Monday, September 28, 2009

A Wonderful Day of Opportunity

It was almost a year ago that this day way planned – the release of our newly Russian translated book in Kiev Ukraine– Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child. The actual work of translation took many, many months…and all that hard work paid off today. We trust it will make a contribution to the child welfare literature in this country.

Over 40 participants from some of the top nationally respected non governmental agencies and governmental agencies took part in our all day training, much of which was centered on the focus of the book. My co-author, Betsy Keefer Smalley and I are deeply indebted to the Institute for Human Services in Columbus, Ohio, the International Leadership and Development Center of Ukraine and Holt International for guiding the translation of the book and for hosting this awesome event today.

Let the pictures tell the rest of the story….

Getting ready for the crowd - our faithful helpers at the registration table - Larisa, Luba and Vera.

Oleg, the executive director of ILDC and Ruby distribute Field Guides, Step by Step Parenting bookslets and much more.

Oleg and Ruby display the newest Field Guide to Child Welfare release.

Opening of the training day.

Betsy prepares to present.

We had the opportunity to do simultaneous translation, which means we didn't have to wait for translation - it happened as we are speaking.

The participants expressed enthusiasm over the day and were so appreciative.

These two young ladies shared in a very creative way. They are part of the growing team of national trainers being prepared by the International Leadership and Development Center.

Following the training, many asked us to sign books..we were honored to do so.

Today is Tuesday and we are preparing for a press conference related to the release of our book and other tremendous resources.
I am excited, also, because David leaves the US today to join us. We leave for Krygyzstan on Friday morning.

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