July 2009 - Wasatch International Adoptions

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					                                           Director's Message

                                             Wasatch Adoptions
                                            Newsletter – July 2009

          Happy Summer, everyone!! I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the
woods, but warm weather finally came to Utah after a rainy and cool June. The seasons of
the year still seem to fly by quickly, so I hope you are all making time to have some fun in
the sun. I remember a song from my childhood – Oh, what do you do in the summer time
when all the world is green. You march in parades, and drink lemonade, and swing in the
swing so high! Is that what you do? So do I. I actually don’t do any of those things
anymore, but maybe we all should – it sounds like fun!

We want all of you who receive this newsletter know that we are glad to have you as a
subscriber and hope the information is helpful to you. And, as always, we would love to
hear from you and would be interested in any feedback you send to us. You can always
reach me via email at

             Our new office – In the last newsletter we announced that we have moved!
       The address of our new office is

                              Wasatch International Adoptions
                                 1140 36th Street, #204
                                   Ogden, Utah 84403

We have settled nicely into our new office and are really enjoying the new “digs”. There is
an open invitation to anyone and everyone who would like to stop by and visit us – if you
find some extra time on your hands, we would love to see you!

                   Changes in Staff – We are so sorry to let you all know that Beesh, our
       office manager, has moved to New York and is no longer with us. Although we will
       sorely miss her, we do wish her much success and happiness in her new endeavor.
    Miriam Storey and Marilyn Cypers have absorbed the work on the front desk and I’m
    sure everyone will enjoy working with both of these nice ladies.

                Adoption Loans and Grants - WIA still has money to lend in our
    perpetual adoption loan account for any qualifying family. Unsecured loans up to
    $5,000 are available to families adopting through WIA at a low interest rate. This
    may be very helpful to families who are tight on funds. Also, don’t forget about the
    possibility of receiving grant money for your adoption. The Bowne Zacapa England
    Grant Foundation allows us to give grants up to $5,000 for WIA families who qualify.
    For information on either of these programs, please contact Kathy Junk –

                 Annual Summer Picnic – Our picnic was held on June 13th, and was,
    as usual, really fun! The pot luck food families brought was terrific, the kids played
    while the big people visited, and everyone had a wonderful time. The weather in
    Utah was rainy and cool all the way through the month of June, so were a little
    worried that we might get rained out. The morning of the 13th dawned with
    overcast skies and cool temperatures. We decided to just bite the bullet and keep
    our fingers crossed that the rain would hold off until the picnic was finished. People
    began showing up about “noonish” with tons of delicious food and lots of kids. By
    noon the temperatures were in the middle 70’s – perfect, actually – although the sky
    remained overcast. As time went on, more and more people arrived with their
    children. It was fabulous – not as hot as usual with very pleasant conditions. The
    kids continued to play, the parents and big people continued to visit, we all ate too
    much food and drank too much fruit punch, and just had a great time. Finally, about
    3:00 in the afternoon, families began to say their goodbye’s and drift off to go
    home. Just as the last person got in their car and the last of the cleanup was
    finished, we began to hear the rumblings of thunder. By the time I got in the car
    with my kids, a few raindrops appeared on the windshield and when I arrived at
    home it was raining in earnest. How lucky we were that the weather held for us and
    how thrilled we were to see everyone! Thank you, all that came to our party, for
    your attendance. We hope things will be as good next year as they were this year!
    Take a look at these great pictures of our party! We would like to thank Susan
    Young for sharing these pictures with us.
              New adoption programs – We are sad to say that our Ghana program is
    not moving along as fast as we had hoped. Until we can resolve the problems with
    this adoption program we have decided to put this program on hold for a while.
    However, we are excited and pleased to announce that we have been given the
    opportunity to network with another agency and will soon be able to offer an
    adoption program in the Congo. This is a terrific program, there are children of all
    ages available, and this country has an adoption process that moves along very fast.
    We are hopeful that within the next month or this program will be open to anyone
    interested. Adopting from the Congo is great adoption option and one that requires
    very little paperwork. If anyone is interested in hearing more about this program,
    please feel free to contact me at

              Humanitarian Projects – As always we want to express our deep
    appreciation to all of you who have contributed in any way to the humanitarian
    projects we have sponsored. 100% of all money donated is spent on our projects
    and none of your money is used for overhead. Over the years your donations have
    been significant and have made a very positive impact in the lives of the children.
    We have been able to feed children who were hungry and clothe children who were
    almost naked. We have repaired leaky roofs on buildings that housed children, we
    have refurbished bathroom facilities and donated stoves and refrigerators to
    orphanages that had no way to refrigerate food or cook the food they had. Often
    times our staff travels to the foreign countries they work with and often they donate
    their time and money to help the children and the orphanage staff. We want to pay
    special tribute in this newsletter to Chareyl Moyes and Kathy Junk who just returned
    home from Haiti. While they were there both of them spent hours and hours of their
    time on behalf of the children and our adoptive families. Many days they began
    working at dawn and worked until late in the evenings. We are so appreciative of
    what these two women accomplished and how much they contributed to the welfare
    of both our adoptive families and the children in Haiti. We continue to encourage all
    of you who can to help care for these children around the world with your generous
    donations of money. It is interesting that often times money truly can make the
    difference between life and death for these children. We understand the economy is
       not good right now, but even the smallest donation can help. And, we consider it a
       sacred honor to administer the donations we receive so that as many children are
       impacted for good as possible. Thank you and may God bless you for your
       generosity of behalf of the children of the world.

                   Donations Needed – And, speaking of donations, we continue to remain
       in need of your help. Adoption agencies around the country are closing their doors
       for many reasons – the general economy is not good, Hague accreditation for many
       agencies has been hard to obtain, and international adoptions are sometimes
       difficult. This past year has been hard on all agencies, and the agencies that do
       remain open do so because of donations from people whose hearts are touched by
       international adoption. Even though our economy is tight, the needs of these
       children never fluctuate – they are constant and the lives of these children are
       difficult. The humanitarian donations you give are wonderful and we are so grateful
       for your help. But, a donation to our general fund is also important – it helps us to
       keep our doors open so we are able to continue to rescue children and place them in
       loving homes. We hope you will consider sending a donation to our general fund.
       Like all charitable organizations, we need your help to continue our mission, and all
       donations made are tax deductible. Please help us – by helping us, you are helping
       children everywhere.

                                     Country Updates


         Bulgaria – The news from Bulgaria is good. This spring changes were made to the
Bulgarian Family Code. These changes will allow children abandoned in an orphanage to
become available for adoption after a six month stay, even if the biological parents have not
signed a relinquishment statement for their children. Also, in the past, a child must have
been at least 12 months old before they could be entered into the register of available
children. With this change, very young children can now be registered as available for
adoption. It will take a while to see these changes actually result in quicker and younger
referrals of children, but these new changes are certainly positive changes to the adoption
system in Bulgaria. The Ministry of Justice seems dedicated to making strides to implement
regulations that are in the best interests of the children waiting to be adopted. We have
had many new families come into the Bulgaria program over the past few months and there
is a lot of interest in this adoption program. One great plus for Bulgaria is that single
mothers are allowed to adopt.

If you would like more information on adoptions from Bulgaria, contact Kathy Junk – email

         China – CCAA has finished the review of dossiers registered before June 30, 2007
and issued referrals for dossiers registered before March 20, 2006. The timeline for a
traditional adoption from China is still very, very long. Our hearts go out to all of you who
are waiting for a referral – we know this wait is a very difficult one. We continue to support
you in your efforts to finish up your adoption and hope that you will remain strong in your
commitment to your child.

If you are in the process of adopting from China, we do want to let you know that we have a
wonderful Waiting Child program that you may want to consider. The children we have
been able to place with families to date have been beautiful little children and there are
hundreds of these children who need homes. Many of the children available have very
correctible health issues, and we do have information and pictures of several children that
have been permanently assigned to WIA. Parents adopting from this special needs program
can specify the type of special needs child they will accept, and our staff will work hard to
find a suitable child for them. Adopting a special needs child is a wonderful alternative for
those of you who are currently waiting for a referral and the process is literally years faster
than the traditional China program. Several of our current China families have switched
from the traditional program to the waiting child program and if you might be interested in
talking to us about this option, please give us a call. Ask to speak to Kathy Junk, who can
give you all the details you will need to make a decision about perhaps switching to this
program. You can also email her at for more information.

For those of you who are in the traditional China program, please keep a sharp eye on your
I-171H expiration date. Remember, you can get an extension of that I-171H if you file
before the I-171H expires. Be sure to be in contact with your case manager about your I-
171H at all times.

          Ethiopia – We are thrilled to announce that the court suspension many of our
families were caught in was lifted on July 7th and all of our families with referred children
now have court dates in July. Before the suspension began, some of our families had begun
to make travel plans to pick up their children. We realize the past couple of months have
been a stressful time for many of our families, but the lifting of the suspension is great
news! We are really happy and grateful for this news because now all those who have been
stuck in this process can press forward. Those of us working with this program feel very
encouraged about adoptions from Ethiopia – the investigations are over and we feel things
will now be much smoother with this program. The timeline for completing an adoption
from Ethiopia has slowed down just a little, but it is still an absolutely wonderful program
and still faster than many other adoption programs. We hope to see several families brining
their children home very soon.

If you are interested in finding out more about adopting from Ethiopia, please contact Kathy
Junk – email address
          Guatemala –It breaks our hearts to tell you that this country continues to remain
closed to adoption with no good news yet for the future. We have heard reports that babies
are being abandoned rather than placed with an attorney who can help find a home for the
child and unfortunately there is no social network in place in Guatemala to care for these
abandoned children. Currently the situation in Guatemala is grim and babies are dying. We
are still working with Guillermo Bosque and Ronald Mayorga who both continue house
children in their facilities. These two good men have absolutely no assistance or help from
the Guatemalan government, but the courts continue to bring children to them to take care
of. Please help feed these children – without help from those of us who have enough and to
spare, these children will continue to suffer the fallout from political posturing. All money
sent to us on behalf of the children living in these orphanages will be sent directly to these
orphanages to buy food for these children. If you want to help the children of Guatemala,
please contact Kathy Kaiser at No donation is too small - when all of us
combine our resources to do something good, miracles can happen.

        Haiti – This is a hard adoption program, but one that literally saves the lives of the
children who are adopted. We truly applaud our Haiti families for the commitment they
have to their children. Following is an update on things in Haiti written by Chareyl Moyes,
our Haiti Coordinator:

Some great news - since the last newsletter was sent out, I have been asked by Joint
Council on International Children’s Issues to take a volunteer position with their
organization. This volunteer job has given me the opportunity to hear from many other
agencies throughout the United States and working together with these other agencies WIA
has a great opportunity to hear how the Haitian adoption process is going for all other
agencies in the country. This has been a great experience for me and one that has been
very helpful to WIA. One good thing we are seeing is that things are beginning to speed up
in IBESR, especially for families who meet the 1974 adoption criteria. Unfortunately, one
unhappy thing is that there are still some big delays in MOI. However, most agencies
throughout the U.S. are reporting that cases that have been stalled in MOI for a very long
time are finally beginning to be released, which is good news. I know the adoption process
in Haiti can be daunting and difficult, and I understand that the journey is long and seems
as though it will never end. But, the encouraging work is that it will be worth it in the end.
When you bring your child home you will feel so much joy knowing that your child will have
a better life because of your patience, love and commitment to your child.

Another great update - in June of this year I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti with a
group of our parents adopting from one of the orphanages we work with. While there I was
able to visit most of the orphanages we place children from and visit with the children who
are waiting to come home to their families. Kathy Junk, one of our staff members, and five
young collage girls traveled with me to Haiti on this trip. Kathy loved being in Haiti and
while there she was able to visit some of the government offices and also meet the children
in the orphanage. The young college girls, one of whom was my daughter, were great to
have along with us and helped with some of our humanitarian projects, but also loved
rocking and holding the babies and playing games with the toddlers and older children.

I want to thank all the parents and volunteers who came with us. They took not only tons
of food, but also donated money to help the children and the orphanage. We all know how
desperately donations of both commodities and money are needed and there is no better
way to get things to Haiti than to hand deliver them! I want to thank all the families who
are adopting from Haiti for the supplies and money contributions they contributed – you are
all awesome!

It was good to be in Haiti and visit with some of the government offices responsible for
overseeing the adoption process in Haiti. One U.S. government office we visited was USCIS
and it was good to talk to Madam Domond to get clarification of some of the issues causing
delays at the U.S. Consulate, especially in regards to Visa approvals for the children. She
told us one thing that is causing delays – and could potentially cause more delays – is the
information in the home study. USCIS in Haiti is finding that because the adoption process
is taking longer than originally expected, the children families are adopting are older than
the family was approved for in their home study. The USCIS officials informed us that if
the children families are adopting are older than what is stated in the home study, families
must obtain an update to their home study approving them for an older child or children.
This home study update must be submitted to the local USCIS office so the I-171H can be
amended to allow them to adopt older children. I have sent this information out to all of
our Haiti families, but just wanted to remind everyone again that if your original home study
has approved you for a child younger than the age of the child you are adopting, you must
take care of getting this update filed with USCIS before traveling to Haiti to pick up your
child. If you have any questions about this issue, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with
Chareyl Moyes
Haiti Coordinator

Is Haiti sometimes a hard program – yes! Is it worth the frustration and the wait for your
child – YES!! For those of you considering an adoption from Haiti, we have pictures and
information about many darling children who are available for adoptions and who are just
waiting for a family to step forward for them. Although we cannot post these pictures on
our website, we would be happy to share them with you if you would like to see and learn
more about these children. If you would like to learn more about adopting from Haiti or see
the pictures of available children, please contact Kathy Junk – email address

         Kazakhstan – This country is a great choice for families that love adventure and
are able to spend 4 to 6 weeks in Kazakhstan to finalize the adoption. Kaz offers referrals
of children as young as 1 year old. The children are Caucasian, Asian, or a combination of
both ethnic backgrounds. These children are absolutely beautiful and families that have
adopted from Kazakhstan continue to be impressed with the quality of care the children
receive from the orphanage caretakers.
We have had new families apply for this program recently and hope to see if grow as more
prospective adoptive families realize this might be the program they are looking for. One
nice benefit – currently single mothers can adopt from Kazakhstan, but this could change at
any time. For more information about adopting from this country, contact Kathy Junk –
email address

          Taiwan Special Needs – Chung Yi, the orphanage director we work with in
Taiwan, is visiting the U.S. this month. Kathy Junk will be meeting with her in Los Angeles
the last week of July and we are anxious to visit with her and let her know what wonderful
potential families for these children we have in the U.S. We will take lots of pictures of this
visit and will tell you all about it in the next newsletter. But, for right now, let me give you
a little more about this adoption option. This remains a quirky and interesting program, but
one that can be just what you are looking for. Most of the children assigned to us have
some kind of physical disability or problem, but often times just being older can put them in
a special needs category. We currently have pictures and medical reports on many children
from this country, all of whom are immediately available for adoption. The children come
and go, sometimes quickly, sometimes not so quickly, but all of them need loving parents to
take care of them. If you are a family who feels you are open and prepared to adopt a child
with special needs, this is a great program for you. For more information about this
adoption option, please contact Kathy Junk at She can send you the URL to
access pictures and medical information about the children available.


Thank you, everyone, for being a subscriber to this newsletter and for your good hearts and
love for the children of the world. We hope you will join with us in doing all possible to help
these children, some of whom suffer from hunger and lack of love and stability because of
the inability of their parents to care for them and the political situation over which they have
no control. We love and appreciate being able to serve each family who is adopting a child,
and we continue to be grateful for your donations to both our humanitarian programs and
our general fund - donations to either or both of these efforts blesses the lives of children
everywhere. We are sending our best wishes to all of you for a wonderful summer this

Best Wishes
The Staff of Wasatch International Adoptions