Thursday, February 27, 2014
Armenian Adoption Adventure UNICEF and “World Vision” to cooperate for child protection system in Armenia | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Is someone lying AGAIN?
Suppose if she is lying (again) she will merely blame the people in country and act innocent to any wrong doing. However, come July 2014- the in country facilitators will also have to be accredited and in line with the ASP (Adoption Service Providers) they procure children for. (Eduard Amalyan are you READING this--remember you are still referred to as "staff" even though Armenia doesn't recognize the work of Adoption Agencies in their country)
WATCH OUT - COME JULY 2014 YOU WILL BE 100% RESPONSIBLE AND WILL HAVE TO DECLARE ALL THAT CASH FOR TAXES IN ARMENIA.
First of all, Serbia is NOT a party to the Hague or a Hague signatory country. Why does this agency who is Hague accredited push adoptions in these non Hague countries like: Bulgaria, Ghana (now closed to adoptions) and Morocco (open to muslims only) or in controversial countries like Colombia or the Congo. Merely speculating but maybe because the oversight has not been so great, take for example her buddy Sue Hedberg and the Ethiopian fiasco (another non Hague Country) and her denial of Hague Acrediation 2 times. (This site will also later post about the latest US State Department arrest of 4 individuals from an American ASP for fraud adoptions) and another DEATH of an adopted child just last week.
When checking with the US State Department web site, there is a warning about Adoption Agencies that claim to have a program in Serbia. HERE IS THE ADOPTION ALERT FOR SERBIA:
Alert: Serbia Adoption Reports of Misleading Guidance on Intercountry Adoptions from Serbia
This Adoption Alert is a follow up to the Alert of March 29, 2013.
The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has received reports that one or more U.S. adoption service providers may be providing prospective adoptive parents misleading information about the Serbian adoption process. Specifically, there may be misleading information as to who is authorized to provide adoption services and which children are eligible for intercountry adoption.
Serbia places a priority on domestic adoption. Generally, only children with special needs are available for intercountry adoption. Adoption services in Serbia can be completed either through direct contact with the Ministry or with the assistance of an authorized U.S. adoption service provider. A small number of U.S. adoption service providers are authorized by the Serbian Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Policy to provide services related
You can also report this and ask more questions to the Belgrade Adoption US Gov., Children's Social Ministry of Serbia, or to the Serbian Embassy in the USA that has very strong and ancient roots with Armenia. Here are their e mail addresses. Or you can call them for more information
UPDATE ON SERBIA AS OF APRIL 1, 2014 referenced from http://www.serbianadoption.blogspot.com
They are the brothers to Armenians and their flag still bares the Byzantine symbol of 2 brave eagles!
It appears there is more than 500 Serbian families waiting for the healthy children, all that is available is older and special needs (coupled together) There was only 5 Serbian Adoptions to the USA last year.
Serbia Continues to Move Forward
There are approximately 500-600 Serbian families waiting to adopt healthy infants. Because Serbia has a negative birth rate, healthy infants are not available for international adoption.
In Serbia, a child can be located in a facility on the other side of the country from where their Center is located, it is possible the Center has not had contact with a child for many years. Recently all the Centers for Social Care (which are like the U.S. county level) have been notified and directed to go through the records of all children they service. There are many children in the country who are eligible for adoption (either domestically or internationally) who have never actually been registered.
In June and July there were many children added to the registry, and in September and October more will be added. Those children already added include those with Down syndrome, older (healthy) children although the local Serbians get first priority, Roma children, and children with developmental difficulties. For those who have asked, so far there are no children who have HIV+, but this could change in the fall when the registry will be updated again.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Armenian Adoption Adventure, Senator McCaskill meets with real life heroine of oscar nominated film "Philomena" discuss ways to unite Irish children seperated from their families via Adoptions
|Senator McCaskill meets with real heroine of academy award nominated "Philomena" to|
discuss ways to unit children stolen from Irish mothers for adoption to US Families
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today met with Philomena Lee to discuss Irish adoption laws and Philomena’s work to reunite American children separated from their Irish families through forced adoption. The story of Philomena’s decades-long search for the son who was forcibly adopted and raised by a family in St. Louis, Mo., is the subject of a recent book and Oscar-nominated film.
“Philomena’s story is heart-wrenching, and she has one of the most just causes you could possibly have—the simple premise that if a child is taken from a mother against her will, there should be an easy way to reconnect with that child,” McCaskill said. “Unfortunately in Ireland, for many years there was a repugnant practice of children taken from their young mothers, put in a home, and when the child got a certain age, shipped off to America to new parents. I have a blended family of seven children. All of my husband’s children from his first marriage are adopted, and we are fortunate in that his oldest son has reconnected with his birthmother—we know and socialize with her, and they have a wonderful relationship. So I know firsthand how important it is to keep those doors open and to allow the transparency and availability of adoption records so that children and parents can have the opportunity to reunite when it is their life’s wish.”
Philomena and her daughter Jane Libberton were inspired to take action on the issue of forced adoption by the recent outpouring of support surrounding the true story of Philomena’s decades-long search her son, who was taken from her while living at the Sean Ross Abbey in Rosecrea, Ireland. Philomena and her son Anthony were deliberately kept apart and never reunited, despite the fact each was actively looking for the other.
Sitting alongside McCaskill today, Philomena and her daughter talked about her family’s story.
“He died thinking I abandoned him,” Philomena said of her son. “But I know he’s now at peace.”
Philomena and her daughter created the Philomena Project in association with the Adoption Rights Alliance. The Philomena Project aims to prevent similar tragedies and reconcile families that were separated under similar circumstances in honor of Anthony’s memory. It is calling on the Irish government to make adoption records public and transparent as swiftly as possible.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Armenian Adoption Adventure, 4 academy award nominations for "Philomena" true story of children stolen into International Adoption
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.
Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between them.
The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss and ultimately celebrates life. It is both funny and sad and concerns two very different people, at different stages of their lives, who help each other and show that there is laughter even in the darkest places.
The book “The Lost Child Of Philomena Lee” was published in 2009. It acted as a catalyst for thousands of adopted Irish children and their ‘shamed’ mothers to come forward to tell their stories. Many are still searching for their lost families.
Sadly, this same true story plays out in today’s world where poor mothers particular those that are single have little option but to relinquish their children for cash. Us Armenians know this story all too well and this behavior continues although it has been curtailed with more procedures and additional layers of checks and balances.
In Ireland the Catholic Church was responsible for much of this, separating the children from their mothers and unlawfully detaining the mothers in work laundry. They church took possession of their children and without the mother’s permission sold the children into Adoption, mostly to Americans.
How is it that a woman with money in the west can abuse the rights of a poor single woman in a country where their rights are not heard? Watch the movie it is great and up for 4 academy awards.
Armenian Adoption Adventure, documentary about Armenian Orphans makes it's way to Lebanon and back to USA
has just had a successful showing in Lebanon. They travel back for a showing in Los Angeles for the Armenians of Istanbul and up to Northern California where we have 3 showings scheduled. In San Francisco, San Jose and at UC Berkely.
Hope to see you at some of the showings:
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Armenian Adoption Adventure, list of adoption agencies denied accreditation tougher laws comming July 2014
US State Department Susan Jacobs talks about how the laws for facilitators in country will change in July 2014. Adoption agencies will no longer not be responsible for their facilitators, they will be watched, audited, acrediated and no longer allowed to bribe orphanage workers or members of the Ministry of Social Services for Women and Children.
The facilitators in country will be registered and scrutinized as the adoption agencies are.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Armenian Adoption Adventure, 48 hours January 18, 2014 expose on International Adoption (Abduction) fraud
The investigation reveals the extraordinary journey of one family to adopt two children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the questionable practices of the U.S.-based adoption agency they'd chosen, as well as the harrowing story of one woman's attempt to adopt a child from Guatemala - through the same agency - and allegations of child trafficking against Guatemalan nationals that emerged afterward.
"We knew that international adoption is challenging. We were naïve in how much real trouble there is," says adoptive parent Ryan Owen, an Army officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Maher follows Owen and his wife, Jeri Lynn, who live at Fort Campbell, Ky., with three sons of their own, as they travel to Kinshasa and discover just what a perilous journey overseas adoption can be. The Owens began working on the adoption through Celebrate Children International (CCI), a small Florida agency, run by Sue Hedberg.
"Children need to be in families, not in institutions," Hedberg tells 48 HOURS. "Many of these children would die if it wasn't for adoption."
But the Owens' relationship with CCI began to deteriorate when their adoption process inexplicably stalled and they started hearing disturbing things about Hedberg's Congolese lawyer. The Owens took matters into their own hands, hiring their own attorney and travelling to the Congo to try to complete the adoption themselves. "I love these kids enough to do whatever it takes to get them home - whatever it takes," Jeri Lynn tells 48 HOURS.
The Owens, who named their daughters Ava and Zoey, are not alone in their struggle to get children from abroad or to raise questions about the process. Nor are they alone in their questions about Sue Hedberg, who sent 48 Hours a written statement through a representative maintaining, "each and every adoption undertaken by CCI was, and is, in strict compliance with the laws of the United States and the laws and regulations of the originating nation at the time of the adoption."
Betsy Emanuel, a Tennessee mother of five adopted children, talks with Maher about her attempt to adopt a child from Guatemala, also through Hedberg's agency CCI. Emanuel fell in love with a girl named Maria Fernanda, after seeing her in a video CCI sent her. Shortly thereafter, CCI offered her Maria Fernanda's newborn sister, Ana Christina. Emanuel couldn't afford to adopt two children, so she kept going with the adoption of Maria Fernanda - until one day, she says, a representative of CCI told her the girls' mother had resurfaced and, accompanied by armed men, demanded the children back.
"I knew something was wrong," Emanuel tells 48 HOURS.
Having already invested heavily with CCI, Emanuel adopted a different child through the agency. Around the same time, she learned Maria Fernanda and her sister were again being offered for adoption, though this time not by CCI. Preoccupied with the girl, she later searched online for Maria Fernanda's name and found a Guatemalan newspaper story about children who had been abducted for adoption. The story included Maria Fernanda and her sister. Emanuel was stunned to read the girls' mother, Mildred Alvarado, had been looking for them for more than a year. Emanuel immediately got involved in exposing problems within the Guatemalan adoption system.
In an emotional interview with Maher in Guatemala, Alvarado recalled how she was coerced to give up her 3-year-old daughter, Maria Fernanda, being told that it was temporary. Then, she says, she was duped into undergoing an early C-section to deliver her daughter, Ana Christina. When she awoke, she was taped to the bed and the newborn was gone. More than a year later, Emanuel would help reunite the family when she found the article and Guatemalan authorities gave Mildred Alvarado her children back.
More than five years later, Maher travels with Emanuel to Guatemala to meet Alvarado, and her two girls, for the first time.
48 HOURS: "Perilous Journey" features interviews with the Owens, Emanuel, CCI supporters Brian and Sarah Grandstaff, Mildred Alvarado, and Susan Jacobs, the State Department's special representative for children's issues. 48 HOURS: "Perilous Journey" is produced by Joshua Yager, Doug Longhini, Jonathan Leach and Ana Real. Kathleen O'Connell is the development producer. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.
EXCELLENT SEGMENT OF 48 HOURS, LIVE FOOTAGE OF SUE HEDBERG OF CCI (CELEBRATE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL) WHO HAS BEEN DENIED HAGUE ACREDIATION 2 TIMES. CAUGHT ON FILM TRYING TO HUSTLE CHILDREN IN NON HAGUE COUNTRIES, GUATEMALA, ETHIOPIA AND CONGO. BY JULY 2014 THE US STATE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRING ALL IN COUNTRY FACILITATORS TO BE ACREDIATED AS WELL AS THE AGENCY. SUE HEDBERG'S SALARY WAS OVER $1 MILLION THE LAST FOUR YEARS AND HER AGENCY'S REVENUE WAS OVER $12 MILLION. 2014 WILL BE THE YEAR THAT CCI CLOSES. http://www.cbsnews.com/common/video/cbsnews_player.swf