Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Preparing to teach the Cycle of Trust to the prospective adoptive parents in Kyrgyzstan!

TRAINING IN KYRGYZSTAN FOR PROSPECTIVE ADOPTIVE PARENTS – WHAT A SUCCESS…. (Here is the report from Natasha – our on the ground person in Kyrgyzstan)

As you know yesterday and today we were doing adoptive parents training, we are doing it at Dr.Tatyana’s Baby Orphanage. All these two days there were 3 mothers and one father (four families) and one more family is going to join them next week. One mother had her oldest daughter with her to be trained too, because she is old enough to understand that there will be a new baby in their home and the girl wants to be at the training she found it very interesting for herself.

In the beginning the group of parents thought that it would be a waste of their time and that they knew everything they needed to know. But then they saw how excited we were and listened to interesting content of the training and they changed. Now they keep repeating that it’s very useful and interesting information and they say they knew nothing about adoption and needs of children from orphanages.

We do 2 modules a day (6 hours). Janell did Module I, and I did Module II, Lena did Module III, and Dr. Tatyana did Module IV. Everyone was doing well. Now we know the content much better. We all were speaking loud enough and were well articulated.

They gave many examples from their work and experience that matched the content of each Module. Also we showed the parents the “Daddy” video and it touched their hearts. In addition I printed out handouts for them. The parents like to do different activities; they are very active and very excited about their new babies.

I think those were very useful and successful 2 days. Next time we are meeting on Friday and Saturday.

The report is exciting for many reasons. In Ukraine we are working together with many different NGO’s to bring to reality UKRAINE WITHOUT ORPHANS IN 2015 and we believe we can carry this movement into Kyrgyzstan too. How will this be done? Consider this:

1. We work with the churches and help them to create an orphan ministry.
2. We work with local authorities to help them see the way to recruit and train prospective adoptive parents.
3. We advocate strongly for International Adoption.
4. We gather interested persons and train them on the ways to work with families and children.
5. We distribute lots of literature and books we have in the Russian language about strengthening families and working with children – like:
a. The Field Guide to Child Welfare, by Judy Rycus and Ron Hughes
b. Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child, by Jayne Schooler and Betsy Keefer
c. Wounded Children, Healing Homes, by Jayne Schooler and Betsy Keefer
d. Step by Step Booklets
e. Life Skills

These are just a few of the ways we can help. Here are the pictures of Natasha and the team on the ground there conducting the THIRD GROUP of prospective adoptive parents in Kyrgyzstan – moving closer to a KYRGYZSTAN WITHOUT ORPHANS!

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