NEW MEXICO FIESTA PROJECT The New Mexico FIESTA (Family Activities, Information, Education, Support & Training for Adoptive families) project includes monthly trainings, support groups and family activities in each of New Mexico’s five regions. In addition, the program has created and maintains a lending library, staffs toll free warm lines and facilitates communication through an online book club, Facebook discussion group, blog and hosts training opportunities for professionals. The project is staffed by experienced adoptive parents with specialized expertise in a variety of adoption specific areas. Groups are available to Spanish speaking families and families who identify as LGBT. NM FIESTA focuses on teaching parents to parent in ways that help their children heal from past traumas and create a welcoming, friendly adoption community statewide. We have recently added Parent Coaching and Family Contact Management to the services we provide under this project.
PROJECT VALOR Project Valor provides grief and loss training and monthly support groups to concurrent foster families through CYFD. The project is funded by the Federal Children’s Bureau through a Diligent Recruitment Grant with The Adoption Exchange. Our staff worked with CYFD, The Adoption Exchange and the Children’s Grief Center to develop a 2.5 hour training curriculum and plans for monthly 90 minute support groups for both children and adults living in foster homes. The goal of Project Valor is to help concurrent foster families explore the emotional and psychological implications of unresolved and unaddressed grief and loss.
COA AND HAGUE ACCREDITATION Our staff is working diligently to complete requirements for our COA reaccreditation and our Hague accreditation. We are excited about becoming Hague accredited and look forward to exploring the option of building direct relationships with programs serving children in need of adoption in other countries.
In September 2014 a very special Ethiopian Brunch was sponsored by volunteer Sara Koplik and held at the home of Kari Brandenburg, La Familia-Namaste Board member. Sara adopted her son Solomon from Ethiopia 5 years ago and wanted to provide assistance to our Post Adoption Therapy program. She and her son Solomon had benefited from the therapy provided by the program and also wished to share their adoption story with others in the community. Sara and Solomon actively participate in the Albuquerque Ethiopian community and members of that community provided authentic Ethiopian food for the brunch. The food was wonderful and those who attended were generous in their support of our programs. We are grateful to all those who worked to make this event a success.