"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice" -Peggy O'Mara
April 2017
New Legislation
  • On January 1, 2017, New Jersey's Adoptee's Birthright Act became effective. The law allows adopted people and certain others to access a copy of their original birth certificate.
  • In November 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed HB 162 into law which allows adopted people who meet certain criteria to apply for a copy of their original birth certificate.
Interaction 5:1
REMEMBER for every negative interaction, we need to have at least five positive interactions with our children. 
Connect With Us

We are excited to have a newly updated website. Take a moment to check it out! adoptive.org. In addition to a new look and updated resources, we are in the process of implementing parent fundraising pages to share on social media and to link donors with our sponsorship families. Also, watch for a networking database to connect families from all over the country experiencing the same types of challenges. This directory will include webinars just for our families regarding how to navigate insurance, medicaid, social security disability and school districts. 

What is Autism?  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability, typically appearing during childhood and affecting a person's ability to communicate and interact with others.
  • About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. (CDC, 2014)
  • Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births. (CDC, 2014)
  • Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). (CDC, 2014) Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. (CDC, 2008)
  • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention. (Autism. 2007 Sep;11(5):453-63)
a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.

Most of us have been affected by trauma at some point in our lives. How each of us responds is vastly different. Understanding trauma and its affects can be difficult but important for the process toward healing.

What is trauma? Trauma is defined by ANY negative life event that occurs in a position of relative helplessness. (Robert Scaer, MD) 

This series will go cover the regions of the brain and their responsibilities, symptom and risk factors of trauma, types of trauma, and hope for healing!
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