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Proud Mom and Dad

Proud Mom and Dad

Proud Mom and Dad recently welcomed their beautiful daughter Ishana (India) into their Illinois family.

Across the universe and into each other’s lives

Across the universe and into each other’s lives

Two sisters are having a Christmas they will never forget.

The siblings, Angela Mardock, 18, of Springville, and Adi Calvert, 20, of England, were adopted by different families in different countries 18 years ago.

They met Monday for the first time, and are spending the Christmas season together before they have to return to their separate lives.

Adoption – The Ultimate Christmas Gift

Adoption – The Ultimate Christmas Gift

One of my favorite Christmas verses is one not normally associated with the traditional story we read in the Bible about baby Jesus, the shepherds, the choir of angels and the wise men, but it certainly speaks of the ultimate Christmas gift:

Jean Miller and Her Adoption Legacy

Jean Miller and Her Adoption Legacy

Behind every adoption is a story. Often there is a person, a family member, a group of friends, a church or humanitarian organization, who comes along side an adoptive family, providing spiritual and emotional support and sometimes there are those who provide a financial boost. These unsung heroes become part of the legacy of adoption.

Acute Dorititus – Video Commercial

This is little Robey, son of Marcus and Shannon of Missouri adopted through IFS from Ethiopia in the summer of 2012. This guy is quite an actor! (Last name has not been published for privacy...
IFS Adoption For Non-U.S. Citizens Living In The U.S.

IFS Adoption For Non-U.S. Citizens Living In The U.S.

IFS ADOPTION FOR NON-U.S. CITIZENS LIVING IN THE U.S. In the course of our adoption work at International Family Services we often speak with families who want to adopt a child internationally only to find that they are not U.S. citizens and therefore are not eligible to immigrate a newly adopted child back into the U.S. But, there is hope for adoption for such families. You May be Eligible to Adopt a Child from the United States You may be eligible to adopt a U.S.-born child while residing as non-citizens in the U.S. From the U.S. State Department website (see link below): “In most cases, U.S. lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who adopt children in the United States do so under domestic state adoption laws. The adopted children are generally U.S.-born, U.S. citizen children or U.S. LPRs who live in the United States.” This means that if you are a lawful permanent resident(s) who habitually resides in the U.S. the U.S. federal government will allow you to adopt a child from the U.S. as long as there are no local State adoption laws that prohibit this kind of adoption. IFS works with birthmothers in States that are favorable to non-U.S.-citizen adoptions. Bottom line: It is still possible for non-U.S. citizens to adopt. Disclaimer: None of the IFS staff are attorneys, immigration or otherwise, nor do we speak for the U.S. government in these matters. You should seek legal counsel concerning the particulars of your case. If you are a non-U.S. citizen seeking to immigrate a child adopted from the U.S. back to your country of citizenship, you should seek further...
Adoption is Like a Lotus Flower

Adoption is Like a Lotus Flower

It is always encouraging for IFS team members to receive a note from adoptive families home with their beautiful kids. Such was the case recently when Bethany Compton (IFS India Program) received the following note from Aaron and Julie, new parents to Autumn and Abby (India). Hi Bethany! I have been meaning to write to you since we came home, but its kinda been a little busy!  The girls are doing great.  They are learning English quickly and seem to be fitting right in to family life here.  Of course there are adjustments, but nothing out of the ordinary. Our time in India was wonderful!  We have nothing but praise for Rajeev and his excellent work.  We never had an ounce of trouble and everything was as smooth as could be.  It was obvious everywhere we went that he is well known and well respected – especially at the orphanage, but also at the embassy.  He took excellent care of us! Rajeev told us a story about how adoption is like a lotus flower.  On the surface is the beautiful bloom.  Underneath the surface is a gigantic tangle of roots and mess.  He said his job is to make it so that we come to India and pick the beautiful flower without ever seeing or knowing about the tangle beneath the surface that he has taken care of.  I have a really nice picture of Rajeev in front of his house with my girls (his two beautiful flowers that he caused to bloom for us!). I am sending you a few other pictures too so you can see how...
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