Documenting USA Citizenship for Adoptees

Is your adopted child a citizen? Can you prove it? Can your adult child prove it when you are gone? (Adoptees - read this and replace “your child” with “you”). In order to have citizenship on record with each of these agencies, you must have 3 things: a Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization (for USCIS), a US Passport (for DoS), and a proof of citizenship status update at Social Security Administration or using a proof of citizenship document (the CoC/CoN or Passport) simply having a SS number is not enough. Non-US citizens also have SSN in order to work and pay taxes. This could be vitally important to your child in the future, especially if they are ever arrested (and it does happen) even for something very minor. There are many examples for instance see: Deportations of Adoptees began due to amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) which were contained in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immi

Russian Adoption - Regional Groups

Here are groups to join based on where you adopted / where you were adopted, most of these groups welcome both Adoptive Parents and Adoptees. These groups are a great place to learn more about a specific orphanage, share photos and connect with people who have traveled to the same places. Click to go to the facebook group.         Arkhangelsk ++ Astrakhan ++ Bryansk ++     Bryansk Zhukovka School Internat  ++ Chita - see Zabaikalsky krai Chuvashia (Cheboksary) ++ and Ethnic Chuvash adoptees Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk) ++ Irkutsk ++ Ivanovo ++ Kaliningrad ++ Kaluga ++ Kemerovo ** Kirov ++ Krasnodar ++ Krasnoyarsk ++ Krasnoyarsk 2 ++ Moscow ++ Perm ++ Pskov  ** Rostov-on-Don ++ Samara ++ Saratov  ** Smolensk ++ St Petersburg & Leningrad ++ Tomsk  ** Tula ++ Tver  ** Udmurtia (Izhevsk) ++ Vladimir ++ Volgograd   ++ Voronezh ++ Yaroslavl ++ Zabaikalsky krai (Chita) ++ ++ Adoptive Parents and Adoptees Group ** Adoptive Parent Group

Birth Family Search and Correspondence

I am now able to assist you with both correspondence with Birth Families that are already located, and with Birth Family Search for those you would like to reach. You can read my website here:

Yahoo Adoption Groups are closing - stay connected - and Facebook

All Yahoo groups are ending starting Dec 15 2020. So, if you want to  reconnect with the International Adoption Community,  you have several choices. Maybe your kids are considering  travel back to visit, teen years are a challenge, struggling to document their citizenship, looking for birth family  ~ There are many reasons to reconnect with your fellow adoptive parents. Here are options: Groups that are NOT on Facebook International Adoption (all countries) Russian Adoption Vietnam Adoption (APV)          Also regional Vietnam  subgroups in this group (see below) Birth Parent Contact (all countries) --- On Facebook , there are too many to list, join here to get started Adoptive Family CARE (Russia, Central Asia, Ukraine, EE) (from here we can help you find a more specific group) In all

Adult Intercountry Adoptees - USDOS wants to hear from you

Adult Intercountry Adoptees - USDOS wants to hear from you! Attend a virtual town hall meeting and have your voice heard. Event: Town Hall: Adult Adoptee Lived Experience Date: November 13, 2020 Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST RSVP: email  Adoption @  before November 10, 2020 Response should include include your name, email address, and if willing to share, the country from which you were adopted. Participation details will be sent by email on November 12, in the afternoon, to those who RSVP'd. The Office of Children's Issues, U.S. Department of State, invites interested adult intercountry adoptees to a virtual town hall meeting with Marisa Light, Chief of the Adoption Oversight Division, on Friday, November 13, 2020, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST. In adherence with the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation on Intercountry Adoption, the Department believes that children "should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love an

Cooking Russian or Ukrainian Soups?

Soup seems to be the soul of Slavic cooking. If you are looking for good soup recipes, check out Natasha's Kitchen  for great recipes.  Borscht (beets), Rassolnik (Beef, barley and pickles), Kapustnyak  (Sauerkraut),   Kharcho (tomato and beef) and many more. See all her soup recipes here . And what is cooking without a great apron? 

What do you want to be?

When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down “happy.”  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment.  I told them they didn’t understand life. Be happy. Choose happiness.

None of this means you are failing!

You are not failing, it is a child's job to grow through learning! Have faith in yourself and process. Have faith in your child and the process. Seek out connected parenting resources ~ This one has been helpful to me:  Parenting Teens and Tweens with Connection