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Maligayang Araw ng mga Nanay: Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by FAN Admin in Home on 05 13th, 2013

LEGACY of an ADOPTED CHILD

Once there were two women who never knew each other.
One you do not remember, the other you call mother.
Two different lives, shaped to make your one…
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun.
The first gave you life and the second taught you to live it.
The first gave you a need for love, and the second was there to give it.
One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name.
One gave you a seed of talent, the other gave you an aim.
One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears.
One gave you up … that’s all she could do.
The other prayed for a child and God led her straight to you.
And now you ask me, through your fears,
the age old question unanswered throughout the years…
Heredity or environment, which are you the product of?
Neither, my darling neither.
Just two different kinds of love.

~ Author Unknown ~



Filipino Heritage Camp/August 1-4/Golden Colorado “A is for Adobo-The Philippines from A to Z”

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Connections, Events, Home on 05 1st, 2013

August 1st -4th, 2013 in Golden, CO

2013 Directors: Sarah Parino & Maeline Barnstable

What does Filipino Heritage Camp mean to you?

“I Love Camp” – FHC 2nd Grade Camper

“This is my Favorite Camp” – FHC 5th Grade Camper

“I don’t want Camp to end” – FHC 7th Grade Camper

“It’s worth so much to see our girls grow with confidence – giving them the tools to cope with adoption/race issues we don’t fully understand. They look forward to seeing their long lasting friends every year.” – FHC Parent

“I did not realize how much camp would help me as a Parent too!” – FHC Parent

FOUR DAYS A SUMMER……IMPACT FOR LIFE!

The Filipino Heritage Camp is one of a handful of camps around the country designed especially for families with children adopted from the Philippines. Committed to exploring both the cultural and the adoption aspects of growing as an adoptive family, it is one of ten camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc. FHC 2013 is going to be a great year as we return to Golden, Colorado, which proved to be so much fun and such a great venue for camp last year. FHC will again be planning an optional “Family Fun Day” for folks who would like an extra no frills day. Our incredible Filipino community volunteers will return with us to cook delicious food, entertain, teach, and interact as counselors and adult role models with our kids.

This year’s camp theme is “A is for Adobo-The Philippines from A to Z”.  We plan to have a grand time, exploring the culture, people and land of the Philippines, including Filipino-American culture today, especially with our friends in the Filipino community.

We will return to the American Mountaineering Center, in Golden, Colorado, which was a lovely meeting space for FHC 2012.  There were plenty of outdoor activities available in the foothills of the Rockies.  Lodging will be available for those traveling to Colorado from a distance. We will also be spending time at the Filipino American Community of Colorado’s wonderful cultural center, which is about 15 minutes away.

Planning for our 2013 camp is underway, so watch this site, check your email inbox, and follow us on Facebook for updates as workshops and activities are solidified.   Some of the highlights for 2013:

  • Again this year, we will be providing programming specifically designed for our adult adoptee community.
  • Opening Ceremony will be on Thursday evening after a potluck dinner where we can renew old friendships and welcome new faces.
  • Friday afternoon and evening we will include some free time in the schedule for your family to explore Golden, CO.  There are many opportunities for swimming, hiking, shopping, and dining, all within walking distance of our hotel and meeting space.
  • Our Saturday evening Dinner and Dance Party will be held at the Filipino American Community of Colorado’s Cultural Center, where we will spend some relaxing time with our wonderful community volunteers.

As always, we will explore the unique gifts and challenges that come with our mostly transracial adoptive families. We realize that as your children grow, they will be dealing with issues faced by any child of color, no matter their country of birth. At our camp, they are with a sea of families who are like theirs, and with children who are in the majority for a few days. Though we enthusiastically celebrate their birth country, we also celebrate adoption as a culture of its own. The similarities of being with other families “just like theirs” is what really bonds the children and their families so immediately at our camps.

We hope to see you at camp in August. For further information, please contact us, or visit our Facebook page.