Monday, July 28, 2008

stand up and make a difference

This just in from the National Adoption Council:

Call Washington!
Ask your Senators to act NOW to reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Program to promote adoption for children in foster care!

Today, more than 129,000 children and young people in foster careare waiting to leave the system - for good - to join permanentfamilies. Every day without a permanent family feels like alifetime to a child.

The bipartisan Adoption Incentive Program has helped more than443,000 children leave the uncertainty of foster care to joinadoptive families - but unless Congress acts now, it will expireon September 30, 2008. The House acted unanimously to improve andreauthorize the Adoption Incentive Program in late June. Pleasejoin us in urging the Senate to act before August recess begins.

Senators on the Finance Committee, which has jurisdictionover the nation's foster care system, will play a key rolein promoting safe, permanent families for our mostvulnerable children.

Please call your senators if you are from one of the followingstates: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas,Kentucky, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana,Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Utah,Washington

FREE CALL IN LINE OPEN Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29: 1-888-686-8191.
Simply follow the prompts, enter your ZIP code, and you will be connected directly to your Senator's office.Urge the Senate to reauthorize and improve the Adoption IncentiveProgram to promote adoption for children in foster care!

Please help spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your friends, family, colleagues, and networks and encourage others totake action today! Click here for a downloadable flyer.:

Friday, July 25, 2008

registration deadline for t-shirt...

heads up. if you are wanting a Conference T Shirt and you know you do...then you need to register by Monday - July 28th. I have to order them by Monday - so if you register after Monday - sadly you won't get a shirt to mark this incredible conference!

After you register would you mind emailing me your shirt sizes. Choose from XS, S, M, L, XL.

.a sneak peak of your shirt.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

conference details thus far ... handle with excitement!

2008 Idaho Regional Families Supporting Adoption Conference
Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th
The conference will be held at the
Meridian Stake Center 3775 E. Ustick Road Meridian, Idaho 83646 miracle at a time..

Conference starts:
2:30 pm Registration – please pay by check
3:00 pm with Keynote Speaker, President Wenden Waite of the Boise Temple Presidency....4:30-5:30 The Whole Story Panel..
6:00 - 8:00 Dinner – Merrill Park in Eagle, a great park and water play area for the kid and catered dinner..
637 E. Shore Drive (located in the Eagle River Development)
Feel free to bring a blanket and chairs for your family.


Conference Resumes – 9:00 am with Satellite Broadcast with Sister Barbara Thompson of the General Relief Society Presidency as the keynote Speaker!
10:45 – 11:45 Workshops..11:45 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 3:00 Workshops and Closing with Door Prizes

Work shop topics include:
“Battling Discouragement, Finding vs. Waiting”
“Parenting, Emotion Coaching Your Child”
“Your Journey with Birth Parents”
“Talking to Your Children about Adoption over a Lifespan”
The Birth Parent Panel and Whole Story which includes an adoptive couple, adoptee and birth parent
browse the tables:
+ finances and taxes with your adoption
+ adoption books
+ birth parents gifts
+ finding with your profile - proactive ideas

Also there will be some FSA Store Items for sale!


as we draw closer to the FSA conference next month - we become very excited and slighty stressed. if you are able to help with anything please email me

here are a couple of things to get us started ...
+ friday set up 10-12 in the am
+ saturday clean up 3:30 in the pm
+ coolers for water bottles at friday night's dinner and to have on hand on saturday as well for lunch.
+ six couples to bring a dozen cupcakes or cookies to friday's dinner.
thank you again. and just a reminder to those traveling you need to reserve your hotel room by July 21st to recieve the group discount. see right side panel for more information.


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