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Chosen: An Adoption Story

admin : February 3, 2012 5:56 pm : Blog, Uncategorized

 

Chosen: An Adoption Story

Chosen: An Adoption Story

Not only is Chosen: An Adoption Story a great children’s book filled with eye-catching illustrations, but it is also a must-read for adoptive parents wanting to explain to their children how they came to be adopted. Using poetry, Rebecca D. Turner highlights the adoption process, pointing out that not all families look the same while asserting that adoption stems from love. In addition, Chosen provides the reader with Ms. Turner’s own adoption story plus advice for those seeking out their birth parents, and contact information for agencies that can help in the search. The book was sent to us at Our Families Orphan Communities as a resource in our work toward building sustainable communities for adopted children and their families. You can learn more about the author and Chosen by visiting:

 www.readchosen.com 

http://www.facebook.com/readchosen 

  https://twitter.com/#!/readchosen

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Adopting children from divergent cultures

admin : January 1, 2012 1:36 am : Blog, Uncategorized

As this linked story shows (and we all know), culturally-blended and/or international families are today’s norm, particularly when families choose adoption. Because of its community-minded support network, the Our Family Orphan Communities endeavor serves to help families adjust to cultural differences without undermining a child’s heritage.

Journal Review article

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Thank you Bo Kalfon for the donation to Families for Orphans(tm)

admin : December 31, 2011 1:42 am : Blog

Thank you Bo Kalfon for the donation you made at www.OrphanCommunities.org/odt  to help us get the Families for Orphans(tm) project implemented!

 

Illustration community

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A full stomach, a heavy heart…a special gift from a child…and an alternative Christmas present

admin : December 26, 2011 8:10 pm : Blog, Blog-Omit-Tweet

A full stomach, a heavy heart…a special gift from a child…and an alternative Christmas present

Our After Christmas newsletter to our friends and donors:

I am still “high” from the special gift that a little two year old Ethiopian boy, Jonas, gave me a few days before Christmas.

His gift is keeping me grounded as I sit here full of Christmas leftovers, catching up on emails (some with disturbing pictures I will not show you) from friends around the world who keep asking, “How soon will you be able to do the Sustainable Adoption Communities in our country for our orphans? We want families for our orphans here also.” What do I tell them?

The gift from little Jonas gives me strength as I look at some of the pictures the friends sent of orphans who not only did not get gifts, but don’t have enough food, I feel sad knowing that all I can say to them is, “We are working on it and will not give up.”

The look on the faces of some of the children remind me of those from the orphanage where I adopted my two sons. Their friends, left behind in the orphanage, who looked me straight in the eyes and asked, “Don’t you want me too?” Contrast those looks of despair with the faces you see on our TV programs like A Home for the Holidays which show the happy children and joy-filled parents celebrating adoptions and you will see why we WILL do this project.

The contrast between the desperate children who do not have families and the joy shown by the parents and their adopted children makes our team resolute in pushing to get the Families for Orphans™ project implemented in 2012.

My inspirational gift from Jonas came when he was listening to me talking with his father about this project to get orphans adopted into families. Little Jonas reached out, gently took my hand, and kissed it, with a look in his eyes that will stay with me, and motivate me, forever.

Since currently only about 1% of orphans ever get adopted, many who are not will ultimately end up on the streets and contribute to the crumbling of their society. As the world struggles to become better, our children must all learn how to be better. That requires families who can teach them, who can show them how to build their society. Building the Sustainable Communities of Families Adopting Children – creating Families for Orphans™ is more important than ever before and we are asking for your financial help to do it.

We have the design and master plan and are now at the step of needing the land to implement this project for the orphans of our world – and your end of the year donation now will help us do that. In this new 26 second video, we show you the community and why we will not quit: www.orphancommunities.org/odt. You can make your generous tax deductible donation to help us get the land either on the website or by mailing it to us at: Our Family Orphan Communities, Inc. P O Box 16742 Denver, CO 80216. We need $200,000 to acquire the land.
For many reasons, I believe this is a spiritually guided project and I am honored to be the vision holder as we move toward implementing this new solution of “How do we help more orphans get into real families” and I also am honored to have your involvement in it.

It is gifts like yours, and those like that of the child Jonas, that will get this project implemented. We also just received the copy of the “Alternative Christmas Present” that donors Michael and Marybeth gave to their family (See the text below).

I share the gratitude shown in that kiss from little Jonas with you for what we, with your help, are doing for the orphans of our world.
May the Spirit of Christmas continue to bless you for your generosity in the years to come.

Robert (Bob) Miller
Vision holder for Families for Orphans™
Our Family Orphan Communities, Inc.
Tel: 303-514-6858
www.OrphanCommunities.org/odt

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – The Alternative Present certificate – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
December 24, 2011
Christmas Eve
An Alternative Christmas Present
Dear Wonderful Family,
This year, as an alternative to the traditional giving, we will be making a donation on your behalf to Families For Orphans.™
As we pause to feel gratitude for the abundance of our lives (families, friends, plentiful food, clothing, education, good health, …) it is good to remember that not all young people are so very fortunate. There are hundreds of thousands of orphans in the world today that do not have a family. The Families For Orphans™ project is building Sustainable Communities of Families Adopting Children – creating Families for Orphans.™ Please take a few minutes and view the video at the link below.
May all your dreams come true and may you live a life full of happiness and fulfillment.
Love,
Michael & Marybeth
View Youtube video Unfound Children at:
http://youtu.be/xcFwlOOpE5I
Viste el video en Espanol Familias para Huérfanos a: http://youtu.be/fsIZDkn5iIQ

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Drugs and other chemicals in milk

admin : December 12, 2011 5:52 pm : Blog

 

 

 

It’s not all white: The cocktail of up to 20 chemicals in a glass of milk

By David Derbyshire

Last updated at 9:53 AM on 7th July 2011

 

Healthy drink: Quantities of compounds found in milk were minuscule

A glass of milk can contain a cocktail of up to 20 painkillers, antibiotics and growth hormones, scientists have shown.

Using a highly sensitive test, they found a host of chemicals used to treat illnesses in animals and people in samples of cow, goat and human breast milk.

The doses of drugs were far too small to have an effect on anyone drinking them, but the results highlight how man-made chemicals are now found throughout the food chain.

[NOTE ADDED TO THIS POSTING – THEY DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT THAT SMALL AMOUNTS OF POISONS/DRUGS CAN HAVE ON THE HUMAN BODY.]

the highest quantities of medicines were found in cow’s milk.

Researchers believe some of the drugs and growth promoters were given to the cattle, or got into milk through cattle feed or contamination on the farm.

The Spanish-Moroccan team analysed 20 samples of cow’s milk bought in Spain and Morocco, along with samples of goat and breast milk.

Their breakdown, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, revealed that cow’s milk contained traces of anti-inflammatory drugs niflumic acid, mefenamic acid and ketoprofen – commonly used as painkillers in animals and people.

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It also contained the hormone 17-beta-estradiol, a form of the sex hormone oestrogen. The hormone was detected at three millionths of a gram in every kilogram of milk, while the highest dose of niflumic acid was less than one millionth of a gram per kilogram of milk.

However, the scientists, led by Dr Evaristo Ballesteros, from the University of Jaen in Spain, say their technique could be used to check the safety of other types of food.

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Dr Ballesteros said: ‘We believe the new methodology will help to provide a more effective way of determining the presence of these kinds of contaminants in milk or other products.

‘Food quality control laboratories could use this new tool to detect these drugs before they enter the food chain. This would raise consumers’ awareness and give them the knowledge that food is… harmless, pure, genuine, beneficial to health and free of toxic residues,’ he added.

Net result: Compounds manufactured and used by humans are showing up in all parts of the food chain

The tests also found niflumic acid in goat’s milk, while breast milk contained traces of painkillers ibuprofen and naproxen, along with the antibiotic triclosan and some hormones.

The researchers say their new 30-minute test is the most sensitive of its kind. If the findings are true for Spanish and Moroccan milk, they could equally be true for milk produced in Britain and northern Europe.

Last year Portsmouth University scientists found that fish were being contaminated with the anti-depressant Prozac.

The drug enters rivers from the sewer system and tinkers with the brain chemistry of fish, the researchers claimed.

Previous studies have shown that caffeine is released into our waterways after surviving the sewage treatment process.

The hormones from the contraceptive pill and HRT have been blamed for feminising fish, leading to male fish producing eggs.

The effects of antibiotics, blood pressure drugs and cholesterol-lowering drugs on wildlife are also being studied around the world.

POSTED BY: www.OrphansDreamTeam.org

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Thank you Omar Kohgadai for the donation to our project for the children!

admin : November 28, 2011 8:46 pm : Blog

Thank you Omar Kohgadai for the donation to the Families for Orphans(tm) project!

www.OrphansDreamTeam.org

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Five year old arrested for acting out in school

admin : November 28, 2011 1:04 am : Blog

Cop Arrests Five Year Old for Acting Out in School

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
November 26, 2011

It’s another example demonstrating that the cops are out of control. A five year old boy is arrested and handcuffed for the crime of disrespecting a cop at a public re-education camp in California.

The incident is a reminder that the state thinks it owns our children. Instead of calling his mother – who should be responsible for the five year old’s behavior – the school called in a cop. Apparently the cop is assigned to patrol the school the same way “correction officers” patrol the corridors of prisons.

Parents of means should immediately take their children out of public school and homeschool them if possible. It’s the only way to tell the state they do not own our children. It’s the only way to make sure they are not trained to be little prisoners owned by the state.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqFU6mRWYr0&feature=player_embedded

Posted by www.OrphansDreamTeam.org

 

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Security guard interrogates 4-year-old girl for alleged shoplifting

admin : November 26, 2011 6:48 pm : Blog

Some people seem to think that terrorizing children is better then helping them understand the difference between right and wrong.

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Safeway Security Guard Fired After Interrogating Girl; Company Faced Criticism for Similar Incident

By Suzan Clarke | ABC News Blogs – 23 hours ago

ABC News’ Suzan Clarke and Alyssa Newcomb report:

Safeway has fired the security guard who interrogated a 4-year-old girl for alleged shoplifting after he saw her eat from a bag of apricots and put the bag back on the shelf.

The girl’s father apparently hadn’t noticed what his daughter had done and was taken aback when he was stopped by security on his way out of the Everett, Wash., store.

The guard then interrogated Savannah Harp, 4.

The girl’s mother, Alissa Jones, said the guard proceeded to tell Harp’s father that the tot was banned from the store and that it would be pressing charges.

“He told them, ‘Your daughter stole and she’s banned from the store, and we’re pressing charges. And she needs to sign this form saying she understands she can’t come into any Safeways,’” Jones said, according to ABC News Seattle affiliate KOMO 4 News.

Savannah, who can’t read or write yet, was forced to scribble on the piece of paper.

“It’s pretty troubling. It’s not like she even knows what she was doing,” Jones said.

Safeway officials expressed outrage over the guard’s treatment of the little girl and issued a formal apology to her family. The division president offered to take the little girl around the bakery to show her that the store was not a scary place.

“In this case, neither our policy nor commonsense seems to have been followed,” Safeway said in a statement.

The California-based supermarket chain recently came under fire in a similar situation. A pregnant woman who was shopping with her husband and 2-year-old daughter in a Safeway in Beretainia, near Honolulu, was arrested and charged with theft after she ordered two sandwiches for a total of $5, ate one while she shopped and forgot to pay for them  at checkout on Oct. 31.

Nicole Leszczynski, 28, and her husband Marcin, 33, were new to the state and had gotten lost on their way to the grocery store. When they came upon the Safeway, she was famished, the Associated Press reported.

The pregnant woman, a former Air Force staff sergeant, said she was embarrassed about the lapse and offered to pay for the sandwiches, but managers wouldn’t allow it.

Instead, the couple were handcuffed, searched then released on $50 bail each, and their daughter was temporarily taken away by the state Child Welfare Services, the AP said.

The incident caused furor across the nation.  Safeway dropped the charges and apologized to the woman.  The company also said it would re-examine its worker training polices, the AP reported.

 

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Unfound Children – OrphansDreamTeam.org – YouTube Video

admin : November 10, 2011 6:37 pm : Blog
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This vitamin helps prevent depression (a consideration for children?)

admin : November 6, 2011 4:53 pm : Blog

New Study Shows This Vitamin Helps Prevent Depression

Posted By Dr. Mercola | November 06 2011 | 78,209 views

By Dr. Mercola

A study of more than 81,000 women found those with the highest intake of vitamin D from food sources had a significantly lower prevalence of depressive symptoms.

The researchers suggested that vitamin D may affect the function of dopamine and norepinephrine.

These are neurotransmitters that are likely involved in depression, while also modulating the relationship between depression and inflammation.

This adds to growing evidence showing that if you’re suffering from depression one of the best choices you can make is to spend as much time outdoors in the sun as possible.

Sun exposure is by far the best way to optimize your levels of vitamin D.

This is particularly useful to know as Daylight Savings Time  is now over for most and will not having access to enough sunshine to make vitamin D until spring.

Click here for the rest of the story

Re-posted by Orphans Dream Team

 

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