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Newsletter #167 for Internationally Adopting Parents
January 16, 2014
PAL Center Inc.

Recent Articles

B. Gindis Ph.D.
Difficulties with socialization and peer interaction in older internationally adopted children
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.

Jeltje Simons
One 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.

Jeltje Simons
Finding 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 activities.

Jeltje Simons
Preventing Tantrums
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.

Photobooks project
Ida Jeltova, Ph.D.

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 have suggestions, please contact me at idajeltovaphd@aol.com and visit the project on Facebook

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Photobooks project
Ida Jeltova, Ph.D.

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 ways.

  • 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 ABOUT THEM.


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