Upcoming Events:

February 26th, 2004

free class from Children and Families First, Inc.

Creating a Lifebook for your Child

February 26th 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Both classes held at

Children and Families First, Inc.

583 D’Onofrio Drive Suite 220

Madison, Wisconsin 53719

Registration required for both classes by calling Anne Johnson at 608/826-0498.

See also www.cffwi.org



Heartholders Support Group

Marla King, Co-ordinator and adoptive mom



Support group for parents with children through adoption. Meets every third Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at

Good Shephard Lutheran Church

5701 Raymond Road

Madison, Wisconsin 53719



6000 Gisholt Drive, Suite #109

Madison, Wisconsin 53713


Special needs adoption, treatment foster care, domestic adoptions and adoption homestudies,

Adoption support groups.


"Keeping Your Adult Relationship Healthy in Adoption "

February 28, 2004 from 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center 702 S. High Point Road, Madison, WI 53717.

A workshop for committed couples raising a child through adoption, "Keeping Your Adult Relationship Healthy in Adoption".

Please see Jessie Godek, M.S.W. for more information at 888-485-7385 or email her at postadoption@tds.net



Many thanks to Senator Herb Kohl for selecting Mark and Faith Richter KuFahl for the Angels in Adoption™ award received in Washington, D.C. on September 30, 2003 given by the Congresssional Coalition on Adoption Institute in the Ronald Reagan Building/International Trade Center. See also www.ccainstitute.org and go to 2003 Angels in Adoption Award™ and www.chsm.com and go to CHSFS Adoptive Parents Received National Adoption Award

Please join us in participating in fellow Angels in Adoption™ award winner from Oklahoma, Amy Eldridge's Orphan Relief Fund

Children's Home Society of Minnesota has provided leadership and excellence in child care, adoption, and child abuse prevention.
Children's Home Society of Minnesota welcomes you to join their 650 families per year who adopt internationally from 10-15 different countries. They've been helping build families through adoption since 1889 and have placed over 21,000 children throughout the United States. CHSM donates funds, goods, and services to projects in Vietnam, Russia, Romania, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, India, China and Korea. For more information see www.chsm.com (go to Donors & Volunteers and then go to International Child Welfare) . Contact Mary Kay Fitzgerald or Danling Cai at 1-800-952-9302.

Winner of the prestigious Congressional award, "Angels in Adoption" in 2000, Small World Adoption Foundation of Missouri, Inc. / Bricks of Hope endeavors to enrich the lives of as many orphans as can be reached either by providing the orphans with adoptive parents or by providing significant relief to orphanges of Eastern Europe. The foundation improves the lives of orphans in Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine. Since May of 1993, Small World Adoption Foundation has found homes in the U.S. for nearly 1000 orphans. For more information see www.swaf.com. Contact Marney Koblenz at 636-207-9229 , email: marney@swaf.com

Watch for the Charlies’ Angels Public Service Announcement produced, funded, and distributed by National Spokesman on Foster Care and Adoption, Bruce Willis. The Adoption Exchange Association registers children on the AdoptUSKids website (www.adoptuskids.org) cited on the Public Service Announcement and can be reached at 1-866-USA-0660.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History, “ Korean Adoption: An American Family Story” September 30- December 10, 2003 . The exhibit chronicles Korean War orphans and the international adoption movement that followed. It is in the same building where the original Star Spangled Banner is being refurbished. For a copy of the press release on this display, call Rhett Skelton 202/357-3129, Office of Public Affairs, Smithsonian National Museum of American History. See also Holt International www.holtinternational.com.

And from Aimee Klundt of Sunshine Adoption:

Dear Friends of International Adoption:

As director of Sunshine Adoption, I wanted to bring to your attention some pending changes in international adoption law that we at Sunshine feel will make the cost of international adoption prohibitive to most families and therefore limit the number of waiting orphans, already deprived of the love of a family, from ever knowing that joy.

Long story short............... the US government is proposing a number of regulations designed to implement the Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption. This treaty in essence is a good thing, and was set forth to reduce unethical trafficking of children through intercountry adoptions. The problem is that the proposed US regulations will most likely shut down a number of smaller but equally valuable adoption agencies and GREATLY increase the cost of international adoption to families like yours.

I urge all parties with an interest to go to a wonderful website to learn more about the Hague Treaty on International Adoption and proposed US government regulations. It is: http://www.AdoptionMatters.com

Then follow the link to advocacy to learn more about this subject and what YOU can do to help agencies, children and families like yourself.

Please forward this information onto ANYONE you know who is interested in international adoption.

Wishing all of you a Blessed Holiday Season,

Aimee Klundt

Executive Director

Sunshine Adoption 262/796-9898.

One more point of clarification for anyone CURRENTLY in process......these proposed changes will most likely not affect your process, as the "wheels of government turn slowly".

Nevertheless, please, please get involved!

Do not hesitate to call the office if you have any questions. Our number is (262) 796-9898.

Best regards:

Aimee Klundt

Executive Director

Sunshine Adoption



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