Salsa, Bachata, Rumba, Cha Cha….a new dance program is coming to WCS! Thanks to the collaboration of Aracelis Vazquez Haye and Sue Sullivan (WCS Spiritual Life Team) and Jessica Megargle from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Niantic…this summer WCS girls and staff will get to experience ballroom dance. Jessica really wanted to use her dance studio to support and enrich the lives of WCS staff and youth. After finding that funding was an issue, Jessica planned a fundraising dance-a-thon and raised over $2000 to bring a dance program to WCS. The dance program runs July 11-August 15 at the dance studio. We are so excited to add Jessica and the dance studio to our community partnerships!
One of our adoptive moms shares her great tips & ideas in this audio presentation. It IS possible for everyday people to fund a private adoption!!!
Jen and her husband raised over $28,000 towards their adoption!!! How did they do it? Click here.
The way Jen got started was by using this website called “Fund Your Adoption|Adopt Debt-Free” at http://fundyouradoption.tv/. This site has the most up-to-date information and resources that empower families to overcome the financial barriers of adoption. It also helps families decide what grants to apply for and organize their application process.
Private adoption can be possible with the help of these 0% interest loans:
ABBA Fund – Covenant loan for Christians to help eliminate the cash crunch of an adoption. Approval takes 6-8 weeks.
Hebrew Free Loan Association – Offers interest free loans up to $15,000 for adoptive families of Jewish faith through local chapters across the US.
International Association of Jewish Free Loans – Nonprofit non-sectarian agency, providing interest free adoption loans to people in need, regardless of faith. Loan applications are offered by local chapters and can be processed in as few as 7-10 days.
Lifesong For Orphans – The Lifesong Legacy Fund offers interest-free adoption loans up to $12,000 to help Christian families overcome the high cost of adoption.
Oxford Adoption Foundation – This 3-phase loan program offers up to $5,000 that will be funded upon completion of your adoption.
- 0% interest for years 1-3
- 3% interest for years 4-6
- 6% interest for years 7-9
Pathways For Little Feet – Provides interest free adoption loans to assist families with the final steps of their adoption. You must be within 3-6 months of completion before you submit an application.
The Health & Wellness Committee at Waterford Country School functions with the premise that health is not necessarily an end in itself but rather a means to a life that is meaningful from the individual’s perspective. The ultimate goal is to have an understanding of our own health needs and be an active participant in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While thinking what you can do to incorporate the 5210 model into your life, we hope you can enjoy some of the resources we have here: family open gym, our fitness room, multiple walking trails, and our fitness trail.
In May we have Mind, Body and Spirit events that continue through the month. From our walking challenge to healthy snack day, May is a great time to plan what we can do to promote a health filled lifestyle. Join Max and WCS and strive for the best each day!
2016 Adoptive Families Pool Party
On March 5th, CAS held its annual pool party for adoptive families at the beautiful Mashantucket Community Center pool in Ledyard. Over 120 people enjoyed swimming, going down the water slide, eating pizza, and socializing with the other families. We’ve heard that the children are still talking about it!
In this issue, you can read about how Amanda & Jake Shanks adopted their 3 daughters. Plus, read about new grant opportunities, an amazing reunion story as a result of DNA testing, and more!
To view our past newsletters, please see the section Resources for Adoptive Parents.
For infants of all races through private adoption. Grants also available in SE CT to adopt from state foster care.
The waiting period has become much shorter over the past year, so domestic adoption has become a more viable option for many.
Grant opportunities are available for families in New London, Norwich, and throughout Southeastern CT. for the adoption of children in the state foster care. (more…)
WCS is a network participant for Anthem, OPTUM and Husky health insurance. We also have the ability to bill for many insurances out of network—please ask us to research your family’s policy. For questions regarding the programs, please contact Lisa Crowley at the Children’s Outpatient Clinic (860-886-7500)
Waterford Country School is excited to announce the agency will now accept Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield patients for Residential Treatment and for Children’s Outpatient Behavioral Health. For questions regarding the programs, please contact Emily Thomson at the Residential Treatment Program (860-440-4350) or Lisa Crowley at the Children’s Outpatient Clinic (860-886-7500)