|AAC Established 1978 February, 2009|
EDUCATION COMMITTEE SEEKING
VOLUNTEERS AS MEDIA AMBASSADORS
By Wendy Rowney
AAC's Education Chair
and Canadian Liaison
You can help to spread the word. In order to reach more members of the public, and to educate and engage them on adoption issues, we are looking for volunteers to serve as Media Ambassadors for the AAC.
What Do Media Ambassadors Do?
We will help you to locate the email address for the editor of your local paper, send you the address for other papers, and provide you with all the information you will need.
A WEBSITE WORTH THE VISIT
This month's featured website is njarch.org. It is a service funded by the state of New Jersey.
Its mission, according to the website, is to provide "support to all members of the adoption constellation. Our goal is to direct people to appropriate adoption services in New Jersey. The adoption constellation includes anyone whose life is touched by adoption, including those who receive and/or deliver services."
Staff members answer questions through a toll-free number and email address:
Staff members are available to offer assistance in English and Spanish. It operates a lending library, and maintains a list of waiting children.
NJARCH is the acronym for the phrase, "New Jersey Adoption Resource Clearing House."
AROUND THE AMERICAN
Register on-line for national conference
Attendees can register for the 30th annual conference on the AAC's website:
The conference is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd through Sunday morning, April 26th, at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Cleveland.
This national conference, Transforming Families, Connecting Lives, is being sponsored jointly by the AAC and Adoption Network Cleveland,
Conference brochure available on-line
To preview the nearly 70 workshops, complete conference schedule, hotel facilities, and details of the keynote sessions, please go to:
Books sought for book room in Cleveland
The ever-popular Book Room seeks books to feature during the five-day conference. Many of the books in our Book Room are hard to find at popular book stores or online.
Want to exhibit your books for others to see? Please email AAC’s Book Room Coordinator, Pat Lubarsky, at PL9706@gmail.com for further information regarding book orders and author signings.
MEMBERS ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT NEWS AND LETTERS
TO THE AAC'S PUBLICATIONS, THE DECREE AND THE BEACON
Since the introduction of The Beacon in September of 2008, the AAC now offers members two ways to receive news of the AAC. The Decree, the quarterly print newsletter, has been serving members for more than two decades. The Beacon is delivered via email to members during the first week of each month.
To make these publications truly reflective of the membership, The Beacon and The Decree welcome and encourage submissions from members. Cindy Wolfe Boynton became editor of The Decree late last year. The first issue she is producing as editor appears in April. Boynton would like to introduce a section for Letters to the Editor.
Boynton described what she envisioned for the letters' section:
"The Decree is meant to represent all members of the AAC, and to offer insights into all aspects of adoption. We encourage your feedback, ideas and participation, to create a publication that reaches out to, and educates us all."
The AAC's electronic newsletter, The Beacon, seeks brief news items and short articles. A news item for the column, Around the American Adoption Congress, ideally contains 50-75 words. A short article may contain 300-500 words. The deadline is the 15th of each month for the next month's issue.
Submissions for The Beacon may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send messages to the attention of Joan Schumack, The Beacon's content editor. Schumack, who also serves as the AAC's Communications Chair, can be contacted directly at email@example.com.
The American Adoption Congress comprises individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform. We represent those whose lives are touched by adoption or other loss of family continuity. We promote honesty, openness and respect for family connections in adoption, foster care, and assisted reproduction. We provide education for our members and professional communities about the lifelong process of adoption. We advocate legislation that will grant every individual access to information about his or her family and heritage.
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