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#167 for Internationally Adopting Parents
January 16, 2014
PAL Center Inc.
B. Gindis Ph.D.
with socialization and peer interaction in older internationally
Socialization implies accepting, either consciously
or subconsciously, the values, attitudes, norms, social roles
and styles of interaction that are prevalent in the group. In
this article I discuss difficulties of IA children in the process
of gaining the knowledge, social skills, and appropriate language
that allow for integration into a peer group.
boy who called an orphanage home
Removing a child from the only place they have
ever known, their home - an orphanage - is exciting for the new
parents, but it is an overwhelming experience for the child.
an Extra-Curriculum Activity for an Adopted Child
I was looking for activities where my
son could play and be together with his peers. I tried several
and here were the first experiences mixing with children in different
Tantrums are quite common in adopted
children even long after they have passed the toddler years, and
this behaviour can be tricky to deal with. But there are ways
to manage your child's behavior that work.
I am doing this project because I have many
years of experience of working with kids adopted from orphanages
from all over the world. Almost none of them had any pictures
of him/herself prior to adoption. All of them wanted to
have some pictures of their special moments.
If you would like more information or
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Remember the Tattoo
We are wired to retain and hold on to negative memories.
They are important to our survival. Positive memories take more energy
to retain and are easier to "forget." But think about how
often we refer to our childhood pictures, photographs of our happy moments
when we want to recall joyful moments and smile? It only makes sense
to help the orphanage kids to HOLD ON TO THEIR POSITIVE EXPERIENCES.
We create photobooks for the kids who are currently living in the Russian
orphanage system. Digital cameras were provided to the participating
teachers. They are taking pictures of the kids during major holidays
and memorable moments of everyday life, like playing with the best friend,
speaking to the favorite teacher, birthday celebration. The pictures
are then uploaded onto a secure website where each of these children
has a digital folder with their pictures.
An individual or a family that would like to help and create a photobook
for a child, signs into the website, logs into the folder and contributes
to the photobook.
Around December 2014, we will print out hard copies of the photobooks
for all the kids. Every 3 months or so, we print out and send the kids
their pictures as memories to keep in the meantime.
Anyone can participate in this project. You can help in many different
- Spreading the word about this project to people who
might be interested in helping out.
- Putting the pictures together and writing a few words
when you see a picture that you like. You can contribute by creating
a page or one book or several books. It is up to you. You do it at
your convenience from any location in the world.
- Contributing to sponsor the production of the actual
photobooks. The cost for one photobook (about 15 pages, in color with
customized designs and commentaries) is about $25.00.
Why is it important? Because they think that NO ONE CARES