Umoja- A Black Heritage Experience
Created for families raising black and bi-racial children, this experience provides an opportunity for children and their families to examine, explore, reflect, understand, and
celebrate the rich and diverse traditions of black identities and culture in the US.
If this fits your family, please plan to join us at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, WI from November 3—5, 2017. Registration and check in will be Nov. 3rd at 4:00 pm.
Conference Fees will increase after August 1st, so register early!
For more information and registration form, visit www.umojabhe.com
- UMOJA, INC will empower transracial families (primarily families with black children and parents of another culture) to raise children that will:
- Have a positive black identity
- Be able to talk about race in an honest and open way
- Feel comfortable in all different cultures
- Handle basic skin and hair care
We will do that by providing a powerful weekend experience for the entire family, which will include age appropriate breakout sessions and large group cultural celebrations.
“They all have competing claims on him and they all perhaps love him and need him for slightly different reasons,” she says. “But if I have done my job right, the reader will understand that there is not one of these characters who would not give their life for this boy.”A new novel by Thrity Umrigar reflects the fact that Anton belongs to both his black biological mother and his white adopted family.
The boy, Anton, winds up in the hearts and arms of David and Delores Coleman, a prominent political couple who raise him with all the advantages their name, wealth and love can offer. Anton grows up to be a man of character and distinction — and then discovers the truth: that his adopted father manipulated his biological mother into giving him up.
Like many adoption accounts, this is a story of love, sacrifice, sorrow, hope and joy, but this book goes beyond that. This book goes deep into the heart of what goes on in a young, unexpected mother-to-be’s mind when adoption surfaces as the best road to take.
For more info, go to lorriantoszbenson.com
On May 24, 2017, Assistant Director, Beth Garbe, was invited to come to Chappell Elementary School in Green Bay to receive a special gift.
Fifth grade teacher, Kelly Hohman, greeted them along with a group of students. These students had chosen to research the topic of adoption for their exhibition project. Without any assistance, these curious students found the Adoption Choice, Inc. website and located our agency wish list. They wanted to do more than their assignment required and wanted to make a difference. It was agreed upon within this group that they would make cork boards for the agency.
After answering some of their questions regarding adoption, Beth was presented with the beautifully made cork boards and explained they are to be given to the next four children who are adopted “So they can hang pictures of their birth family and adoptive family and always have them close”, said one of the students.
We have some adoption finalization court hearings occurring in June and those children will be the lucky recipients of the special cork boards!
Thank you Chappell Elementary!!
Adoption Choice, Inc. is pleased to announce we are now able to offer adoption grants to families who are working with Adoption Choice, Inc. and have an approved home study! These funds will be distributed to families who need assistance funding a portion of their adoption. Families pursuing domestic or international adoption are welcome to apply. Grants will only fund a portion of the total adoption costs. Families must be able to financially support a child in their home as well as have resources for the remaining financial requirements of adoption.
If you are interested in applying for an adoption grant, please one of our locations and request an application or download the application here.
As many of you know, the Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) is vulnerable and may be eliminated as part of tax reform – and we need your help to save it. Join us as we work to keep the pressure on Congress to save the credit that makes it possible for all families to adopt.
Now is the time for you to tell your story, and let your legislators know what the Adoption Tax Credit has meant for you and your family. Your voice matters – legislators will only #SaveTheATC if they understand the real-world impact and feel that their constituents support it.
Here are 8 easy steps to share your story directly with your Members of Congress!
- Click here. Using your phone or computer with a camera:
- Click Send Video. A new window will pop up – click Make a Video.
- The camera will turn on, and you’re ready to record! Click the red button to start recording.
- When you’re done telling your story, click the red button again to stop recording.
- Review your video to make sure it’s what you want, and re-record if you want to make any changes.
- Click Send Video Message – and you’re done!
- Enter your info or log in with Facebook – it will ask you if your zip code is correct. Click confirm to send the message to your Members of Congress!
- Click the Facebook and Twitter buttons to share immediately with others and encourage them to take action too!
- The adoption tax credit made adoption possible for me and my family. Watch my story here [LINK] #SavetheATC #taxreform
- For me and thousands of families, the adoption tax credit made adoption possible. Watch my story here [LINK] #SavetheATC #taxreform
Sample Facebook Post:
Without the adoption tax credit, I would not have been able to bring home my child[ren]. Watch my story here! [LINK]. Please join me and tell Congress we must save this credit! #SavetheATC #taxreform
Voice for Adoption
Some celebrities, sports stars, and entrepreneurs all started out in foster care. Read their stories and become inspired to achieve success in life. Keep moving forward, one step at a time and you will thrive.
Recognize some of these faces? Find out their inspirational stories here!