Newsletter #9 for Internationally Adopting Parents
March 12, 2006
PAL Center Inc.

In this issue

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Dear parents and professionals:

More and more countries plan to request a psychological evaluation of perspective parents before the adoption from their country can be granted.

There are no ready-made assessment tests, tailored for this purposes yet, and at the BGCenter we are working on composing such battery of tests that will be inexpensive, useful in identifying parents who are not emotionally stable to parent special need children, and acceptable for the countries that request such evaluations.

Many of you have a lot of experience parenting adopted children. We ask you to name the most important and desirable qualities that, you think, are necessary for those who consider international adoption.

You do not need to give us your name or any personal info, just name the "must have" ability and/or "must not have" drawback, which are essential while considering to adopt internationally.

Please send an email to and you will help us and perspective parents to find the right solution.


You receive this newsletter as a former client of the Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment & Remediation, or a former student of the Bgcenter Online School, or a user of the International Adoption Articles Directory.


Latest Articles
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International Adoption Articles

Deanna Mascle
Coping as a work-at-home parent

Many people choose the traditional option of working outside the home and find themselves spending far too much time away from their children as well as trying to juggle daycare and health issues while still trying to get ahead in their chosen profession. Other parents choose the less traditional path of working from home. While they are not subject to problems with daycare or a child's illness, they do struggle with a different sort of problem balancing home and work time.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
On coping with death… Now imagine you are a child

The face of grief will look different depending on the age of the child...


From our database:

School issues of internationally adopted children

Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
School readiness and school placement of a newly adopted post-institutionalized child

Which grade to place an internationally adopted school age child on arrival? The answer to this question may have many consequences for the child and family.

Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
Internationally adopted post-institutionalized students in an ESL class

From the time of adoption internationally adopted children live in monolingual (English only) families, not in the families where "other-than-English" language is used. Indeed, we have a unique and paradoxical situation when students, who are legally eligible for ESL, have the English language as their home language.

Deanna Mascle
Preparing your child cognitively to read

The ultimate goal of reading instruction is to enable children to understand what they read, so reading instruction has to be about more than simply matching letters and sounds -- it also has to be about connecting words and meaning.

Dr. Art
Handling homework battles

Homework is an area that parents and children often battle over. Effectively managing these battles can mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful school career for your child. This article summarizes an approach to managing these difficulties.


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