ATWA’s Annual Family Picnic Group Photo!

2013 Picnic Group

As always, thank you so much for joining us!

Our Friends at Dillon Southwest Have Asked Us to Share:

CHILDREN NEED HOMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are looking for families for our Korean adoption program.  We have little boys who are looking for their forever family and we would like to be able to refer them to families as quickly as possible.  We have received information that there will be a significant price increase for families who accept a referral beginning January 1, 2014.  If you or anyone you know would like to move quickly, we urge you to call us for more information.


  • Both applicants between 25 to 43 years of age and married at least three years.  Korean heritage families can be up to age 48.
  • No more than four children already in the home.
  • No serious or chronic physical or mental health concerns (including weight and depression).
  • No criminal history.
  • Requires two trips to complete the adoption.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you or anyone you know would like more information.

Dillon Southwest
3014 N. Hayden Road, Ste.101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
visit us at:

ADHD and the Adoptive Family

Research indicates that children and teens who were adopted are 40% to 80% more likely to have ADHD – a condition that affects school performance, peer relations and day-to-day family interactions. Discover how to help your child with structure, support and accountability. ADHD Coach/Child/Family Therapist, Julie Bulitt, LCSW-C, will arm you with proven strategies for parenting ADHD children and teens.

You have THREE opportuntities to attend this webinar!

(LIVE) Thursday, September 19, 2013

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

(rebroadcast) Tuesday, September 24, 2013
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

(rebroadcast) Wednesday, September 25, 2013
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM EDT


Click here to register for this webinar!

School’s In Session!

4 Keys to Help Your Adopted Child Thrive at School

Live Webinar
September 17, 2013
7:00PM Central
Q&A: 8:00PM

Can’t make it on the 17th?
Don’t worry, we’re recording the webinar! Register for the live event and the recording will appear in your account as soon as it’s available.

Each school year can bring a new set of challenges to adopted kids, no matter how old they are. Facing new school projects and explaining adoption to new classmates can bring on different feelings as children grow.

Join us for a webinar featuring adoptive mom and adoption therapist Judy Stigger, LCSW and Carmen Knight, an internationally adopted person and teacher who works with many adopted kids.

Judy and Carmen will share both professional advice and personal experiences to help parents:

  • Understand what questions, concerns and capabilities children have at different ages/stages
  • Respond when projects or classroom discussions trigger adoption related questions
  • Gain insight into what to do when going to school and getting homework done is a battle
  • Educate teachers and school staff about all types of diversity: racial, blended families, adoption and more.

Submit your questions for us here or by tweeting them to@adoptiontweet using #ALPschool13

Live Webinar Details

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
7:00PM Central
Q&A: 8:00PM

Advocacy Alert: Take Action for the Adoption Tax Credit This August

The month of August is a great time to connect with your Members of Congress.  Here are several simple ways you can reach out and make sure they know how important the Adoption Tax Credit is to you and their constituents.

Here is what you can do in August:

  • Send a letter to Congress. Use the template letter linked here but personalize it: . Even if you have already adopted, tell your legislators how important your family is to you. If you have not yet benefited from the Adoption Tax Credit, explain how you hope it is available for all future families.
  • Call your Members of Congress. Surveys show that only 20 calls from constituents are needed for a bill to the get the attention of our elected officials.   Even if you sent a letter, please call. If you only do one thing, please call.   We have created a script for you and made it very easy:
  • Visit your Members of Congress. August is a great time to make an appointment to visit your Members of Congress while they are back in their district and state for the August recess.  Find their website and contact their in state office to make an appointment. .  Use the Adoption Tax Credit website content for your meeting “script” and print this PDF document to leave with the staffer/Member that you meet with:
  • Connect with your Members of Congress online. Social media allows you to directly connect with your elected officials.   Most Senators and Representatives have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.  Connect with them today:

Do not underestimate the power of your voice and your story.  Members of Congress support bills that matter to their constituents.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Adoption Tax Credit Working Group Executive Committee

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Adopt America Network, Christian Alliance for Orphans,

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (Secretariat), Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption,

Donaldson Adoption Institute, Joint Council on International Children’s Services,

National Council For Adoption, North American Council on Adoptable Children,

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, ShowHope, and Voice for Adoption.