Pope Francis recently called for a rethink in the way the Catholic Church deals with the children of gay couples, warning against "administering a vaccine against faith". "On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which are sometimes difficult to understand," Francis said. Though the Church has often been in conflict with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community over its opposition to same-sex marriage and to homosexuality, Francis has drawn praise for attempts to be inclusive.
We hope you enjoy our brand new website which debuted last month. Available in a desktop, tablet and mobile version, the site brings to life all the beautiful children on whose behalf we work. If you haven’t already, do take the time to go to the Meet the Children section in particular. I think you’ll be impressed with their heartwarming stories. All of these children dream of having a permanent family that will always be there for them, a family to give them a lifetime of love. Also take the time to note our generous sponsors.
We here at the Center want to wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2009. This holiday season was a quite one in the adoption world, with little news to report.
We have many exciting programs, events and virtual happenings planned for this year. So stay tuned!
Last night I had the pleasure in attending a workshop on using blogs to help nonprofits succeed. This event was organized by Philly NetSquared. It was a fun and exciting night. You'll see many of the tips I learned last night come into being here. Going forward, we are going to continue working together as a nonprofit community to help all of us reach the next level in our work.
On Monday we will be participating in the MLK Day of Service. Our project is to make quilts with the faces of the children we have or are still assisting in their journey towards permanence. Here are some pictures of the quilt in progress. In the first few you are seeing how each square for the quilt is made -- each image of a child must be transferred to the cloth. We wish to thank Sharon Kenny of Kenny’s Imprintables and her artist with a press, Brent.
Today we are proud to have a guest blogger, Dr. Chuck Williams. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor and is the Director of the Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence at the Goodwin College- School of Education at Drexel University. He hosts a radio talk show on The Big Talker - 1210 AM and hosts his own blog, Dr. Chuck Speaks.
The National Adoption Center invites prospective parents who are interested in adopting older youth to join us for two exciting events:
March 28, 2009 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
May 9, 2009 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Prospective adoptive parents who are approved by their agency will meet 25-30 teens who would like to be adopted. Families and youth will participate in fun activities, enjoy watching a hip hop dance troupe and eat lunch.