International Adoption Info

Newsletter #70 for Internationally Adopting Parents
August 30, 2007
PAL Center Inc.



Initial Psycho-Educational
of preschool and school age

Children from China
In the Native Language
Now Available

Psychological services at the Center for Cognitive-developmental Assessment and Remediation

845-694-8496 for details


Need medical consultation
for your child when in

New Russian Speaking
Specialist in the
BGCenter Bilingual Extension

Oleg Togoyev,
MD, Ph.D.

Chief Pediatrician, Department
of Pediatrics, Moscow
Can Help

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Andrew John
The stressed out teenager
When our children reach the age of 13-14 years old, their life changes. Now they become real teenagers with all good and bad stuff this brings. They will have to face enormous amounts of stress, often for the first time in their lives. They will have to pass their first "real" exams - ones that will decide about their whole future. They will fall in love for the first time in their lives and will probably have sex some time after that. Finally, they will be in danger of getting into alcohol and drugs problems and they will have to fight with the urge to just let go on life.

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While many parents are turning to chiropractors as primary care providers for their children, others wonder why a child would ever need chiropractic care. This article overviews the reasons why chiropractic care for children is vital, especially in today’s day and age when there is an alarming number of children suffering from life-altering illnesses such as ADD/ADHD, autism, and asthma.

Answers to Your Questions
The best way to see if you are fit for adoption of an older child from a foreign orphanage is to host one for several days or, hopefully, for several weeks. Families have time to reevaluate their commitment to adoption and their parental skills to provide home to an often delayed and traumatized child who may need more efforts and attention growing up than a biological child. Is there mutual attraction to overcome difficulties on both sides? Does the child really want you? All these natural and tremendously important questions can best be answered through hosting; thus - no surprise - we often get calls asking us how to begin the process and learn more about hosting. Below we publish a posting from the Children's Light volunteer organization that is currently looking for families interested in hosting a child from Russia.

This November, several New England families will have an extra special guest at their Thanksgiving table! Children's Light anticipates a group of 4-8 kids, ages 7-11, from Russia, will arrive in the Boston area just before Veterans Day and return just after Thanksgiving (staying for about 2 to 2 1/2 weeks). Children's Light is not an adoption agency, but rather an all volunteer group of families whose lives have been touched by the plight of Russian orphans. Our program works in conjunction with the children's aid fund Reach for the Stars (

We can invite a few more kids if we can find host family/sponsors who are willing to open their homes (and hearts), as well as to financially sponsor the visiting child. Families should live within 2 hours of the Boston/Southern NH area for the child to stay in your home; or be willing to sponsor the child and come spend time with them while they are staying with a volunteer family in the Boston/Southern NH area. Clearances and a social worker visit/interview are necessary.

For more info please contact:
Children's Light Volunteer Coordinators
Aileen Clay, 603-672-7213 (eves),
Cheryl Millman, 978-239-3509


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