Monday, April 29, 2013
Hey a shout out to all the medical, legal community of Fresno. We all have each others backside It was a success and the largest viewer participation in the history of ValleyPBS Thanks Bared, Ken and Vanessa Also thanks to my little nugget that is posting this while I am on a plane.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
We had over 12 media interviews with Actor Ken Davitian and film maker Bared Maronian for the debut of the documentary "Orphans of the Genocide" This was a success we have requests from PBS stations throughout the USA to air this well documented and researched film. Having worked on this for over 13 months it was a personal success for me as well. I want to thank the medical and Armenian community of Fresno for supporting this story of our families. Next it will show at WMHT out of Troy, NY on June 6th at 8:00 pm. Many people have made mention of a certain Adoption Agency or orphan group that is claiming they had sponsored or had something to do with this. Disclaimer: The documentary, was never promoted by this group, nor did this have anything to do with this adoption agency in any way shape or form. The Los Angeles Showing was sponsored by the Western Prevalcy of Los Angeles Armenian Church. Not sure why particular individuals want to take credit or exploit a horrible time in history for any personal gain. It is misleading to misinform people of the facts. Having personally worked hard on this for over a year and then have an Adoption Agency who unsuccessfully try to sue me for ??? (how do you sue truth) try to claim credit is very low but telling about the ethics and truthfulness. Interesting that I am hearing one of her past supporters (and employees) is now working for her competitor and former employer Carolina Adoption Services. We in fact all support this orphan group as well as the other 20 groups that sponsor orphanages and families of Armenia Thank you everyone that has been writing, calling and skyping. We move forward to promote this documentary worldwide. (P.S. Thanks for my boss for being understanding of my time away from other projects, I am working 24/7 to play catch up)
Sunday, April 21, 2013
On the set, Actor Ken Davitian's open statement and Vahagni seranading us with Armenian Lullabies Sound check with technicians, look at all the great give aways for donations to ValleyPBS They can still be purchased here: http://valleypbs.mybigcommerce.com/orphans-of-the-genocide/
Receiving an award from Bared Maronian the film maker was a big honor. Myself and actor Ken Davitian worked tiredlessly on this project for over 1 year. Within the media connections in the USA and Armenia we are getting the story out of 150,000 orphans left over from the remains of the Ottoman sword. Many of these orphans that survived ended up arriving in the USA and to Fresno. Most of us are related to orphans (my grandparents) this is what drives us to support and adopt orphans of Armenia today. Orphans of the Genocide
Monday, April 15, 2013
This took 1 year to convince ValleyPBS to Air the DEBUT of this documentary by friend Filmmaker Bared Maronian. When they agreed it was extra exciting to see that Actor Ken Davitian agreed (didn't have to twist his arm) to host the documentary. There will also be a special appearance from my friend Flamenco Guitarist Vahagni. Watch Actor Ken Davitian’s Public Service Announcement http://www.valleypbs.org/events/orphans_genocide.php You may order copies of the Documentary under "thank you gifts" and it is a donation tax deductible status.
Armenia however has remained steady the last 5 years with anywhere from 18-24 children adopted to Americans per year, with 90% being special needs. American Adoptions From Abroad at Their Lowest Level in Years By RACHEL L. SWARNS WASHINGTON — The number of foreign children adopted by Americans has plunged to its lowest level in more than a decade as some countries have cut back on adoptions to the United States and others have struggled to meet stricter standards intended to combat corruption and child trafficking, government officials said Thursday. Some prospective parents, nonprofit adoption agencies and members of Congress are raising concerns about the sharp decline in foreign adoptions, which dropped by 62 percent to 8,668 in the 2012 fiscal year from a high of 22,991 in 2004, according to a report released by the State Department on Thursday. State Department officials attribute the decline over those years primarily to the internal policies of several countries, particularly China, Russia and South Korea, which have sharply limited adoptions to the United States in recent years as they have worked to encourage more domestic adoptions. In the 2012 fiscal year, 2,697 children came to the United States from China, down from 7,038 in 2004, the statistics show. In 2004, 5,862 children from Russia were adopted here as opposed to 748 in the 2012 fiscal year, which ended in September. The number of international adoptions is expected to fall even further in the current fiscal year as a result of Russia’s decision to curtail all adoptions to the United States. The Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, approved the ban on adoptions in late December as part of a broader law retaliating against the United States for its efforts to punish Russian officials accused of human rights violations. “I’m not sure what the future holds for intercountry adoptions from Russia to the United States,” Ambassador Susan Jacobs, the State Department’s special adviser for children’s issues, said in an interview on Thursday. The number of international adoptions has declined every year since 2004. Homeland Security officials, who process petitions for international adoption, say that stricter standards intended to combat corruption have also played a role. Some homeland security officials have questioned the State Department’s decision to prohibit new adoptions from countries like Guatemala, Vietnam and Cambodia in recent years. They argue that the United States should continue to process adoption cases while working to reform the adoption programs in those countries, which have been dogged in the past by allegations of corruption. But Ms. Jacobs said, “For us the right number is the number we can process ethically, safely and transparently.” She said the additional scrutiny gives American parents and the American public greater confidence that the adopted children have not been stolen or sold or taken from parents under false pretenses. She said the State Department was eager to reopen the pipeline to countries that have improved their programs. “Vietnam and Cambodia are making great strides and improving,” Ms. Jacobs said. “I think it’s quite likely that we will be doing some adoptions from those countries this year, probably in the second half of the year.” Homeland Security officials declined to comment on the newly released adoption figures. But a senior official at the department said last year that she believed that the nation’s position had left thousands of vulnerable orphans stranded in institutions overseas. The official, Whitney Reitz, who was then in charge of children’s affairs and parole policy at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, said at the time, in a speech at a conference on adoption, that while some might believe it is best not to allow adoptions from certain countries, “when I think personally about the individual children in these countries who need families and who are stuck in institutions, it really doesn’t look like such a great outcome to me.” State Department officials maintain that ensuring a transparent, legal process is more important than the number of foreign orphans who are adopted. China, Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea and Ukraine remain the top feeder countries to the United States, according to the report, which is released annually. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, said in a telephone interview on Thursday that the government must do more to prevent children from growing up in orphanages. Senator Landrieu, co-chairwoman of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, described the decline in international adoptions as “tragic.” She said the State Department had “failed to put the resources or personnel in place to help countries” meet the stricter standards required by countries that have signed The Hague convention on intercountry adoption. The treaty, which took effect for the United States in 2008, establishes accreditation requirements for adoption agencies and protections against child trafficking. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/world/us-adoptions-from-abroad-decline-sharply.html?_r=0
http://www.internationaladoptionsearch.com/intsearch.html Searcher's hike to find a birth family A letter and drawing from an adopted child to his newly found birth family sibling Some of the Past Search Locations Include: Ukraine (all over Ukraine) Berdyansk • Chernigov • Chernobyl • Dnepropetrovsk • Donesk • Izmail • Kharkiv • Kherson • Khmelnitsky • Kiev • Kirovograd • Kramatorsk • Lugansk • Lvov • Mariupol • Mukachevo • Nikolaev • Odessa • Poltava • Sevastopol • Simferopol • Sumy • Ternopol • Uzhgorod • Yalta • Zaporozhie • Zhitomir Russia (all over Russia including the Far East) Archangelsk • Armavir • Astrakhan • Borovichi • Burytia • Chelyabinsk • Ekaterinburg (Sverlovsk) • Kaliningrad • Kaluga • Kazan • Kemerovo • Khabarovsk • Kirov • Kostroma • Kotlas • Krasnodar • Krasnoyarsk • Kurgan • Kursk • Moscow • Murmansk • Novgorod • Novosibirsk • Orel • Orenburg • Orsk • Penza • Perm • Plesetsk • Rostov • Ryazan • Samara • Saratov • Siberia region • St. Petersburg • Stavropol • Sterlitamak (Bashkortostan) • Tomsk • Tula • Tver • Tyumen • Ufa (Bashkortostan) • Ugra • Ulan • Ulianovsk • Vladivostok • Voronezh • Votkinsk Kazakhstan (all over Kazakhstan) Aktobe • Aktyubinsk • Almaty • Astana • Atyrau • Balkhash • Karaganda • Kokshetau • Kostanai • Pavlodar • Petropavlovsk • Rudny • Semipalatinsk (Semey) • Shymkent • Stepnogorsk • Taldy-Korgan • Taraz • Uralsk • Ust Kamenogorsk • Zhezkazgan • Zyryanovsk Belarus (all over Belarus) Minsk • Gomel • Vitebsk • Mogilev • Polotsk • Novopolotsk Moldova (all over Moldova) Kishinev • Pridnestrovie Georgia Tbilisi • Batumi • Gori (only cities and suburbs) Armenia Erevan (only cities and suburbs) Krygyzstan Bishkek • Naryn (only cities and suburbs) Romania (all over Romania) Bucharest • Scanteia • Crangurile de Jos Guatemala (all over Guatemala) Costa Rica (all over Costa Rica) ________________________________________ Useful Links http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BirthParentContact/ http://www.karensadoptionlinks.com http://www.frua.org http://www.adoptionoptionguide.com/ http://www.adoptionlifebooks.com http://orphansbrightstar.org/