozhi keeps rules (he is learning from trial and error).
His motor skills are developed very well – he is very active. He walks and climbs, he has no problems. Bodie plays, kicks and throws a ball. He plays with every toy.
This boy is a loving child who has big darling eyes looking for love. I hope that a family for this boy will be found soon!