AJ

AJ

AJ (Alok) joined his new family a year ago from India. George and Danielle (brothers Elliot and Gavin) report he is settling into his amazing life in his new family. This active toddler loves his new swimming pool, is crazy about trucks and his animal picture book. Not long ago Mom reported that AJ was “eating us out of house and home” devouring milk, peanut butter sandwiches and lasagna. AJ shares his radiant smile willingly with each new friend he meets. “We are all crazy about this little guy and are so very grateful that God has placed him with us. Again, thank you IFS and all involved for your role in making this possible. Alok was born to be a [last...
Earthquake Report: NEPAL

Earthquake Report: NEPAL

Many have asked for a report on Shristi Nepal, an orphanage in Nepal that IFS has been affiliated with in past years. We are pleased to report that there were no injuries to the children or staff and the children’s home did not sustain physical damage. We are thankful. Still, we share with the rest of the world the shock at seeing the earthquake devastation in Nepal and the surrounding areas. We will continue to follow this story in the months to come. We are pleased to know that emergency services have been released and relief help is making its way into the region. Join us in prayer for God’s gracious love to be poured out during this time of difficulty and sorrow and that beauty will arise from these...
A Chinese New Year Celebration – Passing the Torch

A Chinese New Year Celebration – Passing the Torch

By Kim Cissell Executive Assistant, International Family Services Home Study/Post Adoption Coordination Passing the Torch Since the mid-1990s International Family Services has offered a wonderful China adoption program to which I have been privileged to provide leadership in recent years. When IFS had the opportunity of inviting Esther Haines to join our staff last spring as China Program Director I had mixed emotions. You see, I dearly love working with families preparing for adoptions in China. But, I was also relieved. In my personal family life I was finding that my energies were needed more at home caring for an ailing parent. The timing was perfect for me to step out of my China management role while continuing my other IFS responsibilities. (Read more about Kim Cissell). Over the next few months I completed my work with the China families I had been working with while Esther assumed her new IFS leadership duties. Through the past 18 years Esther has helped over 600 Chinese orphan children find adoptive homes. Much of Esther’s work in has been with families living in the Northeast, many from New York State. Every month Esther’s families host an adoption support group at the Church of Saint Anthony in Nanuet, New York, just north of New York City. When Esther invited me to attend the IFS Chinese New Year Celebration on February 6 of this year I jumped at the chance. Esther lives in the western part of New York and I live in the Houston area of Texas. We both chuckled when I got off the plane in Rochester and met the frigid northern...
Visiting Russia with Your Adopted Russian Child

Visiting Russia with Your Adopted Russian Child

Families have in recent years expressed interest to International Family Services in taking their now older adopted Russian children to back Russia for a visit to their orphanage, city or extended biological family. While this visit can have positive benefits for these children, adoptive parents should factor into their planning the realities of their children’s Russian citizenship. •    In effect, Russian children adopted American parents hold dual citizenship in both the US and Russia. •    Russian children adopted and living in the US as American citizens are still considered by Russians to be Russian citizens only. •    When these Russian-born children travel to Russia, they must do so on a valid (non-expired) Russian passport rather than in their US passport with a Russian visa. •    While in Russia, these children are treated as Russians, limiting US Consulate support should the child get into trouble while in Russia. •    Additionally, adopted males 18 – 27 years of age will be subject to the Russian conscription laws, eligible to be drafted into the Russian military. For more information, see the sources below. ——————————— From Russian Behind the Scenes “According to the law on citizenship, a citizen of Russia is considered a citizen of Russia no matter whether he has another citizenship or not.” [ Dmitry Gudkov, Duma deputy and initiator of the amendment of the Dima Yakovlev Law banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens] . . . . According to Russia’s federal law “On citizenship,” every Russian citizen with dual citizenship is treated by the Russian Federation and its authorities as a citizen of Russia only. [Emphasis added]...
My Story of Miss Ali

My Story of Miss Ali

It has been an unforgettable year for our family, a year we described as amazing, challenging, fun, and frustrating – all at the same time.

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