We have spent the last several days in New Zealand, first doing training for adoption social workers on Thursday and then taking part in an awesome adoption conference from Friday to today (Sunday).
What David and I have experienced is that people with a heart for adoption speak the same language of love and compassion everywhere we go. It has been a valdiating time here. The people we have met have been so gracious, welcoming and kind to us.
We had planned for three days of sight-seeing, but a residential treatment center asked us to train their families on Wednesday, so we just have two days to see this beautiful country. We leave early Thursday to return to the US.
Adoption leaders in New Zealand receive the internationally acclaimed Field Guide to Child Welfare
Paula Atrill, Director of Adoptions and International Casework and Wendy Hawke, director of ICANZ, an international adoption agency in New Zealand, (and our hostess for these days) attended the social work training and received copies of the Field Guide to Child Welfare written by Judy Rycus and Ron Hughes.
According Paula, the adoption system is under going some major changes in terms of how parents are assessed and prepared for adoption. She shared with us that the information given in the seminar was timely and looks forward to further communication.