Ten Year Anniversary for ORPARC

Oregon adoptive families are welcome to attend the 10th Anniversary Celebration for the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center. There will be hor d'oeuvres and music with a silent auction to benefit ORPARC.

The event will be held in the Portland Oregon area on April 1st 2009. For more information and to RSVP be sure to call ORPARC at: 503-241-0799 or Email

The Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center, ORPARC is offering their newsletter, "The Journey" and other publications by way of email subscription. To subscribe just send an Email

Tip for Keeping Records

Every parent knows the headache paperwork can be. Immunization records, the documents for school and all the cute things our kids make, clutter the counter tops, and desks of most homes with children living in them.

Add anything "Special" to the mix and it just creates a New Pile! Sports, scouts, community classes and groups--all include Paper children bring home. If the something special happens to be a "special need" then papers become piles that are important. Not only important today, but maybe needed months or years down the line as well.

Organizing these piles of paper can be the most important thing parents of children with special needs could ever do! It's not uncommon to need papers from Past services, therapy, treatment or medication for documentation or for a new provider.

  • Tip #1 Make 3 copies of important documents:
    • Education documents, IEP's, Report Cars, Evaluations, Assessments, testing, and service goals.
    • Medical and Mental Health service agreements, provider information, diagnosis, discharge records, and medication records.
    • Legal documents, warnings, notices, and interventions.
    • Any paperwork that has information about, who provided and for what

  • Tip #2 File
    • One Master File with Original and One Cope
    • One Back-up Copy
    • One Working Copy

As documents are received it's easy to make the three copies and put them in the correct files. As the parent of special needs children I have learned the hard way once or twice and now make copies right away. Advocating for the needs of my children has often required me to document past services, diagnosis, and providers keeping the records has been half the battle and finding the records has been easy because we have kept everything!

EMK Press

EMK Press publishes books for adoptees, adoptive families, foster families, and adoption professionals. The EMK Press website offers resources, articles, and links for parents, teachers, social workers, adoption agencies, therapists and extended family.

EMK Press is owned by an Adoptive Parent, working with editors, contributors, and writers are from all parts of the triad: adoptee, birth parents, adoptive parents; all different ages; and all parts of the world.

Look forward to more about EMK Press at the Adoptive Parents Network website as we build our resources and other areas. APN is all about Networking with Other Parents (and professionals) and supporting families created by adoption. EMK Press fits completely with the Adoptive Parents Network.

Each book sold on the EMK Press helps to raise funding for a variety of adoption related charities. The book profits are used to generate the revenue needed to publish more books of the kinds adoptive parents and adoptees may find most helpful.

Stay tuned to the Adoptive Parents Network for much more about everyone at EMK Press!

EMK Press Links:

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center -- OPARC

The Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC), a division of Northwest Resource Associates, is a non-profit program contracted to provide services for Oregon DHS adoptive and assisted guardianship families. ORPARC was founded in April 1999 through a contract with the State of Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS).

The ORPARC website includes information about Training Events and Support Groups Meetings held throughout the state of Oregon. With easy access to the online listing of items in the Lending Library,and links to important resources. Families in Oregon should keep ORPARC in mind for any help or questions after things are finalized.

But, more then just a Website ORPARC offers, support and information personally over the telephone. Considered one of the Best Examples of Post Adoption Services in the U.S. the people at ORPARC are committed and interested in supporting Oregon Families built by adoption.

ORPARC offers free and confidential services to:

  • Oregon DHS Adoptive families

  • Oregon Assisted Guardianship families

  • Families who have adopted through any state's child welfare system

You can use ORPARC services if you are an:

  • Oregon family and adopted children through any state foster care system;

  • Oregon assisted guardianship family;

  • Oregon DHS adoption staff member;

  • Oregon Special Needs Adoption Coalition staff member.

Office hours and telephone:
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call us at 1-800-764-8367 or 503-241-0799 (Portland metro area).

Christine Mitchell - Author, Illustrator, and Mom!

The Adoptive Parents Network is all about information, resources and supporting Adoptive, foster, and special needs, parents and Christine Mitchell is an example of an Adoptive Parent we want to network with!

Christine Mitchell has written and illustrated:

  • Welcome Home, Forever Child

    • About Welcome Home, Forever Child:
      After expressing their excitement at welcoming their new child home, the parents acknowledge that they missed significant events and milestones in the child’s early years. The family then cheerfully looks forward to the experiences and ‘firsts’ they will share and the memories they will make together. Throughout the book, the parents promise to love, nurture, and protect their child. Finally, the family reiterates their joy at welcoming their Forever Child into his or her Forever Family.
      Read More: ..Read More

  • Handling Adoption Questions

    • This book includes a long list of some of the questions children may be asked and remarks they may hear. Parents can use the examples and some of the possible responses as a guide while talking about the issues with their son or daughter. The child’s age and adoption story will influence which situations and responses parents choose to explore with them.

    • Included in this Guide:

      • I.Strategies to Deflect or Decline Answering Questions
        A. Gain More Time to Decide How to Respond B. Decline to Answer the Question
        C. Deflect the Question to an Adult
        D. Explain That the Questions or Comment is Hurtful

        II. The Humorous Response - at Whose Expense?

        III.Questions Asked of Children
        A. General Adoption Questions
        B. Looking Different - Transracial Adoption Questions
        C. Older Child, Single Parent, Same-sex Couple and Grandparent Adoption Questions
        D.Handling Adoption Myths and Misconceptions

        IV. Questions Asked of Parents
        A. References to “Your Own Kids”, “Real Kids”,Etc.
        B. Questions About Birth Family History
        C. Questions Based on Misconceptions and Judgments

        V. Additional Considerations
        A. Transracial Adoptive Families
        B. Sibling Rivalry and Hurtful Adoption Remarks
        C. Teasing and Bullying
        D. Cyberbullying


  • Adoption and School Assignments: A Guide for Parents and Educators

    • This pamphlet makes a useful guide to help foster and adoptive parents advocate for their children while offering specific information about school assignments to educators so they may become more sensitive to the needs and issues of foster and adoptive children. Read More

The Adoptive Parents Network is proud to be connected with another parent making a difference and sharing with the rest of us! We look forward to connecting and networking more with Christine Mitchell and others.

Alcohol and our unborn Children

...Thought I would post this since we are having an FASD Day at my home.

The Adoptive Parents Network website New Education Network

Things are really starting to get organized on the remodeled Adoptive Parents Network website. Some of the new sections are starting to be developed and the APN Resource Network Blog is becoming a part of the redesigned website!

The newest area to be developed has been the Education Network which is becoming the central point for anyone wanting to find information about education topics. In the Adoptive Parents Network Education Center the Articles, blogs, communities and forms are being connected.

Today this blog was added to the Education Center and so was our Free Link Share.

If you are visiting this blog from the Adoptive Parents Network please feel free to explore this part of the Network and read our blogs here for valuable resources you can find on the Internet and please feel free to Comment!