So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's
when you find out who you are." - Joss Whedon
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Rangers vs. Mariners
Promo Code: WeAreFamily
Tickets start at $11 and include a Seattle Mariners We Are Family Day giveaway. Come celebrate the youth and families of foster care, kinship care, adoption, social workers, as well as agencies and community members that support them at Safeco Field.
*Redeem your giveaway at the game by bringing your ticket stub to the table on the concourse outside of Section 320 before the 4th inning.
- $11 View Level (normally $25)
- $25 Field Level (normally $40)
Select "Find Tickets" then enter WeAreFamily as your special offer code and click "Verify."
- Groups of 20 or more will have their group name displayed on the scoreboard following the 4th inning.
- Groups of 20 or more will receive a voucher for 2 complimentary tickets to a future game (excluding Home Run games).
Friday, February 7, 2014
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Who: Any and all adults are welcome- adoptive parents, waiting parents, foster parents, extended family and anyone who has an interest in the topic of adoption. Please forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested.
When: Tues Dec. 3rd (and each of the following 5 first Tuesdays January through May 2014)
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Lifestory Books: Every Child Has a History --
Telling the Story
Date: Friday, Oct. 25th 2013
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Presenter: Astrid Dabbeni has worked in adoptions for over 18 years. She travels the country to lead youth groups and present workshops focusing on adoption. Her life-long interest in adoption is rooted in her own adoption at the age of four with her older sister from Colombia. Astrid is the Executive Director and co-founder of Adoption Mosaic.
Pre-registration is required. Contact Tina Martin at 360-734-3134 for details.
All proceeds from this workshop will be donated to Weema International
Adoption Mosaic is a non-profit 501c3 organization founded by those touched by adoption to offer support, education and resources for the adoption community. Adoption Mosaic is not associated with any adoption agency, nor does it make recommendations about agencies or specific types of adoption. We value diversity, openness and honesty in adoption.
Friday, September 6, 2013
This event brings families waiting to adopt children ages 4 - 17 together with those children waiting for adoptive families in a fun and creative way! This has been a highly successful child and family matching event for older kids and teens that need permanent families! Please see the attached FF Flyer for details! The form to register your families is attached as is the announcement (FF Flyer) and a Q & A to provide a little more info about the event! This is TONS of fun for the families, kids and teens that attend! To be 'eligible' the family must have a current and approved home study and a desire to grow their family with a permanent addition(s)!
Location: Woodridge Elementary School
12619 SE 20th Place, Bellevue, WA
Please see the attached flyers for more information and to register!
Friday, July 26, 2013
6950 W Riverside Dr, Bothell, WA 98011
-- Free Kids' Dash
Hope to see you out again this year!
Andrew, Janetta and Miles
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
MATCHING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (by A Family For Every Child)
Matching Assistance is a password protected site and child listings, that is helping support qualified, current home studied families during their journey to adoption.
With our free membership program, families have the opportunity to be more engaged during this difficult "searching/waiting" part of the adoption process. We all know how hard this can be on families. We are constantly maintaining our website and strive to give families the best support, service and resources we can.
Our goal is to come alongside families who have been in the process for a longer period of time, providing them with one-on-one communication, assurance and assistance in learning how to best represent themselves in their family profile and home study. The Matching Assistance Program is free but requires a current home study to participate.
Most waiting children are OVER the age of 6, male, are school aged, or are part of a racial, ethnic, or cultural minority. Many of the sibling groups need to be placed together, and/or have physical, mental, developmental or emotional disabilities. All are waiting for the love and security that only a permanent family can offer.
For more information, please visit http://www.
Matching Assistance Team
1675 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402
OTHER EFFORTS FOR YOUR FAMILY:
OUR MATCHING EVENTS
More info on these events can be found at:
Your family can also be featured on our website, in our newsletters and in targeted outreach via email with the help of our data base.
Please let us know how we may further help your families and or you in your role with them.
All our best,
A Family For Every Child
1675 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402
541.343.2856 - Office
541.343.2866 - Fax
Friday, June 28, 2013
The first presenter, Mary Moo from WACAP gave a great overview of the services WACAP provides both in their International Program as well as their domestic US Kids Program. It was exciting to learn that if a couple is interested in working with another agency they can have their home study completed at WACAP and shared with another agency. This is definitely something to ask more about!! She explained the role WACAP has as an advocate for the adoptive parent in navigating the foster to adopt system. For those who were not able to hear Mary's presentation, I highly recommend attending one of their Information Meetings which are typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7-9pm at the WACAP office in Renton, WA.
Our second presenters, Corey and Julie Pogue, were a delight. They shared their story of inspiration and love and how their family was blessed by adopting 4 children from the State. They are more than happy to share more of their story to those who are looking for an insiders view of adopting through the state system. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in the contact information for Corey and Julie.
Our final presenter, Susan Lawrence from Kids2Families is an amazing local resource for adoption advocacy. It was informative to hear about their advocacy program and vision of having all children in loving homes. She was informative and can be a resource to anyone trying to navigate building their family through adoption. It was exciting to hear about the orphanage that Kids2Families is running in Ecuador and their goal of having these children adopted locally by Ecuadorians. She can be a resource to families who want to adopt, but have financial concerns. She would love to have more volunteers and she hopes to see all of us at the Kids2Families Annual Family Adoption Walk in November.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Contact Chriss Butt at:
call her at (801) 259-3959 with questions.
Monday, June 10, 2013
One local family has a baby girl who was once the frozen embryo of an Arizona couple. Ten-month-old Ashley is a giggling, curious baby. Her mom said she's a miracle, a child she carried in her womb, who isn't genetically related to her or her husband. After discovering they couldn't have their own biological children, Samantha and Jordan Fife used traditional, costly adoptions for their two older girls, Michaela, 6, and Heidi, 3.
When the Brush Prairie, WA couple decided they wanted a third child, Samantha searched on Google for "adoption" and stumbled onto an unusual option.
"I clicked on this thing that said embryo adoption and I was like, well, what is that?" Samantha Fife said. "As long as you could carry a pregnancy, you had this option of giving birth to an adopted child."
As more and more families opt for in vitro fertilization, there's a surplus of hundreds of thousands of leftover frozen embryos. They're either stored, destroyed, used for medical research or donated to adoptive families. . . .
Samantha Fife has now started her own embryo matching web site, where people seeking to adopt embryos can find people looking to donate. She's already seen a few babies born thanks to connections made on her site.
If you'd like more information, go to blessedwithinfertility.com.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
A Family for Every Child is hosting an online child matching event on Wednesday, June 5th. Their online matching events allow home study approved families the ability to ask social workers questions straight through our online webinar! You will not want to miss this opportunity to find the right child for your forever family!
The online child matching with AFFEC event takes place on Wednesday June 5th, at 1PM PST, 2PM MST, 3PM CST, 4PM EST.
Social workers will be on hand to answer questions and give feedback and information about the type of families that would be the best match for these children. Once the event has concluded families will be given the opportunity to submit their homestudy on children that they feel would be a good fit for their families. Register before it's too late!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Our Matching Assistance Program is FREE! By changing our program to a free program, we hope to better fulfill our mission of finding loving, permanent families for waiting foster children. Our program is designed to assist current approved home studied families looking to adopt waiting foster children. Our goal is to work alongside families, providing them with one-on-one communication, assurance, and support during the submission and waiting process.
As a member of Matching Assistance you will have the ability to submit your home study and family profile for over 2000 waiting children and sibling groups listed on our site, with the assurance that your submission is going directly to a child's caseworker. Your adoption worker will be cc'd on all submissions so they remain in the loop at all times.
In addition, you will be assigned a Family Adoption Specialist volunteer to provide support, resources and guidance; you will have the opportunity to partake in our very successful recruitment options; you will receive weekly how to emails containing valuable information and resources about foster care adoption; have access to knowledgeable and helpful staff, and more! Those are just a few of our great benefits!
Sign up today to take full advantage of our free program!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
After providing foster care for several years, we had some concerns that adopting through foster care may be challenging. We saw first-hand what children go through in regards to the system and it was heartbreaking. We were nervous, but were certain we wanted to provide a home to children waiting for a forever family.
We were thrilled to start working with the AFFEC. Immediately we knew the genuine concern they all had for children, and they were so positive! It was refreshing - we knew right away that something good was going to happen.
The moment we met the girls, we knew we were going to love them forever. Miley, the oldest, shared with us her dream to have a mom and a dad and to be safe. Our hearts melted. The twins were giggly and funny, but a little behind physically. They were out of breath going down a few stairs during our first visit to the children's museum. We knew with time, living our busy lifestyle things would change.
Nine months later, the twins run, ride bikes, dance, take swim lessons and jump on the trampoline. Our days are complete with talking, dance parties (in our living room), camping trips, backyard adventures, walks and lots of singing and laughter. We have discovered that providing security and sharing new experiences is the most rewarding feeling imaginable.
One of our most unexpected discoveries is realizing that adopting an older child could be so rewarding! Miley believes she is the luckiest girl in the world. She shares with us daily her appreciation for her new life.
What we truly believe, is WE are the luckiest people in the world. We have received the opportunity to change the lives of these children forever and, in the process, our life has been truly blessed.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Spend a day at the ballpark celebrating the youth and families of foster care, kinship care and adoption, and the many social workers, agencies and community members that support them. Receive a FREE Seattle Mariners We Are Family Day T-shirt when purchasing tickets through this special online offer!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
If you are interested in learning more about "taking about adoption" they have some great ideas here. Overall, Adoptive Families has some helpful information and resources that are totally worth checking out!
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Dark Matter of Love - A Documentary about Adoption and Attachement -- Check out the film website and watch for this film to appear in your area or maybe even on Netflix
DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING
The Center for Adoption Support and Education, the
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and the National Council for Adoption are jointly sponsoring this screening to increase the community's
awareness of the complexity of moving children into adoptive families with
histories of trauma, severed attachments and profound loss.
In this film, Masha, an eleven year old Russian girl, learns
to love her adoptive American family through a scientific
intervention. Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Marvin, an expert in
attachment, has spent a lifetime developing a program to help children
learn to love. Rare footage of his extraordinary experiment is woven through
the story of Masha learning to love for the very first time.
Please join Dr. Robert Marvin in the discussion about our
community's continued investment in accessible and effective post adoption
services for families faced with these challenges.
You are invited to a FREE documentary film screening of THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE on Monday, April 22 at 6:00pm in Washington, DC at the US State Capital -- If you happen to be headed to "the other Washington" in April. ;-)
Register HERE to register to view the film at the US State Capital in DC on April 22nd.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Here's a bit about the tour:
Our most powerful tool is the feature length documentary film, STUCK. The purpose of the film is to help the average person understand the issues and create a movement that will ultimately put pressure on U.S. officials to force a more supportive attitude toward International Adoption.
The film will premiere in sequence as we roll across the country on the tour bus, visiting 60 cities in 80 days. While the highlight of each city visit will be the premiere of the film, our goal is to make the visit to each city much more than a film premiere, but an all day event, with media appearances, speeches and discussions in multiple gatherings. The framework for the tour gives us the possibility to make STUCK a phenomenon.
You can get your tickets here: https://bothendsburning.org/initiatives/stuck-tour/itinerary/