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Three Days, Three Daughters: International Hunger Strike [Jul. 27th, 2009|08:33 am]

Mod(s): Apologies if this is not acceptable--please feel free to delete at once. Thanks much!

I am a mother of two children (one biological, one adopted from Guatemala). I have created a community and ask that you please consider joining as such...


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Taken directly from http://threedaysforthreedaughters.typepad.com...

Imagine if your child was kidnapped.

Imagine when you reported this to authorities, you were ignored, bullied and dismissed.

Imagine thinking you would never see your child again. And that you could do nothing about it.
Three Days for Three Daughters is an international hunger strike to be held on September first, second and third. The strike is named after three girls who were kidnapped from their three mothers in Guatemala. These mothers, like hundreds of other mothers and fathers in developing nations, wait without answers, help or justice.

In continuation of the hunger strike that was started by Norma Cruz and Fundacion Sobrevivientes in Guatemala on July 15, we are striking for three days, one day for each daughter, to seek justice for the mothers in Guatemala, and to bring attention to the problem of child trafficking in international adoption. Your commitment can help bring justice and give a voice to those that have been silenced.
We are asking people around the world to fast for three days, one day for each daughter stolen. We are not gathering physically in one spot, we are gathering virtually through the web. We are asking participants to commit to documenting their strike through words and/or photograph(s) that they will provide to us via email. At the end of the strike, a book will be designed of the strike documentation and given to key governmental officials and journalists in an effort to expose the issue.

We have commitments from people in India, Guatemala, Germany, The United States, Canada and Denmark. Your commitment can help bring justice and give a voice to those that have been silenced.

Note: I am *not* one of the original strike organizers; instead I've created this as a sub-group for those on lj interested in participating--a place for those here to document their strike--with the permission of the original organizers. Additionally, the organizers are very clear this is a healthy fast defined by the participant (i.e., it does NOT have to be a "traditional fast"--it could be giving up chocolate for three days, or television, etc.)

Thanks for your consideration,

(Apologies for the x-posting!)
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Network for Roma (Gypsies) and part-Roma who were adopted [Feb. 2nd, 2009|10:04 pm]

There's a new website and listserv for children (teens, probably) and adults who have Romani heritage and were adopted by non-Roma.


(There's a separate group for adoptive parents: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/karfin)
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Group for families with Romany (Gypsy) children [Dec. 1st, 2007|11:00 pm]

x-posted ferociously, sorry
Hello, I may have posted something like this before, but I've lost my list...

I am a Romany woman from the Czech Republic. My husband and I have two children through adoption. I volunteer for a support group that helps foster and adoptive families with Romany children. I am starting an English-language e-mail list for adoptive families with Romany kids (full, half, or whatever), and I thought European adoption people would be interested, since most children coming out of Bulgaria, Romania and some other countries are at least half-Romany. I think it's quite difficult, especially for Americans, to find reliable information about Romany communities, while at the same time it can be very important for adoptees to connect with their ethnic heritage. I'd like to provide cultural information and role-model contacts where possible, and to facilitate a network for us parents and, eventually, for our children. Please send me your e-mail address ASAP if you're interested, and please pass on to others as appropriate.

Thank you,
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Immigration Process [Aug. 22nd, 2007|04:50 pm]

What's the Immigration process for bringing a child into the US?
I'm a US Resident and my husband is a US Citizen.
The adoption will be through family and the baby is due around Feb/March and will be born in Australia.
Just wondering what is needed to be done as far as bringing the baby back to the US is concerned?
Thanks in advance!
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interesting information [Jul. 24th, 2007|10:41 am]

I found this while looking up general information. This is a link to a series of studies done on korean adoptees. The adult adoptees talk about their experiences growing up in caucasian families, how they feel about being adopted, about how they were raised, about problems they encountered. I think this information applies to anyone who is adopting or has adopted a child who is a different ethnicity or race. It is long but well worth the read. I read it over a couple days, going back and reading a section in between other work.


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Russian Adoptions [Jul. 18th, 2007|09:53 pm]

I was wondering if anyone has experience with Russia adoptions? What are the potential issues? What health, emotional or developmental problems do the children typically have? Right now we are on a waiting-list to adopt from Vietnam, but we thought we would check into Russia adoptions in the meantime. I know that mild-developmental delays are common. I was wondering what other issues they might tend to have.


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Vietnamese Orphanages [May. 21st, 2007|08:44 am]

[Current Location |Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam]

I am a member of this community through my normal journal (smasharash), but have just joined with this journal (which is my travel journal) as well because I am about to start voluntary community work in Vietnam with orphans. If any of you would like to find out more about the lives of orphans, my journal is public and I will be writing about my experiences and posting photos over the 6weeks I am here. I will also do my best to find out about the adoption process from Vietnam, though this may be difficult as spoken English is often limited.

A little of what I know already... The kids are looked after by Buddhist nuns and monks who have set up the orphanages. The places I am working are the places that really need the extra help, and their resources are very limited. Many other orphanages are better equipped. The orphans are looked after until they are 18, or if they go to university, 25. My role will involve teaching some English to older children, as well as playing, organising activities, games, crafts, and with the younger children helping to feed them and wash them. Lets just hope I don't become too attatched because I am only 18!

I will know more later on after my first day!
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fundraising [Jan. 18th, 2007|11:38 am]

what is a good fundraiser etiquette? if you ask someone once, is it ok to ask them again later? this is going to be a long term thing for us to raise what we need and quite frankly our resources are low. we live in a very small town and only one of us works - and that one person isn't too thrilled about asking people for their money. not to mention, we just moved here not long ago and don't have a whole lot of friends yet. i'm sure i could send things to our parents to help out at their jobs too. but i'm just wondering if someone helps once, is it ok to ask them again later to help again? and how frequently should you ask for help?
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2007|04:29 am]

My name is Victoria, and I am looking for someone knowledgeable about adoption (particularly overseas.) Please do not criticize or judge me, but I am only sixteen years old. I am NOT looking to adopt NOW, but in the near future (and by near future I mean in my very late twenties.) Time flys by, and I have realized over the years that if you're interested in something then it's best to start educating yourself about the subject asap. I would like to one day have a very large family of five or more. I do not feel any want to have children from my own body, although this may most likely change in later years but I do feel this need to rescue, and provide a loving, caring home for other children. I have had a rough upbringing, but since I was a little girl I always loved the idea of adopting animals, rather than buying from puppy-mills etc. This is a terrible example, but I have this life goal of adopting children and this sense of self confidence that I would be fully capable of doing so. I understand that each country has its own set of laws, if not each providence, but I just want to understand what kind of chance I have for fulfilling this dream later in life. I would love to have a home of different races, but do agencies prefer to place children with adults of the same race? Do they look at what races other adopted children are? Is there a limit? Also, I do not, and never intend to have a criminal background. I have also been attending college since I was fifteen years old and am currently working towards my associates degree in photography. I hope to transfer to a four year college afterwards, and am also interested in dermatology and cosmetic surgery. In the adoption process, would my education over qualify me, and if I chose to either become a forensic photographer or a doctor would they believe I would have no time for my child(ren)? Of course I am hoping to one day meet someone and currently have had the same boyfriend for over a year. I had lived with my mother for fifteen years but couldn't handle her verbal/physical abuse any longer and had escaped, running to my father who I now with. My father is not supportive over adoption, seeing it as ridiculous to "pretend" to be the "parent" of a child not your own. While we obviously have very different opinions, he encourages me in my education and is only interested in my success. He started out as a father very young, and had actually moved out from his parents house at fifteen and lived in an apartment in manhattan on his own for quite sometime. My mother, on the other hand, was only separated from her mother when she passed away. Once again, during the adoption process, will they look at my own parent(s) and make judgements on me, based on them? Also, my boyfriend lives with me (despite having a very loving, stable family of his own.) I often find people looking at me, thinking that I'm pretending to be an adult but I am able to see the obvious difference, and value my youth very much. I right now have no financial problems of my own, nor do I have any person(s) dependent on me, although I once had to cope with such situations when living with my mother. Whether or not I am a single when I decide to adopt, will it make much of an impact and limit me severely? I understand China’s new regulation, but maybe that will change by the time I turn 30. Which leads to another question... if I want to adopt at 28, maybe 29 will I really be crossed out because I am not yet 30? Or, will they allow me to fill out applications and look for a child to adopt at 29, and after the 1 year waiting period when hopefully the child is ready to be adopted I will then be 30? I believe I will also have sufficient room to accommodate all the children I claim to want as the house I will be inheriting from my mother has 32 rooms. Seven of them being bedrooms, and if it was appropriate, bunk beds could be the solution for more space if needed. To me, I feel as if I would be the perfect “candidate”, besides for the fact that I am currently unsure of what my martial status will be like at that point. Are there other things I need to worry about, and consider? I really look forward to this as the largest part of my future. Furthermore, are there any issues with pets? Would they consider Great Danes to be a danger to the child(ren)? Animals of course are unpredictable, but if a dog/cat are of good health, friendly and tolerable of children are there restrictions? Are there restrictions to how many cats/dogs you can have as well? I am interested in this because I am also intending to have rescued pets be a big part of the family too. One more thing I think that is note worthy is that I would also like to travel back to the countries my children are adopted from, educate them in their homeland and native language, and their religion too. For example, if I had a little girl and boy from china, a boy from Russia and the Ukraine, a boy from Africa... I would plan out multiple yearly trips back to their homelands, and possibly to their villages if there was no safety issue. Obviously this may seem quite silly right now, considering what’s going on in Russia/Ukraine/Africa and that there is no way to insure safety over there right now but things can always change... so besides the trips, I would insure that my Chinese children would learn Chinese, my Russian baby would learn Russian etc. I personally am German, Ukranian and Russian. I have been learning German for the past couple of years, and start Russian this spring. Which leads to the next thing... when adopting foreign children, do they have any education in the English language, or will communicating be difficult until they grasp the language or I know theirs? I have no age limitations. I would not mind if the child is one year, or ten years old. Although I believe that raising an older child may be more difficult, and harder for them to accept me or become accustomed to a new life across the world, I believe it might be worth the effort if there were a good outcome. I think I have covered everything, and I apologize if I have not made myself clear or if there are any misunderstandings. Thank you.
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Forwarding help request [Dec. 26th, 2006|07:03 pm]

x-posted, sorry

A family is trying to adopt a Ukrainian girl with Down's Syndrome before she is transferred to a mental institution. They are asking for donations as well as for money-free ways to help them raise funds, e.g. through Ebay. Please consider this especially if you're an Ebay user. (I'm assuming it's not a scam, though of course you never know.)
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