Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Revised Forms I-600A and I-600 News

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Dear Stakeholder,

We would like to inform you that a revised Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative and Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, are now available for use.

Applicants may begin using the revised forms today. Applicants may continue to use other previously accepted versions until March 23, 2015, at which point only the most current version will be accepted.

Kind Regards,

USCIS Public Engagement Division

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Needed You and You Needed Me. Making Forever Families

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NC Statewide Adoption Conference & Youth Conference 2015. Don't Miss It!

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Dear Prospective Conference Attendee: 

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Statewide Adoption Conference sponsored by Mecklenburg County/Youth and Family Services Division and is waiting for you.  The conference will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015.  Sign up today because slots are limited.

We are also having our 1st Annual Statewide Youth Conference on Saturday, April 25th for youth ages 12 through 18  in foster care or youth between the aforementioned ages who were adopted.  It will be a fun filled and exciting opportunity for those who attend.

Interested parties for both can register here.

Download Youth Adoption Conference Brochure (PDF)

If you have any questions, contact 704-336-5437.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Kind Regards,
The Adoption Conference Committee

Saturday, February 28, 2015

What Does It Mean To Be Black & Why Parents Should Care?

Source: http://creatingafamily.org

bfeec56c-c83e-4ce9-8317-a827f805272eThe guest on today’s Creating a Family show, Dr. Marlene Fine, related the following incident in a dialogue on race and ethnicity that she was facilitating. The participants were divided into groups of two and given an exercise to work through. Afterwards, a white participant paired with another white participant commented that race had not come up once in her group discussion. She concluded that race simply wasn’t and didn’t need to be a central element in most people’s lives. Dr. Fine turned to a black participant paired with another black man, who said they did talk about race when discussion the exercise. He went further to say that he thought about race every single day and talked about race every single day.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

10 Things Adult Trans-racial Adoptees Want You To Know

Source: http://creatingafamily.org

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  1. Love your kids with your whole heart. Love may not be everything, but it is a great step in the right direction.
  2. Let your children know that you are always open to talking about adoption and race by bringing these topics up periodically. Look for opportunities in your everyday life where race or genetics or adoption comes up naturally.
  3. Every so often, check in with your child to see what they are experiencing with adoption and with transracial adoption. Don’t assume they will tell you on their own even if you are receptive to the conversation.
  4. It is easier if you adopt more than one child of color. Having someone else in the family of your race makes life easier.
  5. Hang out with other mixed race families. Your children need to see that there are other families that look like theirs. It is all the better if some of these families are also adoptive families.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FIVE Facts We Must Teach Our Black Kids. Add your thoughts and ideas - share with us.

Source: http://creatingafamily.org

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The real experts on adoption are the people who have lived the experience—adoptees. What do young adult transracial adoptees say are the most important things white parents must teach their black kids to keep them safe in this racial world we live in?

Whenever we hear a case such as the killing of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown (or the local cases of police violence against young black men that never make the national news) every parent of a black son wonders what they can do to make certain that their child doesn’t become a statistic. White parents of African American children have the added disadvantage of teaching their children about a situation they likely haven’t experienced.

For example, on a recent Creating a Family radio show on Interracial Adoptive Parenting: White Parents with Brown Children, the guest said many black parents know that in order to get their driver’s license their children, especially their sons, must not only know the basics of how to drive a car, change a tire, and avoid other crazy drivers, they must also understand what it means to DWB (Drive While Black). As parents they have the added responsibility of making sure their sons can control their temper and stay respectful and safe even in situations that seem/are very unfair.

On a Creating a Family show with a panel of young adult African American and Haitian American adoptees, I asked what their parents did to prepare them to live safely in today’s world and what they would recommend for this current generation of transracial adoptive parents and children. They gave the following five suggestions.

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