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We will be posting all the latest news here!  Check back often!Last Updated:February 7, 2005 

1/19/05 – Our Kazakhstan liaison is asking for more families to meet the need in this country, contact Kim for more information.

1/19/05 – Upcoming Information Sessions If you would like to get more information in a personalized and casual setting, we will be having informal informational meetings at our office: February 5th, March 5th and April 2nd 2005. No RSVP, you are welcome!

1/1/05 – HERITAGE ADOPTION SERVICES is proud to announce our first Benefit Concert and Silent Auction “A Heritage of Love”

Silent Auction items for any budget
Scrumptious Appetizers and Desserts
and Fabulous music from
Michael Allen Harrison,
Julianne Johnson,
and Doug and Judy Smith — Doug Smith has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award!

6:00 pm, February 19th, 2005
Washington State School for the Blind, Vancouver, Washington
ORDER TICKETS NOW! $35 per person
For more information and to order tickets see our website at www.heritageadoption.org/benefit.html or give us a call at 503-233-1099.

Please join us for a fun and elegant evening out! Sorry, no childcare provided.

12/15/04 – Adoption Mosaic, a non profit offering training and support to adoptive families, is offering a 10 week workshop on Transracial parenting beginning January 11, 2005. The workshop will be based on The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) nationally recognized Transracial Parenting Project and include topics such as personal values; transracial parenting in the family, home and community; the development of cultural identity; and identifying and addressing racism. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Astrid Dabbeni and Sheri Campbell.

What: Becoming, Being and Thriving as a Transracial Family
When: Tuesday evenings, January 11 – March 15 (10 weeks) from 7 – 8:30 pm
Where: Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (directions will be forwarded to attendees)
Note that parking is FREE in the evening
Cost: $50.00 per person for the 10 week series, payable in advance to:
Adoption Mosaic
P.O. Box 18102
Portland, OR 97218
Further Information: [email protected] or 503.380.5303
This workshop is limited to 15 attendees, so please reserve your place as soon as possible. Please feel free to pass this e-mail on to your friends and colleagues.

12/10/04 – Everyone at Heritage Adoption Services Cordially Invites You to Celebrate Your Family’s Heritage with us: A Heritage of Love Benefit Concert and Silent Auction! February 19, 2005. Don’t miss Michael Allen Harrison, Julianne Johnson with Doug and Julie Smith performances at this stellar event. More information here. Tickets here.

11/2/04 – A big “photo opportunity” is coming up for our Heritage Families! If you would like to have your child included in the photo montage, please contact Kim or Vicki.

11/2/04 – Heritage Adoption Services will be increasing the fee schedules for our Domestic and International Programs beginning January 1, 2005. If you are in the application process, please be aware of this timeline.

11/1/04 – STUDY: CHILDREN FROM ORPHANAGES IMPROVE RAPIDLY AFTER ADOPTION A recent study, examining the impact of early institutionalization on children adopted from the former Soviet Union, found rapid gains in development by children within six months of placement within adoptive families. The report by Sharon Judge, “The Impact of Early Institutionalization on Child and Family Outcomes,” published in the Adoption Quarterly (volume 7, issue 3), included families of 80 boys and 79 girls, and found that 61 percent of the children “were delayed in three or four areas when parents first met them in the orphanage,” but only 8 percent remained delayed in three or four areas 6 months later. The area of greatest delay was in speech and language. To obtain the full report for a small fee, go to: http://www.haworthpress.com/web/AQ/

10/20/04 – On November 13, Saturday there will be a “Build your own Pizza Party” for all Heritage kids ages 11-15 at Deborah’s house, from 3-6 p.m. The party will be a blast! Bring your special ingredient for the Pizza and your favorite CD! Call 503-233-1099 for the address!

10/16/04 – One of our wonderful adoptive parents has started an adoptive parents Yahoo group for Heritage families. All Heritage families are invited to join this supportive parent group. We envision a network of families encouraging and sharing parenting tips and information with each other. To join, or ask for more information please go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeritageParents

9/24/04 – FOUND: At Jane Brown event after Saturday Playshops; one pair of brown leather child’s sandals and one green travel coffee mug. Call to claim your lost item(s)!

9/16/04 – Helping Adopted Children Cope with Grief and Loss – a new
e-learning course on the Adoption Learning Partners website called Finding the Missing Pieces: In this course, adoptive families come to understand the feelings that children have about adoption and learn how to help their child express and deal with their feelings. Click here for FAQ and flyer! There is no charge for enrollment and a training credit certificate is available for a small fee.
9/9/04 – Celebrate the Chinese Traditional Festival!
2004 Portland Mid-Autumn Fair organized by Portland Chinese Times

  • Traditional Arts Performance
  • Lucky Draw
  • Gifts and Food Booths

Time: 9/25/2004 * 3:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Portland Community College (SE Campus) Parking Lot
2305 SE 82nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon

For detail, call Portland Chinese Times at
503-771-9560 or e-mail to Michael Han at: [email protected]
8/25/04 – An Adoption Resources page has now been added to our site. Please take a look.

7/21/04 – Financial Assistance for adoptive families – We have added a section to our website with links to entities which may financially help those in process of adoption. Check out these Financial Resources.

6/24/04 – Jane Brown Event registration open to the public beginning July 1st! We are so excited to be able to hold this event for the second year in a row. Jane Brown is a nationally acclaimed expert on childhood and adolescent adoption issues. We cannot emphasize enough how lucky we feel to be able to soak up her knowledge at this event. Jane’s developmental approach to adoption issues results in ever-changing and progressing playshop work for children – enabling children to increasingly benefit from work with Jane, each year, every year, perhaps even until they are old enough to help out with the younger children. We hope that those who enjoyed Jane’s presentation last year will return again, to hear Jane speak on a different topic, and to take advantage of this years Q & A session, and invite friends and family who might also benefit. For registration forms and more information, please click here.

6/23/04 – Beth Normand, adoptive parent and licensed massage therapist, is hosting a five-week Infant Massage Class. Class is scheduled to begin Sunday, August 1st, 2004, 2 – 3:00 pm at 1531 SW Market St., Portland, Oregon. Anyone interested in joining this class can contact Beth directly at 503-481-5913 or [email protected]

5/28/04 – Heritage is thrilled to bring Jane Brown back this year for our 2nd annual Jane Brown Event! Event registration is open to Heritage families on June 1st! See the webpage at www.heritageadoption.org/janebrown.html for details! Join us for Jane’s Presentation: “Abandonment and Loss in Adoption” on Friday September 10th, 2004 at 7pm at the Oregon Convention Center and for Jane’s Children’s Playshops on Saturday and Sunday, September 11th & 12th at the East Portland Community Center.

5/19/04 – RESOLVE- The Oregon Chapter of The National Infertility Association provides information, support and education on infertility, adoption and childfree living. They also have monthly peer to peer support meetings in Portland and Eugene. www.resolve.org

5/10/04 – INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS: The next informational session will be on October 2nd, 2004 at 10am in our office – No RSVP required. During the summer months, we are happy to schedule more personalized information sessions with families who are interested in any of our programs! We are always excited to talk with families and are willing to work around busy summer schedules. Contact us via email or phone today to set up an appointment!

5/5/04 – It is hoped that preparations for U.S. implementation of the Convention and the IAA by the federal government, State courts and authorities, accrediting entities and those seeking to become accredited or approved to provide Convention adoption services will permit the United States to ratify the Convention and bring it into force between the United States and other party countries by early 2006. More here.

4/22/04 – China Waiting Child Update – We are expecting the arrival of our Spring 2004 Waiting Children in the next few weeks. Please watch the website for more information on the children who arrive in our office. More information will be available by contacting Vicki Paulson at: [email protected]

4/22/04 – Heritage announces a change in our agency’s process for adoptions through the Special Needs China program: Beginning May 1st, families are asked to apply for the program and have a completed home study before placing a child on a temporary hold. A $25 application fee is due when that application is submitted. This fee may be applied to your other adoption fees if an adoption begins. Families are encouraged to send in applications during their search for ‘their waiting child’ so they are able to act quickly when he or she is found. See the China Special Needs web page for more information about this program: China Special Needs

4/20/04 – Haitian President Boniface Alexandre was officially sworn in on April 5th, 2004. He has since appointed Mr. Lionel Cadet as the new IBESR Director. The US Embassy is seeking to meet Mr. Cadet this week, possibly Thursday, to welcome him and to iron out any problems with the adoption process. With this new appointment, adoption should begin to flow nicely in the coming weeks. Heritage Haiti Program

4/15/04 – The USCIS office is increasing the fee for the I-600A form and fingerprinting as of April 30th, 2004. The fees will change from: $460 to $525 for the I600A, and fingerprinting will change from $50 to $70 per person in the home over the age of 18. If you have not yet filed this form, send it in now to take advantage of the current fees.

3/30/04 – Baby Care Saturday Seminars “First Year of Life for Adoptive Families” Class sponsored by NAFA at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Cost is $70 includes breakfast, lunch and a notebook. From 9am to 4:30pm on April 3rd, 2004, July 17, 2004 and October 23, 2004. Class covers bathing, feeding, sleeping, home safety, development, sleeping, choosing a doctor, and an adoptive parents panel. For More info or to Register: Call 503-413-4840

3/22/04 – Heritage Adoption Services SUMMER PICNIC – July 31st, 2004! We will be at the Elephant House in Washington Park from 11am – 3pm again this summer – Mark your calendars now! Bring a potluck item to share – Drinks will be provided by Heritage!

3/22/04 – Heritage Adoption Services DIVERSITY SOCIAL- May 15th, 2004! – 10 to 13 year olds go bowling! Call 503-233-1099 or e-mail Veretta for details: [email protected] — There are also upcoming Potlucks for our Diversity Families – More details coming soon!

3/19/04 – Carrie Kitze, author of We See the Moon and I Don’t Have Your Eyes, and Jean MacLeod, author of At Home in this World will present a workshop and discussion titled “Parenting with Narratives: Using Kid Lit, Lifebooks & Storytelling” at the Smith Memorial Student Center, Room 327, Portland State University, Saturday, April 17th, 1-4pm. Cost is $10 in advance, $12 at the door, Childcare is available. For more information, Contact Danielle at ASIA at 503-697-6863

3/15/04 – Baby Care Class for Adoption Families
Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center
Cost $70 to Legacy
call 503-413-4840 to register
April 3,2004

2/21/04 – We have partnered with Tapestry Books to bring a convenient list of adoption related books and resources to you. Check out our book list.

2/18/04 – HAITI PROGRAM CONTINUING !!! CHILDREN STILL AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION — The country of Haiti is currently under severe civil unrest. However, at this time our Haiti program has remained unaffected. For more information on this wonderful adoption program contact our Haiti-Lady LeAnne Kovick at [email protected]

2/17/04 – Special new families have been found for 4 of the 5 lovely Chinese special needs children we were working to place this month. A big “thank-you” to their new families! China SN.

2/9/04 – Please join us in Portland for our Adoption Informational Sessions – Sessions will start at 10am. in our office. No registration needed. These are informal meetings where we will be answering questions about Domestic and International adoption. . March 6, April 3, and May 8th, 2004

2/6/04 – Kathy Wang, our Heritage employee in China who performs miraculous work with governmental bureaucracies and assists our families who travel to China to complete the final steps of their adoption journeys is learning to “snow-skate”. Here is a picture of her enjoying her first day on the slopes!

1/25/04 – We have triplets due in Guatemala! The Birth Mother’s due date is the 13th of February. The babies are small, but doing very well. If you are interested in a very unique opportunity, please contact Vicki Paulson for more information

1/19/04 – New Profiles of ‘Special Needs Waiting Children’ from China have arrived in our office. Please click on Waiting Children in China to read about our precious five new girls. Heritage is very excited to be part of the Special Needs program in China. The children we have already helped bring home are thriving in their forever homes. Please contact Vicki Paulson if you want more information or have any questions.

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