News from Armenia: One bundle of joy is on her way home from Armenia. Congrats to our Hopscotch family and welcome home beautiful girl!
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
By Matthew Lee
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday warned Russia against a military intervention in Ukraine as it renewed demands that Moscow withdraw troops from disputed enclaves in another former Soviet republic, Georgia. The U.S. also urged Georgia to further integrate with Europe and NATO in calls that come amid growing tensions between Russia and the West over the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president.
In pointed comments likely to fuel already heightened Russian suspicions over Western intentions in its backyard, Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia should be "very careful" in how it proceeds in Ukraine. In addition, he announced additional, but unspecified, U.S. assistance "to help support Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic vision." And, he denounced Russia's continued military presence in the breakaway Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in violation of the cease-fire that ended the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Expert Advice on Your Top 5 Attachment Concerns
Attachment is a process that can take time. Adoption often poses challenges to that process, leaving parents with concerns and questions.
If you're concerned about your child's attachment process with parents, siblings, or peers there are practical steps and ideas you can try at home right away. Or maybe you just want to know what's typical and what's adoption related.
Join Regina Kupecky as she discusses the Top 5 attachment concerns and what to do about them!
Practical ideas for the top 5 concerns she hears from parents including bonding to siblings, parents and peers as well as what's typical and what's not
Expert insights into attachment and attunement
Advice on connecting with your child throughout their development
Joint Council | (703) 535-8045 | email@example.com |
117 South Saint Asaph Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Patricia Martinez Dorner is an accomplished counselor, trainer, expert in mediation working with professionals and all member of the adoption triad.
Patricia Martinez Dorner MA, LPC, LMFT Adoption Counseling & Search
1. Trainings and Workshops
A professional speaker, Patricia is frequently invited as a keynote speaker. She is able to design a program to suit your needs and audience:
Trainings for professionals
Programs for adopted persons, birthparents, adoptive parents, persons interested in learning more about adoption
Some popular topics:
- Talking with your Child About Adoption
- Adoption is a Lifetime Experience
- Navigating Open Adoption
- Opening Closed and Semi Open Adoptions
- Open Adoption with Special Needs Children
- Understanding the Search and Its Impac
- Learning the Ropes of Searching-for Agency Professionals
- Ethics in the New Age of Adoption
- Open Adoption - A Family Systems Approach
- Am I Ready to Adopt?
- Birthparents Never Forget - Fostering Empathy & Understanding
- Birthfathers & Their Issues
- The Impact of Infertility in Adoption
Can be presented in English and Spanish
2. Adoption Exploration
Whether you are an expectant parent or a prospective adoptive parent, it is very important that you expose yourself to the issues that you may experience when adoption is your choice. Learn the realities and complexities involved in the adoption experience of all parties through the years. Through personal and professional immersion, Patricia demonstrates sensitivity to all parties, realistically teaching the issues that are consistently present regardless of the type of adoption you may have or consider.
3. Search and Reunion Assistance
Whether you are actively searching or considering a search, Patricia offers you her expertise. An expert in the field, she offers preparation to consider the dynamics you may face no matter what role you have. She also will act on your behalf, searching, making the contact and helping you to walk through the stages of this process. Many agencies contract with her, entrusting their files in order to provide these important services. Patricia also acts as a court appointed intermediary.
4. Opening Adoptions involving Minor Children
Families across the United States seek Patricia’s assistance in opening adoptions in order to establish contact between families by adoption and by birth. A leader in this area, Patricia has witnessed the multitude of benefits to the children and both their families when contact and relationships can evolve as in other families.
5. Open Adoption Education, Counseling and Support
Recognizing that truth and openness eliminate the need for secrecy, Patricia was a passionate voice and pioneer in the development of open adoption practice. She offers assistance at any point in time when you may wish to learn more about open adoption or seek support during the course of your adoption experience. She can assist you in the planning and exploration of a possible adoption between you as prospective adoptive parents and expectant parents who may be choosing adoption for your children.
6. Mediation and Short Term Counseling
Acknowledging the complexities of relationships, Patricia offers you mediation to assist your family deal with challenging situations. By giving you a respectful voice and problem solving skills, she assists you to arrive at a peaceful coexistence. She also offers you short term counseling.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Someone was deemed the "Queen of Hearts" today, after a 100% successful recovery from her heart recent surgery. Though tiny.... this little girl has one very big sweet heart!