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The Ties Program– BIRTH COUNTRY TRAVEL— A JOURNEY BACK–A JOURNEY FORWARD / Wellesley Community Center, MA/April 29th /

Posted by FAN Admin in Events, Home on 04 24th, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


A heritage journey is one of the most significant factors in the identity building process of internationally adoptive children.
  • So, what’s the journey all about?
  • What age is the best age?
  • How can families prepare?
  • What role does “adoptee loyalty” play in the journey?
  • What are the pros and cons of group vs individual travel?
  • What adoption exploration is possible in country?
  • How do the kids react before, during and after the trip?
  • What role does FACEBOOK play in homeland journeys?

Questions welcome!


Presented by:

Becca Piper, Founder/Co-Director

The Ties Program–Adoptive Family Homeland Journeys & World Ties


Where: Wellesley Community Center,  219 Washington St., Wellesley, MA


When: Sunday, April 29, 2012    3 p.m.-5 p.m.


Prioritize it ….plan to come!  Please RSVP by emailing your

name, country of interest and number of attendees to:


Free will donation to World Ties, our sister 501(c)(3) organization helping children and families in countries visited by Ties families. Hope to see you on April 29.


Attention families with children from Cambodia:  Becca will be speaking

at The Sharing Foundation dinner on Monday, April 30. For more information and to register for the event, please go to:



If you would like to have a workshop presented for your camp, conference, etc. please email


See workshop descriptions




Adoptive Family Homeland Journeys by The Ties Program
Adoptive Family Homeland Journeys by The Ties Program

Flipreads: online electronic book store of Filipino authors!!

Posted by lecrowder in Home on 04 3rd, 2012

ANDREA Pasion-Flores, National Book Development Board member, giving opening remarks; Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, UST Press director. PHOTOS BYWALTER ANG
Flipreads, an online bookstore that sells electronic books (e-books) by Filipino authors and publishers, is now online (
Writers and publishers attended Flipread’s launch, where CEO Anthony de Luna said, “Flipreads is a source of e-books from and about the Philippines and Asia.”
The site has an inaugural offering of 70 e-books available for buyers anywhere in the world.
Titles include: “Man Overboard: Essays by, for and of the Smart Filipino Male” by Butch Dalisay; “Tabi Po” by Merwin Malonzo; “Wealth within Your Reach” by Francisco Colayco; “The King of Nothing to Do: Essays on Nothing and Everything” by Luis Katigbak; “A Song for My Brother and Other Stories” by Antonio Hidalgo; and “Geek Tragedies” by Carljoe Javier.
E-books sold in Flipreads are in a format that can be read on Apple devices (iPad, iPod and iPod Touch); on desktop computers, laptops and devices (tablets and smartphones) that run on Android, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS; and on Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet.
Free reader program
Buyers need to download (one time only) a free reader program/app compatible to the operating system in their computer or device: Bluefire for Apple iOS, Aldiko for Android, and Adobe Digital Editions for Windows and Mac OS.
Flipreads e-books can’t be read on Blackberry phones, Apple’s iBooks app and Amazon’s Kindle app.

FLIPREADS e-books can be read on different devices.
“However, Amazon’s new Kindle Fire handheld reader runs the Android operating system, so you will be able to download and install the Aldiko app and read Flipreads e-books on it,” said De Luna.
Flipreads’ system uses Adobe Content Server and this allows each buyer to authorize a maximum of six devices to store copies of every Flipreads e-book purchased.
“While international e-bookstores offer some Filipino-authored e-books, there are usually additional costs of up to $2 per book,” says De Luna. “Also, most online bookstores accept only credit cards.”
Flipreads allows payments using CashSense, where users paycash at 7-Eleven and MLhuillier branches. The site will eventually allow payments using Globe GCash and Smart Money.
Next: magazines
Flipreads also plans to offer magazines. It plans to work with schools and colleges in making e-books available for students.

APRIL Yap, author of “Stressed in the City”
Filipino publishers, authors and other content providers can use Flipreads as a secure distribution platform.
“Publishers can sell their e-books through instead of putting up their own online bookstores. Authors can independently publish their e-books through the site,” De Luna said.
“Flipreads also hopes to be a venue for publishers and authors to bring previously out-of-print titles back into circulation. Since everything is online, these titles will also be available to an international market.”

Michael David, author of “Kubori Kikiam Series”
Flipreads also provides services for Filipino authors and publishers seeking to distribute e-books internationally through Amazon and Apple iBookstore.
“We can set up your account on Apple and Amazon, file for US tax treaty exemptions, and convert your book or content to the needed formats (which can include designing the layout) accepted by these online e-bookstores,” said De Luna.
UST Publishing House, UP Press and Milflores Publishing have already started working with Flipreads for their titles published on Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble.
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An Insider’s Guide to Identity and Adoption Real Life Stories. Expert Advice May 22nd

Posted by lecrowder in Events, Home, News on 04 3rd, 2012

An Insider’s Guide to Identity and Adoption
Real Life Stories. Expert Advice

Tuesday, May 22
7:00PM Central
Q&A: 8:00-8:30

Join a panel of adult adopted people as they reflect back on how being adopted shaped their identity. The panel will answer questions and give adopted parents practical insight into how they can best support their children to forma healthy sense of self. Learn more and register

Learn the challenges your children may face when forming their identity
Hear stories and examples of how others have faced these challenges
Pose your own questions to the panel
Dr. Gina Samuels, researcher, educator and an adopted person will lead the discussion. Learn more about Dr. Samuels


Submit your questions for the panel HERE or by tweeting them to @adoptiontweet using #adoptionid

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families: Tshirt Design contest!

Posted by lecrowder in Events, Home on 04 1st, 2012

Time for the Annual Heritage Camp T-Shrt Design Contest – No Fooling!

BACK FOR 2012!!

As we announced last year, due to immense popularity, our T-shirt Logo Design Contest will be an annual event.

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc. has been Celebrating All Adoptive Families Nationwide since 1992!  Since then, we’ve grown from one camp to 11. Our 11th camp, the Domestic Adoption Camp, had a very successful maiden voyage August 2011.


We’re convinced there’s no one better to convey an image of your camp than the very campers, community members, and volunteers who have made each heritage camp a unique and special experience!


Who is Eligible?
Any 2012 registered camper of any age, counselor, presenter, or volunteer for Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc can submit an entry. Please note that all ages will be competing against each other in this contest. Last year, we had winning entries from campers at various grade levels, parents, counselors, and community volunteers!

Logo guidelines:
1)     The entry must be your original design, and not clip art or a copy of any art that may be subject to copyright laws.
2)     Your design should incorporate your 2012 camp theme. I’ve listed the 2012 Camp themes  below:

· African Caribbean Heritage Camp – The Colors of Us: Celebrating Transracial Adoption

· Cambodian Heritage Camp – 10th Anniversary Family Reunion

· Chinese Heritage Camp (mountains) – Year of the Dragon: Then and Now

· Chinese Heritage Camp II (urban) – Year of the Dragon

· Domestic Adoption Camp –  The Family Puzzle – United by Design

· Filipino Heritage Camp – What’s “Hot” in the Philippines

· Indian Nepalese Heritage Camp – Samosa Express-Make Your Reservations Now!

· Korean Heritage Camp – Korean Konnections

· Latin American Heritage Camp – Cuentos – Tales of Latin America

· REECA Heritage Camp – What’s “Cool” in REECA

· Vietnamese Heritage Camp – Someone Like Me

3)     The camp name and date are part of the template prepared by the t-shirt vendor (see KHC mock-up  ABOVE– this is a mock-up only – a design has not  been chosen for that camp!!)

4)     Please try and keep it simple, so the printers can easily reproduce it.
5)     Include colors. A maximum of four colors may be used in the design INCLUDING BLACK AND WHITE. You can use one color as a background. Solid colors only; no water color, gradients or airbrush, please.   Image must reproduce well in small sizes, and the colors need to be visible on a wide variety of t-shirt colors, from light to dark.

6) Your design will be placed inside a template prepared by the t-shirt vendor’s art team – above is an example of this year’s template. You design the center!


1)     Entries must be received by Monday, April 30, 2011.

2)     Please submit your entries via email to Patty Quinn, HCAF Program Director at in JPEG format only. Please include your name, address, preferred email address and phone number with your entry.

3)     All submissions become the property of Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc.  Please note that HCAF may modify your design to meet printer specifications.

Winning Designs!
1)     Each submission will be judged by the current Camp Directors for your camp. They will be reviewing the designs anonymously. A final design will be determined by HCAF staff, with advice from the t-shirt company representative.

2)     Designs will be looked at for creativity, originality, aesthetics, use of space and color, and best representation of your camp theme.
3)     All entrants will be recognized on the Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc. website. The winners will be recognized at camp this summer.
4)     The design winner receives bragging rights, and a $50 gift certificate to the camp market!